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The U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund

The U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund was established under an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities between both countries.

To support activities of the Joint Fund, each country jointly matches funds provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR). The program is implemented in the U.S. by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and in Egypt by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF).


Alumni Interview Series: Dr. Larry Duncan

For over 20 years, the U.S.-Egypt S&T Joint Fund has fostered collaboration between the Egyptian and U.S. scientific communities. Dr. Larry Duncan is a professor of nematology at the University of Florida. He was the U.S. principal investigator for the Cycle 9 project: Developing a Basis for Commercial Biological Control Tactics for IPM in Citrus and the Cycle 11 project: Formulating a Rule for Modeling Optimal Application Strategies for IPM in Citrus.

Dr. Duncan is also the U.S. principal investigator for the active Cycle 17 project: Preparing and Evaluating IPM Tactics for Increasing Strawberry and Citrus Production. Please watch and listen as he recounts his experience with the program!

Completion of Innovate Egypt 2019-2020


In April 2019 Egyptian graduate students, faculty, and researchers in science and engineering applied to participate in an accelerated eight-week program aimed at giving early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs the funding, training, and mentoring needed to commercialize their inventions and create new ventures.


The program was designed for three-person teams located in Egypt that were comprised of a Technical Lead, an Entrepreneurial Lead, and a Business Mentor.


After the completion of this eight-week program, six of the seventeen teams were selected for advanced customized training through Innovate Egypt’s second phase, known as the AIMS (Advanced Innovation Mentoring and Support) Accelerator.


This advanced support included drafting a business plan, working with an individual mentor, and preparing to present at a virtual pitch day called the AIMS Venture Forum which took place on January 13, 2020

Cycle 20 Request for Proposals Has Closed

Cycle 20 of the U.S.-Egypt S&T Joint Fund launched on July 1, 2019. Proposals for Egyptian junior scientist development visits were accepted until the deadline of 11:59 pm Cairo time on September 5, 2019. Proposals for U.S.-Egypt collaborative research projects were accepted until the deadline of 11:59 pm Cairo time on September 12, 2019.

Contact Us

NAS and STDF are the primary contacts for program inquiries:

U.S. Point of Contact (Cycles 17-20)
Ms. Katherine Matheson
Program Officer
National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
Egypt Point of Contact (Cycles 17 and 18)
Ms. Mariam Abdel Ghany
Coordinator and Technical Follow Up
Science & Technology Development Fund (STDF)
Egypt Point of Contact (Cycles 19 and 20)
Ms. Mariam Fawzi
Operations Officer
Science & Technology Development Fund (STDF)

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