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1 Accelerating development through science innovation and partnership Research and Innovation Fellowships Program Courtney Matson and Jamie Leidelmeyer Research and Innovation Fellowships Program

2 Informational Meeting Agenda I.Introductions I.Presentation by RI Fellowships Representatives Fellow Presentation I.General Q & A

3 USAID The United States Agency for International Development is an independent U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential USAID works in over 100 countries to: Promote broadly shared economic prosperity; Strengthen democracy and good governance; Protect human rights; Improve global health; Advance food security and agriculture; Improve environmental sustainability; Further education; Help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and Provide humanitarian assistance in the wake of natural and man-made disasters.

4 The U.S. Global Development Lab USAID is spearheading a bold, new approach to discover, test, and scale solutions to help people lift themselves out of poverty. The U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab) will accelerate the application of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to solve some of the most complex development problems more cost- efficiently and effectively.

5 The Approach Collaborate with host-country counterparts, entrepreneurs, world-class experts from corporations, NGOs, universities, and science and research institutions to solve development challenges more cost-efficiently and effectively The Lab will:  Source, discover, and scale new technologies and innovations;  Build partnerships to co-design new solutions and take them from pilots to global impact;  Inspire, strengthen, and link the brightest young minds in America with those in our partner countries; and  Improve USAID’s development impact by supporting scientific and innovative approaches to strategic decision making, procurement, and program design

6 Why is USAID Invested in Science, Technology, and Innovation Expertise? ● Solutions to 21 st century development challenges are increasingly technical ● International scientific and technological collaboration is a source of innovation and growth ● To attract the best scientific and technological expertise to developing countries

7 Who’s doing science? Peer-reviewed scientific papers Developing World Developed World 75%

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9 What are USAID’s Research and Innovation Fellowships? ● An interconnected global network, not only a fellowship program: ○ International students ○ Scientists ○ Researchers who are interested in research and innovation projects for development ● Builds relationships between institutions ● Provides an easy way to access opportunities to use science and technology to tackle development challenges

10 Research and Innovation Fellowships Program Connects U.S. and international students, scientists, and researchers to focus on research and innovation in-country Builds relationships between institutions Creates global network for sustainable partnership

11 Fellowship Basics 2-12 month Fellowships USAID funds the student Host provides in-kind support as possible Host can be NGO, private sector organizations, research centers, universities, and even Government ministries Pilot Countries Brazil Colombia India Indonesia Philippines Senegal South Africa

12 Snapshot of Eligible Fellows Graduate students – PhD and Masters In good standing within respective university Meet university specific requirements National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recipients (8,000 students who receive GRF grant of $135,000 for 3 years) OR Eligible Fellows through university partnerships

13 Visit or find us on Twitter #RIFellowhips Process Map

14 Creating mobile apps to harness the tourism industry in Colombia Example of a Host Opportunity Developing apps for marketplace exchange, cultural event promotion, and local business recommendations

15 Developing sustainable agriculture practices in Senegal Engineering hardier crops through seed breeding and soil chemistry Example of a Host Opportunity Engineering hardier crops through seed breeding and soil chemistry

16 Helping fight human trafficking in India Example of a Host Opportunity Developing socio- economic profiles of targeted households to quantify the risks associated with early marriage and child labor, including linkages to trafficking

17 Map Coral Reefs in Indonesia Example of a Host Opportunity Help conservation efforts in Indonesia by mapping coral reefs and developing sustainable environmental strategies

18 Snapshot of the 12 Fellows in Colombia 2014 Home InstitutionField of StudyHost Organization University of Texas at Austin Cultural Anthropology Proceso de Comunidades Negras en Colombia, PCN University of California-DavisPlant Biology International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) Cornell UniversityEnvironmental International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill MicrobiologyUniversidad de los Andes Stanford UniversityOpticsUniversidad del Valle University of Washington Decision Making and Risk Analysis Colombian Red Cross Trustees of Boston University Bioengineering and Biomedical Instituto de Evaluación Tecnológica en Salud IETS University of Michigan Ann ArborPolitical ScienceUniversidad de los Andes University of ChicagoEvolutionary BiologyPontificia Universidad Javeriana University of Texas at AustinEvolutionary BiologyUniversidad de los Andes Florida State UniversityEvolutionary Biology Department of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes University of California-BerkeleySocial SciencesInternational Organization for Migration (IOM)

19 Anthony is researching the impacts of violence and development on Black communities in Colombia. Prior to joining the MA/PhD program in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, he founded the Colombia Land Rights Monitor (www.colombialand.org) and worked at the Washington Office on Latin America. Anthony received his bachelor's degree in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and former Fulbright Scholar.www.colombialand.org Current Fellow EXAMPLE #1 Anthony Dest

20 Christian grew up in sunny Kissimmee, Florida and is a graduate of the University of Florida where he received a Bachelor's degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. He received his Master's degree in Environmental Engineering at Cornell University in 2011 and is working on his doctorate in the same field at Cornell. Christian is currently working on integrating tropical watershed hydrology and ecosystem services research for improved nutrient and water use efficiency in the Colombian Andes with CIAT in Cali, Colombia. Current Fellow EXAMPLE #2 Christian Guzman

21 The Catalog Connects you to opportunities from universities, research centers, government ministries, non-governmental organizations, private sector Host submissions are reviewed for: Scientific merit, Development impact, Safety, security, and legitimacy of organization in- country Once verified, all opportunities will be placed in the Catalog of Opportunities.

22 Snapshot of the Catalog of Opportunities

23 How does the Research and Innovation Fellowship advance your career? Gives you applicable foreign experience to emerging markets, expanding studies, and companies that are growing and expanding. Gain new connections. Enhances your reputation with U.S. science, technology and innovation communities. Gain additional skills such as applied research, field experience, mentoring/teaching, cultural contexts, and project management.

24 To become involved... ● Visit our website for more information ● Davis RIFA website: ip.ucdavis.edu/what/rifa ● Search the catalog!!! ● Questions and comments can be directed to ● On #RIFellowships

25 QUESTIONS AND BREAKOUT DISCUSSIONS ( FIND YOUR GROUP ) GROUP 1: GRF GROUP 2: All other interested students


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