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International Research Funding Alert July 2019

Mandela Washington Fellows Return to Texas Tech

25 Young African Leaders selected by the U.S. Department of State have arrived to Texas Tech. The University is proud to be a host institution for the second time and help shape a promising future for many countries via an extensive program featuring Leadership in Public Management. The Office of International Affairs, the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, the College of Human Sciences, and the College of Education have come together to provide capacity building to engage in public service, foster dialogue within communities, and improve understanding of policy development at a variety of governmental levels. In addition, the fellows will visit several public, private, and non-profit organizations in Lubbock, Canyon, Dallas, and Austin, as well as participate in community service activities. They will bring their experiences from TTU to the Mandela Washington Summit in Washington, D.C. at the end of July along other 675 YALI fellows. If you would like to see our Fellows' profiles and learn more of their background, experience, and objectives, please visit the link below.

If you would like to see our Fellows' profiles and learn more of their background, experience, and objectives, please visit the link below.
2019 YALI Fellows webpage >>

Title:U.S. Mission to South Africa -- Design And Implementation Of The English Access Microscholarship Program, 2020-2021
Sponsor:US Department of State
Deadline:August 6, 2019
Location:South Africa
Summary:The U.S. Embassy in South Africa announces an open competition for eligible organizations to submit proposals to develop and implement the English Access Microscholarship Program in South Africa. The Regional English Language Office (RELO) seeks to provide South African youth with educational opportunities through English-language instruction. The Access Program also develops an appreciation for American culture and democratic values as well as critical thinking and career skills. Subject to the availability of funds, the Embassy expects to award a grant up to $160,000 to carry out the English Access Microscholarship Program in South Africa over a twenty-four month time frame.
Title:Sri Lanka Forensic Lab Capacity Assessment and Training
Sponsor:US Department of State
Deadline:August 6, 2019
Location:Sri Lanka
Summary:INL/EA seeks to fund a project to bolster the capacity of the Forensic Science Division of Sri Lanka’s Government Analyst’s Department (GAD). The GAD analyzes the evidence collected by police at crime scenes including narcotics and DNA. It is a critical part of Sri Lanka’s criminal justice system as its analysis reports can help the prosecution prove its case or exonerate the innocent. While other criminal justice systems increasingly prioritize evidence-based convictions, Sri Lankan officials often heavily rely on confessions. Many prosecutors, defense counsels, and judges are unaware of the utility of the GAD’s reports and how they could be utilized to either exonerate or convict a suspect. The GAD also suffers from delays in the analysis of certain types of evidence. The approved project will identify gaps in the GAD’s forensic capacities, determine strategies to address those gaps, and provide capacity building training and technical assistance. INL will give preference to those organizations with strong expertise in law enforcement forensic analysis and experience in providing relating trainings to international laboratories with basic to more advanced capacities.
Title:U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo – Public Diplomacy Annual Program Statement
Sponsor:US Department of State
Deadline:August 15, 2019
Location:Dominican Republic
Summary:U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo invites proposals for Public Diplomacy (PD) programs that strengthen cultural, educational, professional, and scientific ties between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic through programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. All PD programs must include an American element, a nexus or connection with American expert/s, organization/s, or institution/s in a specific field that will promote increased understanding of U.S. policy and perspectives. PD programs should promote communication, engagement, and/or dialogue between the United States and the Dominican public, enhancing people-to-people connections to U.S. society and culture to build goodwill and lasting bonds.
Title:Equal Access to Quality Jobs for Women and Girls in Agriculture (EQUAL) - México
Sponsor:US Department of Labor
Deadline:August 26, 2019
Summary:In support of the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), the Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor, announces the availability of approximately $5,000,000 total costs (subject to the availability of Federal funds) for one cooperative agreement to fund one technical assistance project in Mexico to economically empower vulnerable women and girls. The objective of the project is to reduce the risk of child labor, forced labor, and other violations of labor rights for vulnerable women and girls within the agricultural sector. In Mexico, the project must work in the agricultural sector in coffee and sugarcane, but may include other agricultural goods, in one or more of the following states: Oaxaca, and/or Veracruz. The duration of the project will be a maximum of four years (48 months) from the effective date of the award.
Title:International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:September 10, 2019
Amount:Varies, see solicitation
