Six awardees are announced as recipients of SLU Global seed funding in the 2021 call. The call seeks to support SLU employees in initiatives that can contribute to the UN's sustainability goals, in alignment with the ‘Policy for SLU's contribution to the global implementation of Agenda 2030’ and ‘SLU's strategy 2021-2025’.
The following transdisciplinary projects were selected, in high competition, from a total of 20 applications received:
- Anna Berlin, Forest Mycology and Plant Pathology – ‘Pilot study about important banana diseases and research network development’ (249 967 kr);
- Purabi Bose, Southern Swedish Forest Research Center – ‘Tropical Forests and Land-use Decisions of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities’ (250 000 kr);
- Joris Cromsigt, Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies – ‘Exploring the opportunity for a larger, transdisciplinary, SLU program on Nature-Based Solutions to support sustainable development in Madagascar’ (249 937 kr);
- Rosario García Gil, Dept. of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology – ‘Rescue, collection, and conservation of rare, endangered and threatened medicinal plants of Nepal’ (249 686 kr);
- Kristina Osbjer, Dept. of Clinical Sciences – ‘Overcoming barriers for a One Health approach to water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) interventions in Burkina Faso, Kenya and Mozambique’ (245 032 kr);
- Mahbubjon Rahmatov, Dept. of Plant Breeding – ‘Reviving indigenous food systems for food security – key to improving and feeding nutritious food for human health’ (250 000 kr).
Each project incorporates strong collaboratory links with researchers and practitioners in low-income or lower middle-income countries, and takes a systems approach to development questions of importance for future sustainable life, where collaboration across disciplines is needed.
Applications were assessed by a committee with representation from SLU Global's office and SLU's four faculties in accordance with the criteria in the call. A total of SEK 1,494,622 was allocated for the 2021 call.
Details of the 2022 call will be announced in the first half of next year.