Research and innovation in agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry are global priorities

The world will need to feed a population of at least nine billion by 2050. The ability to do so hinges on the sustainability of the world’s natural capital and its food production systems. Knowledge sharing and innovation in agriculture, food, fisheries and forestry have never been so important. Governments across the world have declared their commitment to agricultural research.

What is the Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agriculture Systems (CRP)? 

The OECD's Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agriculture Systems (CRP) exists to strengthen scientific knowledge and provide relevant scientific information and advice that will inform future policy decisions related to the sustainable use of natural resources in the areas of agriculture, food, fisheries and forests.

The CRP:

  • helps achieve globally agreed policy objectives by facilitating international co-operation among research scientists and institutions. In doing so, it strengthens scientific knowledge and innovation.
  • places a policy emphasis on all the activities it funds. CRP findings provide valuable evidence and information to support policy makers in promoting the sustainable use of natural resources in food, agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
  • focuses on global issues such as food security, climate change and the inter-connectedness of economies through trade and scientific co-operation. This enables CRP-funded research to generate benefits for people around the world, producing results that resonate within and beyond the programme’s member countries.

How does the CRP achieve its objectives?

Fellowships: CRP funds short-term research projects for individual scientists in other CRP member countries. These individual travel bursary awards strengthen the exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation. Some 76% of the fellowships result in long-term co-operation between the fellow and their host institutes, a major goal of the programme.

Conferences: The CRP sponsors international conferences and workshops to help keep policy makers, industry, and the academic world informed of innovative research, scientific developments and opportunities.

These activities:

  • promote co-ordination among stakeholders to ensure that their objectives do not overlap or contradict each other
  • provide objective evidence of the possible outcomes of approaches and options
  • support the definition of measurable policy objectives (e.g. the incorporation of soil security into national law)
  • highlight the links between agriculture and diverse policy areas (e.g. the role of education in ensuring food security and sustainability).


Call for applications for funding in 2020 - Individual Travel Fellowship Awards and International Conference Sponsorship 

  • Are you organising a conference or workshop on state-of-the-art research issues in agriculture, food, fisheries or forests in 2020?
  • Or would you like to spend time working with researchers in another country to help your research project?

If so, the OECD CRP (Co-operative Research Programme: Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems) would welcome an application from you:

Especially – but not restricted to – if you are working on any of the following areas:

  • Innovation or digitalisation for productive, sustainable and resilient food and agriculture systems;
  • The impact of food systems on social, environmental and health (animal, plant and human) outcomes;
  • Climate change and natural resource use;
  • Fisheries and aquaculture sustainability;
  • Degradation of ecosystems, including in aquaculture;
  • Plant and animal breeding to enhance productivity and resilience to climatic events;
  • Food safety and emerging diseases threatening major commodity crops, and the development of less harmful plant protection chemicals and improved fertilisers.

And on any of  the CRP priority areas of research, grouped under the three research themes below:

I. Managing Natural Capital for the Future

II. Managing Risks in a Connected World

III. Transformational Technologies and Innovation

To apply, see our information on our call for applications. You can also review previous conferences and fellowships for information on what we have sponsored in the past.

Closing date for applications: Midnight, CET, Tuesday 10 September 2019


Latvia joins the CRP!

The Co-operative Research Programme welcomes Latvia as its 25th member country.

Latvia will be a full member from 1 January 2020, which means that Latvian scientists are eligible for the Call for Applications for Funding in 2020, i.e.:

• Sponsorship of conferences or workshops being held in Latvia;
• Sponsorship of conferences or workshops being held in a CRP member country, but organised by Latvian scientists;
• Latvian speakers at CRP-sponsored conferences or workshops;
• CRP research fellowships – as either fellow or host collaborator.



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