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U.S. AID: Higher Education Solutions Network Office of the Vice-Provost for Research
 

Summary: U.S. AID: Higher Education Solutions Network
Office of the Vice-Provost for Research
February 10, 2012
The primary goal of the U.S. AID's new program Higher Education Solutions Network, is to establish
institutional partnerships that will create and leverage a virtual network of leading experts who will help
USAID solve distinct global development challenges. By leveraging the capacity and knowledge of
universities and research institutions, USAID seeks to broaden the capacity of development institutions
more broadly, including USAID, developing countries, and other donor organizations.
Specifically, the academic community will support USAID and other development organizations to
improve their analytical capabilities in understanding development challenges and core barriers to
addressing them, catalogue solutions to different challenges, catalyze and bring forward novel
approaches to addressing development problems, and encourage the development and application of
new tools within science, technology, and engineering to improve the efficacy and decrease cost of
development inventions. Two types of Centers will be funded: Consortium Centers and Single Institution
Centers. The Centers will help USAID and the larger development community (1) better define
development problems and constraints to their solution, (2) identify, test, and create potential and
existing solutions to those problems, and (3) then encourage entrepreneurship, experimentation, and
innovation in addressing those problems. The USAID is seeking applications that achieve the following
three goals for the Agency: Data and Analysis for Development; Development Labs and Analytics for
Solutions; and Engage Students and Create New Approaches for Development.

  

Source: Angenent, Lars T. - Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University

 

Collections: Renewable Energy; Engineering