USAIDs Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program Presenter Name, Ph.D. Oﬃce of Science and Technology United States Agency for Interna>onal Development
United States Agency for Interna=onal Development (USAID) USAID is an independent agency that furthers U.S. foreign policy: • Promotes broad-‐scale human progress • Expands stable, free socie>es • Creates markets and trade partners for the United States • Fosters good will abroad. USAID works in over 100 developing countries, focusing on: • Climate Change • Water • Food Security • Biodiversity • Global Health • Conﬂicts and • Educa>on Disasters • Renewable Energy
United States Agency for Interna=onal Development (USAID) USAID’s Oﬃce of Science and Technology • USAID is commiPed to advancing the role of science and technology and solving the most cri>cal development problems through the independent Oﬃce of Science and Technology (OST) • OST’s focuses on four opera>onal pillars: 1. Data and Analy>cs 2. Transforma=onal and Collabora=ve Research 3. Open Innova>on 4. Higher Educa>on Solu>ons Network
Open Innova=on Transforma=onal and Office of Science and Technology Collabora=ve Research • Launched Grand Challenges for Development: Saving Lives at Birth, All Children Reading, • Enhanced collabora>on with federal science Powering Agriculture, Making All Voices agencies like NASA, NSF, NOAA, USGS, NIH Count • Programs to support these eﬀorts like PEER • Prizes and Open Innova>on with NSF and NIH • LAUNCH Innova>on Program with NASA Oﬃce of Science and Technology (Dr. Alex Dehgan) Higher Educa=on Solu=ons Data and Analy=cs Network • Central GIS support to Agency augments the • Established a network of universi>es that will planning, monitoring, evalua>on, and bring new solu>ons, data and analy>cs to the communica>on of development work Agency • Technical Support to Missions in building GIS • Leverage crea>vity of students capacity
Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)
Beneﬁts of PEER United States Developing Country • Increase global scope and • Build capacity foster interna>onal • Include interna>onal collabora>ons research community • Bolster research eﬀec>veness • Develop science diplomacy • Access local knowledge • Realize development • Access resources objec>ves • Facili>es • Inform policy and prac>ces • Unique ecosystems • Provide data for evidence-‐based • Geological forma>ons programs • Hydrological regimes • Incorporate new technologies
PEER Science Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science • PEER Science is a joint program between USAID and the Na>onal Science Founda>on (NSF). • The PEER Science Program supports developing country scien>sts conduc>ng research in collabora>on with NSF-‐funded scien>sts.
PEER Science Structure NSF USAID Competitively funds PEER Competitively funds U.S. researchers developing country SCIENCE researchersAgriculture, water, biodiversity conserva>on, and disaster mi>ga>on research
The Na=onal Science Founda=on Mission The Na>onal Science Founda>on (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the na3onal health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the na3onal defense…” Research areas: • Biological Sciences • Computer and Informa>on Science and Engineering • Educa>on and Human Resources • Engineering • Geosciences • Mathema>cal and Physical Sciences • Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
PEER Science 2011: 1st Applica=on Cycle • 488 proposals from 63 countries • 42 grants totaling approximately $5.5 million to support projects in 25 countries • Selec>on based on scien>ﬁc merit, development impact and prospect for collabora>on 2012: 2nd Applica=on Cycle – Decisions Expected Spring 2013 • 237 proposals from 54 countries Focused Research Topics: Brazil biodiversity conserva>on, Lower Mekong River conserva>on, Indonesia 2013: 3rd Applica=on Cycle – Expected August 2013
PEER Science Examples of Successful Proposals • Developing transla>on somware to convert spoken Arabic to Moroccan sign language • Studying marine biodiversity in Indonesia and the Philippines • Assessing landslide risk in Lebanon • Analyzing climate change impacts in Colombia and Ecuador • Addressing drinking water quality in Kenya
PEER Health Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health • PEER Health: A research grant-‐based plaoorm which allows USAID Missions to move quickly to ﬁll evidence gaps around implementa>on of programs and interven>ons. • The PEER Health partnership includes: Researchers in country, Na>onal Ins>tutes of Health (NIH) researchers, and USAID ﬁeld missions.
PEER Health The Na=onal Ins=tutes of Health NIH’s traces its roots to 1887. Its mission is to seek fundamentalknowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and theapplication of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, andreduce the burdens of illness and disability.NIH conducts and supports research:• Causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases;• Processes of human growth and development;• Biological effects of environmental contaminants;• Understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders; and• Information exchange in the area of medicine
PEER Health Child Survival Program Mission Program Evidence for improved implementa=on of health interven>ons, services, and programs Researchers NIH USAID in country researchers Missions
PEER Health 2012: 1st Applica=on Cycle – Decisions Expected Spring 2013 • X pre-‐proposals • 81 invited for full proposal 2013: 2nd Applica=on Cycle – Expected August 2013