Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program Provides Funding Opportunities for Developing Country Scientists
Managed by the National Academies, PEER began in 2011 as a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) designed to address development challenges through international research collaboration. Under its PEER Science component, the program has provided 137 grants to support developing country researchers in their collaborations with U.S. counterparts in a wide range of fields with near-term development impacts, and the PEER Health component (in partnership with the National Institutes of Health) has awarded 23 grants focused on maternal and child health, tuberculosis, and infectious diseases. The total amount of grants exceeds $28 million as of late 2014, with funded project participants in 46 countries. In October 2014, the two programs are consolidating into one PEER program and adding several new U.S. Government agency partners, including NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The program has recently announced its latest call for applications, featuring several new special focus areas such as transboundary water research in Central and South Central Asia, wildlife conservation and anti-trafficking in Kenya, biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon, environmental management and climate change resilience, urban sanitation, and water resource management. The new program review process now requires submission of a brief pre-proposal, with the deadline being January 9, 2015. Please visit the PEER Web site for additional information about the program's goals, application instructions, and a link to the online application site.
Inter-Academy Agreement: U.S. National Academy of Sciences & Russian Academy of Sciences
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) renewed their mutual cooperation and signed a five-year, inter-academy agreement to utilize their expertise in science, engineering, and medicine to jointly address their countries' most pressing challenges on April 4, 2013. Advances in biomedical research and the transforming energy sector are among the many issues that NAS and RAS hope to address through 2018. Other areas of cooperation include biological sciences, counter terrorism, nuclear safety and security, and issues addressing aspects of global climate change. The agreement builds on decades of collaboration between the two organizations. In 1959, NAS and the Academy of Sciences of the USSR -- now RAS -- signed their first agreement to promote "scientific cooperation between American and Soviet scientists."
Arab-American Frontiers Program: 2nd Symposium Planned for December 2014 in Muscat
In preparation for a 2nd Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium an organizing committee was formed consisting of young researchers from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, and the United States who all attended the 1st Arab-American Frontiers Symposium in 2011. On February 14 and 15, 2013 they met in Washington D.C. to start planning the agenda for the next event, which is anticipated to be held in Muscat, Oman, in December 2014. Read more here.