The goal of the NRCS Scientific Cooperation Program is to improve the capacity for wise use of natural resources in this country and in the exchange country. Proposals are solicited in all areas of natural resource management in which NRCS is involved. Exchanges may be exploratory in nature; may further develop existing knowledge and scientific expertise; or may emphasize applied technology, rather than pure research. In all cases, exchanges are goal oriented.
NRCS also participates in the USDA Scientific and Technical Cooperation Program.
Who Can Participate
All NRCS employees are encouraged to participate in the Program.
The International Programs Division (IPD) administers the Program. The following areas are of interest to NRCS, not necessarily listed in priority order:
Forestry and Grazing Lands
Resource Conservation and Development
Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting
Watershed Protection/Flood Prevention
Watershed Surveys and Planning
Wetlands and Wildlife Habitat
Degree to which the proposal addresses a topic that supports the NRCS mission
Potential benefit to NRCS and the ability to transfer technology gained
Potential to develop into a long-term (3 to 5 year) cooperative program
Participation ratio between NHQ, Regions, and States
Representation of underrepresented groups or disciplines
Cooperative effort as needed with other agencies, universities, institutions
Notify supervisor of intent to develop and submit proposal
Identify subject area of proposal and country of interest
Establish contacts with counterparts in foreign country to initiate interest
Clarify mutual participation in exchange, establish mutual goals, and identify dates for implementation
Develop proposal using standard format which is available from NRCS/IPD
Submit completed proposal to NRCS/IPD
Select proposals according to NRCS selection criteria shown above
Select additional proposals for NRCS internal funding
Assist with identification of team members to participate in exchanges
Secure NRCS clearances
Monitor logistical arrangements
Maintain proposals in a reconsideration file for three years
Issue call for proposals when on-hand proposals are low
Provide advice on preparation of proposals
After proposals have been selected against the appropriate criteria, they are processed through the normal NRCS approval procedures.