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NI, USAID to aid scientists in developing nations

Posted: 14 Feb 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:scientific equipment  developing countries  control and design applications 

National Instruments has announced its partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement Research (PEER) Science programme.

The two organisations would bring scientific equipment, training and support to approximately 100 research projects with commercial promise and demonstrated long-term development impact in more than 80 countries over the next five years.

"This partnership is the first step in USAID's effort to leverage the private sector in support of scientists in developing countries," said National Instruments.

The USAID PEER Science programme supports collaborative research by funding scientists in developing countries on a wide range of development-related topics.

PEER plans to invest up to Rs.546.45 crore ($100 million) to accelerate science and technology research over the next several years.

NI designs, develops, manufactures, sells and supports system design software and modular hardware that engineers and scientists use in measurement, control and design applications in nearly every industry, from testing smartphones to launching spaceships. The partnership with USAID is possible through the company's Planet NI programme.

Dr. Alex Dehgan, science and technology adviser to USAID administrator Rajiv Shah, said, "The lack of access to scientific equipment is a major impediment to research in the developing world. This partnership will help give scientists all over the developing world access to the tools that can help them unlock their potential to solve the great development challenges of our time."

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