Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research
The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research co-funds internationally collaborative research into how we can mitigate greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming. Read about the goal of the fund and the projects it has funded.
About the fund
The New Zealand Fund for Global Partnerships in Livestock Emissions Research (GPLER) is an international research fund set up by the New Zealand Government in support of the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA).
It's aimed at accelerating global research in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from pastoral livestock farming by seeking solutions to four research challenges:
- manipulating rumen function
- reducing nitrous oxide emissions from soils
- manipulating rates of soil carbon change
- improved tools and practices for minimising farm system-level greenhouse gas emissions intensity.
Reducing emissions from livestock farming is critical
The agricultural sector is estimated to contribute about 10% to 12% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with most (around 80%) coming from livestock and feed production. Yet agricultural production must increase if it is to help feed the projected global population of 9.6 billion by 2050.
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from livestock farming is of critical importance if the sector is to respond to climate change in a meaningful way at the same as sustainably contributing to food production.
The 2016 funding round
The fourth funding round opened on 30 May 2016 and pre-proposals closed at 14:00 on 8 July 2016. The round has NZD$9.2 million to distribute for projects up to 3 years in length (ending 30 June 2020). This is split into:
- NZD$8 million available for projects up to NZD$2 million in value
- NZD$1.2 million available for smaller, 'new ideas’ projects up to NZD$300,000 in value.
The portfolio of projects supported by the GPLER balances innovative science with the achievement of cost-effective, practical and sustainable solutions for pastoral livestock farmers.
- Pre-proposals were welcomed from multi-disciplinary teams that pool the best international and New Zealand expertise.
- Successful proposals will be ones that clearly convey the idea and the pathway to outcomes.
- Demonstrating the connection to the ultimate end user – the farmer – is critical.
The fourth round has now closed. Pre-proposals had to be submitted by 14:00 NZST, Friday 8 July 2016.
- Frequently Asked Questions [PDF, 567 KB]
Round 4 GPLER dates
|Monday 30 May 2016||GPLER round 4 opened|
|Friday 1 July 2016||Deadline to submit questions on the pre-proposal application form and/or process|
|14:00 NZST, Friday 8 July 2016||Closing date for pre-proposals|
|Early September 2016||
Applicants notified of outcomes of pre-proposals.
|14:00 NZST, Friday 16 December 2016||Closing date for full proposals|
|Late March / early April 2017 (indicative)||Applicants notified of outcomes|
|April-June 2017 (indicative)||Contract negotiations for successful proposals|
|1 July 2017 (indicative)||Projects commence|
|30 June 2020||Projects conclude|
We welcomed pre-proposals from a number of multi-disciplinary teams. These teams pooled the best international and New Zealand expertise.
- View the pre-proposals [PDF, 124 KB]
Pre-proposals must respond directly to one (or more, if relevant) of the four challenges.
The Challenge: Research that leads to the development of practical and safe ways to manipulate rumen microbial processes or ruminant physiology in grazing ruminants such that:
- methane per unit of feed intake is sustainably reduced
- animal health and nutrition is maintained
- animal productivity is maintained or increased.
Notes: Challenge 1 is targeted at the processes leading to the formation of methane in the rumen. It can accommodate a wide range of possible approaches (e.g. inhibition of methanogens, alternative hydrogen sinks, and host animal effects) and does not specify or favour any particular approach.
Successful projects can span the spectrum from basic to applied research but all projects need to demonstrate a holistic context for the work and clearly articulate how it will advance the development of applied solutions.
The Challenge: Research that will further develop and extend practical and cost-effective methods of manipulating nitrification and de-nitrification processes in soils to consistently reduce nitrous oxide emissions and nitrogen losses to the environment from soils under grazing livestock and within a broad range of geographic and climatic conditions.
Notes: Challenge 2 is aimed at the further development of known technologies, and/or the development of new technologies and practices that provide farmers with practical and cost effective tools to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from grazing animals under a broad range of climatic and management conditions.
The Challenge: Research that identifies and quantifies management practices that can increase long-term soil carbon storage, or reduce the rate of loss of soil carbon, in grazing livestock systems under varying (and changing) climatic conditions, different soil conditions and management histories while maintaining or increasing pasture and animal productivity.
Notes: Increasing the quantity of soil carbon stored in soils has been identified as a potentially important route by which agriculture can contribute to decreasing net greenhouse gas emissions.
Challenge 3 focuses on how the identified potential to increase, or reduce the rate of loss of, soil carbon in soils can be realised. To do this, the most cost-effective and practical management practices have to be identified and their efficacy confirmed and quantified. It is anticipated that this will involve both empirical and modelling approaches.
The Challenge: Research and development to reduce GHG emissions by taking advantage of new advances in development and uptake of ‘precise’ farm technologies. This might include the application on-farm of current technologies and practices or the development of new technologies and practices. The aim should be a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions intensity of grazed livestock systems without compromising productivity and profitability.
Notes: Challenge 4 addresses the issue of new technology development and uptake, both in the application of new and existing information and in the development of modified/new tools and practices that facilitate a more ‘precise’ approach to pastoral livestock farming.
Successful proposals will be able to demonstrate that the approaches being studied have the potential to bring about significant improvements in greenhouse gas emissions intensity at the farm system level – targeting multiple processes rather than the mitigation of a single gas. Consideration of methodologies for uptake and implementation is also important.
Find out more
- New Zealand’s involvement in the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA) – GRA website
- Projects funded in the 3 previous GPLER rounds
Who to contact
If you have questions relating to a project idea, contact GPLER@mpi.govt.nz.