Research programme on biological resources in agriculture



  • International Conference Sponsorship - Individual Travel Bursary Fellowship Awards

 you working on the productivity, sustainability and resilience of agricultural production or food systems?

Does the application of new genetic technologies, big data, AI, block chain and the digital economy in agriculture, fisheries, forestry and food systems excite you? Or exploring policy instruments to encourage their take up?

Does the future of livestock and meat production fascinate you? Or the sustainability of fisheries and aquaculture, including their economic and social dimensions?

Are you concerned about the changing biodiversity and ecosystem services supporting the productivity of agricultural ecosystems?

How about the impacts of invasive species and climate change on global food production and trade?

Would you like to…

• Visit a lab in another country to establish new collaborative links?
• Expand your research through a short stay in a foreign country?
• Start an international research network?


• Are you organising an international conference or workshop?
• Need some financial help?

If so, you may be interested in applying for an OECD Co-operative Research Programme (CRP) fellowship award or international conference sponsorship.

These are just some of the issues covered by the CRP and relevant to the programmes of work of the OECD’s Committee for Agriculture and Fisheries Committee.

The next call for applications for funding in 2020 will be open from 1st April to 10 September 2019.


This Newsletter provides up-to-date information on OECD activities related to biotechnology. Summaries of the current work and recent outcomes were provided by the Environment Directorate, the Science, Technology and Innovation Directorate, the Trade and Agriculture Directorate and colleagues from the Secretary-General’s office, as well as the International Energy Agency Renewable Energy Division. 

Latest issue: N°34 - December 2018


2018 Conference Sponsorships and 2018 Fellowships

After a successful call for applications, 9 conferences out of 22 received and 21 international research fellowships out of 54 received have been retained by the OECD Co-operative Research Programme for funding.

Conference Sponsorships



Previous Conference Sponsorships and Fellowships

Information about both conferences/workshops and fellowships funded in 2017-2010 can be found in the links below, including reports from conference organisers and fellows and links to proceedings and/or published papers that came out of the conferences or fellowships.


Conference Sponsorships


 Livestock (cows)

Conference Sponsorships


 Les Vosges

Conference Sponsorships



Conference Sponsorships


 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013

 Cactus  Conference Sponsorships and Fellowships




Livestock Disease Policies: Building Bridges between Science and Economics

Contagious livestock diseases can cause major harm to human and animal health, to firms, and to consumers and taxpayers. Governments are increasingly acting to prevent and control livestock diseases, while international organisations develop codes, guidelines and programmes to enhance international co-operation and efficient management of diseases. These proceedings of an OECD-OIE conference that the Co-operation Research Programme sponsored and which took place in June 2013 examine how economics and animal sciences can contribute to managing livestock disease risks in an efficient and comprehensive manner.


Challenges for Agricultural Research

Agricultural research continues to confront new challenges, from food security to ecological concerns to land use. An OECD conference highlighted recent major progress in agricultural research outcomes and addressed the challenges that lie ahead. Participants came from all agricultural sectors and included farmers, industry, scientists, decision makers and other stakeholders.

This publication presents the twenty papers delivered at the conference.



Improving Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems

Systems implemented in the second half of the previous century to foster innovation in agriculture are in crisis. New solutions are urgenly needed to face the challenges of food security and climate change while productivity is widely decreasing. The CRP-sponsored conference on Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems, held in Paris from 15 to 17 June 2011, was very opportune in providing a large and comprehensive overview of concepts and experiences that are dramatically changing the approaches and the instruments to support and foster innovation in agriculture.