Applications are now open for the Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research Award 2021. The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) offers an annual Award for graduates and scientists of a Swiss institution who work in agricultural research for development.
The Swiss Forum for International Agricultural Research (SFIAR) is an informal multi-stakeholder group of Swiss institutions and private individuals interested in agricultural research for development (ARD). Members come from research institutions, NGOs, the private sector, farmers’ organizations, and public agencies, as well as individuals.
The SFIAR intends to award new, innovative, and result-oriented research. Recent achievements or milestones can be awarded, however no future plans or project proposals. The thematic scope of the award is broad. Any research that falls within the following definition of ARD given by the European Initiative for Agricultural Research for Development (EIARD) can be submitted:
“ARD is multi-dimensions research that addresses the agricultural development challenges of developing and emerging countries (DEC). The agricultural domain includes crop production and animal husbandry, agroforestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agribusiness and related enterprises, animal and human health-related issues, as well as the sustainable management of the natural sources on which farming depends and the socio-cultural and biodiverse landscapes, food systems and ecologies in which it is embedded. ARD provides technological, economic, and institutional knowledge and innovations contributing to sustainable development. It encompasses research of a national and international public good character, as well as research that yields private gains.”
The award is offered annually. Based on a recommendation by the Selection Committee the SFIAR may decide that the award for a particular year will be restricted to one category only, i.e. a Master’s thesis or Ph.D. or Post-Doc/ team 1 and that further restrictions may also be applied.
The SFIAR Award 2021 is restricted to the following: one prize (CHF 10’000) for the best PostDoc/ Team project; one prize (CHF 1’000) for the best Master’s thesis.
Eligible for the SFIAR Award is research that:
- is within the thematic scope (see ARD definition above).
- has been completed preferably no longer than three years ago, or is ongoing with recent achievements/ milestones (for Master’s Thesis Award: master’s thesis submitted preferably not longer than 18 months ago).
- has been carried out at or in close collaboration with a Swiss institution.
- has involved partners (institutions and/ or individuals) located in developing countries.
- covers at least one of the following characteristics: partnership, outreach to the farm level, output, and impact; product development (or steps thereof); tool or instrument that can be applied in the local context.
The main selection criteria are:
- research quality
- demonstration of the potential for development impact
- compliance with criteria defined under “Scope”
How to Apply?
Applicants have to fill in the attached application form and provide the research summary (maximum 2 pages including illustrations) and the other documents mentioned on the form in English, French, or German. Applications that do not meet the formal requirements will not be considered.
To apply online, click here. The last date to apply is July 15, 2021.
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