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Colombia Awards Addressing Integrated Rural Development and Venezuela Migration Response

Two projects in Colombia have launched, focusing on (1) Integrated Rural Development and (2) Venezuela Migration Response, following a LASER PULSE RFA in Spring 2020. These awards will last for a period of two years. Read more about projects through individual links below or at Diversity, Memory and Biocultural Rights: Mechanisms for Common-Unity Protectionand Ethnodevelopment....

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LASER PULSE Launches Youth and Resilience Awards in Ethiopia

LASER PULSE has launched four projects to respond to critical development challenges in Ethiopia. In response to a November 2020 RFA to address areas of (1) Youth and (2) Resilience, four applications were funded in August for periods of 1-2 years. Read more about projects through individual links below or at Resilience A systems, networks, and...

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New Awards Impacting Pollution and Business Competitiveness in Vietnam

Newly-awarded LASER PULSE projects are focusing on Air Pollution, Water Pollution, and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprise Competitiveness in Vietnam. In response to a July 2020 RFA, LASER PULSE funded five awards in August that will persist for 24 months.  Read more about projects through individual links below or at Air Pollution Avoid the TRAP: Multi-sector collaboration...

Program Director’s Message

The inaugural meeting for new awards from Colombia, Ethiopia, and Vietnam, organized over two days (August 9 & 11, 2021) was a great success with more than 200 attendees from across the world. The agenda of the inaugural meeting was two-fold: 1- to bring the awarded research teams together to share their research topics with...

E4C Seminar Splash Screen

Engineering For Change (E4C) Seminar Series Features LASER PULSE

On June 10, 2021, the E4C Seminar Series featured: The LASER Experience, Integrating Research and Practice for Effective Development. Dr. Arvind Raman, Director of LASER PULSE and Robert V. Adams Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University was the featured presenter. A recording from the seminar can be viewed below:


Feature Your Research Translation Success Story

LASER PULSE Network Members, LASER PULSE is interested in featuring your work in research translation on its website and other channels! If you have previous experience in research translation and are interested in further showcasing your work, please complete our Featured Researcher/Practitioner form. As applicable, LASER PULSE will contact you about publishing a feature on your...

US-funded project backs nutrition research in Laos

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the Ministry of Health have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a new project "Applied Nutrition Research Capacity Building (ANRCB)." This project is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) through its LASER PULSE programme led by Purdue University. Read the full story at

Gitau Presentation

Enhancing Data-Driven Decision-Making in EA Water Resources Management

The Laser Pulse East Africa Project on Water Security (LPEAWS) aims to provide water information, data access, decision support, and training to improve water resources (quantity, quality) management and, ultimately, water security in East Africa. This project focuses on the three East African countries—Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda; water resources challenges are similar among the three...

Northern Iraq

LASER PULSE Project Engaging in Research to Support Cultural Restoration in Northern Iraq

Between 2014 and 2017 hundreds of thousands of Iraqis were killed, and millions of individuals were displaced, due to the Islamic State’s (IS) occupation and the subsequent military campaign to defeat its forces. IS particularly targeted minority communities living in Ninewa province in northern Iraq. Regional livelihoods based on farming and animal husbandry were devastated....