Coordinated Research Projects

The FEP Subprogramme develops, formulates and coordinates Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs). CRPs bring together laboratories in both developing and developed Member States to collaborate on research topics of common interests. Each CRP is implemented through the Agency's Research Contracts Administration and consists of a network of 10-15 national research institutes from developing (contract holders) and developed Member States as agreement holders. Each CRP commonly lasts for five to six years, during which normally four Research Coordination Meetings (RCMs) are held to evaluate the progress, to coordinate and develop technical documents.

Nuclear-based techniques (irradiators, stable and radioactive isotopes) are used in these CRPs. They provide methods for ensuring food safety as well as qualitative and quantitative determination of residues and contaminants. These are essential tools for Member States in implementing Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems and in ensuring the application of good agricultural practices throughout the food chain.

Results of research activities within each CRP are disseminated to all Member States through national, international and IAEA and FAO scientific and technical publications, including FAO/IAEA eLearning. The CRPs are complementary to, and in some case, integral components of the Agency's Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs), with the knowledge gained via CRPs used to enhance the quality of TCPs. Conversely, capacity built under TCPs helps deliver outputs and outcomes from CRPs.

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

Related Resources

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