Research Mini-Grants

NAPA Mini-Grants Program (MGP) for Collaborative Research

Dear distinguished NAPA members,
Namaste and Happy Bada Dashain 2075 once again.

The Association of Nepalese Agricultural Professionals of Americas (NAPA) [www.napaamericas.org] is delighted to announce a call for 'Research Mini-Grant' contributors or sponsors from community members and beyond towards establishing a NAPA Mini-Grant Program (MGP) for collaborative research. Following are some of the initial objectives of MGP:

  • Initiate small-scale high-impact collaborative research with teaching, research, and development institutions in Nepal
      • Agriculture and Forestry University (AFU)
      • Tribhuvan University, Institute of Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS)
      • Tribhuvan University, Institute of Science & Technology (IoST)
      • Agricultural schools (9-12 grades)
      • Council for Technical Education & Vocational Training (CTEVT)
      • NARC, NGOs, INGOs, and other institutions as deemed necessary
  • Share research expertise and experience with interested institutions and individuals (faculty, students, researchers, and agriculture practitioners) in developing research proposals, analyzing data, preparing presentations, and writing papers/reports for publication.
  • Disseminate research findings to keep stakeholders, development activists, policymakers, and civil society informed of latest agricultural technologies.
  • Provide pertinent publications (electronic/hard copy) to relevant institutions and individuals as reference material for teaching, research, and extension purposes.

Scope of Contribution/Sponsorship

Anyone willing to be a part of MGP to promote collaborative research activities in Nepal may join NAPA to highlight the need for research in agricultural and allied disciplines and empower researchers in rural communities of Nepal (in this initial phase). You have the opportunity to support these genius minds and their ideas and make significant impact toward improving current agricultural enterprises and developing strategies to make staple food accessible and ample for the rural community. We, therefore, request all of you (great minds, generous hearts, and open hands) to select one of the two options below to implement the pilot concept of 'collaborative research' for professional development and capacity building. Your contribution to this MGP pilot project will be recognized per your desire and specification to contribute (discipline, institution, and specific project). The NAPA Treasurer and the designated committee (DC) in consultation with the contributors/donors/sponsors will oversee the MGP funds, implementation, outcome, and quality control. The DC in consultation with the executive committee (EC) shall prepare guidelines, call proposals, evaluate, and recommend selected proposals for funding.

i) Contributors

Anyone willing to contribute to MGP for collaborative research may donate any amount to the MGP pool and the amount will be disbursed to support selected small-scale projects. Such pool-funded projects will be solicited, evaluated, selected, supported, and managed by EC depending on the amount of funds in the MGP pool.

ii) Sponsorship

MGP Sponsors will have an opportunity to identify research areas, implementing institution, and a name of the mini-grant (if the amount of mini-grant is $100 or more). Sponsors may supervise the research conducted by the mini-grant receiving student along with the faculty of the recipient institution (local faculty) or may authorize NAPA to supervise the sponsored research (on behalf of him/her). The standard mini-grant amount in the initial phase will be $100 (US dollar one hundred) equivalent to NRs. 10,000 (Rupees ten thousand) one time for undergraduate research and $200 (US dollar two hundred) equivalent to NRs. 20,000 (Rupees twenty thousand) for graduate student or post-graduate professional research depending on the type of research proposal. The call for research proposals at the initial phase (2019) will be limited to good standing undergraduate and graduate (M.S. and Ph.D.) students from agriculture/forestry/food technology universities/colleges/schools as well as post graduate professionals/researchers.

If the selected research is expected to take multiple years, the research will be supported based on the available funds. The duration of the research can be annual or multiyear depending on the nature of the selected research proposals and available funds. The funding of the research may be from an individual (sponsorship) if contributed as specified, or it will be funded from the collective funding pool (depending on the research budget, project type, and available funds).

Criteria for receiving a mini-grant

  • The EC will call for proposals based on the available numbers and types of mini-grant for collaborative research.
  • The proposals must be from a student in good academic standing, endorsed by a faculty (local supervisor). The proposal from the student must be accompanied with a short research biography of the supervising faculty member.
  • Priority will be given to public agricultural schools/colleges/universities.
  • The EC will evaluate the submitted proposals based on mini-grant selection criteria.
  • Highly ranked proposals will be funded each year based on available funds.

NAPA respectfully requests all generous donors to spare a few dollars by sacrificing small expenses (such as coffee/tea/drinks/movie/dining out etc.) for the next few months in order to generate a mini-grant pool money for collaborative research. More importantly, we seek MGP sponsors to support collaborative research for developing capacity of undergraduate/graduate students, local faculty, and post graduate professionals ($100 and $200 levels). Therefore, you have been invited to make a difference in research-based agricultural education in Nepal by sponsoring at least one mini-grant for an impactful scientific investigation. Your generosity is NAPA's inspiration to serve the community back in the motherland and beyond. So, contribution by October 15, 2018, will be much appreciated as we are planning to release the first opportunity of the mini-grants for collaborative research in the year 2019. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Vice President, Dr. Megha N. Parajulee at napa2072@gmail.com for further details.