Monsanto Company has announced a $10 million grant to establish Monsanto's Beachell-Borlaug International Scholars Program. The program honors the accomplishments of Dr. Henry Beachell and Dr. Norman Borlaug, who pioneered plant breeding and research in rice and wheat, respectively. When up and running, Monsanto's program will help identify and support young scientists interested in improving research and production in rice and wheat through plant breeding techniques.
"Research in these two staple crops has fallen behind others, and it is my hope this program will help jumpstart additional investment in two of the world's most important grains," said Program Director Dr. Ed Runge, a professor of agronomy at Texas A&M University. "We encourage any eligible rice or wheat breeders around the world to apply for the award."
Applications will be taken over the next five years. Students interested in applying to the program can find more details at www.monsanto.com/mbbischolars. Applications will be accepted until May 31. Announcement of the first year's winners is planned to correspond with the World Food Prize held in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 15, 2009. The announcement of the grant from Monsanto marks the celebration of Dr. Borlaug turning 95.