TVG-YPARD Funding News March-April 2009 A joint venture of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD to provide guidance about funding opportunities for young professionals in agricultural research, with a focus on research for development Application Closing Dates Through August 2009 (rolling calendar, updated each newsletter). NEW = Item was not included in the previous newsletter. NEW Academy of Sciences for the Developing World -- TWAS Prizes: In agricultural sciences, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, engineering sciences, mathematics, medical sciences, and physics. 31 March for nominations. http://twas.ictp.it/prog/prizes/twas-prizes NEW Academy of Sciences for the Developing World – Grants for Scientific Meetings: Grants to support international scientific meetings in developing countries. 01 June and 01 December are deadlines for applications. http://users.ictp.it/~twas/mtm/SM_Form.html NEW L'Agence Inter-établissements de Recherche pour le Développement (AIRD) – 31 March for proposals in Systerra 2 (agriculture and ecosystems). Researchers from developing countries are invited to partner with L’AIRD and L’ANR of France. Details of Systerra are available on the web site. http://www.aird.fr/appels-offres/systerra.htm NEW Ashoka GenV and Lemelson Foundation – Seed Funding for Youth: 15 March for ideas on new or adapted technologies to make the world greener and better (“Invent Your World Challenge”). Applicants use an online form to submit 200 words describing a good idea to create positive change. Each of 50 competition winners will receive seed funding of US$1 thousand. One or more top winners will receive or divide a scholarship worth US$20 thousand. Applicants from North America and Europe must be 12-20 years old; applicants from all other regions must be 12-24 years old. Se http://www.inventyourworld.org/campaign.html NEW Borlaug LEAP (Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Program) – Grants for Thesis Research at centers of the CGIAR: 11 March for next review of applications. The LEAP is open to graduate students from developing countries who show strong promise as leaders in the field of agriculture and related disciplines. Awards of up to US$20 thousand are made on a competitive basis to graduate students who show strong scientific and leadership potential, and who have a research proposal coordinated between their home university, a U.S. university, and a mentor in the CGIAR. Reviews of applications are conducted twice a year. The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. http://leap.ucdavis.edu/ Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation - Grants: 11 June is proposal deadline for grants funding in 2010. Grants of US$10,580 to individuals for research and educational programs. Thematic areas are agriculture, animal resources, plant resources, water resources, general conservation, and waste minimization. Open to citizens of all countries. Check Lindbergh website for precise date in June when applications are due. http://www.lindberghfoundation.org/application-form/2.html Conservation, Food, and Health Foundation - Grants: Concept notes are due 01 July for proposals reviewed in November, and 01 January for proposals reviewed in May. Grants to NGOs in resource conservation and sustainable agriculture (in addition to health). Grants support research and solve specific problems in order to build capacity in developing countries. No geographical restrictions. Average grant size is US$11 thousand, and grants are rarely over US$25 thousand. http://cfhfoundation.grantsmanagement08.com/?page_id=6 NEW EC Development – Grants in the ACP Science and Technology Program: 13 March is an extended deadline. Program includes grants for agriculture and agro-industry in the ACP countries to address food productivity and security, add value to agro-products, and encourage participation by farmers in production and post-harvest management. http://www.ist-africa.org/home/files/Guidelines_for_grant_applicants.doc EC FP7-ENERGY-2009-Brazil - Grants: 05 May to submit applications. Coordinated European and Brazilian research on advanced technologies for 2nd-generation biofuels. Open to any legal organization. €4 million budgeted. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2009:001:0010:0010:EN:PDF EC Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation 2009-2010 - Academic Exchanges: 13 March for proposals. Student and academic exchanges for studying, teaching, training, and research between countries of the EU and other countries. Open to universities and enterprises. €163 million budgeted for 2009. http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2008:328:0024:0026:EN:PDF NEW EC FP7 Research – Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES): 27 March for proposals. IRSES supports two-way staff secondments between research organizations in the EU and research organizations in targeted third countries. Relevant organizations in countries which have S&T agreements with the EU, and countries covered by the European Neighborhood Policy, are eligible. The countries list is available from EC FP7. Editor’s note: The Marie Curie Actions include others that may interest YPARD. Grant seekers should carefully study the opportunities. http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/mariecurieactions/home_en.html Ekhaga Foundation - Grants: 31 May for receipt of applications. Grants are for agricultural systems where chemical compounds are replaced with ecological and biological measures of promoting production. No geographical restrictions. Applicants submit a project description which explains the problem to be addressed, present knowledge, project goals, methods proposed, and