Higher Education Solutions Network 2.0

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Working closely with universities, scientists and development actors from around the world, the Higher Education Solutions Network 2.0 enhances USAID’s mission through convening, researching, testing and translating solutions to development challenges.

HESN 2.0 will leverage a vast network of higher education institutions, local stakeholders, private enterprise, and other development actors to increase the use of scientific research for development, refine and translate complex data, build local scientific potential, and test new and innovative development approaches. HESN 2.0 will also provide a platform for USAID to co-create with multiple stakeholders to address critical development challenges and inform future policies and programs.

HESN 2.0 is a portfolio of two flagship programs and three additional programs which launched in 2018. The flagship programs are Higher Education Solutions Network and the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). Under the HESN 2.0 portfolio the array of partners developed under PEER and the original HESN program will be augmented by the Long-term Assistance and Services for Research (LASER) network, a myriad of technical experts organized by the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC), and an open source platform, the Science, Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships Annual Program Statement (STIP APS). This expanded global network of development actors, platforms and programs will allow USAID to source, convene, fund and translate research in new and impactful ways. HESN 2.0’s design allows the entire development system, from researchers, to innovators, to partners, policy makers and endusers to be engaged and educated, thus contributing to more sustainable development outcomes.

Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 4:45pm

Last updated: March 07, 2019