Summary:The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. The IRES program contributes to development of a diverse, globally-engaged workforce with world-class skills. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate or graduate students in high quality international research, education and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. The overarching, long-term goal of the IRES program is to enhance U.S. leadership in research and education and to strengthen economic competitiveness through training the next generation of research leaders.
Title:American Scholar Awards 2020/2021
Sponsor:Fulbright Canada
Deadline:September 16, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:These Fulbright Awards provide approximately 50 teaching and/or research grants to U.S. faculty and experienced professionals in a wide variety of academic and professional fields. Postdoctoral Research Awards support promising new scholars and assist them in establishing a research base at an important time in their research careers. Distinguished Visiting Research Chairs allow extraordinary scholars and top-tier applied researchers to spend one academic year as a visiting research scholar working in a targeted area of academic inquiry. Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chairs are pre-arranged affiliations to host exceptional scholars who conduct research important to that university. Partner universities are excited to welcome the Fulbright Visiting Chairs into campus life and encourage them to engage with students and faculty, and the broader community.
Title:BARD Research Proposals
Sponsor:United States - Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
Deadline:September 16, 2019
Location:U.S. / Israel
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:BARD projects, conducted cooperatively by American and Israeli scientists, cover all phases of agricultural research and development, including integrated projects and strategic or applied research. Cooperative research entails active collaboration between Israeli and American scientists. The following research areas are top priorities: Increased Efficiency of Agricultural Production, Protection of Plants and Animals Against Biotic and Abiotic Stress, Food Quality, Safety and Security, Water Quality & Quantity, Functional Genomics and Proteomics, Sensors and Robotics, Sustainable Bio-Energy Systems.
Title:Plant Biotic Interactions
Sponsor:National Science Foundation/National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Deadline:September 30, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The Plant Biotic Interactions (PBI) program supports research on the processes that mediate beneficial and antagonistic interactions between plants and their viral, bacterial, oomycete, fungal, plant, and invertebrate symbionts, pathogens and pests. This joint NSF-NIFA program supports projects focused on current and emerging model and non-model systems and agriculturally relevant plants. Overall, the program seeks to support research that will deepen our understanding of the fundamental processes that mediate interactions between plants and the organisms with which they intimately associate and advance the application of that knowledge to benefit agriculture.
Title:Global Brain and Nervous System Disorders Research Across the Lifespan
Sponsor:National Institutes of Health
Deadline:November 7, 2019
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications for the conduct of innovative, collaborative research projects between U.S. and low- and middle-income country (LMIC) scientists, on brain and other nervous system function and disorders throughout life, relevant to LMICs (including neurological, mental, behavioral, alcohol and substance use disorders and spanning the full range of science from basic to implementation research). Scientists in upper middle-income LMICs (UMICs) are also eligible to partner directly with scientists at other LMIC institutions with or without out a US partner. The collaborative research programs are expected to contribute to the long-term goals of building and strengthening sustainable research capacity in LMICs to address nervous system development, function and impairment throughout life and to lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. The proposed work will also contribute to developing a base for research networking and evidence-based policy beyond the specific research project. A letter of intent is due 30 days prior to the application due date.
Title:Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CC STEM)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:February 24, 2020
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) funds research projects that identify (1) factors that are effective in the formation of ethical STEM researchers and (2) approaches to developing those factors in all the fields of science and engineering that NSF supports. Factors one might consider include: honor codes, professional ethics codes and licensing requirements, an ethic of service and/or service learning, life-long learning requirements, curricula or memberships in organizations that stress responsible conduct for research, institutions that serve under-represented groups, institutions where academic and research integrity are cultivated at multiple levels, institutions that cultivate ethics across the curriculum, or programs that promote group work, or do not grade. Proposals including international collaborations are encouraged when those efforts enhance the merit of the proposed work by incorporating unique resources, expertise, facilities or sites of international partners. The U.S. team's international counterparts generally should have support or obtain funding through other sources