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Cycle 3 Grant Recipients                                                                              Return to Main PEER Science Page

Following is a list of projects selected for funding in August 2014 in the third cycle of PEER Science, which had an application deadline of January 13, 2014. Project summaries will be posted as soon as possible and will be indicated by the creation of links on the project titles below.

Africa

Cameroon - Project 3-12: Biochar and compost from cocoa pod husk: opportunities for crop fertilization and suppression of black pod disease
PI: Njukeng Nkengafac, Institute of Agricultural Research for Development
U.S. Partner: Bin Gao, University of Florida

Ethiopia - Project 3-94: Development of a Microgrid Research Center in Ethiopia to support USAID’s Power Africa program
PI: Belachew Gessesse with co-PI Nigus Gabbiye Habtu, Bahir Dar University
U.S. Partner: Suman Banerjee, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ghana - Project 3-186: PRESSA: Photovoltaic Reliability Evaluation in Sub-Sahara Africa
PI: Gabriel Takyi, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology
U.S. Partner: Christiana Honsberg and Mani G. TamizMani, Arizona State University

Kenya - Project 3-154: Mwangaza project on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and computing education for students in Kenya with vision loss
PI: Jane Mwai with co-PI Mary Runo, Kenyatta University
U.S. Partner: Bruce N. Walker, Georgia Institute of Technology

Kenya - Project 3-210: Development and implementation of a solar PV outreach training module for capacity building in East Africa
PI: Izael Da Silva, Strathmore University
U.S. Partner: Benjamin L. Ruddell, Arizona State University

Kenya, Ethiopia, and Tanzania - Project 3-233: GeoPower Africa
PI: Nicholas Mariita, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Kenya, with co-PIs Jacques Varet, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT); Tesfaye Kidane Birke, Addis Ababa University; and Gabriel Mbogoni, Geological Survey of Tanzania
U.S. Partner: Cynthia Ebinger, University of Rochester

Nigeria - Project 3-208: Systems engineering perspective on power transmission for Nigeria
PI: Adegoke Melodi with co-PI Olatubosun Olabode, The Federal University of Technology, Akure
U.S. Partner: Kevin Tomsovic, University of Tennessee

South Africa - Project 3-120: Managing fire and grazing to maximize carrying capacity in African rangelands
PI: Sally Archibald, University of Witwatersrand
U.S. Partner: Todd M. Anderson, Wake Forest University

Tanzania and Kenya - Project 3-80: Waste to renewable energy: biogas cleanup (upgrading) in Tanzania and Kenya
PI: Cecil King’ondu, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, with co-PI Ptoton Mnangat Brian, South Eastern Kenya University
U.S. Partner: Puxian Gao, University of Connecticut

Tanzania - Project 3-17: Cooperation and compromise in developing rural communities—Case study: solar-electric mini-grids for the Maasai
PI: Kisioki Moitiko and co-PI Robert Lange, The International Collaborative for Science, Education, and the Environment (Tanzania)
U.S. Partner: Krister Andersson, University of Colorado
 
 
Asia 

Bangladesh - Project 3-1: Improving adaptation against coastal vulnerability and enhancing flood forecasting skill in Bangladesh through a satellite data integrative modeling framework in a changing climate
PI: Zahirul Khan, Institute of Water Modeling
U.S. Partner: Faisal Hossain, University of Washington

India - Project 3-207: Effects of climate change on cryosphere-river linkages: Insights from seasonal and inter-annual variation of glacial melt discharge in the headwaters of the Ganges River

PI: Indra Sen and co-PI Rajiv Sinha, Indian Institute of Technology--Kanpur
U.S. Partner: Bernhard Peucker-Ehrenbrink, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Indonesia - Project 3-21: CLEAN Project: Converting Municipal Solid Waste Leachate into Energy
PI: Wiratni Budhijanto, Universitas Gadjah Mada
U.S. Partner: Largus T. Angenent, Cornell University

