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Vietnamese scholars win U.S. scientific research awards PEER

Tarah Nguyen Tarah Nguyen

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January 30, 2021 | 14:12

Three Vietnamese scholars have won the U.S. scientific research 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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Vietnamese researchers have earned 20 scientific research awards under the PEER program since 2011 – Photo: MoST

Three Vietnamese scholars have won the U.S. scientific research awards in the latest round of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, an international program that funds scientists and engineers in developing countries who partner with U.S. Government-funded researchers to address global development challenges, the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam announced on January 28.

The PEER program is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The awards range from US$54,000 to US$300,000 in value.

The international program funds scientists and engineers in developing countries who partner with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development challenges.

Vietnamese researchers have earned 20 awards under this program since 2011, including these three new grants.

Three researchers in Viet Nam received awards include Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh of Asian Institute of Technology Center, Viet Nam (AITVN), Dang Thuong Huyen of Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and Nguyen Khoi Nghia of Can Tho University.

Nguyen Thi Kim Oanh from the Asian Institute of Technology Center, one of the three scholars, will use microbes to remove toxic pollutants from contaminated soils in Vietnam to protect the health of the community and the environment. This project aims to reduce residual dioxin contamination from the past use of Agent Orange during the American War in Vietnam.

Dang Thuong Huyen from the HCMC University of Technology will help convert agricultural waste into a tool for removing pollutants from the soil in Vietnam. The project’s goal is to address this problem through the collaboration between the HCMC University of Technology and the University of Illinois in Chicago on a green, circular economy solution using plant-based biochars sourced from waste stocks.

Nguyen Khoi Nghia from 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.

Up to now, Vietnamese researchers have earned 20 awards under this program, including the three new grants, according to the U.S. Embassy.

Since its establishment in 2011, the PEER program has helped build the scientific and research capacity of researchers and research institutions worldwide. Currently in its ninth cycle, the program has enabled more than 300 local researchers in over 50 countries to find evidence-based solutions to development challenges across regions and sectors.

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