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Vietnamese scholars receive 3 grants for US scientific research

January 29, 2021 | 10:39

Vietnam has earned an additional three awards in the latest round of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), an international program that funds scientists and engineers in developing countries who partner with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development challenges.

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Dr. Dang Thuy Binh (right), Nha Trang University, is one of the Vietnamese scientists who received a research award from the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. (Photo: USAID)

According to US Embassy in Vietnam, recently, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a grant of over $ 5.8 million for 26 new research projects globally to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions for critical challenges in international development through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). This is a USAID funded program and implemented by the US National Academy of Science, Technology, and Medicine. Grants range from $ 54,000 to $ 300,000.

Vietnamese researchers receiving funding in the latest release of Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research include:

Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh of the Asian Institute of Technology Center, Vietnam (AITVN) and AIT, Thailand, will use microbes to remove toxic pollutants from contaminated soils in Vietnam to protect the health of the community and the environment.

Dang Thuong Huyen of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology will help convert agricultural waste into a tool for removing pollutants from the soil in Vietnam.

Nguyen Khoi Nghia of Can Tho University will research cost-effective methods for removing pollutants by analyzing soil and testing techniques for stimulating the growth of microorganisms to degrade pollutants.

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Established in 2011, Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research has supported research and scientific capacity building for researchers and research institutes around the globe. (Photo: VTC)

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is an international program that funds scientists and engineers in developing countries that work with US Government-funded researchers to address global development challenges. To date, Vietnamese researchers have received 20 grants under this program, including 3 just announced grants.

Established in 2011, the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research has supported research and scientific capacity building for researchers and research institutes around the globe. After nine rounds of grant awards, the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research program has helped more than 300 researchers in over 50 countries find evidence-based solutions to the development challenges of many different regions and fields.

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After nine rounds of grant awards, the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research program has helped more than 300 researchers in over 50 countries find evidence-based solutions to the development challenges of many different regions and fields. (Photo: TG&VN)

USAID is dedicated to helping governments, academia, civil society, and the private sector build resilient and sustainable societies. Research increases the commitment and capacity in our partner nations to plan, finance, and implement solutions through informed decision-making. By strengthening the ability of governmental, private-sector, and academic institutions in our partner countries to conduct research and apply science to help solve their own challenges, USAID is supporting their Journey to Self-Reliance.

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