Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program Provides Funding Opportunities for Developing Country Scientists
Managed by the 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 May 2015, with funded project participants in 46 countries. In October 2014, the two program components were consolidated into one PEER program and several new U.S. Government agency partners were added, including NASA, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Geological Survey. The program’s most recent call for applications had a deadline of January 9, 2015, and featured 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. Following completion of the proposal review process, a new batch of grants for this fourth annual cycle of PEER is expected to be announced in July 2015. A new call for proposals should be issued around October 1, 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.
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 Academy of Sciences 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...