Six collaborative, international research projects have received seed funding under UGA’s Global Research Collaboration Grant program.
The program supports a range of early-stage projects with significant global impact, with each initiative receiving up to $8,000 to cover initial costs.
Funding is provided twice a year by the Office of International Education and the Office of Research, matched by academic departments. Researchers across campus may submit their proposals for the next round of funding through Oct. 12. Application guidelines can be found on the Office of Research website at https://bit.ly/2M7GwFV.
The six projects funded through the most recent GRCG round include:
- Keith Langston (Germanic and Slavic studies, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences) is collaborating with colleagues at the University of Rijeka to study endangered languages in Istria, Croatia. With GRCG funding, they will create permanent, web-based language resources that can be used by researchers as well as by members of local communities.
- Zhuo Chen (health policy and management, College of Public Health) is working with Zhanchun Feng at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology to assess the impact of mobile health technologies among elderly populations in China. Their work is intended to provide evidence for improving world-wide prevention and treatment strategies for people with noncommunicable diseases.
- Ralph Tripp (infectious diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine) is collaborating with colleagues from Deakin University in Australia to develop novel recombinant influenza viruses to aid downstream vaccine production. Their collaborative research targets the development of a vaccine that provides safe, robust and long-lasting immunity against a broad spectrum of influenza viruses.
- Daniel Markewitz’s team from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the Odum School of Ecology and the anthropology department in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences will work with colleagues at the National Institute of Amazonian Research in Brazil to develop an Amazonian Conservation Education program that builds upon the Integrative Conservation Ph.D. Program at UGA’s Center for Integrative Conservation Research.
- Fausto Sarmiento (geography, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences) and his team will collaborate with colleagues at the University of Cuenca, the University of San Francisco de Quito and others in Ecuador to investigate participatory, community-based development and biodiversity conservation, focusing on factors influencing sustainability of Andean communities.
- Fred Quinn and Hind Yahyaoui Azami (infectious diseases, College of Veterinary Medicine) along with colleagues at the Morocco Ministry of Agriculture, the Morocco Ministry of Health and the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratories will investigate the burden of bovine tuberculosis among humans along with drug resistance and its correlation with zoonotic TB cases.