other background data. Details are on the website. Most grants range from 100- 500 thousand Swedish crowns (about US$12-60 thousand at current exchange rates). http://www.ekhagastiftelsen.se/eng/ansokan.html NEW Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. – Grants in Climate Change: 21 March for proposals, preceded by sending a synopsis for online posting. Green Mountain will make four grants of US$200 thousand each to “Change Climate Change.” Each grant will be paid out over five years (i.e., US$40 thousand per year). Of the four themes, one is on threats to coffee- growing communities, which may interest some of YPARD’s researchers. Organizations which The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. apply, alone or in partnerships, must be able to meet the USA’s requirements for tax-exempt status. http://www.gmcr.com/ccc-rfp International Foundation for Science - “Green Water” Grants: 30 June and 31 December for second and third grant cycles. Open to candidates at the beginning of their careers who have at least an MSc degree, are under 40 years old (45 for Africa), and whose research is carried out at a national university, national research center, or research NGO in a developing country. http://www.ifs.se/Programme/Announcements/Call_for_applications_GreenWater_2008.pdf International Fund for Agricultural Research (IFAR) – Grants: 03 March for proposals. Small grants to professionals from national agricultural research systems for agricultural research in cooperation with the CGIAR. Priority is for researchers in Africa and South Asia. Up to US$11 thousand per award. http://www.ifar4dev.org/ McKnight Foundation, Southeast Asia - Grants: 01 June and 01 December for letters of inquiry to Southeast Asia Program (Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam). Program includes some elements of sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, and conservation of natural resources. Grants over US$100 thousand are possible. [Search McKnight for its other program areas, including the program on agricultural research housed at Cornell University.] http://www.mcknight.org/grantsprograms/howtoapply.aspx New England Biolabs Foundation - Grants: 01 March and 01 September, only if invited to submit a proposal after your preliminary inquiry. Grants of less than US$10 thousand for technical assistance, education and capacity building, and research at the community level. Selected countries of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Interested applicants make a preliminary inquiry. http://www.nebf.org/guidlines.html Rothamsted International - Fellowships: 19 June for applications to Africa Fellows Program. Rothamsted offers fellowships for mid-career researchers in agricultural sciences. One fellowship program is open to scientists from all developing countries, and another is for scientists from Africa. Applications are completed and submitted by a project leader at Rothamsted Research who has had previous contact with the applicant. http://www.rothamsted-international.org/RIFS_applying_deadlines.shtml Royal Geographical Society - Grants: Multiple deadlines. The Society has 18 named grant programs across four categories (research, students, teaching, and expeditions). Most grants are for individuals, and some are for UK residents only. Research grants focus on agricultural and pastoral systems, soil and water management, climate change, ecological surveys, and others. Grants range from £500 to £15 thousand. The Society posts a calendar of application deadlines. http://www.rgs.org/OurWork/Grants/Grants.htm Royal Society - Grants, Fellowships, Study Visits: Multiple deadlines. The Society’s international program makes several types of grants to connect the UK with scientists in both developed and developing countries. This includes grants and fellowships in agriculture, animal health, biofuels, climate change, plant conservation, and other areas of science and technology. Each type of award has an application deadline, which can be researched on the Society’s website. For all international grant programs, a UK-based host scientist must submit the application. The Society has agreements with science academies in several countries, and preference for funding is for organizations and citizens of those countries. http://royalsociety.org/page.asp?id=1111 NEW Seed Awards - Grants in the Form of Tailor-Made Support Services: 16 March application deadline. The 4th cycle of Seed Awards will choose 20 award winners to receive The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. packages of support services and networking opportunities. The Seed Awards are to reward entrepreneurial efforts that contribute to sustainable development in developing countries and countries in economic transition. Applicants need to be in the early stages of their project. Projects should involve at least three partners from different stakeholder groups. Research institutions are a mentioned stakeholder. http://www.seedinit.org/mainpages2/awards/assess/index.php Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture – Grants: 01 August for Seed Fund for Research and Training. Projects considered by the Seed Fund for Research and Training must fit SEARCA's thematic focus on natural resource management and agricultural competitiveness. Grants up to US$15 thousand for applicants from ASEAN countries. [Also see SEARCA’s other opportunities for fellowships, academic exchanges, and training collaboration.] http://www.searca.org/web/grants/index.php NEW Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences – Research Partnerships with Developing and Transition Countries (KFH-DC): 01 April and 01 October for proposals. Funding for collaborative research