Structural Transformation of African and Asian Agriculture and Rural Spaces Fellows Program Announces New Request for Proposals
The Structural Transformation of African and Asian Agriculture and Rural Spaces (STAAARS+) Fellows program, under the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity and Influence (PRCI), is a collaboration between Cornell University, Michigan State University (MSU) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) to advance rigorous, policy-oriented food security research on topics of inclusive agricultural and rural transformation, development of healthy food systems and enhanced resilience at individual, household, national and regional levels in Africa and Asia. The objective is to build and reinforce an effective policy research culture within African and Asian policy research organizations that can help build and sustain research capacity beyond the life of PRCI and the STAAARS+ program. The first cohort of STAAARS+ teams was selected in 2020 and the selection period for the second cohort will begin July 1, 2021.
STAAARS+ teams are selected through a competitive process and paired with mentors at Cornell, IFPRI or MSU, with whom they will jointly author a paper on a topic of mutual interest that fits within the PRCI research priorities. STAAARS+ will support the development of research findings publishable in high quality, peer-reviewed journals; facilitate access to policy outreach networks and policy engagement materials; and support teams’ participation in scientific and policy conferences.
This call is open for teams of two to three early career African or Asian researchers currently working for eligible policy research institutions based in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia.
We will hold an informational webinar on July 20 at 7 a.m. Eastern Time. To register, visit the webinar registration page. Please send any questions in advance of the event to Jim Monahan ([email protected]). For those unable to attend, the materials will be available on the MSU Food Security Group YouTube page after the webinar has taken place.
The deadline to submit a concept proposal is Aug. 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Applicants should submit their completed proposal via email to [email protected].
Learn more on the Request for Proposals page.