Applications open for £10,000 science award

The Oxford Farming Conference and Royal Agricultural Society of England are calling for entrants to compete for a £10,000 award for innovations in applied science.

The award aims to encourage and recognise new thinking and innovation and is open to academics, researchers and commercial company employees.

OFC chairman Mike Gooding said: “So often the applied scientists getting their hands dirty on farms, or close to farms, don’t get the recognition they deserve.”

This award is vital for bridging the big gap between the science-driven innovation farmers need on the ground and the “leading-edge science” work being done in research institutions, Mr Gooding added.

Judges are looking for three areas of research merit:

  • Novel and original application
  • Clear economic benefit to the industry, food chain and consumers
  • Improved sustainability through the more efficient use of resources.

The total prize is £10,000. Of this, £3,000 is funded by AB Agri and will be awarded to the individual. The remaining £7,000 is funded by the RASE and the OFC and will be awarded to the institution or business where the research team or individual is based.

The £7,000 will be used to support further research work on the subject, through the support of a studentship, traineeship or the purchase of a piece of research equipment.

How to enter

  • Download applications from the OFC website
  • Visit www.ofc.org.uk for further information
  • Closing date is 7 September 2012
  • The award will be presented at the 2013 Oxford Farming Conference 2-4 January
  • The winner will be expected to present a short précis of their winning project
  • The winner of the award in 2011 was the Pig Grading Information System, developed by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute and College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise

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