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.

Applying for funds

The fourth round has now closed. Pre-proposals had to be submitted by 14:00 NZST, Friday 8 July 2016.

Round 4 GPLER dates

Date Activity
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.
Successful applicants invited to submit full 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

View the successful round 4 pre-proposals

We welcomed pre-proposals from a number of multi-disciplinary teams. These teams pooled the best international and New Zealand expertise.

Research challenges for the 2016 GPLER round

Pre-proposals must respond directly to one (or more, if relevant) of the four challenges.

Find out more

Who to contact

If you have questions relating to a project idea, contact GPLER@mpi.govt.nz.

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