Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), through SEARCA Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT), is now accepting applications for promising research and training programs that may be inputs into scientific discoveries with applications in promoting rural economic development.
The SFRT is only a start-up fund amounting to $15,000 per beneficiary.
Deadline for application for the grant this year is on August 1, 2017.
This program should help scientists or potential techno-entrepreneurs with limited funds to do initial research and subsequently secure long-term support from donor agencies.
"To address this (financial) concern and in line with SEARCA's thrust of promoting, undertaking and coordinating research programs relevant to inclusive and sustainable agricultural and rural development of the region, SEARCA will dedicate funds for SFRT," SEARCA further said.
According to SEARCA, the proposed project should be innovative and is accompanied by an appropriate plan for developing it into a potentially large-scale research/training program greatly relevant to the agricultural and rural development needs of the region.
It must also have strong potential for generating significant long-term funding support and can be completed within a period not exceeding one year.