Indonesia - Project 3-40: Diversification and inventory of the threatened lowland herpetofauna of Java and Sumatra
PI: Nia Kurniawan, Brawijaya University
U.S. Partner: Eric Nelson Smith, University of Texas at Arlington

Indonesia - Project 3-82: Sediment transport evaluation on the Bengawan Solo River (downstream and estuary) to minimize sedimentation and flood combining effect on nearby infrastructure
PI: Ria Asih Aryani Soemitro, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
U.S. Partner: Gangfeng Ma, Old Dominion University

Indonesia - Project 3-103: Integrated local emergency response policy improvement and capacity building for advance-early warning system in the face of near-field tsunami risk
PI: Harkunti Pertiwi Rahayu, Institut Teknologi Bandung
U.S. Partner: Louise K. Comfort, University of Pittsburgh

Indonesia - Project 3-147: Tsunami waves impacts on coastal morphological changes based on sediment transport numerical simulations
PI: Syamsidik, Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center, Syiah Kuala University
U.S. Partner: Philip L-F. Liu, Cornell University

Indonesia - Project 3-148: Strengthening research and teaching capacity of Brawijaya University in monitoring and exploring of volcanoes (pilot study: Ijen volcano complex, East Java)
PI: Sukir Maryanto, Brawijaya University
U.S. Partner: James Foster, University of Hawaii

Indonesia - Project 3-195: Sustainable conversion of oil palm lignocellulosic waste into pentanol using metabolically engineered microbes
PI: Yalun Arifin, Surya University
U.S. Partner: Brian Pfleger, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Indonesia - Project 3-212: Study of climate change and air quality impact from short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) reduction in Indonesia
PI: Asep Sofyan with co-PI Ayu Purwarianti, Institut Teknologi Bandung
U.S. Partner: Gregory R. Carmichael, University of Iowa

Philippines - Project 3-163: Lake Taal: Sustaining native biodiversity in the face of aquaclture, climate chnage, and non-native species
PI: Rey Donne Papa, University of Santo Tomas
U.S. Partner: Terrence Gosliner, California Academy of Sciences

Philippines - Project 3-191: Enhancement of Philippines’ research capability in understanding the role of mangrove ecosystem health in the adaptation and mitigation against natural disasters
PI: Severino Salmo III, Ateneo de Manila University
U.S. Partner: Ilka Feller, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Smithsonian Institution

Philippines - Project 3-226: “A Glass of the Sea:” an immersive, interactive, visual exhibition on the apex of the Earth’s marine life
PI: Maria Isabel Garcia, The Mind Museum (of the Bonifacio Art Foundation, Inc.)
U.S. Partner: Terrence Gosliner, California Academy of Sciences

Philippines - Project 3-236: Early detection of volcano flank failure using InSAR
PI: Alfredo Mahar Franciso Lagmay, University of the Philippines, National Institute of Geological Sciences
U.S. Partner: Falk Amelung, University of Miami

Sri Lanka and the Maldives - Project 3-152: Developing monitoring tools for managing drought risk and addressing the riddle of increased drought tendency amidst the wetter climate change projections for Sri Lanka and the Maldives
PI: Samsudeen Zeenas Yahiya with co-PIs Lareef Zubair, Foundation for Environment, Climate and Technology, and Mizna Mohamed, Maldives National University
U.S. Partner: Bradfield Lyon, International Research Institute for Climate and Society, Lamont-Doherty Earth Institute at Columbia University

Uzbekistan - Project 3-95: The impact of atmospheric black carbon and dust particles on the surface albedo of the glaciers in Tashkent Region, Uzbekistan
PI: Narali Narbayev and co-PI Mansur Amonov, Tashkent State Agrarian University
U.S. Partners: James J. Schauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Michael Bergin, Georgia Institute of Technology

