USAID On the Lookout for Indonesian Scientists to Join Research Programs

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By : Ratri M. Siniwi | on 8:21 PM October 03, 2016
Category : News, Education

Jakarta. The United States Agency for International Development is inviting Indonesian scientists to apply for their Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research — PEER for short — grant program to conduct joint researches with US scientists.

Funding will be available for researches in two topics: strengthening science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at school and university levels, and biodiversity loss and wildlife trafficking policies.

"The US is pleased to support partnerships between American and Indonesian researchers who are examining important health, environmental and other challenges," Chargé d'Affaires Brian McFeeters said in a statement on Monday (03/10).

"These joint researches will seek breakthrough solutions with the use of science, technology and innovation to advance Indonesia's development goals,” McFeeters said.

The PEER grant aims to financially support scientists in their research on priority development issues in 63 countries, including Indonesia, with the hope of contributing back to their country’s development.

In Indonesia, $2.6 million have already been given to local researchers through the PEER program in five cycles of applications.

The program has awarded 43 research projects in Indonesia, including six this year, with topics ranging from climate change mitigation to disease and science education.

Applications for the PEER grant are open again on Oct. 3, with proposals to be sent in by Jan. 13, 2017.

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