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Africa

 
Botswana - Project 9-452: Long-term impacts of land-use/land-cover dynamics on surface water quality in Botswana’s reservoirs using satellite data and artificial intelligence methods: case study of the Botswana’s Limpopo River Basin (1984-2019)
PI: Yashon Ouma, University of Botswana
U.S. Partner: Jiaguo Qi, Michigan State University (funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Botswana - Project 9-477: livelihood change in the context of community conservation - Chobe, Botswana
PI: Lin Cassidy, Okavango Research Insitute, University of Botswana
U.S. Partner: Andrea Gaughan, University of Louisville, Kentucky (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Ghana - Project 9-117: Agrivoltaic technology in drylands of West Africa: Strengthening national innovation systems for diffusion and market development at the water-energy-food nexus
PI: Francis Kemausuor, The Brew-Hammond Energy Centre, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
U.S. Partner: Efthymios Nikolopoulos, Florida Institute of Technology (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Ghana - Project 9-518: Community and Hospital-based obstetrics WhatsApp triage, referral, and transfer (WAT-RT) system
PI: Veronica Millicent Dzomeku, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology, Kumasi- Ghana
U.S. Partner: Jody Lori, University of Michigan (funded by the National Institutes of Health)

Kenya - Project 9-69: Enhancing capacity of local communities in Laikipia County, Kenya: Increasing preparedness and response to emerging infectious diseases in parallel with preservation of biodiversity
PI: Joseph Kamau, University of Nairobi
U.S. Partner: Dawn Zimmerman, Smithsonian Institution (funded by the Smithsonian Institution)

Madagascar - Project 9-232: Improving human livelihoods through holistic conservation of Malagasy orphaned plants, the iconic Baobab trees
PI: Seheno Andriantsaralaza, University of Antananarivo
U.S. Partner: Onja Razafindratsima, University of California, Berkeley (funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/ National Institute of Food and Agriculture)

Malawi - Project 9-493: Bridging higher education and practice: Addressing gender inequity in STEM and sanitation in Malawi
PI: Brighton Chunga, Mzuzu University
U.S. Partner: Francis L. de los Reyes III, North Carolina State University (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Tanzania - Project 9-257: Solar dryer integrated with energy storage system: An energy efficient and environmentally friendly technology for drying biomaterials in Tanzania
PI: Thomas Kivevele (thomas.kivevele@nm-aist.ac.tz), Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST)
U.S. Partner: Sunghwan Lee, Purdue University

Tanzania - Project 9-456: Morogoro youth empowerment through establishment of social innovation (YEESI) lab for problem-centered training in machine vision
PI: Kadeghe Fue, Sokoine University of Agriculture
U.S. Partner: Glen Rains, University of Georgia (funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/ National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
 


Asia

Afghanistan - Project 9-12: Water harvesting at community level for enhanced access to ground water
PI: Fatema Samim, Herat University
U.S. Partner: Christine Lee, JPL (funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Bangladesh - Project 9-17: Renewable hydrogen generation with carbon recycling (ReHyCaRe) from biogenic residues of Bangladesh
PI: Kawnish Kirtania, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) with co-PIs: Dr. Kazi Bayzid Kabir (BUET), Prof. Chayan Kumer Saha and Prof. Md. Monjurul Alam, Bangladesh Agriculture University (BAU), and Dr. Md. Ismail (Dhaka University)
U.S. Partner: Mohammad Toufiq Reza, Florida Institute of Technology (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Bangladesh - Project 9-441: Engaging the private sector in increasing voluntary use of long acting reversible contraceptives and permanent family planning methods in rural areas of Bangladesh
PI: Md. Jasim Uddin, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh
U.S. Partner: Sian Curtis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (funded by the United States Agency for International Development)

