Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science Program Provides Funding Opportunities for Developing Country Scientists
The PEER Science program provides grants for developing country researchers interested in collaborating with their National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded U.S. counterparts. PEER Science is a partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and NSF that is designed to address development challenges through international research collaboration. The deadline for the third and most recent full cycle of the program was in January 2014, and following the completion of the review process, 39 new grants were awarded in August 2014. This brings the total number of grants awarded to 137, spread among 44 different countries. Please visit the PEER Science Web site for additional information about the program's goals and a list of the currently funded projects, along with project abstracts and progress updates.
PEER Health: Opportunities for Researchers in Indonesia and the Philippines
A grants program, Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health is providing support to developing country researchers interested in collaborating with researchers supported by U.S. Government (USG) funding on implementation science projects reflecting the health priorities of Indonesia and the Philippines. Awards for Cycle 2 were announced in August 2014. Please visit the PEER Health website for more information and updates.
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.