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International Research Funding Alert February 2015

Title: BHEARD Program
Sponsor: USAID-Michigan State University
Deadline: February 22, 2015
Location: Bangladesh and Malawi
Amount: $150,000 per student
Website: http://bheard.isp.msu.edu/about_borlaug_higher_education_for_agricultural_research_and_development
Summary: Michigan State University is the implementing institution for the Borlaug Higher Education for Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD) Program, a USAID-funded initiative to train agricultural researchers from Feed the Future countries. We are pleased to invite your institution to review the attached candidates from Bangladesh. All of these are currently employed at research institutions in Bangladesh and Malawi, and are seeking admission to doctoral programs in the U.S. starting in Fall 2015. The BHEARD program will pay for all doctoral program expenses in the U.S. Similar calls for other countries will be announced soon.
Title: Saudi American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grant
Sponsor: U.S. Embassy- Saudi Arabia
Deadline: monthly rolling basis
Location: Saudi Arabia
Amount: $25,000
Website: http://riyadh.usembassy.gov/exchange-programs/saudi-american-educational-and-cultural-initiative-grants.html
Summary: The Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is now accepting proposals for a new grant called the Saudi-American Educational and Cultural Initiative Grants (SAECIG) and is for Saudi and U.S. non-governmental and community organizations, universities, entrepreneurs, cultural organizations or qualified individuals who propose to work together to develop or expand educational, professional and cultural exchange activities and promote dialogue and partnership between the people of the United States and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The new grant will support innovative forms of collaboration to expand the diversity of activities in the U.S.-Saudi partnership and develop the next generation of leaders, especially among youth, young professionals and women, and to promote mutual understanding and respect through long-term partnership and cooperation between our two countries.
Title: Woman's Empowerment Programs
Sponsor: U.S. Mission to Pakistan
Deadline: March 2, 2015
Location: Pakistan
Amount: $500,000
Website: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=270542
Summary: The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States in Islamabad, Pakistan is pleased to announce an open competition for assistance awards through this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO). PAS Islamabad invites all eligible organizations (see Section C for Eligibility Requirements) to submit a proposal for a Grant or Cooperative Agreement to support activities focused on the empowerment of women and girls. Proposals should advance the empowerment of women and girls through one of the activity areas specified in this NOFO. This NOFO aims to support the Department of State's initiatives to promote women's social and economic development, integrate women into peace and security building, address and prevent gender-based violence, and ensure women's full participation in civic and political life. Research shows that progress in women's employment, health, and education can lead to greater economic growth and stronger communities. Countries are more peaceful and prosperous when women are afforded full and equal rights and opportunity.
Title: United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation
Deadline: March 2, 2015
Location: Israel
Amount: $400,000
Website: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2015/nsf15510/nsf15510.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
Summary: The United States-Israel Collaboration in Computer Science (USICCS) program is a joint program of NSF and the United States - Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF). The program supports research projects that develop new knowledge in the areas of theory of computing; algorithm design and analysis; design, verification, and evaluation of software systems; and revolutionary computing models based on emerging scientific ideas. Through this program, NSF and BSF will jointly support collaborations among US-based researchers and Israel-based researchers. US-based researchers will receive funds from NSF to support travel to Israel to interact with their Israeli counterparts. Israel-based and US-based researchers will receive funds allowable under the BSF program described at http://www.bsf.org.il/.
Title: International Research Scientist Development Award
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health
Deadline: March 4, 2015
Location: Global
Amount: none specified
Website: http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs/Pages/research-scientists.aspx
Summary: The purpose of the Fogarty International Center (FIC) International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) is to provide support and protected time (three to five years) to advanced postdoctoral (at least two years beyond conferral of doctoral degree) U.S. research scientists for an intensive, mentored research career development experience in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) as defined by the World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups; low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries are included) leading to an independent research career focused on global health. FIC invites K01 applications from biomedical, epidemiological, clinical, bio statistical, social and behavioral scientists in the formative stages of their research careers.
Title: Global Center for Food Systems Innovation Grants
Sponsor: Michigan State University
Deadline: March 16, 2015
Location: Feed the Future Countries
Amount: $500,000


Summary: Michigan State University's Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is seeking applicants who can help create innovation in the global food system by finding, incubating and evaluating new and potentially game-changing knowledge and technology based solutions to development challenges, especially those related to population growth, climate change and urbanization. Innovations, proposals and ideas can come from any country. However, in order for proposals to be considered they must propose implementation (testing/piloting, evaluation, scaling) to occur in one of the following Feed the Future (FTF) focus countries or the Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (STIP) focus countries.
Title: USAID/Vietnam Innovation in Higher Education
Sponsor: Thailand USAID-Bangkok
Deadline: April 9, 2015
Location: Vietnam
Amount: $9,000,000
Website: http://www.usaid.gov/documents/15396/usaidvietnam-call-innovation-higher-education-call-partnership-concept-notes
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: 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: 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.