Southeast Asian University Consortium for Graduate Education in Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC)

The University Consortium (UC) provides seed funding amounting to USD 5,000 for studies in line with the University Consortium's strategic priorities as follows:

  • Sustainable management of natural resource systems
  • Food and agriculture policy
  • Biotechnology in agriculture
  • Food and health
  • Information and communication technology, bioinformatics, and data management in agriculture

Who may apply for the Seed Fund for Collaborative Research Grants

A team of interested faculty members from at least two of the following participating members of the Southeast Asian University Consortium may apply for the UC Seed Fund:

  • Institut Pertanian Bogor, Indonesia
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia
  • Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Kasetsart University, Thailand
  • University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
  • Tokyo University of Agriculture, Japan
  • Universitas Brawijaya, Indonesia
  • National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Conditions of the Grant

  • To be eligible for the grant, the research study must be in line with the University Consortium's strategic priorities as follows:
    • Sustainable management of natural resource systems
    • Food and agriculture policy
    • Biotechnology in agriculture
    • Food and health
    • Information and communication technology, bioinformatics, and data management in agriculture
  • The maximum amount for the seed funding is USD 5,000
  • The study must have collaborators/proponents from at least 2 UC member universities
  • The awardee must acknowledge the support of the University Consortium in the research and any publications arising from it. He/She must submit to the UC Secretariat a copy of the terminal report of the study.
  • Study preferably to be completed in a year

Application requirements

The following should be submitted to the UC Coordinator of his/her University:

  1. Letter of Application addressed to the UC Coordinator of the UC member university where the faculty is connected.
  2. Duly accomplished UC Seed Fund for Collaborative Research Grant Form endorsed by the UC Coordinator.
  3. A copy of the concept paper with rationale, objective, expected output/outcome, line-item budget, schedule of activities.
  4. Certification of financial support for the study from other sources, if any.

Conditions and requirements for disbursement of grant

  • Fifty percent (50%) of the grant shall be released to the faculty upon approval of the research proposal, while the remaining 50% shall be released upon submission of the liquidation report of the first 50% and progress report of the research.
  • The UC Coordinator endorses the application to SEARCA as UC Secretariat subject to the approval of SEARCA’s Director. Once approval of the grant has been received, the funds will be disbursed by SEARCA.

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  • UC Secretariat
  • Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA)
  • College, Los Baños, Laguna 4031 Philippines
  • Email: mcnc@searca.org, geidd@searca.org
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    • Laguna Line: (+63-49) 536-2290 local 2200 to 2203
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