US Partnership Aims to Boost Science, Research in Developing Countries

A science laboratory at the University of Central Florida. Photo by: Mike / CC BY-SA

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the National Science Foundation, an independent U.S. federal agency, have joined forces for an initiative to boost technical and scientific capacity in developing countries.

Under the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research, USAID will fund research projects starting in five pilot countries, namely Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali and Tanzania. The initiative’s first six projects in these countries will focus on ecosystems, climate change, biodiversity, hydrology and seismology.

For its part, NSF will share its research expertise to help identify future projects and research studies to be funded under the initiative.

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