Two experts funded in last round of CGIAR programme

4 February 2020

Two senior experts will receive extra funding to spend more time on their CGIAR research and research management in large CGIAR programmes and platforms in the fourth and final assessment round of the CGIAR Senior Expert Programme. The CGIAR, a global research partnership, collaborates with the Netherlands on food security, dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing food and nutrition security, and improving natural resources.

The Senior Expert Programme aims to support the participation of Dutch research organisations in CGIAR. This is realised through funding part of the personnel costs of Senior Experts who are employed at a Dutch research organisation and participate within a CGIAR Research Program (CRP) or Platform with linkages to one or more of the four priority knowledge domains of the thematic strategic partnership. The Senior Expert Programme (SEP) is one of the three instruments in the Netherlands (NL) - CGIAR research programme. In total seventeen Senior Experts are awarded with this instrument. This was the final assessment round, because there is not enough budget for a next round.

Funded experts

  • Dr G. Sterk
    Dutch research organisation: University Utrecht
    CGIAR institute: International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
    Focus: Restoring Degraded Lands Flagship for sustainable dryland agro-ecosystems
  • Prof. M.K. van Ittersum
    Dutch research organisation: Wageningen University and Research
    CGIAR institute: International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
    Focus: Low emission development of cropping in sub-Saharan Africa to triple production towards 2050

The Senior Expert Programme

The proposals are awarded within the Senior Expert Programme of the Netherlands – CGIAR research programme. The SEP instrument aims to contribute to the mutual benefit of partnering between CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs), CGIAR platforms and CGIAR Centers and Dutch knowledge institutes and stakeholders by supporting the participation of Dutch research organisations in CGIAR.

The calls for SEP candidates were implemented by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development in close collaboration with the CGIAR and with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), as well as the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

Source: NWO