IFS-SEARCA Advanced Grants Awarded to Eight Early Career Scientists in Southeast Asia

Published: 2021-11-08

Colleagues in Belgium, Finland, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Sweden, United States and Vietnam gathered virtually on 29 October 2021 for an Awarding Ceremony and Inception Meeting to recognize the eight awardees of the IFS-SEARCA Advanced Grant and to introduce their mentors.

Participants at the IFS-SEARCA Awarding Ceremony and Inception Meeting

Another collaboration between IFS and Philippines-based SEARCA – the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture – the IFS-SEARCA Mentorship Program for Advanced Grants is funding these eight scientists to carry out 1-3 year research projects addressing food security challenges in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Dr. Cam Tu Vu (Vietnam)
  • Dr. Dinh Minh Tran (Vietnam)
  • Mr. Huu Tien Nguyen (Vietnam)
  • Dr. Magdalena Lenny Situmorang (Indonesia)
  • Ms. Mildred Guirindola (Philippines)
  • Dr. Oanh Nguyen Cong (Vietnam)
  • Dr. Thi Lam Bui (Vietnam)
  • Dr. Thien Nguyen (Vietnam)

The Awarding Ceremony began with a video about the program and a description of the selection process by a representative of the IFS-SEARCA Scientific Advisory Committee. Following each grantee being presented with a virtual certificate of recognition, they presented a one-minute video of themselves speaking about their research, its general objective, relevance to target beneficiaries, and potential to scale.

The Inception Meeting kicked off the implementation of the research projects by providing updates and information on grant administration; mentorship building and the roles of mentors; and monitoring, evaluation and learning. Each grantee introduced their mentors, some of whom were identified by the researchers themselves and others from among IFS’s long-standing relationships with external reviewers and scientific advisors.

Among various points of discussion about ways of working together, it was agreed that all involved would be able to interact on the IFS Community virtual platform and that there would be respective conversation groups set up for grantees and mentors, in addition to the communications between grantees and mentors. IFS and SEARCA look ahead to this experience of the first round of Advanced Grants and to disseminating widely the learning that we gain about the role of mentorship in enhancing the capacities of early career scientists.






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