OIA ramps up international research and development
The Office of International Affairs International Research and Development Division
was established in March 2014 to increase international research and development activities
at Texas Tech University. The division works with faculty campus-wide to create teams
of researchers, identify potential funding, and develop grant proposals. In the past
three months, the division has helped secure close to $750,000 in funding.
Dr. Conrad Lyford from the department of Agricultural & Applied Economics was awarded $300,000 to host two PhD students from Ghana, and Dr. Venugopal Mendu of the department of Plant and Soil Science was awarded $150,000 to host one Ph. D. student also from Ghana as part of the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) program administered by USAID and Michigan State. Texas Tech University was the only non-land grant university awarded BHEARD candidates. Additionally, Dr. Surya Yadav from the Rawls College of Business ISQS department was awarded $279,000 from the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service to build market systems capacity in Bangladesh in conjunction with CASNR’s department of Agricultural & Applied Economics and the Office of International Affairs.
Over the last three months, the International Research and Development division has helped develop proposals over $3.4 million, with over $1 million worth of proposals currently being under review from CASNR, Arts and Sciences, and Human Sciences.