(CPV) - Vietnam won three awards in a US Government program to fund scientific research in developing countries, said the US Embassy to Hanoi on June 27.
The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), under the partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) awards, has announced its second round of research collaboration grants.
The winning research programs in Vietnam include:
* Conservation genetics for improved biodiversity and resource management in a changing Mekong delta: This program will examine genetic adaptation of populations to the changing conditions of the Mekong delta caused by increasing effects of damming, development, agriculture and climate change. The research associates are Ms Dang Thuy Binh from Nha Trang University and Kent E. Carpenter from Old Dominion University.
* Technical development and field-testing of a self-contained, inexpensive wave energy converter device: This project will work to develop a field-deployable wave energy converter device to provide basic electrical needs for people living in underdeveloped and remote coastal communities in Vietnam. It focuses on further developing the wave energy converter device to improve mechanical and electrical efficiency, reduce production costs and explore potential uses such as an ocean sensor platform. The research associates are Mr Nguyen H. Tho of Tan Tao University and Brian Bingham of Hawaii University.
* Evaluating the sustainability of groundwater resources: academic and scientific gaps: The project will sample groundwater around Hanoi to assess the risks of arsenic contamination. Young scientists will be trained and carry out the sampling and gather information needed to ensure the safety and sustainability of aquifers. The research associates are Ms Pham T.K. Trang from University of Science – Vietnam National University (Hanoi) and Benjamin Carlos Bostick of Columbia University.
This year, USAID the NSF have so far awarded 54 new research projects in 32 countries totaling nearly USD7.5 million to collaborate on areas such as agro – forestry, groundwater purification, biodiversity, volcano risk reduction, and drought and climate change.
PEER is a USAID-funded competitive grants program that is being administered by the National Academy of Sciences in coordination with NSF.
PEER science awardees were selected from nearly 300 high-quality proposals and represent over USD76 million of leveraged NSF funding through collaborations with their U.S. research partners. The third call for PEER science proposals is expected to be announced in early September./.