By establishing Centers for Collaborative Research (CCRs) within top Indonesian universities, USAID SHERA and the Indonesian Ministry of Higher Education, Technology and Research are working to bring together Indonesian and U.S. scholars to conduct world-class research within priority research areas.
Each of the five Centers for Collaborative Research will be a partnership consortia comprised of one lead top-tier Indonesian higher education institution, and at least one U.S. university and three Indonesian affiliate universities. Some will be comprised of more than the minimum partnership members, with partner members including additional higher education institutions, the private sector, research institutions, local government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) as stakeholders to promote sustainability and foster innovative solutions to address challenges critical to Indonesia's development.
Priority Research Focus Areas
CCRs will conduct research in one of the following selected focus areas:
- 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.