Applications are now open for the Co-Operative Research Programme to strengthen scientific knowledge and provide relevant scientific information and advice that will inform future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources in the areas of agriculture, food, fisheries, and forests.
The objective and work of the CRP are anchored in both a policy and scientific environment in the fields of food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries, which, more than ever, are developed in a multidisciplinary environment. This happens so as to respond to the varied demands from a range of stakeholder groups with interests in these fields, and to take into account that the world is globalised and food production systems are interlinked.
- helps achieve globally agreed policy objectives by facilitating international co-operation among research scientists and institutions. In doing so, it strengthens scientific knowledge and innovation.
- places a policy emphasis on all the activities it funds. CRP findings provide valuable evidence and information to support policy makers in promoting the sustainable use of natural resources in food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
- focuses on global issues such as food security, climate change and the inter-connectedness of economies through trade and scientific co-operation. This enables CRP-funded research to generate benefits for people around the world, producing results that resonate within and beyond the programme’s member countries.
- Theme 1: Managing natural capital helps to ensure the availability and the quality of natural resources.
- Theme 2: Strengthening resilience in the face of multiple risks in a connected world through research helps to anticipate, pre-empt and cope with potential and real impacts on agricultural systems and food security.
- Theme 3: Transformational technologies and innovation make it possible to achieve a step change.
Applications relevant to the work of the OECD Committee for Agriculture and other bodies are particularly welcome for example:
- Emerging diseases and zoonoses, especially COVID-19, including their possible transmission through food
- Resilience and risk management
- Climate change, including carbon sequestration in agriculture, forestry and land use
- Digital technologies
- Plant and animal breeding to enhance sustainable productivity growth and resilience to climatic events
- Fisheries and aquaculture productivity, sustainability and resilience
- Ecosystems and biodiversity, including in aquaculture and farmlands, and natural resources
- Development of alternatives to antibiotics for use in livestock and less harmful plant protection chemicals and improved fertilisers
- Sustainable and resilient food systems
- Applicants must be working in an institution located in a country that currently participates in the OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP), and the collaborating host institution must be located in another participating country. Scientists already holding a position in a foreign laboratory are not eligible to apply to remain in that laboratory.
- Applicants should have 4 years of postdoctoral training. The programme is not targeted at PhD students. In exceptional circumstances, consideration will be given to applicants who, although not having a PhD, have the equivalent expertise and have been extensively published. For all applications, priority is given to the overall scientific quality of each application considering its relevance to the Programme’s Research Themes and the Programme’s multi-disciplinary focus.
- Applicants should have a contract with their present employer that ensures their continued employment after completion of the fellowship. If the contract is less than 3 years, applicants are requested to ask their institution to certify that there will be a continued on-going scientific affiliation with the host laboratory once the fellowship ends, as this ensures that the relationships established during the fellowship are put to beneficial use.
- Before submitting an application, candidates should have their employers’ agreement to the application and to the take up of the fellowship should they be successful.
- A candidate who has already been the recipient of a CRP fellowship may apply for a second award, but only 5 years after the year of their first fellowship.
For more information, visit https://www.oecd.org/agriculture/crp/applications/