East Africa Strategic Initiative

NC State Global offers funding to NC State faculty and staff for collaborative projects with partners in East Africa.

The East Africa Strategic Initiative aims to encourage strategic and intentional collaboration by offering seed funding up to $6,000 for joint projects between NC State and partners in East Africa. Projects may include joint research, graduate student training or recruitment, development of study abroad, service learning or internship experiences for undergraduate students, and publication of joint papers. Proposals are encouraged that align with NC State’s strategic research areas of health and well-being, energy and environment, safety and security and educational innovation among other areas of priority. Examples include climate science, agriculture, biodiversity, humanities and social sciences, infectious and chronic diseases, water resources and global health. Proposals should describe how the project will initiate new areas of interdisciplinary research, scholarly activities or enhance existing areas of collaboration.

Proposals are accepted every fall semester and announced in early spring.


NC State forges partnerships in East Africa

East Africa is emerging as a key regional hub for NC State with a multitude of interdisciplinary opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

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2016 Funded Proposals

Congratulations to the six proposals selected for the first round of East Africa Strategic Initiative funding:

  • Veronica Augustyn, College of Engineering
    “Building the SciBridge between Makerere and NC State Universities”
  • Roland Kays, College of Natural Resources
    “Sustainable wildlife monitoring with the Kenya Wildlife Service”
  • Jay Levine & Andrew Stringer, College of Veterinary Medicine
    “Strategic Planning to Support Aquaculture Development in Ethiopia”
  • Melissa McHale & Frederick Semazzi, College of Natural Resources
    “IMAGINE East Africa: Using Transdisciplinary Science to Build Resilient Community”
  • Slavko Kormarnytsky, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences
    “Water resources, biodiversity, and human health in the Ethiopian Highlands”
  • James Kiwanuka-Tondo & Sheila Smith McKoy, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
    “Narratives, Conflict, and Democracy: Maama Watali, a Model for Collaborative Research in East Africa”