A newsletter from Research Development Services

November 2022


Leveraging the Skills of Scientists for International Development

For 40 years, USAID has hosted American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellows who have done incredible work to spearhead knowledge-sharing websites, keep pregnant women healthy and prevent perinatal HIV transmission, help our partner countries navigate changing digital ecosystems, link research communities at higher education institutions to USAID, and support a holistic, coordinated approach to working with various marginalized groups — among other achievements. Importantly, most AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows’ work in international development continues even after they complete their fellowships at the Agency. The Fellowship Team in ITR Hub’s Research Division just published a Medium blog that covers four alumni fellows who participated in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellowship.

Read the Medium blog post


November 16, 2022 | 9:00a -10:00a | Virtual

Meeting of the International Coordination Group (ICG)

Join us to learn more about demonstrating societal impact in international research collaborations, and the importance of incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals with Alison Meadow, Associate Research Professor, and Jennifer Fields, Director, Office of Societal Impacts. ICG virtually meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month, 9:00-10:00a. UArizona faculty, postdocs, research staff, and graduate students are welcome and encouraged to register for the monthly Zoom ICG meeting. You only need to register once to receive a link to attend any/all of the ICG meetings. There is no ICG meeting in December.


November 16, 2022 | 9:00a-10:00a EST | Virtual

What Does the Research Say about AI for Global Development? A Chat with USAID and UK Research Innovation

USAID’s Chief Scientist Dr. Ticora V. Jones joins Dr. Frances Wood, International Director for UKRI, Dr. Alex Oliver, ICT Portfolio Manager at the UKRI Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and Dr. Andrew Merluzzi, Emerging Technology Advisor with the USAID ITR Hub’s Technology Division, as they discuss the importance of research collaboration and the use of artificial intelligence in global development. The seminar will be from 9a-10a EST on Wednesday, November 16th.


November 16, 2022 | 8:30a-4:15p | Hybrid | Health Sciences Innovation Building 567

Workshop: Health and Environmental Change: Pushing Research Boundaries through Arizona-France Cooperation

As global changes hit environments and societies, human health faces new challenges. While health and the environment is a research area of exceptional strength at the University of Arizona, France's National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) is making of it one of his top priorities for interdisciplinary global science. To identify their strongest synergies and outline a common research agenda for unique achievements at global scale, UArizona and CNRS will co-convene a workshop on November 16 in a hybrid format (in-person meeting in Tucson, Arizona, and online participation via Zoom). The program will include five sessions followed by a general discussion:

  • The OneHealth perspective
  • Climate change and governance for resilience
  • Environmental contaminants and health impacts
  • Climate change and health equity
  • Climate change and infectious diseases

More information and the workshop program schedule


January 16, March 10, March 24 | Virtual Talks

IfAD Public Talk Series Spring 2023

  • January 16, Topic: Innovative Financing for Development and Global Education
    Speaker: Dr. Emily Gustafsson-Wright, The Brookings Institution



  • March 10, Topic: US-China Competition: Implications for Africa’s Trade and Development
    Speaker: Dr. Zainab Usman, Carnegie Endowment of International Peace





Application Deadline: December 8, 2022

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) Multi-Country Research Fellowship

The Multi-Country Research Fellowship is now accepting applications. This fellowship enables US scholars to carry out trans-regional and comparative research in countries across the network of Overseas Research Centers (ORCs), as well as other countries. The Multi-Country Research Fellowship has been running since 1993 and supports advanced research in the humanities, social sciences, and allied natural sciences for US doctoral candidates, who are ABD (all but dissertation), and scholars who have earned their PhD. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the US, at least one of which must host a participating ORC. ​Applicants are eligible to apply as individuals or as teams and independent scholars are also welcome to apply. Approximately nine awards of $12,000 will be granted. Each year the highest ranking Multi-Country Fellowship applicant will receive an additional $1,000 toward travel expenses through the Mary Ellen Lane Multi-Country Travel Award. The award is named after CAORC's founding director, Dr. Mary Ellen Lane. Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Emily Kotay if interested in submitting a proposal.

Application Deadline: January 16, 2023

MOPGA 2023: Visiting Fellowship Program for Young Researchers

Launched in 2018, the Make our Planet Great Again (MOPGA) initiative supports researchers who have held a doctoral degree for less than 5 years to carry out their research in France that is focused on:

  • Earth systems
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Energy transition
  • Societal challenges of environmental issues
  • Human, animal and ecosystem health as part of a “One Health” approach

The fellowship supports a research stay of 12 months and includes a monthly allowance of 2,500 euros, moving allowance of 500 euros, social security coverage, and health insurance. Applicants should have a host in-country picked out for their research project.

If interested in applying, contact Emily Kotay and Sky Dominguez.

Full Details

Application Deadline: January 19, 2023

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) - National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Research Fellowship

The CAORC – NEH Research Fellowship is now accepting applications. This fellowship provides the opportunity for scholars to spend significant time in one country with an Overseas Research Center (ORC) as a research base. The fellowship supports advanced research in the humanities for US scholars who hold a PhD (and also foreign national scholars who have been resident in the US for at least three years). Approximately three awards will be granted and fellowship stipends are $5,000 per month for four to six consecutive months. Fields of study include, but are not limited to, history, philosophy, religious studies, linguistics, languages, literature, literary criticism, and visual and performing arts. In addition, research that embraces a humanistic approach and methods will be considered. Minority scholars and scholars from Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply.
Please contact Emily Kotay if interested in submitting a proposal.


Defense Offsets Program Office

Established in 2016 within RII, Defense Offsets Program Office is a resource available for faculty and researchers to explore the international sponsored partnering framework known globally as Offset. Under Offset, defense contractors can sponsor non-defense University of Arizona projects in a variety of topics of expertise. Offset projects typically focus on creating a new capability/capacity via UArizona knowledge or technology transfer with and for an international partner such as a university, a government entity, or a commercial enterprise. Long-lasting UArizona relations and partnerships with international entities are created while implementing these projects. If you would like to explore the possibilities for developing and pursuing an Offset project in your domain, please contact either Todd Shallcross or Michael Messina.


Research Development Services

Our services are available to all faculty and research staff. RDS Associates may be able to provide a number of services from proposal review to small group facilitation to drafting of the Project Management Plan, Postdoctoral Mentoring Plan, Human Subjects or Vertebrate Animal Sections, Individual Development Plans, etc. Contact RDS


UArizona provides a variety of tools and resources to assist faculty to identify funding opportunities. Access to Pivot is provided by RII using a UArizona NetID. Pivot combines a comprehensive, editorially maintained database of funding opportunities with a unique database of 3 million pre-populated scholar profiles. Pivot

International Research & Global Development Newsletter

This monthly newsletter from Research Development Services will highlight UArizona International Research and Global Development funding opportunities, Defense Offsets opportunities, announcements of interest to faculty pursuing international research or partnerships, UArizona events, and other initiatives. Contact RDS for support in pursuing international research funding.

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