The United States and the Philippines celebrate nine years of partnership in innovation

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U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Acting Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava (seventh from left) and Philippine Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña (seventh from right) lead U.S. and Philippine government officials to celebrate joint milestones of USAID’s STRIDE program.


Manila, April 27, 2022—On April 25, more than 100 innovators gathered to mark the completion of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) higher education flagship project, the Science, Technology, research and innovation for development (STRIDE).

STRIDE is a nine-year, $38 million USAID program that works with government, academia, and industry to build science, technology, and innovation capacity in the Philippines for inclusive economic growth.

“Through our partnerships, local businesses work side-by-side with universities, universities create knowledge networks, and government agencies improve the environment for innovation,” said Heather Variava, Acting Chargé d’Affaires. from the United States Embassy in the Philippines. “The United States remains a friend, partner, and committed ally of the Philippines in its efforts to use innovation as a key driver of inclusive growth.”

To date, STRIDE has provided technical assistance to 125 Philippine universities, including the establishment of two advanced research training institutes, the establishment of career centers in 27 universities, and the establishment of technology transfer offices in 56 universities across the Philippines.

USAID also awarded 73 research grants worth more than Php292 million ($5.6 million), provided 57 postgraduate scholarships for Filipinos to attend American universities, and facilitated partnerships between 54 American and local universities.

More recently, USAID provided support to the Philippine government’s whole-of-government innovation program called Regional Inclusive Innovation Centers (RIICs) that bring together government, industry, and academia at the local level to make innovation work. for companies. To date, eight RIICs have been created and have already supported more than 100 local companies in various fields of research and innovation.

“Over the years, USAID has worked with the Philippine government to strengthen ties among government agencies to strengthen our national innovation system. It is through this stronger network that the government is now bringing more breakthrough research and development results to various industries across the country,” said Fortunato dela Peña, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Science and Technology.

The Philippines has made significant progress in innovation, with the passage of the Philippine Innovation Act in 2019. The country ranked 50th in the Global Innovation Index in 2020, up from 100th on 143 savings in 2012.

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