The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has continued to strengthen its role as a knowledge and capacity building agency for 46 universities in 22 African countries. In furthering this mandate, RUFORUM runs a Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS) with Graduate Research Grants (GRG) being one of the key granting mechanism for supporting university-led research linked to addressing needs of smallholder farmers along agricultural value chains. The GRG currently provides two-year grants of up to US$60,000 each to an individual senior lecturer of a member university to support agricultural action research and the training of two graduate students.
Since 2009, five GRGs calls have been issued with 106 grants awarded, resulting in the training of 247 MSc students. Building on the achievements and lessons learnt from the 5 GRG Call, on 17 July 2014, RUFORUM announced the 6thGRG competitive call for proposals that closed on the 12th of February, 2015. Project proposals were expected to be in line with the broad thematic area “Innovation for sustainable crop systems and/or livestock systems within value chains that improve smallholder incomes”.
RUFORUM Secretariat is pleased to announce the list of short listed proposals selected by RUFORUM Technical Committee in response to the 6th Call. A total of 108 proposals were received from 20 of the 46 member universities. The short listed proposals are undergoing further due diligence check upon which grant award letters will be issued. Click here to download the RUFORUM press release_6th GRG Call.