on subjects relevant to development. http://www.kfh.ch/index.cfm?nav=14&pg=47>yp_id=1&CFID=12859418&CFTOKEN=59487296 &menu_type=key System for Analysis, Research, and Training (START) – Grants, Fellowships, Awards: Multiple deadlines. START is an international framework of scientists and institutions to conduct research on regional aspects of climate change, including in relation to land use. START's capacity building includes the following program areas: Advanced Institutes; Fellowships and Visiting Scientists; African Doctoral Fellowships; Young Scientists Awards; African Small Grants; and African Climate Change Fellowships. The website indicates which programs are open for applications, and the closing dates. http://www.start.org/Program/cb.html West African Centre for Crop Improvement - Applicants for PhD Studies In Plant Breeding: 30 March for current round of applications, enrollment January 2010. WACCI is recruiting its third cohort of students for PhD studies in plant breeding, combining two years of studies and three years of research. Initial emphasis is Ghana, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. http://www.wacci.edu.gh/forapplicants/index.html NEW World Bank Development Marketplace – Grants for innovative, early-stage projects on Climate Adaptation: 06 April for proposals. The global competition focuses on three sub- themes of climate adaptation. The World Bank intends to choose 20 to 25 projects for funding of up to US$200 thousand each for implementation over two years. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETPLAC E/0,,contentMDK:22055086~menuPK:174568~pagePK:180691~piPK:174492~theSitePK:205098 ,00.html NEW World Bank Development Marketplace – Grants for South Asia Regional Competition on Nutrition: 31 March for proposals. Applicants in South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) are eligible under the theme, “Family and Community Approaches to Improve Infant and Young Child Nutrition.” Up to 25 winners will receive grants of up to US$40 thousand each to implement their projects during an 18-month period. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/SOUTHASIAEXT/0,,contentMDK:22 041113~pagePK:146736~piPK:146830~theSitePK:223547,00.html NEW World Bank Development Marketplace – Grants for Central Asia Competition on Efficient Water Use for Agriculture: 10 April for proposals. Proposals are welcomed from farmers’ groups, civil society organizations, social entrepreneurs, academia, research institutions, The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. and others. Eligible countries are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Cross-country proposals are accepted. Projects will range from US$10 to US$25 thousand. http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/COUNTRIES/ECAEXT/0,,contentMDK:22062452 ~pagePK:146736~piPK:146830~theSitePK:258599,00.html NEW World Bank Development Marketplace – Grants for LAC Competition on Innovation for Food Security: The competition is open to civil society groups, private firms, foundations, academia, and government in Latin America and the Caribbean region. Applicants need to register in order to receive a proposal form. http://www.lac-developmentmarketplace.org/ World Food Prize - Award: 01 April for nominations. Awarded to an individual or individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in any field of enhancing food production and distribution, and increasing food availability and accessibility to those most in need. http://www.worldfoodprize.org/nominate/nominate.htm ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Applications with No Closing Dates Partial Listing (additional grant makers to be added in future newsletters) International Fund for Agricultural Development: IFAD organizes its grants into those which it makes available at the country level, and those which it makes available at regional and global levels. It provides grants for agricultural research (particularly to the centers of the Consultative Group on Agricultural Research); grants to governments; and grants to NGOs. Grants at the country level must be aligned with IFAD’s country strategies, supporting IFAD’s loan portfolio. Most small grants (<US$200 thousand) focus on capacity building, technical assistance, awareness raising, and rural innovation. http://www.ifad.org/operations/index.htm OPEC Fund for International Development: OFID was established by the member states of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). In previous years, OFID helped establish the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). OFID makes grants for technical assistance, humanitarian causes, and research to organizations in developing countries except in the OPEC member states. http://www.opecfund.org/projects_operations/grant_operations.aspx Rockefeller Foundation: The Rockefeller Foundation had an important role in driving the original Green Revolution in Asia and Latin America. It currently supports AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa), along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in the challenge to extend agricultural productivity to Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition to its long-standing support for agriculture, the Foundation makes grants in themes for climate change, rural innovations, and others. Rockefeller invites experts, innovators, NGOs, individuals, and public officials for their best ideas regarding initiatives for potential Foundation support. Rockefeller provides an electronic form for these submissions. http://www.rockfound.org/grants/grants.shtml U.S. National Science Foundation program in Developing Country Collaborations in Plant Genome Research: The DCC-PGR links