Request for Applications (RFA)

March 2019

 

Background:

Founded in 2016, Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA) is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, non-religious, and non-political professional organization dedicated to serve humankind through educational, scientific, and developmental initiatives. Through its Resource and Capacity Building Committee (RCBC), NAPA is organizing for the first time a competitive Research Mini-Grants (RMG) program that provides funding for applied research projects in the disciplines of Agricultural and Allied Sciences (AAS) in Nepal. You may visit the link below for details http://napaamericas.org/research-mini-grants.php.

Objectives: This grant is intended to support Nepal-based educational and non-profit research organizations to conduct small-scale high-impact research in the fields of AAS. The goal of this program is to help conduct utility focused research on education, and extension projects for productive, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable plant and animal based agricultural systems. NAPA plans to fund several quality proposals in the range of NRs 10,000 - 30,000 each. Number of proposals to be funded may vary based on quality of proposals and availability of research funds.

Funding areas:

In this RFA, RCBC requests proposal applications in diverse fields of AAS. Specifically, applications are sought in the areas of crop production, crop protection, and plant products; animal production, animal health, and animal products; food processing, food security, and utilization; cropping systems, soil health, and irrigation management; agribusiness/agri-economics, agroforestry, agricultural engineering, and allied areas. You may find disciplinary details by clicking the link http://napaamericas.org/napa-by-laws.php.

Eligibility:

Faculty and students of not-for-profit higher academic institutions (universities and colleges) and other research-focused non-profit organizations, including but not limited to:

  • Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU) and its branch campuses
  • Tribhuvan University, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) and its branch campuses
  • Tribhuvan University, Institute of Science & Technology (IoST)
  • Tribhuvan University, Central Campus of Technology (Dharan)
  • Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (CTEVT)
  • Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC)
  • Farmer Organizations
  • Professional Associations (e.g. NAA, NVA, NAES, NASA)

Other requirements:

  • Investigators proposing collaboration/partnership with other eligible institutions/entities should include letter(s) of support from the Performing Institution.
  • Proposals from students must be accompanied with a recommendation letter from their advisor(s) explaining student’s academic standing and study’s fit to their overall research.
  • The proposal should be submitted in the specified format as suggested below:
  • Name and contact details of applicant(s), title, problem statement, objectives/hypotheses, research methods, itemized budget and budget justification, expected outputs and outcomes, work plan, plan to disseminate research findings, and references.
  • The proposal should not exceed four pages in single-line, 12-pt font letters with 1” margins.
  • Proposals must be submitted electronically as Word or PDF documents to naparcbc2019@gmail.com, and carbon-copied to napa2072@gmail.com.

Limitations

  • Proposals not adhering to the suggested guidelines will not be considered.
    Project duration shall be one (1) year for research activities including the submission of the summary report to NAPA. The selected projects may be extended for the second year depending on the project’s progress and the quality of research in the first year and in unforeseen situations like natural disaster or institutional shutdown that may hinder the research progress. RCBC must be notified if such situations arise.
  • No grant money will be spent on Indirect Cost (institutional administration and other fees).
  • Grant money shall not be used to renovate or refurbish research, education or extension space; purchase or install fixed equipment in such a place; or the plan, repair, rehabilitate, acquire, or construction of buildings or facilities.


Timeline:

  • Submission of proposal(s) by: March 31, 2019; 11:59 pm US CST
  • Awardees will be notified by: April 31, 2019
  • Contract signed with awardees and research begins: May 15, 2019

Proposal evaluation criteria:

  • Statement of the problem and rationale of the study (10 points)
  • Literature review and conceptual framework upon which the research builds (10 points)
  • Clarity in research question which should be built logically from the problem statement (10 points)
  • Methodology appropriate in light of the research question(s) (20 points)
  • Realistic timeline of the proposed project (10 points)
  • Budget is appropriate, realistic, and justified (10 points)
  • Research has the scientific rigor and potential to make an impact or serve as a model for other research initiatives (30 points)

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