By establishing Centers for Collaborative Research (CCRs) within top Indonesian universities, USAID SHERA and the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Research (KEMRISTEKDIKTI) are working to bring together Indonesian and U.S. scholars to conduct world-class research within priority science and technology research areas.
Each of the five CCRs are partnership consortia comprised of one lead top-tier Indonesian higher education institution, and at least one U.S. university and three Indonesian affiliate universities. Depending on the CCR, partnership members also include local government and research institutions, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector to promote sustainability and foster innovative solutions to address challenges critical to Indonesia's development.
Priority Research Focus Areas
Each of the five CCRs has a unique research focus areas, which includes:
- Food Security and Self Sufficiency - This focus area includes bio-technology, adaptations to sub-optimal land, technological advancements in fisheries, post-harvest technology, innovative agricultural methods and cultivation techniques; water pollution and other research that will address communities’ self-sufficiency, resilience and access to safe and nutritious food and potable water.
- Environment, Energy and Maritime Sciences - This focus area includes marine and terrestrial preservation and management; forest stewardship; low-carbon land-use; climate change mitigation and low carbon energy systems; maritime management; coral reef conservation; natural disaster prevention and management; renewable energy development and field substitution technology and other research that will support Indonesia’s movement towards increased bio-diversity preservation and a green economy.
- Public Health and Infectious Disease - This focus area includes disease prevention; advancements in medical biotechnology and diagnostic technology and other research topics that will support Indonesia’s capacity to treat and prevent disease and improve citizens’ quality-of-life.
- Urban Development and Planning - This focus area includes city planning; smart cities; civil engineering and infrastructure development; green building and other research that will address the challenges related to rapid urbanization and the impacts of increased population density.
- Innovative Technologies - This focus area includes advanced materials development; transportation safety technology and management; nanotechnology; ICT, telecommunications, and wireless access and other innovations in research related to technological advancements.