Science, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships

Honglada Thoetkiattikul
Honglada Thoetkiattikul, an ASEAN-U.S. science and technology fellow from Thailand, contributes to improving science-based policy-making in the region.
Montakan Tanchaisawat, USAID

The Asia-Pacific region has become a key driver of global politics and economics. Asia represents over half the world’s population, and is the most dynamic and fastest growing region in the world; the region experiences robust economic growth, rapid technological change and increasing interconnectivity. However, Asia also faces development challenges in areas like the environment and natural resources management, disaster risk reduction and infectious diseases that cross national borders. USAID seeks to increase the application of science, technology, innovation and partnerships  to achieve, sustain and extend the Agency’s development impact in Asia. To this end, USAID supports a range of activities and events in Asia.

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ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology Fellows Pilot Program

The U.S. Government, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), launched the inaugural ASEAN-U.S. Science and Technology (S&T) Fellowship in April 2014. The fellowship places emerging science leaders from ASEAN countries into their home country government ministries to strengthen evidence-based policy making.  In May 2015 the second cohort of 14 Fellows coming from 7 ASEAN Member States, began their fellowships and will be working on a range of national and regional priorities related to energy security, biodiversity, and fisheries & coastal management.

Current applications are due Sunday, February 21, 2016.
The Fellowship start date is Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Please click here for more information.


ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women

Are you a female scientist focusing on sustainable energy in the ASEAN region? You may be eligible to win recognition and $25,000 USD for your research.

Apply for the second annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women, awarded by USAID and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN, in partnership with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and UL. The Prize seeks to identify and recognize ASEAN-based, early to mid-career woman scientists less than 40 year of age whose research focuses on sustainable energy. Up to ten finalists will be identified and promoted, and one winner will receive $25,000 as well as separate provisions to attend an award ceremony at an ASEAN ministerial meeting in October 2016.

Qualified candidates can apply starting on January 25, 2016. Applicants should demonstrate excellence and creativity in scientific research, relevance to ASEAN’s regional goals, and a track record of mentoring, collaborating with and supporting young female scientists. 

We are seeking:
- Female citizens and residents of an ASEAN member state
- Ph.D. degree graduates
- Scientists under 40 years of age at the start of the open application period
- Applicants whose research focuses on sustainable energy

The Prize aims to:
- Recognize and support promising, early-career women scientists pursuing scientific careers in the ASEAN region
- Encourage intra-ASEAN and ASEAN-U.S. collaboration around sustainable energy research
- Inspire young women in the ASEAN region to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics related careers

The Prize opens on January 25 and deadline to submit applications is April 1, 2016.

Learn more about the ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women here.


Frontiers Learning Series

To catalyze increased engagement between the development and science and technology communities we have launched the Frontiers workshop series, focused on exploring emerging opportunities at the intersection of science & technology, innovation, partnerships, and international development.

Transforming Finance Workshop (February 25, 2016):

Fifty years ago, 90 percent of financial flows to developing countries came from official development assistance. Today, that figure is less than 10 percent, and although the percentage of the world population living in extreme poverty has fallen from 53 percent to 18 percent, reducing it even further will take innovation in outreach, financial tools and partnerships. The donor community must work more closely with the financial sector to leverage and integrate all resources for market-driven solutions that support communities. This workshop will focus on understanding the constraints to development investments while highlighting ways to mitigate risk and increase the probability of success. Topics to be explored include: investor concerns and needs in relation to development finance; core development finance instruments in the donor community; recent events and novel tools from the private sector and donor community; and how to include private sector partners and development finance in programmatic activities. Click here for the agenda.

Harnessing the Data Revolution for Resilience Summit (week of May 9, 2016):

Harnessing the Data Revolution for Resilience Summit (week of May 9, 2016): Ending extreme poverty is one of the world's biggest challenges. As we tackle this issue, it is important to build resilience at all scales—individuals, communities, cities and ecosystems—since resilience combines the ability to manage change and continue on a sustainable development path. At the same time, the world is currently producing unprecedented amounts of digital data as well as unprecedented growth in digital connectivity. These trends enable new ways of utilizing digital data to better understand the needs of communities in order to help them increase their collective and individual resilience. USAID is bringing together entrepreneurs, innovators, development organizations, technology providers, donors and governments for a two-day summit focused on harnessing the power of digital data to transform the design, implementation and monitoring of international development programs to support resilience capacities at various scales.

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research

The Lower Mekong basin is rich in biodiversity.  However, in many areas there are considerable knowledge gaps regarding existing biodiversity and the threats it faces. Through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, USAID is supporting three regional networks of scientists to better understand some of Asia’s most pressing biodiversity challenges.

SERVIR-Mekong 

SERVIR-Mekong equips governments, regional  institutions  and  other  key  stakeholders in  the  Lower  Mekong countries  to  employ  publicly-available satellite  imagery  and  geospatial technologies such as mapping and analysis software. This information is essential for improving environmental management and building greater resilience to the negative effects of climate change.

Past Frontiers Learning Events

Scaling Impact Summit (March 2015)

The third event in USAID’s Frontiers series was an interactive summit focusing on how to more effectively scale innovations to achieve, sustain and extend development impacts. The forum brought together development professionals with academia, entrepreneurs and private sector partners to explore potentially game-changing innovations that address development challenges and ways in which we can most effectively partners to evaluate and accelerate adoption of promising innovations.

View the Scaling for Impact Summit agenda here. [PDF]

Review key takeaways from the Scaling for Impact Summit here. [PDF]

Mobiles for Development Forum (January 2015) 

The M4D Asia Forum 2015, in partnership with FHI360, focused on discussing how to develop and sustain impactful mobile technology interventions to address development challengesdevelopment. The forum provided an opportunity for partnership building and experience sharing between the mobile technology and international development communities, including local technology firms, USAID implementing partners, donors and others who are developing or using mobiles for development. The Forum also highlighted the finalists and winner of our M4D Asia Award, which focuses on recognizing mobiles services in Southeast Asia with the potential to advance development outcomes.  This was our second M4D Asia Forum and Award.

Integrating Mobiles into Development Projects Handbook

Review Key Takeaways from the 2015 Mobiles for Development Forum Read about the 2014 Mobiles for Development Award winners, 8villages and Open Institute.

Asia Urban Futures Workshop (October 2014) 

This Frontiers event, in collaboration with UNDP, UN Habitat, and UN Global Pulse, brought the science and technology sector together with the development community to discuss the rising challenges and opportunities facing Asia as the result of rapid urbanization and climate change. The workshop centered on accelerating urban climate change adaptation by bridging science-to-action knowledge gaps and encouraging partnerships between city officials, technology innovators, development planners, academic researchers and implementers.

Review key takeaways from the Asia Urban Futures Workshop

 

Last updated: January 21, 2016

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