Nancy S. Sung, PhD. – the Program Director of East Asia and Pacific Program, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (NSF), USA visited IPB on Tuesday, 21 Feb. 2012.
In her visit, Dr. Sung make a short presentation about various programs that support international collaborative activities, especially those involving US scientists and international partner counterparts. Although NSF funding can only be used for supporting US scientist partners, there are still many opportunities that the international partners can also get if they collaborate under the NSF’s schemes.
However, Dr. Sung reminded the IPB staffs who attended her presentation that getting the NSF funding in any form is a very competitive. The success rate of getting NSF funding is less than 10%. Therefore, developing sound ideas and good proposal documents are necessary.
In her visit, Dr Sung was accompanied by Mark R. Doyle, PhD (the Science and Technology Advisor, US Agency for International Development [US AID], Education Office) and by Mrs. Benedicta Kuspartini (Environment, Science, Technology & Health Assistant, Embassy of the United States of America). Adding to Dr. Sung presentation, Dr. Doyle also explain a number of possible routes for accessing funding from either NSF or US AID.
Staffs from Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, IPB who attended the meeting were: Prof. Sudarsono (PMB Lab), Prof. Bambang S. Purwoko, Dr. Trikoesoemaningtyas, Dr. Desta Wirnas, and Dr. Dini Dinarti (2011 Borlaugh Fellow in Cacao Molecular Genetics). There were lots of new stuffs and useful information given by Dr. Sung and Dr. Doyle in their visit to IPB. After this visit, what IPB staffs need to do are the follow-up activities. IPB staffs need to seize the available opportunities given by NSF and US AID. Information given by Dr. Sung should be regarded as the opening of the doors of opportunity to IPB research staffs.
All PMB Lab staffs and associated graduate students hope that IPB staffs will be able to use the opportunity presented by NSF and US AID. We hope that there will be successful activities initiated by IPB staffs through NSF and USAID.