Vietnam - Project 3-190: Water governance of minority communities in the Mekong Delta
PI: Van Kien Nguyen, Research Centre for Rural Development, An Giang University
U.S. Partners: Carol Xiaohui Song and Venkatesh Merwade, Purdue University

Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos - Project 3-100: Building a Mekong River Genetic Biodiversity Research Network
PI: Ut Vu Ngoc, Can Tho University, with co-PIs Dang Thuy Binh, Nha Trang University; Kaing Khim, Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute (Cambodia); So Nam, Mekong River Commission (Cambodia); and Bounthob Praxaysombath, National University of Laos
U.S. Partner: Kent Carpenter, Old Dominion University

Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos - Project 3-149: Biodiversity conservation in Indochina: Integrating research and training to enhance wildlife trade management
PI: Minh Le, Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, with co-PIs Seak Sophat, Royal University of Phnom Penh, and Bounthob Praxaysombath, National University of Laos
U.S. Partner: Mary Blair, The American Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution


Europe and Eurasia

Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan - Project 3-161: Active geodynamics of the Caucasus region
PI: Tea Godoladze, Ilia State University, with co-PIs Arkadi Karakhanyan, Institute of Geological Sciences, Armenian Academy of Sciences; and Fakhraddin Abulfat oglu Kadirov, Institute of Geology, Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Partner: Robert Reilinger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
 
 
Latin America
 
Brazil - Project 3-121: Biodiversity and climate change in the “Arc of Deforestation” of Brazilian Amazon
PI: Guarino Colli, Universidade de Brasília, with co-PIs Ben Hur Marimon Junior, Universidade do Estado do Mato Grosso, and Fernanda Werneck, Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia–INPA
U.S. Partner: Barry Raymond Sinervo, University of California, Santa Cruz

Brazil - Project 3-188: Biodiversity conservation and scientific capacity development in the Brazilian Amazon using ants as bioindicators and ecosystem health indicators
PI: Rodrigo Feitosa, Universidade Federal do Paraná
U.S. Partner: Kenneth G. Ross, University of Georgia, Athens

Brazil - Project 3-198: Biodiversity and socioeconomic impacts of palm oil bioenergy development in the Brazilian Amazon
PI: Rodrigo Medeiros, Conservation International do Brasil, with co-PI Luciano Montag, Universidade Federal do Pará
U.S. Partner: Kathleen E. Halvorsen, Michigan Technological University 

Mexico - Project 3-129: Poverty and climate change in Mexico: the implications of mitigation policy, climate impacts, and development pathways for household welfare
PI: Landy Sanchez, El Colegio de Mexico
U.S. Partner: Brian O'Neill, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Peru - Project 3-127: Glacier retreat and water resource sustainability in the Peruvian Andes: informing adaptation strategies through collaborative science
PI: Cirilo Lagos, Instituto Geofisico del Peru
U.S. Partner: Bryan G. Mark, The Ohio State University

 
Middle East

Jordan - Project 3-39: Enhancing water education at the university level in Jordan by incorporating an innovative multi-agent modeling and analysis tool
PI: Samer Talozi, Jordan University of Science and Technology
U.S. Partner: Steven M. Gorelick, Stanford University

Jordan - Project 3-47: Three Circles of Alemat: creating collaborative multicultural networks for women in the sciences
PI: Rana Dajani, Jordan Society for Scientific Research
U.S. Partner: Gillian Bowser, Colorado State University

Lebanon - Project 3-26: Assessment of real evapotranspiration and recharge processes on two karst pilot groundwater catchments (Lebanon) using an integrated spatially distributed numerical model: applications for water resources management purposes
PI: Joanna Doummar, American University of Beirut
U.S. Partner: Jason G. Gurdak, San Francisco State University

Morocco - Project 3-106: Tools and resources to improve deaf educational access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
PI: Abdelhadi Soudi, Ecole Nationale de l'Industrie Minérale
U.S. Partner: Corinne Vinopol, Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc.
 

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