Thursday, April 12, 2012
FUNDING: US Department of Agriculture’s Scientific Cooperation Research Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has announced the availability of funding through cost reimbursable agreements for the Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) for fiscal year 2012. The objective of SCRP is to reduce global poverty and hunger by supporting applied scientific research, extension, or education projects that aim to address challenges faced by smallholder farmers in emerging economies. All proposals should focus on addressing agricultural challenges to smallholders. For the purposes of this announcement smallholders, as defined by the World Bank, are farmers that own or lease less than 124 acres of land (less than 50 hectares). This land must be used to support subsistence or cash crop farming. All proposals should address one of the three focus areas: a) improving agricultural productivity, b) creating sustainable agricultural systems, or c) building regional or global trade capacities.
All proposals should also utilize the scientific communities’ accumulated knowledge and technologies to help aid in developing “practical” solutions to these challenges, must include foreign collaborations, and may not exceed two years. Funding may be allocated to foreign collaborators through sub-awards.
Deadline: April 18, 2012