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USDA seeks applications to host Borlaug Fellows from Poland

The USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) to host three Borlaug fellows from Poland. These agricultural scientists and policy specialists are participants in the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program. USDA prefers to keep all three fellows on the same campus. CALS International Programs is prepared to coordinate a proposal. Please contact Ken Shapiro at kshapiro@cals.wisc.edu.

Here is the RFA memo:

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has asked our office to help identify U.S. universities willing to host agricultural scientists and policy specialists from Poland. Three Polish Borlaug Fellows have been selected and their topics of research/study are focused on biotechnology. The expected time frame for their five week program is February/March, 2007. As indicated below, please respond directly to FAS by November 17, 2006, if you’re interested in hosting these fellows.

Each Fellow has the following specific research interests:

Fellow 1 – Transgenic plants/environmental risk assessment studies. She wants to research standardizing test techniques and methodology that evaluate possible non-target effects of transgenic crops. She is a Ph.D student in a department of applied entomology.

Fellow 2 – An economist, this Fellow wants to research the costs and benefits of coexistence between GMO and non-GMO based agricultural supply chains in the US and identify the economic and management issues of coexistence between products coming from different production systems in the value supply chains.

Fellow 3 – A public policy and communication specialist interested in information systems for biotechnology application in food production processes. She is also interested in research on food traceability systems.

If you would like to express your interest in hosting these Fellows, please send an estimated budget for one or more Fellows and a brief (one-page or less) e-mail message to: Karen.Uetrecht@fas.usda.gov. The e-mail message should outline institutional capabilities, biotechnology expertise and any previous experience with Poland. FAS would like to receive all expressions of interest by Friday, November 17, 2006, so that universities can be selected by the end of November.

Funding support will be provided by FAS and the FAS Warsaw Post as part of the Borlaug Fellows Program. For more information on this opportunity, please contact Karen Uetrecht, USDA/FAS at (202) 690-3359. For more information on the Borlaug Program, please visit www.fas.usda.gov/icd/borlaug/borlaug.htm.

The Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program aims to promote food security and economic growth by increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity. This program provides promising young scientists and policymakers with an opportunity to spend 4-5 weeks in the United States and work one-on-one with U.S. scientist in their fields. During the program, participants learn new research techniques, gain exposure to the latest scientific developments in various fields of agriculture, access fully-equipped laboratories and libraries, and learn about unique public-private partnerships that help fund agricultural research and science. Equally important, this program provides international scientists and policymakers with opportunities to establish long-term contacts with U.S. scientists and apply the newly gained knowledge from U.S. laboratories to their country’s research and development programs.

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