PARTNERSHIPS FOR ENHANCED ENGAGEMENT IN RESEARCH (PEER)
PEER is a partnership, between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), established in 2011 to address development challenges through international research collaboration. The program is managed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Over time, several new U.S. Government-supported agency partners were added, including the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the Smithsonian Institution. A call for applications with a pre-proposal deadline in January 2015, and the following peer review and selection process led to 45 new grants in August 2015. The newly funded projects involve researchers in 23 countries worldwide and feature work on topics such as such as wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation, water resource sustainability, satellite monitoring of natural resources, fisheries management, food security, disaster mitigation, and others. With these new grants under Cycle 4 of the program, PEER has now provided more than $45 million in grants to 204 projects in more than 40 countries. A new call for pre-proposals was issued October 2015, with a submission deadline of January 2016. Notifications were sent in March to 171 applicants invited to submit full proposals by April 15.
The program is not currently accepting any other applications for funding, but the call for pre-proposals for the next annual cycle is expected to be announced in early October 2016. Please visit the PEER Web site for additional information about the program and to sign up to receive e-mails when new calls are announced.
PAKISTAN-US SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COOPERATION PROGRAM
In 2003, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Pakistan and the United States Department of State signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering, and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries. Each country has contributed funds to support Cooperation Program projects under this Agreement that would enhance the ability of the science and technology community to positively contribute to human and economic development in Pakistan. This program, which is being implemented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the U.S. side, is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistani scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States. Learn more...
U.S. EGYPT SCIENCE AND TECNOLOGY JOINT FUND
The U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund was established under an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities between both countries. To support activities of the Joint Fund, each country jointly matches funds provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Scientific Research (MOSR). The program is implemented in the U.S. by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and in Egypt by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF). Activities funded through recent cycles included collaborative research grants, between U.S. and Egyptian PIs, and junior scientist development visit grants. Learn more...
ARAB-AMERICAN FRONTIERS PROGRAM
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has introduced an Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine program that will bring together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 22 countries of the Arab League for a series of symposia to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The first symposium was held from October 17-19, 2011 at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research.Learn more...
COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA
Black Carbon Workshop
In April 2016, the Russian Academy of Sciences hosted in Kemerovo (Siberia) a bilateral inter-academy workshop on black carbon, with an emphasis on deposition of black carbon emissions from a variety of sources on Arctic regions. More than 40 scientists and officials attended the workshop, including nine scientists from the United States, which was a follow-up to an inter-academy workshop in Moscow on the same topic in 2012.
The Russian Academy of Sciences and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are developing a prospectus for a joint assessment of selected aspects of countering violent extremism. A meeting will be held in Moscow in the fall of 2016 to discuss the prospectus. The emphasis will be on understanding the roots and trajectories of violent extremism and various approaches as a basis for taking action to reduce the likelihood of outbreaks of violence at home and abroad.
COOPERATION WITH IRAN
Since 1990, the Academies has been engaged in a program of workshops, exchange visits, and scientific consultations with the Iranian Academy of Sciences, the Iranian Academy of Medical Sciences, and other institutions in Iran. A report describing these activities was published in 2010.
Both the Iranian Academies and the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine continue to foster cooperative relations between scientific and intellectual leaders and government officials from both nations through meetings of experts, individual visits in both directions, and continued consultations. Areas of near-term interest include climate change, resilient cities, and water and air pollution.
ENGAGING BELARUS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has engaged the Belarus Academy of Sciences to carry out scientist-to-scientist and engineer–to-engineer exchanges and small seminars in areas of mutual interest. This cooperation between the two Academies facilitates relations between the scientific and engineering communities in both nations and will continue in a manner consistent with the approaches by the U.S. Department of State as the overall political relationship between the nations gradually improves.
INDONESIAN SCIENCE FUND CAPACITY BUILDING PROGRAM
The Indonesian Science Fund Capacity Building Program assists the Indonesian Academy of Sciences with the Indonesian Science Fund (DIPI), which provides independent scientific funding to the Indonesian S&T research community to support fundamental, frontier, and excellent research in areas of importance to Indonesia's future. Research proposals for the first cycle of awards are due July 31, 2016. See more...
MEETINGS OF EXPERTS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is organizing meetings between experts and the Department of State on topics related to Science, Technology, and Health (STH) aspects of foreign policy. These meetings connect the Department of State directly to experts with first-hand scientific experience and technical views. The experts act in their own personal capacities as scientists, engineers, and medical professions. The meetings are a follow-up to the 2015 report Diplomacy for the 21st Century: Embedding a Culture of Science and Technology Throughout the Department of State.
REVIEW OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, INNOVATION, AND PARTNERSHIP (STIP) INITIATIVES AT USAID
An ad hoc committee will review the Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnership cross-cutting focus at USAID, including: (1) an assessment of the development potential for STIP in assistance programs at USAID, drawing on comparative approaches from other agencies and organizations; and (2) an analysis of USAID’s approach to designing and implementing STIP activities. The analysis will include a review of the effectiveness of USAID STIP programs intended to redress gender inequality. Recommendations will identify both potential short-term actions and longer term opportunities to build stronger partnerships in the U.S. and developing countries. They will identify what USAID can implement through management changes, as well as what can be done to improve development outcomes and expanded partnerships for STIP. Learn more...
EAST EUROPEAN PROGRAM
The East European program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine dates back to 1967. Initially the program emphasized exchanges of individuals from U.S. institutions and institutions of seven countries of the region. During the 1980s and 1990s, the program expanded to include workshops. The program was terminated in the early 2000s. Currently, there are occasional bilateral and regional workshops organized on an ad hoc basis depending on the availability of funding. A report on the history of the program through early 2009 was published by the National Academies Press in the fall of 2009.
BOARD ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (BOSTID): 1969-1996
The Board on Science and Technology in International Development (BOSTID) was created in recognition of the importance of science and technology in contributing to solutions of social and economic development problems. Funded by USAID, BOSTID put particular emphasis on collaboration and relationship-building, comprehensiveness, and continuity in its activities. Its activities focused on local priorities and perceptions of needs, complemented by relevant experience from the United States and elsewhere. Learn more...