PEER In Morocco

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Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

USAID supports locally led research in Morocco. Eight PEER grants have been awarded to Moroccan researchers who partner with a U.S. government-supported researcher to address global development challenges.

ABOUT PEER

The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is a competitive awards program that provides grants to researchers in USAID-presence countries who partner with a U.S. government-supported researcher. The PEER program directly supports scientists through institutional research

awards ranging up to $200,000. Research projects are used to fill critical evidence gaps or use implementation research to test how best to locally scale processes that result in improved development programming or that inform local and international policies.

Since its launch in 2011, PEER has awarded nearly $100 million to more than 350 projects in 50 countries. The goal of PEER is to help build capacity among local researchers and research institutions, strengthen research partnerships worldwide, and better translate data and evidence into policy. The PEER program is supported by the USAID Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Photo: UIR/UCD MIGRID team constructed a smart building for Solar Decathlon Africa, 2019

PEER GRANTS IN MOROCCO

USAID has awarded eight PEER grants to Moroccan researchers in the areas of renewable energy, education, and health.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

SEAMLESS SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC INTEGRATION IN MOROCCAN BUILDINGS: Mounir Ghogho, a researcher from the International University of Rabat, partnered with Paul Flikkema from Northern Arizona University to explore ways to manage the overload of solar energy grids during peak hours. (2016-2019)

TOWARDS SMART MICROGRIDS: RENEWABLE ENERGY INTEGRATION INTO SMART BUILDINGS, PHASE 1: Riduan Abid, a Moroccan researcher from Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane, worked with Driss Benhaddou at the University of Houston to research the integration of renewable energy into smart buildings. (2016-2019)

TOWARDS SMART MICROGRIDS: RENEWABLE ENERGY INTEGRATION INTO SMART BUILDINGS, PHASE 2: Mohamed Bakhouya from the International University of Rabat and Khalid Zinedine from University Chouaib Doukkali paired up with Driss Benhaddou from the University of Houston (funded by the National Science Foundation). This follow-on grant to Phase 1 included additional research and the testing of a smart building which showcased many different types of renewable energy. (2016-2019)

EDUCATION

DATA SCIENCE FOR IMPROVED EDUCATION AND EMPLOYABILITY IN MOROCCO: Ghita Mezzour from the International University of Rabat partnered with Kathleen Carley from Carnegie Mellon University (funded by the National Science Foundation) to measure the job skills mismatch in Morocco and identify measures to align university training with the job market. (2017-2020)

TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO IMPROVE DEAF EDUCATIONAL ACCESS TO SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS: Professor Abdelhadi Soudi from the National Engineering School of Industrial Mining (ENIM) partnered with Dr. Corinne Vinopol from the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. to address the challenge of meeting the educational needs of the deaf in Morocco, who are underserved in education in general, and in STEM literacy in particular. (2014-2016)

ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR IMPROVING LITERACY AMONG THE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING: Professor Abdelhadi Soudi from the National Engineering School of Industrial Mining (ENIM) partnered with Dr. Corinne Vinopol of the Institute for Disabilities Research and Training, Inc. to create a robust assistive technology that translates in real time standard written Arabic into Moroccan Sign Language (MSL). This technology is affordable for deaf individuals in Morocco, service providers, educators, or businesses that employ deaf people or have them as customers. (2012-2014)

HEALTH

FACILITATING ACCESS TO REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH SERVICES FOR REFUGEE WOMEN IN MOROCCO: Ali Idri from Mohammed V University in Rabat partnered with Leanne M. Redman from Pennington Biomedical Research Center (funded by the National Institutes of Health), to  facilitate and improve the access to healthcare services for women refugees and develop mobile applications for health prevention and monitoring for women refugees and their newborns. (2018- 2020)

EVALUATION OF A NOVEL SS-LAMP ASSAY FOR RAPID, LOW-COST DIAGNOSIS OF TUBERCULOSIS IN MOROCCO: Hassan Ait Benhassou from the Moroccan Foundation for Advanced Science Innovation and Research (MAScIR), in partnership with Mohammed V University, is working with Adithya Cattamanchi of the University of California San Francisco (funded by the National Institutes of Health) to evaluate the clinical accuracy and operational features of a new diagnostic tool that detects pulmonary tuberculosis. (2020-2021)

KEY CONTACT: Salma Kadiri, Project Management Specialist, skadiri@usaid.gov

Last updated: January 28, 2022

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