To strengthen capacities as well as better utilize research, GSSP initiated a program for supporting Master’s level thesis research in 2013. In addition to offering students resources and collaboration opportunities to build their research capabilities, the scholarship program aims to enhance the relevance of this body of research to improving the effectiveness of agricultural and rural development strategies in Ghana. An important aspect of this is to make researchers more accountable to stakeholders in the sector. Building these linkages between researchers and stakeholders will be an important part of the development of a local knowledge system being created as part of Ghana’s commitment to the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program (CAADP). After a competitive selection, 35 proposals that address regional issues and priority crops (maize, rice, and soybean) were granted scholarships. Their raw data and written reports are expected to be completed by end of May 2013.