Purdue to Lead $70M International Aid Consortium

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(Image of Arvind Raman courtesy of Purdue University.) (Image of Arvind Raman courtesy of Purdue University.)

Purdue University has announced it will lead a $70 million global collaboration designed to address developmental challenges in lower-middle income countries. Long-Term Assistance and Services for Research is a five-year partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development that also includes Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame and is designed to "co-create" solutions using physical and intellectual university resources. Additional partners include Catholic Relief Services and Makerere University in Uganda. During a presentation on the West Lafayette campus, Purdue School of Mechanical Engineering Senior Associate Dean of the Faculty Arvind Raman said "self-reliance is built into" the effort, which will involve academic, industry and nonprofit members.

Video provided by Purdue News Service.

Raman says the involvement of Purdue, Notre Dame and IU will help make the state a development research hub. The winning bid, called Partners for University Led Solutions Engine, beat out more than 100 submissions.

Purdue says the problems the initiative could tackle include food security, global health, early childhood education, the impact of water availability on wildlife conservation, land-tenure rights and countering violent extremism. Purdue President Mitch Daniels says "our standard for global activities is that they have real-world effects at significant scale. This project more than meets that test."

You can connect to more about the consortium, which could have an impact on issues in some 120 countries, by clicking here.

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