International Agreements for Collaborative Programs and Projects

In collaboration with the ISP, the CANR provides support for the development of international agreements for collaborative research, education, outreach and technology transfer programs.  There are two mechanisms for these agreements:

Letter of Intent for Collaboration (LoI)

The letter of intent for collaboration is signed during the initial discussion and planning phase of the international collaborative programs. It is developed at the college level and is valid for a one-year period. The template of LoI is available at:

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

The memorandum of understanding is a formal mechanism of agreements for long-term collaboration for up to five years. It is developed, reviewed and signed by the leadership of CANR, ISP and Provost Offices. The template of MoU is available at:

A detailed step-by-step process of MoU development is available at:

Appreciation to our Partners and Donors for Supporting International Programs

Numerous organizations have been providing invaluable support of CANR international programs. It comes in various forms through sharing of expertise, experiences, information, technologies as well as financial support through grants and gifts. We greatly appreciate the continued support provided by Michigan State University (MSU) administrators, faculty and staff, AgBioResearch, MSU-Extension, and MSU International Studies and Programs (ISP).

Our sincere appreciation also goes to various public and private organizations and international development agencies in the U.S. and all over the world for their support. We very much value these partnerships and continued support. It is critical for the success of CANR’s international programs to create the desired impacts. Appreciation to just some of our key alliances:

  • Unites State Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, D.C.
  • United Department of Agriculture – Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA-FAS), Washington, D.C.
  • National Institute of Health
  • National Science Foundation
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington
  • MasterCard Foundation, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The World Bank, Washington, D.C.
  • African Development Bank, Côte d'Ivoire
  • Asian Development Bank, The Philippines
  • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (U.N. FAO), Rome, Italy
  • African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Midrand, South Africa
  • Africa Agricultural Technology Foundation (AATF), Nairobi, Kenya
  • CGIAR and other International Agricultural Research Centers (IFPRI, ICRISAT, ICARDA, IITA, CIMMYT, CIP. CIAT, ICRAF, WorldFish)
  • CropLife International, Brussels, Belgium
  • Foundation for Smoke Free World
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, India
  • Neogen Corporation, Lansing, Michigan
  • RB/Mead Johnson Nutrition Company, Zeeland, Michigan
  • Corteva AgriScience, Johston, Iowa
  • Bayer Corporation, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Simplot Company, Boise, Idaho
  • Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Beej Sheetal Bioscience Foundation, India
  • Bejo Sheetal/Kalash Seeds Company, India
  • K. Seeds Company, India
  • Rasi Seeds Company, India
  • Mahyco seeds Company, India
  • National Agricultural Research Systems in Asia, Africa, Middle-East, Latin America and Caribbean Regions.
  • Non-Governmental Organizations all over the world
  • Agricultural and other Universities all over the world
  • Alumni and Individual Donors all over the world
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works through partners, and one of our closest partners in the area of agricultural development continues to be Michigan State University. With its expertise in agricultural policy, extension, breeding and biotechnology, MSU has been sharing and building capacity in Africa for decades, always with the goal of improving food security and livelihoods. I’ve consistently been impressed by the university’s unwavering, long-term commitment to strengthening African institutions.” Mr. Lawrence Kent, Senior Program Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, USA