International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) Program

NIFA's International Wheat Yield Partnership Program seeks to enhance agriculture research that can benefit the global community and support the G20 nations' Wheat Initiative with the key aims of enhancing the genetic component of wheat yield and developing new wheat varieties that are adaptable to different geographical regions and environmental conditions.

NIFA announced the award of $3.4 million for research into the development of new wheat varieties that are adapted to different geographical regions and environmental conditions. The seven projects are funded through NIFA’s new International Wheat Yield Partnership (IWYP) program, part of the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI).

Grants include:

  • University of California, Davis, Calif., $1,696,000
  • University of California, Davis, Calif., $300,000
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla., $250,000
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $300,000
  • Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., $300,000
  • University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Neb., $300,000
  • South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D., $300,000

Project details can be found on the NIFA website.

Along with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the international partners involved with IWYP include the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council of the United Kingdom (BBSRC); Grains Research and Development Corporation of Australia (GRDC); Department of Biotechnology of India (DBT), from Mexico, the Centro Internacional de Mejoramiento de Maíz y Trigo (CIMMYT); Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC); from France, the Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA); and from Switzerland, the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture (SFSA).

More information on the awards can be found the NIFA website.