SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT) 634 views

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The Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) offers seed grants to Southeast Asian researchers and scientists capable of contributing significantly to the development of the Southeast Asian region, but who lack the funds necessary to carry out research projects that will enhance the agricultural and rural development of the region. Researchers and scientists can apply for the SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT), to fund projects that align with SEARCA’s 5-year plan, the Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development (ISARD).

The proposed projects should include at least 1 of the following elements:

  • social inclusion in agricultural and rural development
  • sustainable agriculture and rural development
  • regional and sub-regional cooperation
  • institutions and governance


Grants of up to US$15,000 for research or training projects that must be completed within a 1-year period, will be awarded. The grant aims 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.


Applicants have to be Southeast Asian nationals in possession of at least a 4-year degree and who have limited research/training start-up funds. Priority will be given to candidates who are: 1) SEARCA Graduate Scholarship alumni, 2) faculty and staff of members of the University Consortium, and 3) faculty and staff of universities under SEARCA’s Institutional Development Assistance Program. Southeast Asian nationals outside of the aforementioned SEARCA network who are regular employees of development organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies of any of the SEA countries will likewise be considered. Previous grantees may re-apply provided that their last SFRT grant has not been within the preceding 2 years.

The proposed project should: be innovative and accompanied by a plan for developing it into a potentially large-scale research/training program relevant to the agricultural and rural development needs of the region; have strong potential for generating significant long-term funding support; be completed within a 1-year period; have detailed plans for generating future funding support; and specify a plan for dissemination of results, including policy recommendations. Grant recipients should also produce: a research report from the project, which can be published as a discussion paper; at least 1 policy brief or research/learning/experience note; and where possible, present the research results in at least 1 scientific forum or conference.


Applications are to be done online by 1 August 2018.

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