The United States Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has again extended an invitation to Jamaican scholars and public- and private-sector practitioners in the areas of science, technology and innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainable energy to apply for the 2012-2013 Fulbright Regional Network for Applied Research (NEXUS) programme.
A release from the US Embassy in Kingston stated yesterday that the year-long programme, spanning November 2012 to October 2013, "seeks to facilitate collaborative thinking, analysis and problem solving among a core group of regional experts, with a view to improve the quality of life for communities within the Western Hemisphere".
Jamaica's Dr Gary Jackson is currently among the 2011-2012 programme awardees. Jackson's project, titled Hydropower Distributive Generation in Portland, Jamaica, earned him a place among 19 other applied scholars and mid-career professionals from the US and nine Western Hemisphere countries. It is believed that the programme will form the basis for investment, innovation and entrepreneurship, bridging the gap between talent and opportunity across the region.
For the 2012-2013 instalment, projects focused on climate-change adaptation strategies, public-health engineering and design, and disaster and emergency preparedness are invited.
The embassy stated that as the programme encourages the formation of networks, fostering joint ventures with long-term impact, applicants must describe how they will explore public-policy research questions in the topical areas.
"Applicants must also demonstrate how their research project will involve governments, non-governmental organisations, businesses and communities.
Further details on the scope of the Fulbright NEXUS programme and research topics can be accessed at www.kingston.usembassy.gov.
The online application process is currently open and will close on May 15, 2012.
Interested persons may access the application at https://apply.embark.com/student/fulbright/scholars/30/.
Questions regarding the programme may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.