Members of the Research Forum that focus on the issues of Agriculture and Rural Development prepare analysis and conduct research on a wide range of topics such as: meeting the institutional prerequisites for successful implementation of EU (pre-)admission funds in the Rural Development field, implications of reform in the agricultural sector, which is currently one of the preeminent causes of wariness towards the process of European integration. Candidate status increases the amount of funds available to Serbia out of the EU instruments for development and modernisation of society, which includes rural development, and requires research of the institutional capacities and abilities for its thorough and effective application.