The Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) funds long-term and short-term international collaborative research and exchanges that address concerns for food security, environmental stewardship, and agricultural trade. Successful proposals focus on the mutual strategic goals of USDA and its worldwide partners. SCRP projects promote the enhancement of agricultural producers? economic opportunities, protection from agricultural pests and diseases, food safety, nutrition and health, rural quality of life, and the environment.
SCRP international research and scientific exchanges complement USDA?s domestic programs while also contributing to U.S. international commitments. Joint projects support economic development and trade capacity building and expand market opportunities for agricultural, fish, and forest products.
Three types of projects in 2005 include:
1. Long-Term Research Collaboration Worldwide - International research collaboration projects range from one to three years.
2. Short-Term Scientific Cooperation Worldwide - Short-term exchange visits are encouraged to establish initial linkages for potential longer-term collaborative research.
3. Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program with the People?s Republic of China - A unique program with China offers an excellent opportunity for U.S. teams of up to 5 members to initiate linkages with potential long-term collaborators at Chinese institutions throughout that country. Under a special USDA Scientific Technological Exchange Agreement with the People?s Republic of China, the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture specifically tailors two-week visits to China to meet the scientific objectives of each team. U.S. teams are responsible only for their international airfare to and from China.
U.S. scientists affiliated with a college or university, a federal or state agency, or a private, nonprofit organization may apply. Proposals are especially encouraged from young scientists, women scientists, and scientists or institutions representing under-served and under-represented communities, particularly American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, Hispanic, Asian American, and African American. U.S. institutions include those in American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
U.S. scientists may collaborate with research institutions in developed or U.S. scientists may collaborate with research institutions in countries having U.S. diplomatic relations. Proposals are particularly encouraged with research institutions in developing countries and countries in transition. The International Agricultural Research Centers linked with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) are considered foreign cooperating institutions under the Scientific Cooperation Research Program.
The 2005 cycle of the annual competitive Scientific Cooperation Research Program welcomes proposals for joint international activities of mutual benefit in food security, sustainable agriculture, natural resource management, marketing, and trade. Priority will be given to innovative, mutually beneficial proposals aimed at:
- Meeting the food and nutritional needs of the most vulnerable populations in rural and urban areas of both the United States and collaborating countries, particularly the most food-insecure countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Latin America, and the Caribbean
- Trade-related problems that hinder market access, particularly those that involve biotechnology, food safety, and sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and increase the trade capacity of developing and transitional countries
- Enhancing the economic growth of small and limited resource farmers, ranchers, and rural communities
- Understanding and enhancing relationships among nutrition, agriculture, food security, and health, including diseases such as HIV/AIDS and diabetes
- Promoting food safety
Who can apply:
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments
Native American Organization
Nonprofits Having A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Nonprofits That Do Not Have A 501(C)(3) Status With The IRS, Other Than Institutions Of Higher Education
Other Private Institution/Organization
Private Institutions Of Higher Education
Private Nonprofit Institution/Organization (Includes Institutions Of Higher Education, Hospitals)
Public And State Controlled Institutions Of Higher Education
Quasi-Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization
Small Business (Less Than 500 Employees
State (Includes District Of Columbia; Includes Institutions Of Higher Education And Hospitals)
Eligible functional categories:
Scientific Cooperation and Research
For detailed Scientific Cooperation Research Program proposal guidelines and contact information, visit the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service site for this program through this link.
If you have problems accessing the full announcement, please contact:
Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, Foreign Agricultural Service