The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) announces the availability of funding through cost reimbursable agreements for the Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The objective of SCRP is to reduce global poverty and hunger by supporting applied scientific research, extension, or education projects that address challenges faced by small farmers in emerging economies.
All proposals should focus on addressing agricultural challenges to small farmers in Feed the Future countries (FTF). The definition of small farmers differs between countries and agro-ecological zones. For the purposes of this announcement small farmers are those that own or lease less than 124 acres of land (less than 50 hectares). This land must be used to support subsistence or cash crop farming.
All proposals must target one or more of the selected FTF countries and/or regions referenced in this announcement and at least one applicable FTF strategy. Selected FTF countries are Bangladesh, Ghana, Guatemala, Kenya, East African Community Region, and Central America Region. Approved FTF strategies are available at the FTF website and are also listed within this REI.
All proposals should also utilize the scientific communities’ accumulated knowledge and technologies to help aid in developing practical solutions to these challenges. All proposals must include foreign collaborations and may not exceed two years. Funding may be allocated to foreign collaborators through sub-awards. Priority consideration will be given to Minority Serving Institutions (MSI), proposals focused on challenges faced by women, and proposals with cost share.
This notice identifies the SCRP deadline, legislative authority, eligibility and proposal requirements, funding restrictions, cost share requirements, allowable and unallowable costs, reporting requirements, program purpose and priorities, focus areas and recommended topics, application and submission information, application review, selection, and notification process, agency program contact information, mailing address, and frequently asked questions.
Applications must be received by March 28, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered for funding. Please refer to FY16 SCRP-REI for more info.