THE Philippines was awarded seven research grants to fund work that will combat tuberculosis, preserve biodiversity and boost environmental resilience, the United States Embassy in Manila said on Monday.
In a statement, the US Embassy said a total of $8.5 million (P370 million) was awarded to 46 projects in 23 countries, with the Philippines taking home seven grants for work in new research projects that will help advance the scientific and technical capacity of both Washington and partner countries in critical areas of development.
The grants are funded through a grant-making facility, the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, a joint initiative designed to foster collaborative global research.
Through the competitively awarded program, the US Agency for International Development (USAID)—together with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Cancer Institute (NCI)—directly supports researchers in developing countries who work with US government-funded researchers.
The grant opportunity coincides with the worldwide launch of USAID’s Science Technology and Innovation Partnerships (STIP), an initiative that underscores the role of science and research in helping countries leapfrog their development.