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  • AAP Public Dialogue Series-"COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses & lessons learned from African universities
    As nations continue to come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, the Alliance for African Partnership has established a public dialogue series with speakers including the Vice Chancellors, researchers and other relevant staff at AAP consortium universities, as well as representatives of the public and private sector, funding partners, think tanks, and NGOs, among others. Partnering with the MSU African Studies Center, the Tanzania Partnership Program, and University World News - Africa, the AAP will host a series of six virtual dialogues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic covering a variety of topics and themes. All are welcomed to attend these virtual webinars and submit questions for featured panelists. University leaders from across the continent came together to discuss their institutions' response to the crisis and share best practices on how to move forward. We were joined by: • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University• Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop• Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University• David Norris, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana• Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa   For more information, including how to register for future dialogues, please visit our website: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/">https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • AAP Public Dialogue Series-"COVID-19 Pandemic: Responses & lessons learned from African universities
    As nations continue to come to terms with coping and finding solutions to the challenges that have beset them with the onslaught of COVID-19, the Alliance for African Partnership has established a public dialogue series with speakers including the Vice Chancellors, researchers and other relevant staff at AAP consortium universities, as well as representatives of the public and private sector, funding partners, think tanks, and NGOs, among others. Partnering with the MSU African Studies Center, the Tanzania Partnership Program, and University World News - Africa, the AAP will host a series of six virtual dialogues throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic covering a variety of topics and themes. All are welcomed to attend these virtual webinars and submit questions for featured panelists. University leaders from across the continent came together to discuss their institutions' response to the crisis and share best practices on how to move forward. We were joined by: • Barnabas Nawangwe, Vice Chancellor, Makerere University• Ibrahima Thioub, Rector, Universite Cheikh Anta Diop• Rose Mwonya, Vice Chancellor, Egerton University• David Norris, Vice Chancellor, University of Botswana• Moderator: Paul Zeleza, Vice Chancellor, US International University - Africa   For more information, including how to register for future dialogues, please visit our website: https://aap.isp.msu.edu/research-funding/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/?fbclid=IwAR0csDD-nV7dmLpWPIUbJfW1ypn9CujoHQGqnoMnS3caGckY16_-gesfooE" target="_blank" rel="noopener nofollow" data-ft="{"tn":"-U"}" data-lynx-mode="async" data-lynx-uri="https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Faap.isp.msu.edu%2Fresearch-funding%2Faap-public-dialogue-sessions%2F%3Ffbclid%3DIwAR0csDD-nV7dmLpWPIUbJfW1ypn9CujoHQGqnoMnS3caGckY16_-gesfooE&h=AT25vUkcjCSzrsk6zTvMc6JQF_lnvaHHrkujvmubQqsbU4OxvZYx5o3CSMKIv46v5b2YWVrPNBlEMcgoaxaeZgO8uCXinfOc-4SyFwmbOcYrRYfjXsRSsW2ruF7xO61RZtR3dMBQs0UfMfXgkqOLqOEaQcQWszV0yVdstC0RnLPDnccjBoPaomaT2ZymUO8AzMyi3yFM3gB1vLalAhHYuBxdxKyicVfbDJpxq2QAuBHdbthSymmYL3fGwuVPI2wBbBbNA4zaGZVwAZN06vUweOdeQDTtnb_JWXi76ZGO-wM6XQfLiGPOloCBRaG8rBNm360rQQRAbYOgHmsY_dIPAvgJyxMQxpyen03TftrU-dRvmjeqlhedzmYXPN2CcWXfBgvgyzQmUdp8_WeHBUQsvgXds1_6buyObhH9jmWtXCLHesIsrDwFbOBcaUscc8rNGghRZCOZ3q4lTdjP6nVeN26YJaWZ7GZpvhi1OZbtjjKEb8ijYyBK46Bz6lzpu9RYyjHqIWQEp_oy-nJBNQv-mS22CL-iti2aOrdRV5au7Km_KNoxIugwItX42RhPQ22G9CLrruSIRvh4XAsj2MTv-9Cbm771t8uNIL_P8cPPmFjF1SMzo1kK5hrDuZ7oP6LkIHR25MlzF44Lzh_9Qg">https://aap.isp.msu.edu/resea…/aap-public-dialogue-sessions/
    By: Elaina Lawrence

  • Call for papers for a special issue of Journal of Student Affairs in Africa is now open!
