While most of CCRP’s grantmaking is conducted on a regional basis through the four place-based communities of practice, some grants are made on a cross-cutting basis to serve all four regions and/or to address broader issues.
Some cross-cutting grants are aimed at providing support to grantees in multiple regions. Examples of this type include one for Research Methods Support (RMS), a major grant to the University of Reading’s Statistical Services Centre. The RMS project supports CCRP project teams and their host institutions to use appropriate research methods effectively. In addition, the RMS team operates as members of the CCRP Leadership Team, contributing to the strategic thinking of the program as a whole. Another cross-cutting grant supports spatial analysis at the program and project levels, helping grantees and others in the use geographic information systems and related approaches (in cooperation with the RMS team).
Other cross-cutting grants are aimed at developing resources of relevance to research and development efforts towards agroecological intensification (AEI). For instance, a grant to Michigan State University for the PhotoSynQ project supports the development and application of low-cost sensors that can be used by researchers, extension personnel, development practitioners and farmers to measure key environmental factors like temperature, moisture, carbon dioxide, spectral features, etc. A small grant to the NGO Kilimu Timilifu Ltd. supports a review of the training curricula that are being used by farmer training centers in east Africa.
A third type of cross-cutting grants supports networking and collective among funders who support AEI-related work. For example, a grant to the New Venture Fund supports the Global Alliance for the Future of Food as well as the AgroEcology Fund.