SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training

The Southeast Asian region has a number of promising researchers and scientists whose desire to contribute to the region's development through research and knowledge dissemination initiatives is hindered by lack of funds. This situation serves as a barrier to translating promising research and training into scientific outputs that could be applied to promote development.

To address this concern and in line with the Center's thrust of promoting, undertaking and coordinating research programs relevant to the agriculture and rural development needs of the region, SEARCA will dedicate funds to be known as the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT).

The SFRT is envisaged to provide chosen research and training project proposals with limited start-up funds intended to enhance chances of securing long-term support from donor agencies. A grant of up to $15,000 shall be awarded as seed fund for research/training.

Theme: Food Security
Food security, according to the World Food Summit (1996), exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy lifestyle. Its facets include availability, access, use, and stability.

Asia’s food security is under significant pressure from a variety of factors that include population growth and urbanization, the declining performance of agriculture, natural resource constraints, climate change, high and volatile food and oil prices and the rapid transformation of supply chains. Amid continuing global concerns over the volatility of food prices and food supplies, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has pushed food security to the top of its agenda.

Project Eligibility
Any proposed project within the Center’s priority thrust of Natural Resource Management and Agricultural Competitiveness is eligible provided that the project:
  • is innovative and is accompanied by an appropriate plan for developing it into a potentially large-scale research/training program greatly relevant to the agricultural and development needs of the region;
  • has strong potential for generating significant long-term funding support; and
  • can be completed within a period not exceeding one year.

Proponent Qualification
  • A Southeast Asian national of good moral character.
  • A graduate of at least a four-year degree.
  • Without significant funding support.
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