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OECD CRP Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship

Application Deadline Announced for OECD CRP Research Fellowships and Conference Sponsorship

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is an international organisation founded to stimulate world trade and economic progress. With 34 member countries, the OECD provides a platform for the co-ordination of policy, the identification of good practice, and to seek answers to shared problems.

OECD’s Trade and Agriculture Directorate, through its Co-operative Research Programme (CRP), provides a number of funding streams designed to strengthen scientific knowledge, and provide relevant scientific information and advice, the better to inform future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources in the areas of food, agriculture, forests and fisheries.

CRP Research Fellowships allow research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries, to conduct research projects in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme. The fellowships are intended to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists.

The CRP Conference Sponsorship programme invites research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries to apply for funding towards a conference, workshop, symposium or equivalent, to take place in a CRP member country.

Consideration for support is given to scientific meetings of various sizes and structures ranging from small, focused workshops to larger conferences or congresses, provided they are relevant to the CRP objectives. Whilst smaller, focused meetings are preferred, the CRP does on occasion provide sponsorship for larger meetings. In such cases, the proposal must relate to a special, focused session or symposium within a larger event. Focused one-time meetings are strongly favoured over meetings that take place on a regular basis.

Applications for both fellowships and conferences should relate to one of the following research themes:

  • Managing Natural Capital for the Future
  • Managing Risks in a Connected World
  • Transformational Technologies and Innovation

Applications are accepted from scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country that currently participates in the CRP. Countries participating in the CRP are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States.

Fellowship awards consist of travel costs (return economy class air ticket), a weekly subsistence allowance of €600 to €650 per week and a lump sum allowance of €165 to cover transportation costs incurred in the taking and leaving of duties at the host laboratory. Fellowships may last for between six and 26 weeks.

Conference sponsorships will provide a travel lump sum for up to 15 invited speakers from OECD participating Member Countries, as well as for a relevant CRP Scientific Advisory Body (SAB) member, and a contribution of €3,050 towards the publication of the proceedings of the event.

The application deadline for both initiatives is midnight (CET), 10 September 2017.

Online application forms will be available in May 2017; until then, PDF examples of the forms are available in order to assist with the preparation of proposals.

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