USAID announces funding for global research partnerships

USAID Announces $2.5 Million in Global Research Partnerships. USAID, November 2019.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $2.5 million dollars to support global research partnerships that will promote advancements across the full spectrum of discovery, from building new knowledge to piloting and scaling game-changing breakthroughs.

The Agency selected a total of 32 research projects for funding through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program managed by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The lead researcher for each project carried out overseas will work in tandem with a U.S. Government-funded researcher. By increasing international scientific cooperation, the United States can accelerate progress on the Journey to Self-Reliance. usaid

The 32 selected research projects span 18 countries on four continents, and range in amount between $30,000 and $80,000. Researchers will investigate a number of topics, including health, water and sanitation, agriculture, and economic growth.

WASH grants include:

AFRICA

Uganda – Project 8-186: Promoting hand hygiene through production and use of locally produced alcohol hand-rub in health facilities in Uganda
PI: Esther Buregyeya, Makerere University School of Public Health
U.S. Partner: Christine Moe, Emory University (funded by National Institutes of Health)

Uganda – Project 8-187: Improving hand hygiene practice among healthcare workers through mhealth and environmental cues in Kampala metropolitan area
PI: Richard Kibirango Mugambe, Makerere University School of Public Health
U.S. Partner:: Christine Moe, Emory University (funded by National Institutes of Health)

Burkina Faso – Project 8-116: Increasing access to sanitation services integrated with resource recovery in rural Burkina Faso
PI: Ynoussa Maiga, University of Ouaga I Pr Joseph Ki-Zerbo
U.S. Partner: James Mihelcic, University of South Florida (funded by the National Science Foundation)

ASIA

Vietnam – Project 8-6: Sustainable groundwater management under socioeconomic and climate change in Mekong Delta, Vietnam
PI: Chau Nguyen Xuan Quang, Vietnam National University – Ho Chi Minh City, with co-PI Sangam Shrestha, Asian Institute of Technology
U.S. Partner: John Sabo, Arizona State University (funded by the National Science Foundation)

Vietnam – Project 8-14: Improved management of water and sediment yield in 3S basin – upper part of Mekong River Basin
PI: Duong Bui, National Center for Water Resources Planning and Investigation, in partnership with the National University of Civil Engineering
U.S. Partner: Venkataraman Lakshmi, University of Virginia (funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration)

MIDDLE EAST

Iraq – Project 8-113: Evaluate land management practices to improve water quality and address drought and salinity and train stakeholders
PI: Hamad Abdulghafor, University of Baghdad
U.S. Partner: Ranjith Udawatta, University of Missouri (funded by the United States Department of Agriculture/ Agricultural Research Service)

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