    The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa is preparing a special issue on "The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and Student Affairs in Africa" in which they will be publishing the reflections of student affairs practitioners, university leaders, policy makers, researchers, students, and journalists on the impact of COVID-19 in the context of African higher education and other relevant contexts.   Click the link below to learn more.   https://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/jsaa/announcement/view/31">https://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/jsaa/announcement/view/31
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • Newton Award for Transformative Ideas during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Link to Newton Award: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326034">https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326034   Program Objective: This award will be presented to a single investigator or team of up to two investigators that develops a “transformative idea” to resolve challenges, advance frontiers, and set new paradigms in areas of immense potential benefit to DoD and the nation at large. Proposals should aim to produce novel conceptual frameworks or theory-based approaches that present disruptive ways of thinking about fundamental scientific problems that have evaded resolution, propose new, paradigm-shifting scientific directions, and/or address fundamental and important questions that are argued to be undervalued by the scientific community. Approaches can include analytical reasoning, calculations, simulations, and thought experiments. While the use and production of datasets is allowed, any new supporting data should be generated without the use of any experimentation or instrumentation, as the nation-wide closure of laboratories limits the ability of investigators to follow normal safety procedures set by their institutions, in accordance with federal and state regulations.   Given the novelty of and circumstances surrounding this one-time Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the objective of this program is to generate proposals that are equally novel and pioneering. Therefore, this FOA should be viewed as an opportunity to propose basic research that falls outside the bounds of traditional proposals.   Expectations of Award Recipients: Newton Award recipients will produce novel conceptual frameworks or theoretical approaches to addressing outstanding or emerging challenges facing the scientific community. The resulting frameworks and approaches should include clear predictions that can be tested by the scientific community in the years following the return to the laboratory environment. Findings must be submitted as pre-publication material in open archives and disseminated through open publication in a journal. Award winners will brief the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)) leadership at the end of the award period of performance, and may be asked to design and chair a Future Directions Workshop on the topic of their findings. In addition, OUSD(R&E) will support funded projects in finding pathways to continue the funding, validation, and development of their transformative ideas.   Only one proposal total may be submitted by each investigator.
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • MIT SOLVE Global Challenges: Health Security and Pandemics
    MIT SOLVE Global Challenge Health Security and Pandemics Overview: https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/health-security-pandemics" rel="nofollow">https://solve.mit.edu/challenges/health-security-pandemics   Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is the latest in a series of infectious disease emergencies, including cholera, Ebola, SARS, Chikungunya, HIV/AIDS, and influenza. While scientists and drug developers, with support from governments and multilateral organizations, have been rushing to produce, test, and deliver vaccines and treatments, tech innovators also have a crucial role to play, both in the near term and to prevent and mitigate future disease outbreaks.   In the near term, we need improved solutions for prevention, accurate detection, and rapid response. MIT Solve is seeking tech innovations that can slow and track the spread of an emerging outbreak, for example by improving individual hygiene, developing low-cost rapid diagnostics, analyzing data that informs decision making, and providing tools that support and protect health workers.   At the same time, we cannot solely treat disease outbreaks reactively. Climate change and globalization leave us ever more vulnerable to future epidemics and pandemics, and it’s critical to be prepared. Solve is also seeking solutions that focus on preventative and mitigation measures that strengthen access to affordable primary healthcare systems, enhance disease surveillance systems, and improve healthcare supply chains.   We need your help: If you have a solution, we want you to apply. If you can help us fund a prize for the selected Solver teams, please get in touch with Hala Hanna at hala@solve.mit.edu. You can also donate http://solve.mit.edu/donate" rel="nofollow">http://solve.mit.edu/donate" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here—all amounts raised will support the Challenge.   If you can partner with us in any other way, please let us know http://solve.mit.edu/contact" rel="nofollow">http://solve.mit.edu/contact" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here. 
