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Partnerships

Office of Global Partnerships

  • Tufts University is part of the Diplomacy Lab network led by the Office of Global Partnerships. Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to foreign policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at universities across the country. – More: http://diplomacylab.org/ 
  • The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. (headquartered in Petersham); Higher Grounds Coffee; Eastern Congo Initiative; and the Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement were recognized for their partnership “Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance.” The partnership was one of five finalists for the 5th annual P3 Impact Award in 2018. The P3 Impact Award was presented at the Concordia Summit in September 2018 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business Institute for Business in Society, and Concordia. The award recognizes public-private partnerships (P3s) that are changing our world in the most impactful ways. – More: https://www.concordia.net/partnerships/awards/p3impactaward/ 

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs

  • Massachusetts hosted 20 faculty from universities in Pakistan on a university partnership program administered by the State Department. The scholars were in residence on campuses up to a month taking courses, teaching seminars, drafting curriculum, and doing research. 4 American faculty completed the exchange by offering courses, seminars and mentoring in the partner institution abroad. The university partnership program supports the internationalization efforts of American universities and advances American influence, directly supporting the United States’ South Asia strategy. – More: http://www.donahue.umassp.edu/news-events/institute-news/teaching-leadership-the-focus-of-summer-pakistan-program 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Following the 2015 Science and Technology Joint Committee Meeting of the United States and Chile, the Massachusetts Alliance and the government of Chile have expanded collaboration in water resource management and biotechnology. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Harvard University, HSL Institute for Aging Research, Marine biological Laboratory, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, The Forsyth Institute, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) for joint research projects with Israeli scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the BSF research funding advances our bilateral relationship and shared scientific priorities. – More: http://www.bsf.org.il/ 
  • Companies from Massachusetts received grants from the OES-supported U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) for joint ventures with Israeli companies. Selected through a competitive process, the BIRD funding generates mutually beneficial cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies. – More: http://www.birdf.com/ 
  • Dr. Robert S. Langer, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology began his tenure as Science Envoy for Innovation in FY2018. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-economic-growth-energy-and-the-environment/bureau-of-oceans-and-international-environmental-and-scientific-affairs/ 
  • Researchers from Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Brandeis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Harvard Medical School were awarded funds from the Indo-US Science and Technology Forum to conduct workshops or host joint centers related to cooperation between the United States and India on cancer proteogenomics, transportation innovation, portable auto-refractors, arsenic and fluoride in drinking water, force chains in soft biological matter, tissue-engineered organs, celiac disease, and protein folding. – More: https://www.iusstf.org/ 
  • A researcher from Massachusetts Institute of Technology received a grant from the U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund for research projects with Egyptian scientists. Selected through a peer-reviewed process, the Joint Fund enables American scientists to conduct high impact research in the fields of agriculture, energy, health, and water and promotes U.S. – Egypt science and technology cooperation. – More: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/Egypt/pga_156529 

Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration

  • The Department works with nine domestic non-governmental organizations, which place refugees with more than 325 affiliates in roughly 190 communities around the country. These local affiliates work closely with community partners, congregations, volunteers, and state and local officials to provide a successful start for refugees rebuilding their lives. Refugee communities have historically enhanced the economic dynamism and cultural vitality of our nation. Refugees contribute to the United States in numerous ways, including by starting businesses and joining the U.S. military. This program helps the world’s most vulnerable refugees find permanent homes, and it demonstrates the immense generosity of the American people. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-civilian-security-democracy-and-human-rights/bureau-of-population-refugees-and-migration/ 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

  • 1,012 Massachusetts residents hosted or supported 750 International Visitor Leadership Program participants who visited the state, volunteering a total of 7,263 hours of service. – More: https://eca.state.gov/ivlp 
  • 54 emerging leaders studied or participated in a fellowship in Massachusetts on one of the Young Leaders Initiatives. – More: https://exchanges.state.gov/ 

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • Under the U.S. Department of State’s U.S. Speaker Program, William Evans, commissioner of the Boston Police Department, engaged top police officials – including heads of national and local police forces – and police training centers in Belgium, Finland, and the Netherlands on the importance of community policing in countering violent extremism. A direct result of these programs is that European law enforcement officials, specifically the Helsinki Police Department and Finland’s Police University, are exploring the possibility of exchanges of trainers and trainees with the Boston Police Department. Embassy The Hague is now looking to enhance this relationship further by sending ECA International Visitor Leadership Program participants to Boston in 2018.

