Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is CGIAR Ongoing Research?

Ongoing Research is an online database of research projects being carried out by the CGIAR Centers. In addition to providing project details, the Research Map answers the question: who is doing what, where and with whom?

Such readily and easily accessible information enables users to foster complementary agricultural research, build networks and and obtain collective responses to complex challenges that a single project cannot address.

2.  For whom is Ongoing Research and how can it be used?

  • Scientists: to find out what others are doing in their particular field of interest, collaborate and network with other colleagues, increase visibility of their work
  • Donors: to see the full range of research that is going on and where
  • Agricultural students: to find out about opportunities for research internship
  • Communication specialists: as a research tool

3. What sort of projects are featured?

The projects featured in Ongoing Research are: led by a CGIAR Center; span a period of one year or more; contribute towards a particular reported Medium Term Plan (MTP) in any of the Centers.

4. How do I find projects?

There are four basic ways to find projects::

  1. Browse the map: you can zoom in on a particular country of interest;
  2. View the list: gives the full range of existing projects;
  3. Select a filter based on research area, lead center, project start and end dates;
  4. Links on the project factsheets allow you to broaden your search by different criteria: names of scientists, tags, partners, etc.

Want to explore first? From the home page, explore Research Areas, Lead Centers, Countries to jump straight to the list of projects by your chosen criteria.

You can also try the search box to obtain results from Ongoing Research, CGMap and a selection of CGIAR Websites.

5. How can I find the most recent projects published in Ongoing Research?

The “Latest Published” section on the home page provides details of the projects most recently published/updated. You can also subscribe to Ongoing Research RSS feeds.

6. How can project contributors include their projects in Ongoing Research?

Contributors are given access to the database where they can enter and update their project information over time and invite colleagues to contribute. Send a message to the CGMap support team to get started.

7. What is the difference between CGIAR Ongoing Research and CGMap?

  • The focus of CGMap and the Ongoing Research (OR) is different: CGMap contains information about the three-year Medium Term Plans (MTP), Ongoing Research contains information about the research projects through which these Plans are being implemented. Ongoing Research provides information that is not provided in the MTP, in particular: names of scientists, a classification by research areas, names and types of partners, exact project timelines. This information provides a detailed view of what is happening on the ground.
  • The two are related in the sense the MTPs provide the official umbrellas under which projects in the field are implemented. It’s a conceptual link, not an excerpt from MTPs.
  • To mark this difference, we have removed CGMap from the name Ongoing Research which means that CGMap Ongoing Research is now simply CGIAR Ongoing Research, or in brief: the (Research) Map.