Coordinated Research Projects

The SWMCN Subprogramme involves in the development, formulation and coordination of Coordinated Research Projects (CRPs), which bring together more than 150 research institutes in both developing and developed Member States to collaborate on research topics of common interests. Each CRP is a network of 10-15 national research institutes from developing (contract holders) and developed Member States including the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR Centres) as agreement holders. On average, there are 5 CRPs in the SWMCN Subprogramme per year. Each CRP commonly lasts for five to six years, during which normally four Research Coordination Meetings (RCMs) are held to evaluate the progress made and to coordinate future research activities.

Nuclear-based techniques (stable and radioactive isotopes, neutron moisture and gamma density probes) are used in these CRPs. They provide unique and quantitative data on nutrient and water dynamics in the soil-plant system, and therefore, essential or value-added information for (i) identifying major constraints in soil fertility, soil quality, land productivity, crop water productivity and water use efficiency and (ii) assessing the value of the interventions (improved land and water management practices) to alleviate these constraints with the ultimate goal of sustainable agriculture.

Results of research activities within each CRP are disseminated to all Member States through national, international and IAEA and FAO scientific and technical publications. The CRPs are complementary to the Agency's Technical Cooperation Projects (TCPs), with the knowledge gained via CRPs used to enhance the quality of TCPs.

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

Related Resources

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