Coordinated Research Projects

The Animal Production and Health Sub-programme of the Joint FAO/IAEA Programme of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture cooperates and collaborates in research and development (R&D) activities with more than 150 institutions in Member States through Coordinated Research Projects (CRP) and other scientific collaborations. Each project focuses on specific topics to find sustainable solutions relevant to the application of nuclear and related techniques in the areas of animal nutrition, reproduction and breeding, and animal health.

CRP's are research networks that stimulate and coordinate research, and foster the exchange of scientific and technical information by bringing together research institutes from both developing and developed Member States. The Animal Production Unit's laboratory at Seibersdorf is involved in the transfer of basic and developmental research to applied and implemental research, including the development of guidelines and harmonization of methodologies. Every CRP has a jointly developed research work plan, which is managed and coordinated by the Animal Production and Health Sub-programme and the participating institutes. These projects commonly last for five to six years, during which normally four Research Coordination Meetings are held to evaluate the progress made and to coordinate future research.

The results are freely available to Member States and the international scientific community through dissemination in relevant international journals, and IAEA and FAO technical publications. The knowledge gained through CRP and other scientific collaborations and its incorporation into mathematical modelling approaches, particularly involving climatic change, is a powerful indirect tool for assessing animal husbandry and production requirements as well as disease patterns for the sustainability of the livestock sector.

Information on the IAEA Coordinated Research Programme and how to apply for research contracts and research agreements can be found at Coordinated Research Activities Website.

Related Resources

Coordinated Research Activities Website
CRP Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
CRP Forms
CRP Search
Completed CRPs
Active CRPs