India - Project 9-440: Young wives: An exploratory study of married women below twenty and the socio-cultural determinants of their contraceptive behavior in low resource settings in India
PI: Sudipta Mondal, Project Concern International
U.S. Partner: Cristine Legare, The University of Texas at Austin (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Kazakhstan - Project 9-38: The effects of excessive water use and agricultural intensification on aral sea shrinkage: SES dynamics within the Syr Darya River Basin
PI: Maira Kussainova, Kazakh National Agrarian University
U.S. Partners: Ranjeet John, University of South Dakota, and Jiquan Chen, Michigan State University (funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Kazakhstan - Project 9-472: The evaluation of challenges of youth in Kazakhstan and piloting innovative solutions
PI: Alima Ibrasheva, Nazarbayev University Graduate School of Education
U.S. Partner: James Cox, Georgia State University (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Philippines - Project 9-379: Assessment and comparison of recovery of biodiversity and carbon sequestration in Philippine mangroves among natural, replanted and naturally-recolonized mangrove stands
PI: Severino Salmo III, University of the Philippines Diliman - Institute of Biology
U.S. Partner: Richard MacKenzie, U.S. Forest Service

Vietnam - Project 9-551: Nanoassisted bioremediation of diffused dioxins in soil and sediment
PI: Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Center in Vietnam and AIT Thailand
U.S. Partner: Dana Barr, Emory University (funded by the National Institutes of Health)

Vietnam - Project 9-553: Biochar facilitated bioremediation: A green solution for dioxin/furan pollution
PI: Dang Thuong Huyen, University of Technology, Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City
U.S. Partner: Karl Rockne, University of Illinois at Chicago (funded by the National Institutes of Health)

Vietnam - Project 9-554: Developing a framework for the identification of soil limiting factors for bioremediation of dioxin compounds in contaminated soils of Vietnam
PI: Nguyen Khoi Nghia, Can Tho University
U.S. Partner: M. Scott Demyan, The Ohio State University (funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/ National Institute of Food and Agriculture)  
 


Europe / Eurasia

Armenia - Project 9-252: Assessment of geothermal energy resources and natural hazards in Armenia
PI: Khachatur Meliksetian, Institute of Geological Sciences, Armenian National Academy of Sciences
U.S. Partner: Peter La Femina, The Pennsylvania State University (funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

Kosovo - Project 9-176: Phytochemical, biological and toxicological evaluation of hop (Humulus lupulus L.) from populations growing wild in Kosovo
PI: Avni Hajdari, University of Prishtina
U.S. Partner: Cassandra Quave, Emory University (funded by the National Institutes of Health)
 

 
Latin America / Caribbean
 
Brazil - Project 9-326: Biodiversity correlates of sustainable value chain expansion in the Brazilian Amazon: Developing combined environmental DNA (eDNA) and camera trapping protocols to assess vertebrate diversity in managed Brazil nut forests
PI: Ludmilla Aguiar, University of Brasilia and Foundation for Scientific and Technological Enterprises
U.S. Partner: Kirsten Silvius, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/ Forest Service)

Colombia - Project 9-116: Climate mitigation potential of Colombia’s lowland peatlands: distribution, emission factors and conservation priorities
PI: Juan Benavides, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
U.S. Partner: Erik Lilleskov, U.S. Forest Service

Colombia - Project 9-269: Inclusive economic growth for sustainable peace? Assessing development mechanisms and conservation efforts in post-conflict Colombia
PI: Laura Bernal-Bermúdez, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
U.S. Partner: Tricia Olsen, University of Denver (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Dominican Republic - Project 9-210: Creating knowledge on cocoa pollinators in agroforestry systems of the Dominican Republic for improving plantation management practices
PI: Colmar Serra, Pontifica Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra
U.S. Partner: Justin Runyon, U.S. Forest Service

Dominican Republic - Project 9-410: Resiliency analysis for the development of microgrid architecture against climate-driven events in the Dominican Republic's electric systems
PI: Emilio De Jesús, PUCMM
U.S. Partner: Hashem Nehrir, Montana State University (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Peru - Project 9-124: Improving sustainability and resilience of Peruvian Amazon systems through silvopastoralism
PI: Carlos Gomez, Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina
U.S. Partner: Heathcliffe Riday, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service

Peru - Project 9-229: Multi-scale, interdisciplinary integrated analysis of societal and ecosystem values of Peruvian Amazon peatlands
PI: Sandra Ríos Cáceres with co-PI Aoife Bennett, Universidad Nacional Intercultural de la Amazonía (UNIA)
U.S. Partner: Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz, Arizona State University (funded by the National Science Foundation)
 
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