Stanford - University of Western Australia Collaboration
With more than 9,000 miles separating them, California and Western Australia might not seem to have much in common. However, the two regions mirror each other when it comes to important freshwater and marine issues ranging from agricultural pressures on groundwater to ocean acidification.
To find solutions, Stanford University (through the Stanford Woods Institute) and the University of Western Australia (UWA) are jointly promoting the development of collaborative research projects focused on finding solutions to major freshwater and marine sustainability challenges.
As a first step in this new initiative, the creation of a joint funding initiative was recently announced to provide grants up to $25,000 per year for Stanford and UWA faculty and academic staff. The grants are to be used for planning costs such as travel, accommodations and workshops associated with the development of collaborative research projects.
The projects seeded by these planning grants are intended to result in joint publications by Stanford and UWA researchers, joint bids for competitive research funding, and the creation of an environment in which Ph.D. students working on freshwater and marine sustainability research can cross-train at both institutions.
Stanford and UWA have each committed $150,00 to the initiative over 3 years. A committee representing both institutions will decide each year’s awards.