ISPC Commentary on the Agriculture for Nutrition & Health (A4NH) Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
The ISPC plays an important role in providing advice to the CGIAR System Council on the scientific credibility and investment worthiness of program proposals, as well as aspects of CGIAR policy. The review of CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs) started in 2010. The ISPC contributes its independent feedback to the Council on the science quality and relevance of proposed CRPs; the quality, rigor, and validity of the underlying analysis/assumptions on which priorities and activities are proposed; and the potential for proposed activities to contribute toward CGIAR goals. There will be a continuing need to provide inputs to the development of performance indicators.
CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs)
The CGIAR issued the second-call full proposals guidance document as a successor step to the development and review of pre-proposals conducted between June and November 2015, and invited the submission of:
. A coherent set of 12 interconnected proposals for the period 2017-2022 to address the selected global challenges identified in CGIAR’s 2016–2030 Strategy and Results Framework (SRF); and
. Three further proposals to develop CGIAR system-level platforms (genebanks; genetic gains; and big data, information, and knowledge) as integral strategic and service components of the portfolio over the same six-year implementation period to strengthen the foundation for effective implementation of research and delivery of CGIAR outcomes.
The ISPC followed the criteria listed in the guidance document to review proposals. An ISPC Conflict of Interest Policy has been established to ensure that any potential conflicts of interest are made open and transparent, and that processes are managed to take declared interests into account.
ISPC Commentary on the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
ISPC commentary on the Water, Land and Ecosystems (WLE) Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
ISPC Commentary on the Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) Phase II Preproposal (2017-2022)
CROSS CRP ANALYSIS
The 15 CRP proposals were submitted for ex ante peer review in a sequential manner over a period of over two years (2010-2012). In the ISPC’s appraisal of the CRP proposals it became apparent that the research outlined initially included a considerable proportion of ongoing research brought together under the CRP umbrella. Furthermore, due to the sequential development of the CRPs, the proponents had not been able to consult with each other to shape an overall cohesive research agenda. The ISPC therefore undertook a series of strategic oversight analyses once the complete portfolio of the CRPs was available. Themes for these analyses were chosen on the basis of the cross-cutting nature of the topic.