The Norman E.

Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program (Borlaug Fellowship Program) helps developing countries strengthen sustainable agricultural practices by providing up to 12 weeks of scientific training and collaborative research opportunities to entry- to mid-career- agricultural research scientists and policymakers from developing and middle income countries.

Training venues include U.S.

land-grant universities, USDA or other U.S.

government agency research facilities, not-for-profit institutions, and international agricultural research centers.

Upon their return home, participants will be able to apply this knowledge in their own research programs and teaching, as well as share their experiences with colleagues at their own institutions and throughout their home countries.

The program fosters collaboration and networking between scientists in the developing world and the United States.

Launched in 2004, the program is administered by the U.S.

Department of Agriculture, in cooperation with the U.S.

Agency for International Development, the Department of State, and the U.S.

Trade and Development Agency.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2009: Research training and collaboration in such areas as plant pathology, livestock disease, forest management, GMO allergenicity, and conversion of feed stocks.

Fiscal Year 2010: Research training and collaboration in such areas as biotech crops, cocoa germplasm, insect pathogens, climate change and food safety, agricultural policy leadership, irrigation and SPS.

Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Agriculture

Established in 1862, the Department of Agriculture serves all Americans through anti-hunger efforts, stewardship of nearly 200 million acres of national forest and rangelands, and through product safety and conservation efforts. The USDA opens markets for American farmers and ranchers and provides food for needy people around the world.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.


National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977, as amended, 7 U.S.C. 3310; Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, Section 1473G, Public Law HR-6124, 7 U.S.C 3310.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To promote food security and economic growth by increasing scientific knowledge and collaborative research to improve agricultural productivity.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

The Borlaug Fellowship Program solicits proposals from U.S.

land grant universities, USDA or other U.S.

government agency research facilities, not-for-profit institutions, and international agricultural research centers.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Technical assistance and research collaboration provided through these agreements benefit foreign governments and related agricultural institutions in their countries.


This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-21 and A-122. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

All proposals are evaluated by technical specialists, which rate the qualifications of applicants and merits of the proposals.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Extensions may be authorized.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is phased according to the requirements of individual projects. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Agreements are entered into with selected institutions.

Post Assistance Requirements


Mentor s report and Fellow s report are required.

No cash reports are required.

No progress reports are required.

No expenditure reports are required.

No performance monitoring is required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.


Program and financial records are kept in the Department.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Direct Payments for Specified Use (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 09 $1,647,615; FY 10 est $1,340,181; FY 11 est $2,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$25,000 per fellow.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Ali Abdi, Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service, 1400 Indpendence Avenue, S.W., Room 3224-South Building, Washington, District of Columbia 20250 Email: Phone: (202) 690-0880.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are dependent upon identification of specific project requirements and program priorities developed by the Foreign Agricultural Service"s Office of Capacity Building and Development program area (FAS/OCBD), in consultation with collaborating agencies and organizations. Contact FAS/OCBD/TSED/BFP for additional information. While this program does not fund unsolicited proposals, interested parties are welcome to submit statements of capability and expressions of interest.

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