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K-State awarded grant for international collaboration on global issues

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By Steve Watson

Kansas State University

Kansas State University is part of an international team awarded a $250,000 grant with academic institutions in the UK, China and India.

This is one of 23 multilateral university partnerships created by the Global Innovation Initiative, or GII, a new program funded by the U.S. and UK governments to foster research collaboration with higher education institutes in Brazil, China, India and Indonesia.

The goals of the program are to raise the bar for international collaboration while developing a new generation of global-minded individuals, enhancing global research, strengthening higher education institutional cooperation and promoting the benefits of multilateral partnerships.

As part of this grant, K-State will be providing research exchanges and training on “Global Farm Platforms for Sustainable Ruminant Livestock Production” along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Bristol (UK), Zhejiang University (China) and Kerala Veterinary and Animal Science University (India).

At K-State, Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of agronomy, will serve as the point of contact to host scientists for collaboration and training. This program will allow exchanges of research scientists between University of Bristol, K-State and scientists training from universities in China and India.

K-State and the University of Wisconsin-Madison are also coordinating related multi-partner projects for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. K-State is the lead university in the USDA’s Coordinated Agriculture Project for beef cattle grazing and the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the lead university in the USDA-CAP for dairy cattle.

Global Innovation Initiative projects focus on STEM

The total funding for the GII international partnership grants is approximately $5 million. In addition, the partner universities will support these projects with their own resources, such as use of laboratories, staff and faculty salaries and private sector contributions valued at approximately $7.08 million.

Each of the winning proposals addressed topics of global significance in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), including energy, climate change, agriculture, global health and well-being and urbanization.

The Global Innovation Initiative was announced by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague and formally launched in October 2013,w by Rt Hon. David Willetts MP, UK Minister for Universities and Science.

The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of State, the UK Department of Business, Innovation and Skills and the British Council, which also serves as the implementing partner in the UK. In the United States, the Institute of International Education is implementing the grant program in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The Global Innovation Initiative was created to support multilateral research collaboration to address global challenges.

Date: 7/21/2014



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