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LASER (Long-term Assistance and Services for Research) PULSE (Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine)

OUR MISSION

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OUR VISION

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WHY US

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Collaborative Approach

LASER (Long-term Assistance and Services for Research) PULSE (Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine

 hosts a global network of university researchers and development practitioners from government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector collaborating on research-driven practical solutions to critical development challenges in USAID Interest countries. We aim to transform the development enterprise by:

  • better identification of development research areas,
  • funding development research projects, and
  • successfully adapting results into usable development products.
    Read more about our Theory of Change and activities

Connection Point
Point graphicA connection point for researchers and field-level development actors to find each other for collaboration opportunities, and to exchange information and data.

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Forum For Learning

A forum for learning: through Research for Development (R4D) conferences held each year; and via this website, which contains various learning and instructional modules and downloadable information.

Research Questions

Network of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

A network of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – more than 50 universities from across Asia, Africa, and Latin America and 8 US universities who will work in partnership to define research topics and conduct research grants awarded by the program.

Embedded Research Translation

LASER PULSE defines Embedded Research Translation as an  iterative co-design process among academics, practitioners, and other stakeholders in which research is intentionally applied to a development challenge. Core to this approach are four pillars- partnership, process, product, and dissemination. Read more here.

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Consortium

The program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), features a consortium, led by Purdue University, that includes Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Indiana UniversityMakerere University (Uganda), and the University of Notre Dame.  Each of these institutions is responsible for specific aspects of LASER PULSE and will receive support from one or more of the other consortium partners to fulfill its role.

COMPREHENSIVE SUCCESS FACTORS

An innovative scientific method for identifying the most important and interrelated suite of factors that define a given problem to be solved.

RESEARCH CAPACITY GAP ANALYSIS

A study that is used to identify, prioritize, and describe key capacity gaps to address increased development research outputs and impacts from LMIC universities.

EMBEDDED RESEARCH TRANSLATION

A core component to LASER PULSE, Embedded Research translation is achieved through an iterative, collaborative process.

NETWORK

A connection point for researchers and field-level development actors to find each other for collaboration opportunities, and to exchange information and data.

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