Scientific and Cooperative Research Program

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) 202 0. SCRP supports FAS’ Borlaug Fellowship Program

and other strategic goals and utilizes the scientific communities’ accumulated knowledge and technologies to help aid in developing practical solutions to address issues including agricultural trade and market access, animal and plant health, biotechnology, food safety and security, and sustainable natural resource management.

All applications must include foreign collaborations, and projects should not exceed two years.

Funding may be allocated to foreign collaborators through sub-awards.BackgroundThe Scientific Cooperation Research Program (SCRP) is a Foreign Agricultural Service Office,(FAS) administered program that has been in existence for several decades.

Historically, SCRP has funded hundreds of collaborative research programs between U. S. and foreign scientists.This program supports up to 10 collaborative research programs annually, up to $50,00 0. ObjectivesSCRP will support applied research, extension, and education projects — lasting up to two years between U. S. researchers and researchers from selected emerging market economies - that create practical solutions to challenges faced by small farmers and build regional or global trade capacities in FAS countries.

In general, applications should support one or more of the following strategies of the Global Food Security Act (Public Law No:
114-195):
1. Accelerate inclusive, agricultural-led economic growth that reduces global poverty,hunger, and malnutrition, particularly among women and children.

2. Increase the productivity, incomes, and livelihoods of small-scale producers, especially women, by working across agricultural value chains, enhancing local capacity to manage agricultural resources effectively, and expanding producer access to local and international markets.

3. Build resilience to food shocks among vulnerable populations and households while reducing reliance upon emergency food assistance.

4. Create an enabling environment for agricultural growth and investment, including through the promotion of secure and transparent property rights.

5. Improve the nutritional status of women and children, with a focus on reducing child stunting, including through the promotion of highly nutritious foods, diet diversification,and nutritional behaviors that improve maternal and child health; 6. Align with and leverage broader United States strategies and investments in trade,economic growth, science and technology, agricultural research and extension, maternal and child health, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene.Issued
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Scientific Cooperation and Research

Department of Agriculture


Agency: Department of Agriculture

Office: Scientific Cooperation Research Program

Estimated Funding: $500,000


Who's Eligible





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Additional Information of Eligibility:
(1) Eligible applicants: To be eligible for a grant under this competition: (a) An applicant must be an individual LEA (as defined in this notice) or a consortium of LEAs from the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

(i) LEAs may apply for all or a portion of their schools, for specific grades, or for subject-area bands (e.g., lowest-performing schools, secondary schools, schools connected by a feeder pattern, middle school math, or preschool through third grade).

(ii) Consortia may include LEAs from multiple States.

(iii) Each LEA may participate in only one Race to the Top--District application.

(b) An applicant must serve a minimum of 2,000 participating students (as defined in this notice) or may serve fewer than 2,000 participating students (as defined in this notice) provided those students are served by a consortium of at least 10 LEAs and at least 75 percent of the students served by each LEA are participating students (as defined in this notice).

(c) At least 40 percent of participating students (as defined in this notice) across all participating schools (as defined in this notice) must be students from low-income families, based on eligibility for free or reduced-price lunch subsidies under the Richard B.

Russell National School Lunch Act, or other poverty measures that LEAs use to make awards under section 1113(a) of the ESEA.

If an applicant has not identified all participating schools (as defined in this notice) at the time of application, it must provide an assurance that within 100 days of the grant award it will meet this requirement.

(d) An applicant must demonstrate its commitment to the core educational assurance areas (as defined in this notice), including, for each LEA included in an application, an assurance signed by the LEA's superintendent or CEO that-- (i) The LEA, at a minimum, will implement no later than the 2014-2015 school year-- (A) A teacher evaluation system (as defined in this notice); (B) A principal evaluation system (as defined in this notice); and (C) A superintendent evaluation (as defined in this notice); (ii) The LEA is committed to preparing all students for college or career, as demonstrated by-- (A) Being located in a State that has adopted college- and career-ready standards (as defined in this notice); or (B) Measuring all student progress and performance against college-and career-ready graduation requirements (as defined in this notice); (iii) The LEA has a robust data system that has, at a minimum-- (A) An individual teacher identifier with a teacher-student match; and (B) The capability to provide timely data back to educators and their supervisors on student growth (as defined in this notice); (iv) The LEA has the capability to receive or match student-level preschool-through-12th grade and higher education data; and (v) The LEA ensures that any disclosure of or access to personally identifiable information in students' education records complies with FERPA.

(e) Required signatures for the LEA or lead LEA in a consortium are those of the superintendent or CEO, local school board president, and local teacher union or association president (where applicable).

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Date Posted:
2020-01-23

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Archive Date:
2020-04-01



Dr. Rajiv Shah, the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leads the U.S. government’s efforts to end extreme poverty. He chose to participate in the impact investing conference at the Vatican and met with Pope Francis directly to address world poverty, the future of impact investing, and promotion of resilient, vibrant democratic societies worldwide.




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