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

  • The Bureau of International Narcotic and Law Enforcement Affairs partners with Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA) to provide Internal Affairs study tours for Mexican law enforcement officials with Internal Affairs officials from Boston, MA and Seattle, WA. 96 Mexican professionals were be trained in FY2018. – More: http://www.bc.edu/centers/irish/gli 
  • INL has formally partnered with the National Association of Attorneys General, which includes Attorneys General from through the United States, since 2014. In 2018, attorneys from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office conducted a needs assessment of the Prosecutor General’s Office of Armenia, which will lay the foundation for building the capacity of that office in numerous ways. – More: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-attorney-general-maura-healey 

Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

  • The U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons awarded grants to the following organizations in Massachusetts to combat human trafficking: $520,000 was awarded to Verité Inc. to conduct research that examines human trafficking and other labor abuses in the supply chains of the forestry sector in Africa, East Asia, and the Western Hemisphere; $490,620 was awarded to Verité Inc. to develop ResponsibleSourcingTool.org, an online platform to help federal contractors, procurement officials, and other companies identify, prevent, and address the risks of human trafficking and trafficking-related activities in global supply chains. – More: https://www.responsiblesourcingtool.org/ 

Travel and Security

Bureau of Consular Affairs

Bureau of Diplomatic Security

  • Diplomatic Security Boston Field Office: Diplomatic Security has offices throughout the United States staffed with special agents and contract investigators, who conduct criminal, counterterrorism and background investigations. Agents assigned to field and resident offices assist in providing support to the protection of the Secretary of State, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and visiting foreign dignitaries. Liaison with federal and local law enforcement, foreign mission personnel, local officials, and the private sector complements their major responsibilities. – More: https://www.state.gov/bureaus-offices/under-secretary-for-management/bureau-of-diplomatic-security/ 

Jobs and Economy

Office of Global Partnerships

  • The University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and iRobot (headquartered in Bedford, MA) are founding partners in the Veterans Innovation Fellowship, a partnership between the Office of Global Partnerships at the U.S. Department of State, The Mission Continues, USAID, OPIC, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and several other universities. The partnership offers U.S. citizen veterans of the American armed forces a one-year paid fellowship to gain experience by working in a U.S. Government international affairs agency. – More: http://www.vipfellowship.org/ 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs

  • The Department of State, in partnership with agencies across the federal government, creates jobs for American workers by opening markets and eliminating trade barriers overseas and by attracting foreign direct investment to the United States. In 2018, goods exported totaled $27.1 billion. Those exports supported approximately 113,181 Massachusetts jobs (2016) and foreign direct investment into Massachusetts supports an additional 213,700 jobs (2016). – More: https://www.trade.gov/mas/ian/statereports/states/ma.pdf 

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

  • Entrepreneurs and researchers from Superconducting Systems, Inc., GRIT, WIST Inc, and PlenOptika were awarded funds by the U.S.-India Science and Technology Endowment Fund to commercialize innovations with a partner in India. Projects included lightweight magnetic resonance imaging scanners, an all-terrain wheelchair, devises to treat water contaminated with arsenic, and a device to help prescribe eyeglasses. – More: https://www.iusstf.org/usistef/us-india-science-technology 
  • The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs advocates in meetings of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for conservation of pollinators, which contribute $24 billion to the national economy and $60 million to the economy of the state of Massachusetts for cranberries, and another $19 million for apples. – More: https://www.nass.usda.gov/Quick_Stats/Ag_Overview/stateOverview.php?state=massachusetts&year=2017 

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Global Talent Management

Bureau of Global Public Affairs

  • The Thomas R. Pickering and Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Programs encourage applications from minority groups historically underrepresented in the U.S. Foreign Service, women, and those with financial need. Each fellowship provides financial assistance towards the completion of a two year master’s degree in a field related to the Foreign Service, academic funding, mentorship and two internships – one in the U.S. and the other abroad at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Fellows commit to a minimum of five years in the Foreign Service. Currently, there are 48 active participants from the state of Massachusetts.

