1. Challenge-led and problem-focused disciplinary and interdisciplinary research. This will be based on 4 key science areas (or work packages (WP)), with an initial 6-month training period in UK Partner Institutes for 12 early career researchers from our developing country partners (Months (M) 0-12). This will be followed by 3-year research programmes, based in the Philippines, Malaysia and Tanzania (M12-48).
  2. Strengthened support for international research collaboration, enabling reactivity to emerging crises and disseminating expertise to other developing countries. The GlobalSeaweedSTAR Fund will provide 100 travel grants (£2k each) and ~20 research/ innovation grants (£5-50k) to applicants from UK and developing countries (M6-42).
  3. Building capacity through online, open-access and mobile, web-enabled and face-to-face training to empower the seaweed sector globally at all career stages. A MSc-level module, open-access training materials (M24-48) and a FAO technical paper will be produced on pathogen and pest identification and biosecurity protocols (M42-48).
  4. Engagement with researchers, governments, industry and NGOs through three targeted ‘Sharing Best Practice’ events, one in each developing partner country (M24,30,36) and more globally through the organisation of (a) special sessions at international conferences (M12,24,42), (b) publication of peer-reviewed open access, high impact scientific papers (M36-48), (c) the production of three national science-based policy briefs and one international overarching Policy Brief, in collaboration with the UNU (M36-48) and (d) a fully-updated Online Atlas of Seaweed Diseases and Pests to minimise crop losses and inform policy (M4-48).