Ten research scholars and 37 grant recipients in science, technology and innovation are this year’s recipients of grants and scholarships by the United States through the US Agency for International Development (USAID’s) Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for Development (Stride) project.
US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Y. Kim commended the scholars and the research grant recipients for their dedication in pursuing excellence in science toward innovation.
“Our grantees represent the best scientific minds in the Philippines,” Kim said.
“We look forward to the results of their research projects that should upgrade industries, generate jobs and investments and build skills and capacities in communities, academic institutions and companies,” Kim added.
Stride also awarded P5-million ($100,000), one-year research grants to 24 Philippine universities to undertake collaborative research with US universities or a local industry on disciplines that contribute to high-growth sectors, including electronics, chemical industries, alternative energy, agribusiness and information technology.
The USAID also funded 10 prototype development research grants, valued at P1.15 million ($23,000) each, and three innovation-development grants that address human development challenges, valued up to P4 million ($80,000) each.
The $32-million Stride project is the US government’s largest higher-education project in the Philippines.
The five-year project strengthens the Philippines’s capacity for innovation-led inclusive growth through strengthening applied research capabilities in the Philippine universities and industry, and bolstering human-capacity development in science, technology and innovation.
To date, the project has awarded approximately $5.5 million in collaborative science, technology and innovation research grants to more than 20 universities around the country.
It has awarded 56 scholarships to Filipinos to study in US universities; provided advanced technical training to scientists and researchers; brought 28 US visiting professors to the Philippines; and is establishing 10 knowledge- and technology-transfer offices in select universities in the Philippines.
The USAID’s Stride project is implemented by RTI International, in collaboration with subgrantees the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute, Florida State University, Rutgers University and the local nonprofit Philippine Business for Education.
The 10 scholars are Nathaniel Alcantara, Judith Antonino, Jose Paolo Bantang, Lilia Fernando, Lance O’hari Go, Andres Philip Mayol, Josept Mari Poblete, Iris Bea Ramiro, Al Rey Villagracia and Flora Yrad.
The 37 research grantees include Ateneo de Manila University, Benguet State University, De La Salle University Manila, Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, Iloilo Science and Technology University, Mapua Institute of Technology, Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, Mindanao University of Science and Technology, Samar State University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, Technological University of the Philippines, University of San Agustin, University of San Carlos, University of Southeastern Philippines, University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, UP Los Baños, UP Los Baños Foundation Inc., UP Manila, UP Visayas Foundation Inc., Western Philippines University and Xavier University.