Seed Fund for Research and Training (SFRT)

In line with the implementation of the 11th FYP, the SFRT grant is available in a new format. The research grants will now be accessible through the Mentorship Program for Individual and Collaborative Research and Mentorship Program under the SEARCA-IFS (International Foundation for Science) partnership. The call for expressions of interest and proposals will be made in July. Please watch out for the call and for more information on the SEARCA website in the coming weeks.


  1. SFRT aims to provide start-up funds to researchers and scientists who can make significant contributions to the development of the region but lack the funds to carry out their projects.
  2. It intends to build capacities of researchers to develop research proposals and conduct the research, mindful of inherent technical, financial, and administrative responsibilities of such an undertaking.
  3. It seeks to expand SEARCA's reach in terms of research, capacity building, and contribution to the body of knowledge on ISARD in the region.

Proponent Qualifications

The proponent should be a Southeast Asian national who is a graduate of at least a four-year degree course, with limited research/training start-up funds.

Priority in terms of number of slots will be given to the following:

Southeast Asian nationals outside of the above-mentioned SEARCA network who are regular employees of development organizations, academic institutions, and government agencies of any of the SEA countries may likewise be considered.

Re-Applying Grantees

Previous grantees may re-apply provided that their last SFRT grant has not been within the preceding two years.

Project Eligibility

Subject Matter

Subject Matter: The proposed project should be aligned with Accelerating Transformation Through Agricultural Innovation (ATTAIN), the overarching theme of SEARCA's 11th Five Year Plan (FY 2020/2021 – 2024/2025), along at least one of the following priority areas:

  • Agri-Business Models for Increased Productivity and Income
  • Sustainable Farming Systems and Natural Resource Management
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Transformational Leadership for Agricultural and Rural Development (ARD)
  • Gender and Youth Engagement in ARD
  • Enhanced ARD towards Climate Resilience
  • EcoHealth/One Health Applications to ARD


The proposed project should be all of the following:

  • 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;
  • Has strong potential for generating significant long-term funding support;
  • Can be completed within a period of 18 months;
  • Details plans for generating future funding support; and
  • Specifies a plan for dissemination of results, including policy recommendations, to various stakeholders in modes deemed appropriate.


The proposed project should be able to generate:

  • A research report which can be published either as a discussion paper, monograph or a journal article
  • At least one policy brief or research/learning/experience note
  • When possible, presentation of research results in at least one scientific forum/conference

Proposal Submission

All proposals and related documents should be submitted online (

All applicants will fill out the system's online submission form completely for their application to proceed and be submitted. If a problem is encountered in uploading the proposal, please inform SFRT through email to so that said problem can be rectified.

Guidelines on proposal format and required documents can be downloaded from the SEARCA website.