researchers in the USA with partners from developing countries to solve problems of mutual interest in agriculture, energy, and the environment. http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=12789 Wallace Genetic Foundation: Wallace makes grants for agricultural research, ecology and conservation, and sustainable development. Most grants range from US$25 – 40 thousand, although some grants are larger. Organizations applying for grants must meet the U.S. The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. qualifications for tax-exempt status as defined by the USA’s Internal Revenue Service. http://www.wallacegenetic.org/grant_info.php ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Updates in Funding Programs New and Changed Grant Making Ashoka will Fund 90 Agricultural Fellows in Africa and India: In early January, Ashoka received a US$15 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support social innovation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and sustainable rural development. The grant from the Gates Foundation will enable Ashoka to support more than 90 fellows to focus on key issues such as new technologies, farmer productivity, key agricultural policies, and connections between smallholder farmers and markets. Editor’s Note: Interested individuals should stay alert to information from Ashoka regarding how and when the Fellows will be selected. http://www.ashoka.org/node/5187 Gates Foundation Makes Large Grants for African Tree Crops: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues its generous support for African agriculture by awarding US$23 million to the World Cocoa Foundation and US$25 million to the German GTZ for cashew production. The funding for cocoa is intended to help producers in West Africa increase their productivity and marketing opportunities. The funding to GTZ is in partnership with the African Cashew Alliance, FairMatch Support, and TechnoServe to help thousands of cashew-farming households in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Mozambique increase their incomes by 50 percent by 2012. Editor’s Note: Agricultural researchers in the target regions and countries should inquire locally regarding the prospects of research support for these initiatives. http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/news/story.jhtml?id=244200020 Earthwatch Scientists: Earthwatch is among the world’s largest private funders of scientific field research. Research in Earthwatch has a conservation orientation, including attention to agricultural themes such as soil and water management, rural adaptation to climate change, and other issues of sustainable resource management. More than one-third of scientists supported by Earthwatch are from developing countries. Earthwatch encourages young scientists and women scientists. Earthwatch recently changed its application procedure to no longer accept unsolicited formal applications. Rather, applicants submit a short letter of inquiry (see the website for details). http://www.earthwatch.org/aboutus/research/scientistopps/reqresprop ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Guidance for Grant Seekers Sources, Links, Tips, and Advice In this section, we explore special topics inspired by the old proverb: “Give a family a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach them how to fish, and they will never go hungry.” In 2009, we identify information sources on the internet where agricultural researchers can search for grant opportunities. We do not intend to cover all possibilities so much as to identify essential sites not to be missed. You may want to bookmark the addresses on your computer. This newsletter will recommend the best websites for spotting funding opportunities from Canada and the USA. In the previous newsletter (January-February), we focused on where to search for funding from Europe. Future newsletters will focus on where to look for funding from Asia-Pacific, the international agricultural research centers and other international organizations, prizes and awards, and other sources. Thereafter, we will post ideas on how to set up efficient internet searches for grants using Google or other global search engines. The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. Information Sources for Grants in Agricultural Research No. 2: Funding from North America Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: AAFC has a program of international scientific cooperation, and some activities are in partnership with selected developing countries. http://www4.agr.gc.ca/AAFC-AAC/display-afficher.do?id=1180125607102&lang=eng American Association for the Advancement of Science: The AAAS is a forum to advance science in the U.S. and around the world. It publishes the journal Science for an estimated one million readers. The AAAS offers an award for international scientific collaboration, a science prize for young life scientists (worldwide), and other awards that may be of relevance to YPARD’s members. The AAAS International Office features information on international cooperation, women scientists, sustainable development, and other themes. http://www.aaas.org/programs/international/ http://www.aaas.org/aboutaaas/awards/ Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC), international programs and projects: The AUCC promotes partnerships of Canadian universities with other universities around the world, particularly in the developing countries. The AUCC’s web pages for international programs identify collaborative activities in research and grant making. http://www.aucc.ca/programs/intprograms/index_e.html Canadian International Development Agency: CIDA is Canada’s lead agency for bilateral development