Gender Research and Integrated Training (GRIT)

Penn State has been awarded funds to partner with the CGIAR Gender and Agriculture Research Network to strengthen research capacity on gender, enhance the quality of gender research in CGIAR, provide strategies for interdisciplinary collaboration, and increase publication in high quality journals with the ultimate goals of providing benefits to poor rural women and men and empowering women and girls.
Participants of Cohort 1 and Cohort 2

Participants of Cohort 1 and Cohort 2

Project Title: Gender Research and Integrated Training (GRIT)

Principal Partner: The CGIAR Gender and Agricultural Research Network

Supporting source: Enhancing the research capacity on gender and quality of gender research in CGIAR, which is supported by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Grain Legumes CRP, and Dryland Cereals CRP


  • Penn State: Carolyn Sachs, Ann Tickamyer, Leif Jensen, Deanna Behring, Janelle Larson, Karl Zimmerer, Leland Glenna, Ruth Mendum, Mary Barbercheck, Paige Castellanos

Project Description:

This three year partnership brings gender specialists in the CGIAR together at Penn State for an annual three week-long training where they learn from a team of experienced faculty from across the College of Agricultural Sciences.  

Generating a greater body of gender research expertise among young scientists is critical for integrating gender within research activities. For accomplishing this goal, our workshops will be designed to ensure the competency of gender research in three key areas: designing research projects in the social sciences; conducting quantitative and qualitative data gathering and/or analysis projects; and preparing and publishing high-quality manuscripts in top-tier academic journals.  

During our workshop, the participants pair with a Penn State professor who will serve as his/her mentor over the course of the life of the project and beyond. Through email and Skype, Penn State faculty provide assistance on research design, advice on data analysis plans, guidance for publication, and review of drafts of articles and research proposals. As a result, participants will not only learn the material, they will gain experience in teaching the material to others. While our proposed workshops provide short-term training, our coaching and mentoring programs ensure long-term, deep and lasting partnerships.  

In addition, we will indicate the historical context and epistemology of agricultural science. Furthermore, our project also spotlights the strategies and tools for working on interdisciplinary teams across agricultural, biological, environmental, and social sciences. Finally, we connect gender theories of science to agricultural research for strengthening the quality of gender research in CGIAR.

Learn more about Year 2 (2017) of the GRIT workshop on the CGIAR Blog!

Week 1

Week 2