Applications will be assessed by an international, multidisciplinary panel of experts covering scientific, technical, managerial, and user aspects of equipment provision and management.
While no financial contribution from host institutions is mandatory, statements of support are essential, in particular, those that provide assurances of continued commitment to plant and crop phenotyping, and UKPCPI aims and objectives.
External reviews will not be sought.
BBSRC expects to communicate the opportunity outcomes in the week commencing 3 January 2023.
The following assessment criteria (not listed in order of priority) will also apply.
Scientific and technical excellence
Applications will be assessed based on scientific and technical excellence, ability to offer access and support to external users, and expanding research capabilities in the field.
Capability to deliver
Amongst the consortium you must show evidence of:
- the capacity to deliver and coordinate excellent research, and where possible, experience directly relevant to this opportunity. For example, a track record in managing facilities or national networks is strongly encouraged
- a leadership role in international research programmes focused on plant and crop phenotyping infrastructure and large-scale community experiments
- experience of implementation of digital infrastructure (or information systems)
- in-depth knowledge and understanding of challenges facing modern plant and crop phenotyping and complementary network or infrastructure activities, both nationally and internationally
Where you do not have prior experience, you should be able to clearly demonstrate your potential relevant to these points.
Long-term institutional commitment to plant and crop phenotyping
A long-term sustainable approach will form a critical aspect of the successful proposal; thus, applicants should make clear how the host institution has prioritised plant and crop phenotyping. Contributions from the host institution or institutions (or other external sources) are welcome but not mandatory.
Applicants should also detail how UKPCPI will contribute to promoting environmental suitability with specific reference the priority areas and objectives set out in the UKRI Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
Provision for development
Provision for community member development, training, and sustainability, specifically the professional development of research technical professionals and early career researchers will be part of the assessment by the panel and will inform the assessment.
Applicants should detail how UKPCPI can contribute to the interventions set out in the Technician Commitment UKRI Action Plan.
Ethical and societal issues
Consideration will also be given to any ethical and societal issues that may be raised by the proposal.