assistance. Programs include agriculture and rural development, actions to cope with land degradation, and adaptation to climate change. CIDA sponsors a linkages fund for agricultural research in partnership with the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research), and CIDA recently completed a multi-year grant to FARA (Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa). At a decentralized level, grant seekers in developing countries can explore collaboration with Canadian partners. CIDA posts the names and internet links of approximately 300 Canadian partners (“Partners – Voluntary Sector”), including many Canadian universities. Additionally, grant seekers should investigate regional and country-level funding through Canada’s embassies and high commissions. http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/JUD-112910598-LRH?OpenDocument Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, International Education and Youth Division: This is an information source for grants and other financial assistance at Canadian universities to attract international students and to promote academic exchanges. http://www.international.gc.ca/education/index.aspx?lang=eng&menu_id=1&menu=R Fulbright Scholar Program: The Fulbright program calls itself the “the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange.” Each year, 800 faculty and professionals from around the world receive grants for research and university lecturing in the U.S. Among Fulbright’s special programs are one for higher education in Africa, and another on invited specialists from the Muslim World. The Fulbright website posts profiles and application deadlines for each of its several programs. http://www.cies.org/about_fulb.htm Funding Guide for International Science and Technology Cooperation: Published by the Government of Canada, this is a guide to grants and bursaries, fellowships, and prizes and awards. Browse by sector, by country, and by administering agency. http://fgic-gfci.scitech.gc.ca/index-eng.php Grants.gov: This website is an integrated information source on grants available from 26 national grant-making agencies of the U.S. national government. Of interest to YPARD, they include the U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and U.S. National Science Foundation. The database of grants can be searched by agency, category, and The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. key words (e.g., international, research, agriculture, and related terms). http://www.grants.gov/applicants/find_grant_opportunities.jsp International Development Research Center, Canada: IDRC makes grants to Canadians and researchers in about 60 developing countries on research themes that include aspects of agriculture and rural development, usually within a broad sociopolitical context. IDRC’s website announces calls for research proposals and other types of applications (fellowships, training grants, and others). IDRC’s program is substantial (>C$135 million annually), with over 900 active research activities at any given time. IDRC has regional offices in Nairobi, Dakar, Cairo, New Delhi, Singapore, and Montevideo. http://www.idrc.ca/en/ev-1-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html International Model Forest Network: Canada was an early proponent and is the current secretariat of the International Model Forest Network. The network promotes sustainable forest management around the world, and includes representation in several developing countries. The model forests are broad-based initiatives linking forestry, research, agriculture, mining, recreation, and other values and interests within a given landscape. The secretariat at IDRC does not make grants, but it has in the past acted as an executing agency on behalf of a grant-making agency. http://creatrixonline.com/index.php?q=node/362 ISTP Canada: Supported by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, ISTP (International Science and Technologies Partnerships) fosters research partnerships for Canadian companies and research organizations with international counterparts. The emphasis is R&D that has commercial relevance. Canada’s partner countries in ISTP include Brazil, China, India, and Israel. Many of the funded initiatives are research in agriculture and natural resources. http://www.istpcanada.ca/home/index.html National Research Council Canada: The National Research Council of Canada is composed of over 20 institutes and programs, including some of relevance for agricultural research (e.g., natural sciences and engineering, biotechnology, and others). The NRCC engages in collaborative research projects with international partners, and it sponsors international conferences and workshops. http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/institutes/index_e.html http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/International-Internationale/Index_eng.asp North American Universities: Many programs at North American universities offer open-access information about grants and other collaborative opportunities of international relevance. Here we select a cross-section of universities known for strong programs in agricultural research. Please note that this is not a complete list. Colorado State University http://www.international.colostate.edu/ Cornell University http://ip.cals.cornell.edu/ Iowa State University http://www.public.iastate.edu/~cip/INTL/ Michigan State University http://www.iia.msu.edu/index.html North Carolina State University http://www.ncsu.edu/oia/cals/cals.html Ohio State University http://ipa.osu.edu/ Oregon State University http://oregonstate.edu/international/ Texas A&M University http://borlaug.tamu.edu/ University of British Columbia http://www.landfood.ubc.ca/global.htm University of Calgary http://www.ucalgary.ca/ic/services/funding/ University of California at Davis http://www.ucdavis.edu/international/ University of Saskatchewan http://www.usask.ca/research/research_services/international/ Washington State University http://www.ip.wsu.edu/ird/ University of Wisconsin http://www.cals.wisc.edu/ip/collaborations/index.htm Additionally, NASULGC (National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges) is a consortium of most of the U.S. universities which conduct agricultural research. NASULGC offers summaries and databases of the international activities of its member universities. The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. http://www.nasulgc.