U.S. government awards science, technology, and innovation grants to Filipino scholars and universities

MAKATI – The United States government, through the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines’ United States Agency for International Development (USAID), recognized 10 research scholars and 37 grant recipients in science, technology, and innovation who support the Philippine government’s push for innovation-led and inclusive growth.

Awarded by USAID’s Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) project, the grants and scholarships will boost science and technology research in the Philippines to stimulate inclusive economic growth.

U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim personally acknowledged the individual scholars and the research grant recipients which he said represent the best scientific minds in the Philippines.

“We look forward to the results of their research projects that will upgrade industries, generate jobs and investments, and build skills and capacities in communities, academic institutions, and companies,” Ambassador Kim said.

Today’s awards included 24 Php5 million ($100,000), one-year research grants to Philippine universities to undertake collaborative research with U.S. universities on disciplines that contribute to high-growth sectors, including electronics, chemical industries, alternative energy, agri-business, and information technology.

USAID also funded 10 prototype development research grants, valued at Php1.15 million ($23,000) each, and three innovation development grants that address human development challenges, valued at about Php4 million ($80,000) each.

The universities that received research grants include University of the Philippines Diliman, Western Philippines University, University of Southeastern Philippines, and the Technological Institute of the Philippines.

USAID’s $32 million Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Project is the U.S. government’s largest higher education project in the Philippines.  The five-year project strengthens the Philippines’ capacity for innovation-led inclusive growth through strengthening applied research capabilities in Philippine universities and industries, and bolstering human capacity development in science, technology and innovation (STI).

To date, the project has awarded approximately $5.5 million in collaborative science, technology, and innovation research grants to more than 20 universities around the country.  It has awarded 56 scholarships to Filipinos to study in U.S. universities, provided advanced technical training to scientists and researchers, and brought 28 U.S. professors to visit the Philippines.  STRIDE is also establishing 10 knowledge and technology transfer offices at select universities in the Philippines.

USAID’s STRIDE project is implemented by RTI International, in collaboration with sub-grantees including the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, Florida State University, Rutgers University, and local non-profit Philippine Business for Education. (Tawid News/With US Embassy report)