The United States government has donated an estimated total of $244,000 or P12 million in research and innovation grants, disbursed among five tertiary education institutions in the country for continued efforts against the Covid19 pandemic.
The “Widening Applications of Research within the Pandemic” or WARP grants were awarded via a virtual launch last April 27.
WARP further enhances research funding previously given by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and opens the door to collaboration among universities, the private sector and local government.
Five universities and their respective research proposals, were selected as recipients of the WARP grants:
Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology’s “Convert waste from coconut oil processing into an economically viable substitute to imported chemicals used in insulating foam production”.
University of San Carlos in the Visayas’ “Develop novel antiseptic patches for wound dressing and skin healing”.
The team from Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University’s “Analyze the properties of high-value extracts from ube and corn for possible use in ready-to-eat foods, and as a replacement for commercial food coloring”.
The team from Mariano Marcos State University’s “Expansion of village-scale ethanol production in the Ilocos regions to sustainably supply much-needed disinfectants for public health use”.
University of the Philippines Visayas’ “Help establish a tuna jerky product enterprise that can improve economic opportunities for local fishermen”.
USAID Mission Director Lawrence Hardy II stated during the virtual launch, “As we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the U.S.-Philippines diplomatic relations, these grants are another milestone in this long standing partnership as we work together to make higher education and innovation a driver of inclusive growth in the Philippines”.
Through its Science, Technology, Research, and Innovation for Development (STRIDE) project USAID has been supporting around 60 research teams among 20 tertiary education institutions throughout the country for almost eight years.