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=264&srcid=764 U.S. Agency for International Development: USAID is the U.S. government’s major bilateral donor agency, and agricultural development is a prominent theme in many countries where USAID operates. Most of USAID’s funding for agricultural research is directed to the CGIAR (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research). However, grant seekers may be able to connect with other programs. For example, themes in the Development Grants Program are dairy development, micro-enterprises, women's empowerment, water, environment, and democracy and governance. Since much of USAID’s funding is managed at the level of its missions (i.e., regions and countries), grant seekers should investigate USAID’s work locally. http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/agriculture/ U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service: Within the ARS, the Office of International Research Programs promotes cooperation with the international agricultural research community. The ARS engages in cooperative programs with agricultural researchers in Asia, Eurasia and Central Asia, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. The ARS website provides a database of its international research projects, as well as a staff directory (names, emails, and telephone numbers) of ARS International Programs. http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/docs.htm?docid=1428 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service: The FAS offers technical assistance, education, and outreach for emerging markets and developing countries to support science-based regulatory policies and food security. Funded activities include international scientific exchanges and grants. http://www.fas.usda.gov/internatldevelopment.asp http://www.fas.usda.gov/icd/grants/grants.asp U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service: The U.S. Forest Service engages in research in tropical Latin America and a network of Pacific Islands. Additionally, the Forest Service has an office of International Programs that sponsors technical cooperation with other countries, sometimes in activities that are research-oriented. International Programs supports an international visitors program, and it organizes annual capacity-building seminars. http://www.fs.fed.us/international/ http://www.fs.fed.us/global/globe/welcome.htm U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Library: The NAL is among the world’s largest agricultural libraries. Grant seekers can search NAL’s databases on key words such as grants, funding, international projects, country names (e.g., Algeria, Zambia), and topics (e.g., invasive species, water management, biofuels, etc.). http://www.nal.usda.gov/ U.S. National Research Council, Division of Policy and Global Affairs: The U.S. National Academies (for Science, Engineering, and Medicine) jointly sponsor a Fellowships Office which administers pre-doctoral, dissertation, and post-doctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study. The website features links to many other U.S. sources of grants and fellowships. http://www7.nationalacademies.org/fellowships/ U.S. National Science Foundation, Office of International Science and Engineering (OISE): The OISE builds institutional partnerships in science and engineering between the USA and the rest of the world. This includes research in basic and applied sciences supporting agriculture (e.g., biology, ecology, climatology, anthropology, etc.). OISE’s website publishes Funding Opportunities, Awards, News, Events, and other information. “OISE Regional Opportunities” is a guide to the programs of the National Science Foundation by world regions. OISE provides the names and email contacts of its program officers by regions and countries. http://www.nsf.gov/div/index.jsp?org=OISE The information provided in this newsletter is the shared intellectual property of Terra Viva Grants and YPARD. The newsletter content is for the use of YPARD members. Content may not be reproduced, re- published, or re-distributed without permission. Editor’s Note: Please send us information sources about funding from North America that we may have overlooked. We will be pleased to post them in future newsletters. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact Us at TVG-YPARD Questions, Comments, Suggestions We seek your feedback on TVG-YPARD Funding News. How can the service be improved and expanded? Can you suggest new concepts to produce and distribute funding news? We welcome innovative thinking “out of the box” to take this joint venture forward. Also, we invite you to contribute items for posting in TVG-YPARD Funding News. We will consider including calls for proposals, updated changes in funding programs, profiles of grant makers, and tips for getting grants in agricultural research. We are mainly interested in items that have international or broad regional significance. 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