Nine USAID STRIDE awards for education and collaborative research go to UP

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) Program handed out 30 awards to 18 universities from the Philippines during the grants reception on 18 June 2015 at the Makati Diamond Residences.

Three out of the 16 Professional Science Master’s scholarships were given to students of the University of the Philippines (UP).

Christi Florence Calina of (UP Visayas), Givette Kristine Esguerra (UP Diliman) and Julieanne Camille Lacsina (UP Los Baños) will be attending higher studies at Rutgers State University of New Jersey from August 2015 to May 2017.

For one year, UP researchers will also receive support for joint scientific projects.

Dr. Magdaleno Vasquez Jr. (UP Diliman), Dr. Johnny Balidion (UP Los Baños) and Dr. Hiyas Junio (UP Diliman) will be working with US universities under PURE grants while Dr. Gavino Trono (UP Diliman), Dr. Carla Dimalanta (UP Diliman) and Dr. Agapita Salces (UP Los Baños) will be partnering with local industry for applied research projects under CARWIN grants. 

The awards amount to P4.5 million each.

All in all, STRIDE awarded 14 research grants amounting to roughly US$100,000.

The grants and scholarships aim to stimulate inclusive economic growth in the country by boosting science and technology research.

PURE and CARWIN grant recipients were personally acknowledged by US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg (seventh from right). Collaborating with a mining company as industry partner is Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (Research) Carla Dimalanta (third from left). Photo by RTI/USAID STRIDE