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Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program Provides Funding Opportunities for Developing Country Scientists 

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. 


Arab-American Frontiers Program: Third Symposium in partnership with KAUST Planned for December 2015
The Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 21 countries of the Arab League for a symposium to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The third symposium will be hosted by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia and the Academies on December 5-7, 2015. During the symposium, U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers and medical professionals will discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics under the overarching theme of "Sensing Technologies, Networks and Applications". The symposium will cover advances in discovery of new materials, design of new sensor platforms and networks, and ingenious management, assimilation and interpretation of data and our ever increasing need to understand our changing world from molecular to planetary scales. The experience is intellectually stimulating and generates a dialogue across disciplines considered as key for scientific innovation. These exchanges on cutting-edge scientific knowledge among U.S. and Arab participants take place through: five plenary sessions covering a wide range of disciplines; poster presentations by each participant; educational exhibits, and informal discussions. Following the symposium, Arab American Frontiers fellowships (travel seed grants) are awarded to pairs of participants who intend to collaborate on a research topic of common interest.. Read more here.

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 Technology (S&T) 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...

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...
 

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