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International Research Funding Alert March 2015

Title: USAID/Vietnam Innovation in Higher Education
Sponsor: Thailand USAID-Bangkok
Deadline: April 9, 2015
Location: Vietnam
Amount: $9,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=271168
Summary: Through this Addendum to the FY2014 Global Development Alliance (GDA) Annual Program Statement (APS), No. APS-OAA-14-000001(the GDA APS), USAID/Vietnam is making a special call for the submission of Concept Papers from eligible organizations as defined in the GDA APS. The objective is to stimulate innovation in higher education through public-private alliances, and to drive broader innovation supporting more inclusive, sustainable growth in Vietnam, specifically in areas relevant to USAID’s 2014-2018 Country Development Strategy. USAID may allocate up to $9,000,000 to fund a portfolio of partnerships with funding for individual partnership proposals estimated in the range of $3 - 9 million. The proposed period of performance can be four (4) to five (5) years. Unless otherwise stated herein, all terms and conditions of the GDA APS FY 2014 apply (http://www.usaid.gov/work-usaid/get-grant-or-contract/opportunities-funding/global-development-alliance-annual-program).More details can be found in full solicitation.
Title: Dimension of Biodiversity
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: April 9, 2015
Location: China, Brazil, other
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15533/nsf15533.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click#toc
Summary: The Dimensions of Biodiversity program currently targets three fundamental dimensions of biodiversity - genetic diversity, phylogenetic diversity, and functional diversity. Integration among these three dimensions is an essential aspect of all proposals. Investigators are encouraged to develop international collaborations if projects will characterize multiple dimensions of biodiversity and understand their ecological and evolutionary significance within a global context. NSF has agreements with the Chinese National Natural Science Foundation (NSFC) to jointly support US-China International Research Projects. NSF also has signed an agreement with the State of São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP), Brazil to jointly support US-São Paulo Collaborative Research projects. These agreements do not preclude other international collaborations.
Title: USAID/Cambodia’s Civil Annual Program Statement (APS)
Sponsor: Cambodia USAID-Phnom Penh
Deadline: April 10, 2015
Location: Cambodia
Amount: $5,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253728
Summary: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) represented by its Mission to Cambodia is issuing this Annual Program Statement (APS) for the purpose of strengthening civil society engagement in processes that promote democracy, government accountability, and an enhanced respect for human rights. Youth engagement and gender equality are cross-cutting themes that must be integrated into all program activities. USAID/Cambodia plans to fund multiple awards to local organizations through this APS.
Title: Central African Republic Peacebuilding Partnership
Sponsor: Agency for International Development
Deadline: April 20, 2015
Location: Central African Republic
Amount: $2,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=269348
Summary: The CAR Peacebuilding Partnership (CPP or “the Partnership”) is a public-private partnership (PPP) among donors, private foundations, non-governmental organizations, civil society, and government that supports locally-led peacebuilding in the Central African Republic. The purpose of the Partnership is to ensure dedicated donor support for locally-led peacebuilding and atrocity prevention efforts through a critical period of transition in CAR. The CPP will intentionally document and learn from its activities and approaches in order to understand both the benefits of using a PPP for peacebuilding and what works in locally led peacebuilding in this type of context. This partnership is grounded in the desire to support the courageous efforts and resiliency of local communities seeking to mitigate violence, rebuild social cohesion, and forge a more peaceful future in the Central African Republic.
Title: Research Opportunities in Europe for NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows
Sponsor: EU-funded European Research Council (ERC) grants
Deadline: April 24, 2015
Location: Europe
Amount: TBD/td>
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15042/nsf15042.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
Summary: To further scientific and technological cooperation between the European Community and the United States, an Implementing Arrangement was signed on July 13, 2012 to enable U.S. scientists and engineers with NSF-funded CAREER awards and Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to pursue research collaboration with European colleagues supported through EU-funded European Research Council (ERC) grants. Connecting researchers with complementary strengths and shared interests promotes scientific progress in solving some of the world's most vexing problems. This international research opportunity is mutually beneficial to the U.S. participants and the hosts through cooperative activities during research visits and also by establishing international research partnerships to enrich future research activities in Europe and the U.S. Under the Arrangement, the ERC Executive Agency (ERCEA) identifies ERC-funded research groups who wish to host NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellows for research visits of up to one year within their ERC funding. This letter invites current Postdoctoral Research Fellows to apply for research visits to any identified, appropriate European research group. Instructions on how to apply and other relevant policies and requirements are provided below. A similar Dear Colleague Letter invites NSF CAREER awardees to participate.
Title: Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD)
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: April 27, 2015
Location: Developing Countries
Amount: $1,000,000
Website:

http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15538/nsf15538.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_26&WT.mc_ev=click

