OBJECTIVES The objective of the ALP is to promote and support agricultural research and development activities in accordance with the Pakistan's long term development goals and to promote long term scientific cooperation between Pakistan and the United States in agricultural sector.

SCOPE OF COOPERATION The scope of agricultural research and development activities, which the ALP may promote and support shall cover all scientific activities related to agriculture including production, processing, marketing and agricultural services. The ALP shall give emphasis, but need not limit to its efforts to the support of strategic research, which improves farm and animal productivity, and in the areas which directly or indirectly affect the achievement of these objectives. POWERS OF ALP FUND The ALP Fund shall be an independent entity and shall possess all of the powers necessary to carry out its objectives including but not limited to the powers to: · promote and support, by funding or otherwise agricultural research and development projects of mutual benefit; · encourage and support the exchange of agricultural scientists and other type of agricultural experts. OPERATIONS Pakistan Agricultural Research Council is responsible for operation of ALP Fund. The ALP Fund's operations mainly consist of selection, processing, approval, monitoring, evaluation and coordination of projects supported in whole or in part by the Fund. The primary source of such Funding shall be from the income of the Fund. The Fund shall minimize in annual operational costs in order to permit the maximum utilization of its resources to support agricultural research and development and will do so by using effectively the existing mechanisms of PARC. The Fund shall accept proposals for research and development grants from all public or private entities which demonstrate needed research and development (R&D) capabilities and financial responsibilities. The Fund shall encourage project proposals to be developed and submitted jointly by the Pakistani and US scientists. The ALP operations also include: · the Fund will assist applicants who submit proposals singly to identify collaborators in the other country; · proposals may cover any or all R&D phases including initial feasibility (pre-research and pre-development), research and development; · all proposals shall be submitted to the Director Planning, PARC, Executive Director, ALP; · all proposals for R&D projects and feasibility studies are to be judged and evaluated by the technical experts/referees in Pakistan and overseas collaborating scientists. The final ranking will be made by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC); and · the recommendation of TAC will be submitted to BOD for final approval and allocation of ALP annual budget