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: Organizers met to start planning the 2nd Symposium
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 early 2014. Read more here.
PEER Health: Opportunities for Researchers in Developing Countries Working to Improve Child Health
The new grants program Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health is providing support to developing country researchers interested in collaborating with researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on implementation science projects reflecting the health priorities of their countries. Jointly announced by the U.S. Agency on International Development and the National Institutes of Health, PEER Health is an initiative to help end preventable child deaths in developing countries. The 2012 program cycle focuses on Child Survival (with applications accepted from all eligible countries), and special funds are also available to support projects in Indonesia on priority health topics. In late 2012 researchers submitted pre-proposals that were reviewed and those deemed most responsive to the Call for Application were invited to submit a full proposal. The full proposal application closed on Febuary 1, 2013 and proposels received by that date are now in review. Once the review process is completed, a set of grants is expected to be awarded in mid-June. Please visit the PEER Health Web site for more information and updates.
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 second and most recent full cycle of the program was in December 2012, and following the completion of the review process, 54 new grants were awarded in June 2013. This brings the total number of grants awarded to 98, spread among 40 different countries. Please visit the PEER Science Web site for a series of videos, additional information about the program's goals, and a list of the currently funded projects along with project abstracts and progress updates.