The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center (VFRC), a special semi-autonomous unit of the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), is ready to receive proposals and provide funding support to develop and commercialize new fertilizers and fertilizer technologies that will help ensure more responsible and sustainable food security by specifically addressing the needs of smallholder farmers in developing regions. South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa are VFRC’s initial geographic priorities.

VFRC has established the following four outcomes as the initial priorities for the development of these new fertilizers and fertilizer technologies:

  • Higher nitrogen use efficiency fertilizers
  • Improved micronutrient delivery
  • On-site fertilizer purity detection
  • Increased self-reliance in fertilizer supply

US $2.5 million is available over the next 24 months to support development proposals, of which US $750,000 will be obligated by April 30, 2012.

A 12-week process of open competition will be used by the VFRC RFP Committee to solicit, review and select proposals.

Scientists and researchers in educational institutions, research laboratories and commercial enterprises using advanced knowhow in multiple science and technology disciplines are invited to participate in public-private partnerships to develop the next generation of fertilizers and fertilizer technologies.