U.S.-China Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP)

USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) seeks agriculture related science and technology research teams to travel to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to participate in the U.S.-China Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP).

The closing date for applications is Friday, January 17, 2014.

The Program offers opportunities to engage diverse agricultural stakeholders in China with the common goal of furthering U.S. and Chinese agriculture through collaborative research, trade, and investment. This is accomplished by facilitating 14-day visits to China that foster mutually beneficial exchanges of research and technology. Research teams are responsible for their own international roundtrip airfare. The Ministry of Agriculture (MOA) of the People’s Republic of China is responsible for most in-country program related expenses. The USDA and MOA will accept one research team from three of the following five focus areas listed in priority order:

  1.  Study Tour on Collaboration in Seeds;
  2. Creating Trade Oriented Pesticide Residue Management Policies and Practices;
  3. Collaborating World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE);
  4. Urban Farming; and
  5. Sharing Experiences to Mitigate Avian Influenza.

The research team selection and implementation process will be managed and implemented by the USDA, MOA, and other parties as appropriate.

For more information see the Expression of Interest.