Education

Bureau of Global Talent Management

  • Diplomat-in-Residence (Philip Beekman): Diplomats in Residence (DIRs) are career Foreign Service Officers or Specialists located throughout the U.S. who provide guidance and advice to students, professionals and the community about Department careers. – More: http://careers.state.gov/connect/dir 

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

Bureau of Political-Military Affairs

Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs

  • The proposal on “Patagonia Global Health Exchange Program,” presented by Regis College and Universidad de Aysén was selected in 2018 to receive an 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant. The grant reinforces the collaboration agreement with Regis’ School of Health Sciences signed during the 2018 Patagonia Study Tour, which brought ten students and four faculty members from Regis to Chile to learn about the country’s public health system and the health challenges of environmental management issues. The grant will enable ten Chilean students and two faculty from Universidad de Aysén to receive intensive English language courses to participate in a 2019 short-term exchange program at Regis in the field of nursing. Language describing this grant is from the 100K Strong in the Americas letter sent to the winners. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2015, U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, along with the binational U.S.-Argentina Fulbright Commission, launched the Friends of Fulbright Undergraduate Student Exchange Program. This Public-Private Partnership sent 50 undergraduate students to study in the U.S. for six weeks in 2016. Another 145 students traveled in 2017, and there were 289 students in the 2018 cohort. Twenty students in the 2017-2018 cohort studied at Mount Holyoke College and 21 students studied at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. – More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/education-culture/programs/friends-of-fulbright/ 
  • The U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, in cooperation with the U.S.-Argentina Binational Fulbright Commission created the Young Leaders program in 2015. In 2018, twenty-four (24) students from Argentine universities participated in the Young Leaders program at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. They attended a one-month Study of the U.S. and Leadership Institute at UMass. The participants were graduate students and professionals from Political Science, Journalism, International Relations, Law, Economics, and History from different parts of Argentina. The campus received $2500 per participant. – More: http://fulbright.edu.ar/en/becas/otras-becas/seminarios-en-argentina/ 
  • Boston University is partnering with Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Colombia) to collaboratively develop and create low-cost robotic technology to serve urban and rural communities, first in Colombia and the U.S., and eventually throughout the world. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The University of Massachusetts-Boston and Universidade Tiradentes in Brazil developed a joint program designed to increase student understanding of development and coastal systems. The program permitted students to perform collaborative and immersive research that compared Brazilian and U.S. coasts. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • In 2018, through a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund grant, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University (SEAS) and Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (Peru) and are collaborating to assess the impacts of informal and illegal mining in the Peruvian amazon basin and introduce a new collaboration with Universidad Nacional Amazónica de Madre de Dios, a rural university located in the Peruvian rainforest. The program seeks to impact program participants by offering a unique opportunity to collaborate with other students and work within communities directly affected by informal mining to offer solutions and build long-lasting relationships. – More: http://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Fulbright Commission awarded scholarships to 30 Peruvians to travel to the United States to participate in different programs at 24 U.S. universities. Three Fulbright graduate students are completing three-year programs in public administration and public policy at Harvard University and another Fulbright graduate student began studies in urban planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2018. – More: http://www.fulbright.pe/ 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala are partnering to provide students with hands-on, immersive learning experience in designing low-cost technologies to address global poverty challenges facing local communities while developing their professional skills through leadership and teamwork. These exchanges were part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, the dynamic public/private sector collaboration between the U.S. Department of State, Embassies, NGOs, companies, and foundations that inspires U.S. universities and colleges in the United States to team up with higher education institutions in the rest of the Western Hemisphere region. – More: https://www.100kstrongamericas.org/ 
  • The U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, in cooperation with the U.S.-Argentina Binational Fulbright Commission, brought three U.S. scholars to Argentina to conduct research on the Zika virus, and to work with Argentine colleagues to identify potential threats and help prevent Zika virus outbreaks. The research was carried out at the Instituto de Investigaciones Biológicas y Tecnológicas (IIByT) CONICET-Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, one of the most prestigious CONICET centers researching this kind of virus. The selected scholars were: Dr. Anna Stewart, Director of the Latin America Research Program of the Center for Global Health and Translational Science at SUNY Upstate Medical University; Dr. Michael Robert, Assistant Professor, University of the Sciences, and Dr. Todd Livdahl, Professor Emeritus of Biology and Research Scientist, Department of Biology, Clark University. – More: https://ar.usembassy.gov/collaboration-in-zika-research/ 

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