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International Research Funding Alert July 2021


Texas Tech University Hosting Mandela Washington Fellowship Virtually

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders has started at Texas Tech University, with 30 fellows virtually attending the Institute focused on public management and leadership. This year marks the third time Texas Tech has been selected to be one of the hosts for this highly competitive initiative, which is the flagship program of the U.S. government's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since its inception, YALI has brought 4,400 young leaders from countries across Sub-Saharan Africa to the U.S. for leadership training.

The program will run until July 30th. The thirty participating fellows are some of the brightest and most tenacious young leaders across Sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these men and women either run their own business or lead a nonprofit. This year, 49 countries will be represented, with fellows ranging from 25-35 years old.

The TTU management team for this project, comprised of Dr. Darren Hudson, Dr. Conrad Lyford, Dr. Ian Lértora, and Mr. Michael Johnson, has prepared a detailed curriculum focused on academic and leadership lectures. This year mental health counseling is part of the experience, as well as cultural connections, networking, community service and one-on-one coaching. The fellows are also required to complete three hours of cultural connections, and the team was able to film iconic West Texas experiences, such as the musical “TEXAS” at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The Texas Tech fellows will also share experiences with the University of Texas cohort by having them complete a joint social media campaign that creates donations and awareness for food scarcity and nutrition issues throughout both Texas and Africa.

Title:Enhancing Global Health Security: Strengthening Public Health Surveillance Systems and Preparedness Globally
Sponsor:Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / Center for Global Health
Deadline:August 9, 2021
Summary:This program is intended to support global health security partners to develop or continue the implementation of surveillance activities that focus on protecting and improving public health globally through strategic planning, policy, and strengthening surveillance capacities and systems through partnerships. The main activities of the program include: 1) strengthening public health surveillance systems; 2) improving the public health surveillance workforce; 3) improving the interface between public health disease surveillance and laboratory systems; 4) reinforcing emergency surveillance preparedness; 5) enhancing electronic disease surveillance platforms and systems; and 6) enhancing the use of surveillance data for public health action.
Title:Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): International Foreign Language Education (IFLE): Business and International Education (BIE) Program
Sponsor:Department of Education
Deadline:August 13, 2021
Summary:The BIE Program provides grants to enhance international business education programs and to expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities. One of the priorities of this program include Training in Less Commonly Taught Languages or Thematic Focus on International Business Programs. Applications that propose activities focused on language training or the development of area or international business programs focused on contemporary topics or themes in conjunction with training in foreign languages, except French, German, or Spanish are welcome.
Title:U.S. Embassy La Paz - PAS Annual Program Statement
Sponsor:Department of State
Deadline:August 31, 2021
Summary:PAS La Paz invites proposals for programs that strengthen cultural, educational, professional, and scientific ties between the U.S. and Bolivia through cultural and exchange programming that highlights shared values and promotes bilateral cooperation. The Public Affairs Section is particularly interested in projects that increase academic and cultural exchanges between the United States and Bolivia, expand English language proficiency, foster entrepreneurship, and innovation, encourage greater cooperation in science and technology, promote social inclusion and advance excellence in journalism.
Title:2021 Research Grants
Sponsor:Merck KGaA Co.
Deadline:August 31, 2021
Amount:See solicitation for details
Summary:The aim of the Research Grant is to create new sustainable partnerships with leading global science and technology players to work on breakthrough science. The Merck KGaA company is offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance, in areas such as Drug Discovery, Real time testing and sensos, Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery, Digital Innovation, Bioelectronics, Sustainability, Media recycling for cultured meat, and Organoids. Preliminary applications are due August 31st, and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by October of 2021.
Title:International Networks of Excellence in Cardiovascular and Neurovascular Research
Sponsor:Leducq Foundation
Deadline:LOI Due September 7, 2021
Summary:This program promotes internationally collaborative basic, translational, and clinical research in cardiovascular and neurovascular disease. It fosters outstanding and innovative scientific research by bringing together international teams of researchers with complementary expertise and resources to work together on a common thematic problem. The proposals should aim to generate new knowledge with the potential to advance the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cardiovascular and/or neurovascular disease.
Title:The US-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund
Deadline:September 13, 2021
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 areas are priority areas for the coming years: improved efficiency of agricultural production; plant animal, and agricultural environment defense; agricultural production challenges in increased marginal conditions; food quality, safety, and security; soil & water, quality, and quantity; agricultural engineering/precision agriculture; sustainable agri-environmental management.
Title:Archaeological and Ethnographic Field Research
Sponsor:National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Deadline:September 29, 2021
Summary:This program will support institutionally-based projects engaged in empirical field research utilizing archaeological and/or ethnographic methods to answer significant questions in the humanities. Archaeological methods may include field survey and field-based remote sensing, documentation or visualization, and excavations in support of answering research questions in ancient studies, history, anthropology, classical studies, art history, regional studies, epigraphy, and other related disciplines in the United States or in international locations.
Title:International Research Experiences for Students (IRES)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:September 21, 2021
Amount:$300,000 - $400,000
Summary:The International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) program supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. IRES focuses on active research participation by undergraduate and/or graduate students in high quality international research, education, and professional development experiences in NSF-funded research areas. This solicitation features two mechanisms; Track I highlights the development of world-class research skills in international cohort experiences. Track II is dedicated to targeted, intensive learning and training opportunities that leverage international knowledge at the frontiers of research.
Title:Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:October 11, 2021
Location:Global, see solicitation for details
Amount: $700,000 - $1,000,000
Summary:The AccelNet program supports strategic linkages among U.S. research networks and complementary networks abroad that will leverage research and educational resources to tackle grand research challenges that require significant coordinated international efforts. AccelNet awards support the connections among research networks, rather than supporting fundamental research as the primary activity. Each network of networks is expected to engage in innovative collaborative activities that promote synergy of efforts across networks and provide professional development for U.S. students, postdoctoral scholars, and early-career researchers.
Title:Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases (EEID)
Sponsor:National Science Foundation
Deadline:November 17, 2021
Location:Global, see solicitation for details
Amount: $2,000,000
Summary:This program supports research on the ecological, evolutionary, and social drivers that influence the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The central theme must be the quantitative or computational understanding of pathogen transmission dynamics. The intent is discovery of principles of infectious disease transmission and testing mathematical or computational models that elucidate infectious disease systems. Proposals for research on disease systems of public health concern to developing countries are strongly encouraged, as are disease systems of concern in agricultural systems.