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. 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. The program’s most recent call for applications had a pre-proposal deadline in January 2015, and following completion of the peer review and selection process, 45 new grants were announced on August 28, 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 205 projects in more than 40 countries. A new call for pre-proposals was issued October 8, 2015, with a submission deadline of January 15, 2016. 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...