Summary: The Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) Program was established in 2009 as a National Science Foundation (NSF) program supported in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). The goal of BREAD is to support innovative basic scientific research designed to address key constraints to smallholder agriculture in the developing world. In FY 2015, activities in two focus areas will be supported: (1) Developing High Throughput, Low Cost Phenotyping Tools and Devices to facilitate assessment of field-based phenotypes, especially for root and tuber crops (PHENO), and (2) Advancing Basic Research in Crop Plants Relevant to Smallholder Agriculture in Developing Countries (ABRDC) to develop critically needed sequence and functional genomics resources to enable basic and applied research in crop plants important for smallholder agriculture.
Title: Partnerships for International Research and Education NSF
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Deadline: May15, 2015
Location: Global
Amount: $15,000,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=259932
Summary: Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) is an NSF-wide program that supports international activities across all NSF supported disciplines. The primary goal of PIRE is to support high quality projects in which advances in research and education could not occur without international collaboration. PIRE seeks to catalyze a higher level of international engagement in the U.S. science and engineering community. International partnerships are essential to addressing critical science and engineering problems. In the global context, U.S. researchers and educators must be able to operate effectively in teams with partners from different national environments and cultural backgrounds. PIRE promotes excellence in science and engineering through international collaboration and facilitates development of a diverse, globally-engaged, U.S. science and engineering workforce. This PIRE competition will be open to all areas of science and engineering research which are supported by the NSF.
Title: Annual Program Statement: Cultural Heritage Tourism in Egypt
Sponsor: Egypt USAID-Cairo
Deadline: June 15, 2015
Location: Egypt
Amount: $165,000,000 (up to 10 Grants)
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=257932
Summary: The APS invites organizations with relevant capacity and experience to submit proposals which will conserve, preserve and promote more effective management of Egypt’s cultural heritage resources with the aim of enhancing cultural tourism potential. Applicants are encouraged to propose innovative approaches to build linkages between local businesses, affected communities and tourism. Given the downturn in the economy applicants should also give priority to generating employment in communities near targeted sites. This APS is part of the Sustainable Investment in Tourism in Egypt project (SITE). The SITE project is designed to improve management, conservation and promotion of heritage, to draw economic benefits from tourism development via a focus on cultural tourism promotion and to build capacity among tourism industry employees. Subject to the availability of funds, a total of up to 165 million Egyptian Pounds (EGP) are expected to be available to support activities under this APS. USAID/Egypt retains the right to fund any or none of the applications submitted in response to this APS. Funds under this APS are available to support short-term response programs (generally with duration up to twelve months) as well as longer-term programs (generally with duration from twelve months up to 42 months). It is expected that EGP grants provided through this mechanism will range in value from 2.13 million to a maximum of 63.9 million EGP. USAID reserves the right to award grants in excess of these limits in certain situations depending on the grant timeframe, the applicant’s institutional capacity, the geographic scope of the proposed program, and the type and extent of partnership or other teaming arrangements that are proposed. To the extent that U.S. dollars are required to fund any part of a proposal, organizations should state the need in their applications and propose how they plan to convert the EGP into U.S. dollars. Applicants must provide the reasons and justification for the dollars and what it will cost for the conversion. USAID/Egypt anticipates making up to 10 grants through this APS. If additional funding becomes available, an amendment to this APS could be issued to fund additional activities.
Title: U.S. Embassy New Delhi Alumni Small Grants Program Department of State
Sponsor: U.S Mission to India
Deadline: June 30, 2015
Location: India
Amount: $10,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274228
Summary: These public diplomacy programs must occur within India. Each proposal must include at least one team member that is an alumnus(a) of a U.S. government sponsored exchange. To find out if you are an alumnus(a) of an approved exchange program, please see http://newdelhi.usembassy.gov/exchangesalumni.html Proposals can include, but are not limited to, projects, seminars, workshops, cultural programs, exhibitions and outreach campaigns. Proposals must focus on one of the following four priority areas of the U.S. Mission to India: 1. Promote better U.S.-India bilateral relations with emphasis on economic, scientific and educational ties: Examples include, but are not limited to projects that support educational institutions (including community colleges, vocational training institutes and skill building institutions for students without university degrees), civil society organizations, non-profit business associations, scientific partnerships (not to include research) and self-help groups, through linkages with U.S. counterparts develop projects in fields including but not limited to: economic empowerment, science, skill building, employability, corporate social responsibility and related areas. 2. Encourage more productive regional and global roles for India: Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that support academic, cultural, civil, professional exchanges and projects that strengthen ties between the United States, India, and its regional neighbors, assisting in the development of peaceful, open, and economically beneficial relations in the region and beyond. 3. Enhance security cooperation and law enforcement cooperation: Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that counter extremism; counter inaccurate messaging and propaganda; or present accurate information on the full spectrum of U.S.-India cooperation. Projects can also focus on traditional and non-traditional security issues like food security, energy security, human security, information security, environmental policy, disaster relief and public health epidemics etc. 4. Building India’s capacity to address its challenges and prepare it for the future: Examples include, but are not limited to, projects that increase the capacity of India to improve the lives of vulnerable populations, accelerate India’s transition to a low-emissions economy, and develop innovations that impact people’s lives at the base of the pyramid on a range of issues, such as gender-based violence, improved health and education, and financial services, renewable energy, etc. A panel comprised of U.S. Embassy staff members will review each complete proposal received before the application deadline. Please note that selected proposals will have to complete additional forms and registration documents within thirty days of notification in order to receive funding.
Title: Brazil Partnership Development Program Agency for International Development
Sponsor: Peru USAID-Lima
Deadline: August 19, 2015
Location: Peru
Amount: $2,500,00
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=274694
Summary: To create new partnerships to support USAID/Brazil’s Environmental priorities in the areas of biodiversity conservation; protection of indigenous lands and natural resources; and applied biodiversity science, technology and innovation.

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