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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

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 Francisco 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: Nguyen Van Kien, 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: Vu Ngoc Ut, Can Tho University, with co-PIs Dang Thuy Binh, Nha Trang University; Chheng Phen, Inland Fisheries Research and Development Institute; So Nam, Mekong River Commission; and partner to be designated in 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 Sengdeuane Wayakone, National University of Laos
U.S. Partner: Mary Blair, The American Museum of Natural History

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.