Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA): Inviting applications for ‘Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)’ to address this concern and in line with the Center’s thrust of promoting, undertaking and coordinating research programs relevant to inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development of the region.

Funding brief: The Southeast Asian (SEA) 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 inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development 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.

Objectives
SFRT aims to provide start-up funds to researchers and scientists who can make significant contributions to the development of the region but lack the funds to carry out their projects.
It intends to build capacities of researchers to develop research proposals and conduct the research, mindful of inherent technical, financial, and administrative responsibilities of such an undertaking.
It seeks to expand SEARCA’s reach in terms of research, capacity building, and contribution to the body of knowledge on ISARD in the region.

Donor Name: Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
Funding name: Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)

Deadline:
All applications should be received by SEARCA not later than 1st, August of every year.
For 2014, all proposals and required documents should be received by SEARCA not later than 15th, September. Starting 2015, all applications should be received by SEARCA not later than 1st, August.

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Funding limit: A grant of up to $15,000 shall be awarded as seed fund for research/training.

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration: The duration should not exceed one year.

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
Proponent Qualifications
The proponent should be a Southeast Asian national who is a graduate of at least a four-year degree course, with limited research/training start-up funds.

Priority in terms of number of slots will be given to the following:
SEARCA Graduate Scholarship Alumni
Faculty and Staff of members of the University Consortium
Faculty and staff of universities under SEARCA’s Institutional Development Assistance Program
Southeast Asian nationals outside of the above-mentioned SEARCA network who are regular employees of development organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies of any of the SEA countries may likewise be considered.

Re-Applying Grantees: Previous grantees may re-apply provided that their last SFRT grant has not been within the preceding two years.

B. Project Eligibility
Subject Matter: The proposed project should be aligned with Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD), the overarching theme of SEARCA’s 10th Five Year Plan (FY 2014/2015 – 2018/2019), along at least one of the following elements:
Social Inclusion in Agricultural and Rural Development
Participation of poor and vulnerable sectors of rural societies in food and agricultural value chains and agribusiness commodity systems;
Food and nutrition security for poor and vulnerable sectors of rural societies ; and
Productivity-enhancing innovations and modern technologies.

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development
Natural resource management;
Climate change mitigation and adaptation in agricultural and rural development; and
Resilience of agricultural systems to climate impacts.

Regional and Sub-regional Cooperation
Sub-regional cooperation in trade and investments; and
Regional market, trade and economic integration.

Institutions and Governance
Government policies, institutions and governance mechanisms and reforms for ISARD

Features: The proposed project should be all of the following:
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 rural development needs of the region;
Has strong potential for generating significant long-term funding support;
Can be completed within a period not exceeding one year;
Details plans for generating future funding support; and
Specifies a plan for dissemination of results, including policy recommendations, to various stakeholders in modes deemed appropriate

Output: The proposed project should be able to generate:
A research report which can be published as a discussion paper
At least one policy brief or research/learning/experience note
When possible, presentation of research results in at least one scientific forum/conference

Eligible Country: Southeast Asian national

Submission mail: sfrt@searca.org

Other important link:
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How to apply: All proposals and related documents should be submitted online (http://sfrt.searca.org). All applicants will fill out the system’s online submission form completely for their application to proceed and be submitted.

In the event that a problem is encountered in uploading the proposal, said proposal should be emailed to sfrt@searca.org.

Letter of Request: Application for research fund addressed to: The Program Head, Research and Development Department, SEARCA, College, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines, 4031, Tel. No.: (6349)-536-2287 loca 137 Facsimile: (6349)-536-4105.

This section contains supporting documentation on any aspect of the proposal. The additional detail should compliment the proposal text. References or literature cited and curriculum vitae are should be included in this section. Use letters of the alphabet to name the appendices (i.e., Appendix A, Appendix B, etc.)
3.2.7.1. References/Bibliography
§ Enumerate all literature cited and works of other authors to support the technical background and theoretical discussion of the proposal.
§ Use the scientific formats for citation.
3.2.7.2. Detailed Plans for Future Funding Support
§ Indicate the project’s potential for future funding support.
3.2.7.3. Detailed Plans for Research Results Dissemination to Stakeholders
§ Specify a plan for dissemination of results, including policy recommendations, to various stakeholders 3.2.7.4. Endorsement Letter
§ Provide an endorsement letter from the head of the department or the institution where the major proponent is based and addressed it to the RDD Manager of SEARCA.
3.2.7.5. Curricula Vitae of All Research Proponents
§ It should come at the end of the proposal.
§ The curriculum vitae of each proponent is limited to three (3) pages and should have the following information: – full name (Surname, First name) – position title – contact information (telephone numbers; office, home, and mobile phone numbers; mailing address: office and home addresses; and email address) – academic degrees – higher education degrees – place and date of birth – working experiences – scientific publications – awards

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