Strides is a service to increase the return on investment in research and innovation in agricultural and natural resources to stimulate economic growth. This service is particularly relevant to low income countries. Strides delivers targeted in-service training and supplies the operational tools to identify and quantify stakeholder needs, optimise project design and manage the implementation of the whole project cycle.

The STRIDES Foundation Ltd

3rd Floor
14 Hannover Street
London W1S 1YH, UK
Company Number 8789122

A not-for-profit company registered in England and Wales. The Foundation is limited by guarantee without share capital under the Companies Act of 2006.

The primary aim of the work of the Foundation is to seek and administer funding for provision of workshop training and mentoring support for young to middle career research scientists based in developing countries. This support is delivered through the web-based platform called Strides. The objectives of Strides are to enhance the quality of local scientific cooperation for:
  • effective cross-disciplinary team formation to accommodate the complexities of social and technical issues of agricultural & natural resource systems
  • securing feasible lower-risk sustainable projects using due diligence procedures to orientate project design involving gaps and needs analysis with stakeholder participation over the whole project cycle

There is growing concern on the part of lenders, donors and investors that a significant number of applied research and innovation projects do not produce useful results. The Foundation is addressing this issue through the Strides service which seeks to raise the probability of achieving practical innovations through improved standards in research and development. Training for cross-disciplinary teams helps to identify effective sustainable options through a project design process that balances technical feasibility, economic viability, environmental adaptation, social acceptance and risk assessment.

Chances of success are achieved if the potential outputs of a research project are identified with contributions from the final user at the outset of conceptualisation and planning as to align the orientation of project development to the prevailing conditions. The fortunes of suppliers, producers, sellers and users are determined by the prevailing environmental conditions, bio-climate and seasonal variations in the locality for which innovations are to be applied. Technologies and techniques need to be adapted to these conditions since sustainable production depends upon solutions adapting to ecosystems thereby avoiding further degradation of already threatened resources.

The focus of the training and mentoring support of Strides is collaborative research teams rather than support for individual scientists. Drawing from the extensive experience of the Foundationís scientific board and advisory team (each member having over more than 25 years in evaluating project proposals, managing team research initiatives and evaluating the implementation of results on behalf of international organisations) the best ways of enhancing the capacity of individual scientists is to support their interaction with their scientific peers and, above all, with relevant stakeholders in well-assembled research teams communicating via a real-time shared process management system that follows the project cycle and portfolio management procedures in a logical progression.

The Navatec system has been selected as the Strides operating system. This service was designed and is managed by experienced systems engineers with considerable experience in agriculture and natural resources information management systems.