Australian Center for International Agricultural Research
Grants for agricultural research, capacity building, and diffusion of agricultural technologies in the developing world
Principal Office: Australia
The Australian Center for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) operates as part of Australia’s international development cooperation. ACIAR promotes and finances collaborative research between Australian and developing-country researchers in disciplines of agriculture and natural resources.
ACIAR does not undertake R&D itself. It plans, funds, and manages R&D projects carried out by Australian public-sector organizations, NGOs, and private-sector groups in partnership with counterparts in developing countries.
Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
ACIAR’s mandate includes research, capacity building, and outreach. These are not programs so much as functional categories, as follows.
1 – Research. ACIAR’s research program is a cluster of scientific disciplines focused around economics and social sciences; agricultural crops; livestock and fisheries; and natural resource management.
ACIAR makes grants for specific topics that it defines in each Annual Operational Plan. Grants generally range from A$50 thousand to more than A$1 million for research projects of 1-5 years.
Most grants are to Australian organizations which collaborate with other institutions in Australia and in partner developing countries via consortium arrangements.
Suggestions for projects may be submitted by individuals, research institutions, and government organizations in the developing countries where ACIAR is active, and/or in Australia. Ideas for projects should adhere to the priorities by region/country in ACIAR’s Annual Operating Plan.
ACIAR posts guidelines and templates for project proposals, project budgets, and project reporting. Proposals are invited throughout the year.
2 — Capacity Building. With co-support from AusAID, ACIAR funds post-graduate fellowships for agricultural scientists in ACIAR’s partner countries.
- The John Allwright Fellowship supports individuals in ACIAR’s partner countries for post-graduate studies in Australia.
- The John Dillon Fellowship aims to develop leadership skills in agricultural research management, agricultural policy, and/or extension technologies by exposing agricultural scientists in ACIAR’s partner countries to professionals and practices in Australia.
3 — Engaging with Community-Based NGOs. ACIAR supports partners to disseminate results of ACIAR-funded research in local communities. ACIAR particularly seeks to collaborate with civil society organizations that have long-term ties in the communities of interest, preferably as partners of existing government extension services. Additionally, ACIAR collaborates with Australian volunteers through established programs to place volunteers with ACIAR projects.
Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries
ACIAR’s priority countries are identified below, applying the regional geographical framework of the Terra Viva Grants Directory.
Southeast Asia and Pacific Islands: Cambodia, Fiji, Indonesia, Kiribati, Laos, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Vanuatu, Vietnam
East Asia: China
South Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan
Eurasia and Central Asia: Afghanistan
Middle East and North Africa: Egypt, Iraq
Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe
Note: ACIAR also funds global and multi-lateral projects, including many through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Where We Work summarizes ACIAR’s project portfolios by countries, disciplines, and programs.
ACIAR collaborates with the University of the South Pacific to offer postgraduate scholarships in the fields of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, agricultural economics, and agribusiness.
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