Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Project

The Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) is a five-year, Php1.3 billion ($32 million) program that will strengthen applied research activity in Philippine universities and industry. The project aims to create a dynamic network of researchers in universities and private companies who continuously innovate; entrepreneurs and investors who turn discoveries into products and companies; and a government supportive of initiatives that enables these partnerships to flourish.

To facilitate the development of such a system, STRIDE uses a compelling program of engagement to help Philippine industries define, articulate, and communicate the specific demand for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) services and people to which universities can respond. STRIDE strengthens the capacity of university faculty and researchers to respond to this demand for research and innovation by directly exposing them to the U.S. model.

STRIDE is a USAID/Philippines project under the Partnership for Growth (PFG), a White House initiative. The PFG represents a partnership between the Philippines and the United States to promote broad-based and inclusive growth. The U.S. Government is working with the Government of the Philippines, the private sector and civil society organization to help put the Philippines on an accelerated growth trajectory that benefits the majority of its population.

ACTIVITIES
To ensure sustainability, STRIDE works with Philippine universities to create a more supportive research and technology transfer ecosystem. STRIDE funds collaborative research between industry and academe, provides scholarships and study tours in the U.S. to observe innovative approaches to STI, such as the Professional Science Masters degrees and how successful applied research teams are built and managed.

STRIDE’s targeted areas are nationwide in select science and technology programs in Philippine universities, with a particular focus on those areas covered by the USAID/Philippines Cities Development Initiative (CDI).

STRIDE also supports the signature program of the Philippine Commission on Higher Education, the Philippine-California Advanced Research Institutes (PCARI).

GOAL
To strengthen the science, technology, research, and innovation capacity in Philippine higher education -- with a focus on disciplines that contribute to high-growth economic sectors.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Improve research capacity in science, technology and innovation fields
  • Improve qualifications of faculty and research staff
  • Strengthen partnership between industry and academe for applied research
  • Strengthen policy and management capacity of higher education institutions

 

Contact Information

Mirshariff Tillah
Program Management Specialist
Office of Education
U.S. Agency for International Development
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy
1201 Roxas Boulevard 1000
Ermita, Manila
Email: mtillah@usaid.gov

Implementing Partner:
RTI International

Last updated: April 30, 2014

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