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • COVID-19 FUNDING REQUESTS AND UNSOLICITED PROPOSALS
    USAID is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic with decisive action at home and abroad. Our priorities in the COVID-19 response are to protect the safety and health security of our global workforce, ensure that we can continue our life-saving mission across the world, and support partner countries in their response to COVID-19.   To date, USAID has publicly announced $274 million in funding to combat COVID-19. More than $2 billion—which Congress provided to USAID and the State Department in two emergency supplemental appropriations—is being put to work to save lives.   We encourage potential partners to continue monitoring https://www.grants.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://www.grants.gov/">https://www.grants.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://www.grants.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://www.grants.gov/ and https://beta.sam.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://beta.sam.gov/">https://beta.sam.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://beta.sam.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://beta.sam.gov/ (new fedbizops) for new grant and contract opportunities related to COVID-19. Partners may submit unsolicited proposals to COVID19_Concepts@usaid.gov.
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • US Embassy Abuja COVID-19 Response
    US Embassy Abuja COVID-19 Response   Link to Grant Notice: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=COVID">https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=COVID   The U.S. Embassy Abuja Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to issue this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to support Nigeria’s response against the novel Coronavirus pandemic. This NOFO outlines this funding priority and the procedures for submitting an application. Please carefully read through and follow all instructions below. Implementation of this program remains subject to the approval and availability of funding.    Purpose: PAS seeks to award a limited number of grants to individuals, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations that are actively working to support Nigeria’s response against COVID 19, either through grassroots effort targeting vulnerable populations, or amplifying government effort in hard to reach areas.     This funding is targeted at projects that have already commenced and not just in the idea phase. Humanitarian assistance, social welfare and construction are not allowed under this funding instrument. Projects must be safe and follow healthcare regulations of the World Health Organization and the Nigeria Center for Disease Control. Applicants are permitted to submit only one proposal per individual/organization.     
    By: Derek Tobias
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  • COVID-19 and the Risks to Food Supply Chains in Africa
    On April 22, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will be hosting a webinar on COVID-19 and the Risks to Food Supply Chains in Africa.   Click on the link below to register for this webinar.   https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCsrD8tH9TXMlxuCam2Vj2bMl4xFO9x">https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCsrD8tH9TXMlxuCam2Vj2bMl4xFO9x" rel="nofollow">https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCsrD8tH9TXMlxuCam2Vj2bMl4xFO9x
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • The Coronavirus: The Political Economy of a Pathogen
    Vice Chancellor of Unites State International University - Africa, Paul Zeleza wrote an article that covers the impacts COVID-19 is having on economies. He also talks about the virus as it relates to globalization and nationalism.    To read this article, click the link below!   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coronavirus-political-economy-pathogen-paul-tiyambe-zeleza/?fbclid=IwAR3QVvKJmyrUiGRhRUZZO8V7AFE6ZeZ_Ztpmk14XZlbQtcWlzX2fqfRArCw">https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coronavirus-political-economy-pathogen-paul-tiyambe-zeleza/?fbclid=IwAR3QVvKJmyrUiGRhRUZZO8V7AFE6ZeZ_Ztpmk14XZlbQtcWlzX2fqfRArCw" rel="nofollow">https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coronavirus-political-economy-pathogen-paul-tiyambe-zeleza/?fbclid=IwAR3QVvKJmyrUiGRhRUZZO8V7AFE6ZeZ_Ztpmk14XZlbQtcWlzX2fqfRArCw     
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • Virtual African Diaspora Conference - Call for Abstracts and RSVP The African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, along with the African Studies Center | Michigan State University and MSU Alliance for African Partnership are hosting a Virtual African Diaspora Conference on 21 May, 2020. The theme is "Old and New African Diaspora Networks: Before and After COVID-19". Please see the flyer below for information on submitting an abstract before 22 April, 2020. If you are interested in attending the conference virtually, please register at https://forms.gle/wYBY1pzq5Y6HTodw5
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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