Jakarta. The United States Agency for International Development, or USAID, is offering $1 million in research funding for six Indonesian scientists and their American partners to explore topics such as climate change mitigation, infectious disease and science education.
"USAID believes that through science, technology, innovation and partnerships, we can develop breakthrough solutions together to help end extreme poverty and advance prosperity," US Chargé d'Affairs Brian McFeeters said in a statement on Tuesday (06/09).
The six Indonesian scientists are Heri Kuswanto from Sepuluh Nopember Institute of Technology in Surabaya; Ocky Radjasa from Diponegoro University in Semarang; Syamsidik from the Tsunami and Disaster Mitigation Research Center at Syiah Kuala University in Banda Aceh; Herman Kosasih from the Indonesia Research Partnership on Infectious Diseases in Jakarta; Askuri Ibn Chamim from the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies in Yogyakarta and Bachti Alisjahbana from the TB-HIV Research Center at Padjadjaran University in Bandung.
USAID provides the grant through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), an annual competitive grants program for scientists in developing countries. The local scientists must collaborate with U.S. Government-funded and selected private sector partners.
The six projects from Indonesia were selected from over 650 proposals. PEER will start the next call for proposals in October.