The ACES International Joint Research Program was established in 2014 to assist ACES faculty in collaborating with researchers based at peer institutions abroad. The peer institution must fund the international collaborator at a matching level to work on the same project as the ACES investigator. These grants are administered by the Office of International Programs in the College of ACES with the support of the ACES Office of Research.
This OIP-managed program gives ACES faculty access to colleagues and resources in peer institutions abroad in order to achieve research goals and deepen international partnerships.
Through this program ACES researchers have joined existing research projects in international institutions, leveraging those funded programs and enriching them with their own expertise. Faculty members from six out of seven ACES departments have received joint research grants.
Through the 24 funded projects, ACES has strengthened its ties with 13 different peer institutions including leading universities in Latin America, Africa, and Asia as well as major International Agricultural Research Centers such as the International Rice Research Institute.
The program has contributed to seven undergraduate research projects and supported three master’s students and six doctoral students. The International Joint Research Grants program is enabling ACES faculty to better address globally significant problems through deeper, targeted international partnerships.
Look for a new request for proposals for ACES International Joint Research grants in June 2017 with a September deadline.
Improving milk quality in Brazil
Drs. Juan Loor and Bryan White (Animal Sciences) work with the Federal University of Paraiba (Brazil) on “Microbiome characterization and transcriptional profiling of milk and teat of goats affected by subclinical mastitis” is just one example of how these joint grants are making impacts around the world.
Dr. Loor says, “This grant has enabled extension-related activities to reduce the burden of subclinical mastitis for family producers of goat milk in Northeastern Brazil. The findings that have been generated thanks to these matching funds have extended our capacity to understand the key aspects associated with the subclinical mastitis in the region and we expect that will ultimately contribute to the improvement of milk quality and safety.”
You can find a full listing of previously funded joint research grants here: http://intlprograms.aces.illinois.edu/content/aces-international-joint-research-program-0