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Researchers win US government grants

Update: June, 27/2012 - 10:26

HCM CITY — Two groups of Vietnamese scientists have won awards in the first round of a US government programme to fund scientific research in developing countries.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation said the research projects that the two groups submitted were among 41 selected from 25 countries.

One of the projects, which includes a group of Vietnamese and Indonesian scientists as well as a US partner, will examine air pollution and climate-change reactions in Southeast Asia.

The other project, whose research lead will be a Vietnamese scientist from the National University in Ha Noi, deals with how land-use decisions by small households in forested areas are affected by payments for ecosystem services.

The winning projects were selected by the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER), a programme working under USAID and NSF, from nearly 500 applications from 63 developing countries.

Each project will receive between US$20,000 and $325,000 to conduct research. — VNS

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