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Innovation Grant Opportunity at USAID

Development Innovation Ventures is USAID’s open innovation program that tests and scales creative solutions to any global development challenge. DIV provides tiered grant funding ($50,000 to $5 million) to test new ideas and refine solutions that demonstrate rigorous evidence of impact, cost-effectiveness, and a viable pathway to scale and sustainability. Anyone can apply. Click HERE for more information.

OHSU-PSU SPH is looking for community partners in program evaluation

The OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, our GlobalPDX member, is seeking organizations to serve as community partners for a graduate course on program evaluation in Fall Term 2018 (September to December).  The organization needs to have a defined program for which it would like an evaluation designed, and needs to identify a contact person who will be the liaison with a student team.  Usually there are three formal contacts during the quarter, with the remainder of communication by email.  Organizations receive free evaluation consultation, and offer students a meaningful community-based experience.  The short time frame does not permit the students to also conduct the evaluation, but there may be opportunities for a student to return for a subsequent field experience to conduct the evaluation. If you are interested, please contact Prof. Eric Einspruch at [email protected], and he will send you more information and an application to be a partner.  Applications are due no later than September 14 in order to be considered for Fall Term, and will be reviewed as received. 

Faculty Seed Grant for Research Collaboration with GlobalPDX

The University of Oregon (UO) is keen to encourage collaboration between the university and GlobalPDX members.  One way of facilitating this is through the creation of a grant called the “Faculty Seed Grant for Research Collaboration with GlobalPDX.” Faculty at UO can apply for a grant to work with our members to draft a funding proposal for a collaborative research project.

This Seed Grant is intended to support the grant-writing process for a UO faculty member who develops a collaborative research project with a GlobalPDX partner organization.

Deadline for the UO-GlobalPDX Seed Grant is Friday, August 31 and application is available here.

New tool from Global Health Technologies Coalition allows for state-by-state analysis and quantifies economic and health benefits of US investments in global health Research and Development

The Global Health Technologies Coalition released a new tool this week which quantifies how federal funding to create cures and treatments to combat deadly global diseases is also generating considerable economic benefits for individual states.  The analysis also underscores the danger of ignoring neglected diseases, by enumerating how these diseases, assumed by many to only afflict the world’s poorest, also affect individuals across every state. Additionally, the analysis documents how local universities and research institutions are benefiting from these investments and identifies private-sector companies within each state that are working to advance new innovations to combat long-standing and emerging global health challenges.

To access the tool visit http://www.ghtcoalition.org/in-your-state

From the Global Health Council: Changes Announced at USAID

The following is from the Global Health Council’s April 23 newsletter:

In early April, USAID unveiled a proposed reorganization of the agency designed to support Administrator Mark Green’s mission to end the need for foreign assistance. The plan is the latest step in the “redesign,” now known as “transformation” plan, that had been launched in Spring 2017 by the Office of Management and Budget. The plan outlines several broad goals that include elevating humanitarian assistance; building resilient communities and countries; and focusing on conflict prevention and stabilization. Several new bureaus would be created to oversee these areas of work including a Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, which would house two “Centers of Excellence” focused on nutrition and water, and a Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation, which would bring together existing work on technical and program design. Learn how to submit comments on the plan.

Appropriations Update

  • FY 2018 – Update on Rescission: As we reported in the last Advocacy Update, President Trump and a few House Republicans are considering a rescission bill, which would cut appropriated funds from the final Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 spending package. In the absence of a line item veto, rescission is a way for President Trump to cut funding to specific accounts.
  • FY 2019 Update: Chairman Richard Shelby (R-AL), who took over the Senate Appropriations Committee upon Senator Thad Cochran’s (R-MS) retirement on April 1, has stated that he would like to have FY 2019 bills marked up and on the Senate floor by June. USAID Administrator Mark Green is on the Hill this week to testify before the House and Senate Appropriations subcommittees on State Foreign Operations and Programs (SFOPs) on the FY2019 budget request for USAID.