LEARN is an awards scheme sponsored by the New Zealand Government. It aims to improve quantification of non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions from animal agriculture, and facilitate the development of cost effective and practical greenhouse gas mitigation solutions.
There are currently four LEARN awards offered:
- Technical Training Award
- Co-funded PhD Scholarship
- Postdoctoral Fellowship
- GRASS (Global Research Alliance Senior Scientist) Award
The LEARN awards scheme is part of the New Zealand Government's support for the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA). The GRA seeks to increase cooperation and investment in research activities to help reduce the emissions intensity of agriculture and increase its potential for soil carbon sequestration.
The four awards aim to:
(i) Attract and support technical staff and scientists from developing countries and GRA member countries to work alongside New Zealand colleagues.
(ii) Attract and support strategic research and capability building activities that align with the priorities of the GRA as well as relevant New Zealand science priorities.
(iii) Share knowledge on livestock emissions measurement, modelling and mitigation practices to increase the level of scientific skills and technological capabilities internationally.
(iv) Advance common research interests between countries and build enduring relationships.
Awards are administered by the New Zealand Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Research Centre (NZAGRC) on behalf of the New Zealand Government's Ministry for Primary Industries.