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Advancing Women in Research and Leadership at Higher Education Institutions in East Africa: ADVANCE FORWARD 

  • Rajalakshmi NadadurKannan (MSU), Elizabeth Nansubuga (Makerere), and Naomi Lumutenga (HERS-EA) 
  • Institutional Partners: Makerere University, Michigan State University, Higher Education Resource Services East Africa (HERS-EA) 

Ameliorating the Accidental Professor Syndrome through Early Careering Pathing Workshop Series 

  • Carl Boelhert(MSU), Chidozie Nnaji (UNN) 
  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Michigan State University 

Building Capacity of Key African HEI to Harness the Value of Nano-Biosensor Technology through the Global Alliance for Rapid Diagnostics 

  • Benard Oloo (EU), Chelea Matchawe (IMRMPS), Evangelyn Alocilja (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: Egerton University (EU), Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plant Studies (IMRMPS), Michigan State University 

Building institutional capacities in genetic engineering and biotechnology research in African universities and research institutions 

  • Josiah Ouma Omolo (EU), Guo-Qing Song (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: Egerton University, Michigan State University 

Capacity Building to Combat Gender-Based Violence Project 

  • Denise Troutman (MSU), Fatoumata Keita (ULSHB), Lydie Tonguino (Enfants du Globe) 
  • Institutional Partners: Universite des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako (ULSHB), Michigan State University, Enfants du Globe 

Developing an Effective Undergraduate Food Science and Technology Curriculum to Strengthen Food Security in Malawi 

  • Jeffrey Swada(MSU), Smith Nkhata (LUANAR), Limbikani Matumba (LUANAR) 
  • Institutional Partners: Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR), Michigan State University 

Development of an Undergraduate Food Packaging Curriculum to Strengthen Food Security in Nigeria and Africa In General 

  • Gabriel Ifeanyi Okafor (UNN), Laurent Matuana (MSU), Kingsley Masamba (LUANAR) 
  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Michigan State University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) 

Driving the Inclusion of Women and Youth in Senegalese Markets with Digital Technology 

  • Michael Olabisi (MSU), Mamadou Moustapha Ka (UCAD)Mayoro Diop (UCAD), Mouhamad Allaya (Université de Thiès) 
  • Institutional Partners: Université Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD), Michigan State University, Université de Thiès 

Evaluation of Soft Tissue Across Racially Diverse Populations in South Africa, a Pilot Study for Populations at Risk of Pressure ulcer development 

  • Jill Slade McMahon (MSU), Nkhensani Mogale(UP) 
  • Institutional Partners: University of Pretoria (UP), Michigan State University 

Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Developing Research and Capacity Building Grants Among Female Researchers and Early Career Academic Staff 

  • Kwame Yeboah (MSU), Emiliana John Mwita (UDSM) 
  • Institutional Partners: University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM), Michigan State University 


A Partnership to Support Practitioners and Researchers in Developing and Carrying out Culturally Competent Interventions for Children and Families with Disabilities

  •  Sarah Douglas (MSU); Shakila Dada (UP) 
  •  Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; University of Pretoria (South Africa) 
A Strategic Partnership to Strengthen Mental Healthcare Capacity and Clinical Training in Primary Care in Uganda
  •  Lekie Dwanyen (MSU); Rosco Kasujja (Makerere)
  •  Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda)
Building Capacities for Development Evaluation (BUCADE)
  • Robin Miller (MSU); Almas Mazigo (UDSM)
  • Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; University of Dar es Salam (Tanzania) 

Building capacity to improve postharvest management in Central African Republic

  • Veronique Theriault (MSU); Lucie Aba-Toumnou (University of Bangui); Boukary Baoua Ibrahim (University of Maradi)
  • Institutional PartnersMichigan State University; University of Bangui (Central African Republic); University of Maradi (Niger)

Developing an Inclusive Research Partnership to Strengthen Environmental and Social Development in Kenya

  • Wilkister K. Nyaora (Egerton); Joshua K. Maiyo (USIU); Grace Nyambati (The Technical University of Kenya); Wei Liao (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: Egerton University (Kenya); United States International University - Africa (Kenya); The Technical University of Kenya; Michigan State University

Development of an undergraduate dietetics curriculum to strengthen nutrition and dietetics training and services capacity in Malawi

  •  Robin M. Tucker (MSU); Getrude Mphwanthe (LUANAR)
  •  Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi)

Diversity and Inclusion in Leadership and Training

  • Damaris Choti (MSU); Nelson Turyahabwe (Makerere); Raymond Musiima (MFAI)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda); Michigan Fellows Agribusiness Initiative

Leveraging Local Knowledge and Decolonial Frameworks to Transform Higher Education Contexts in the U.S. and South Africa

  • Vaughn W. M. Watson (MSU); Saloshna Vandeyar (UP)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Piloting a Community-Based Field School for long-term engaged learning, research, and partnerships

  • Bothepha Mosetlhi (UB); Jennifer Hodbod (MSU)
  • Institutional Partners: University of Botswana, Michigan State University 

Tackling Sexual Harassment and Transforming Institutions through Workshops and Edutainment: A Three-University Collaborative Approach

  • Ikechukwu Erojikwe (UNN); Nasima Carrim (UP); Julie Libarkin (MSU)
  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Pretoria (South Africa); Michigan State University

A reciprocal knowledge exchange partnership to strengthen student success through academic advising and student support

  • James Lucas (MSU); Kgadi Clarrie Mathabathe (UP)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Pretoria (South Africa)


A collaborative research program between Michigan State University and Makerere University psychiatry departments on climate change and gender-based violence in Uganda 

  • Itziar Familiar (MSU); Jura Augustinaviciu (Johns Hopkins); Noeline Nakasujja (Makerere) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda); Johns Hopkins University (US) 

Building Faculty Capacity for Engaged Student Learning in Teacher Education through a Global Community of Practice 

  • Bethany Wilinski (MSU); Maregesi Manyoni (UDSM-DUCE); M. Mhlauhi (UB) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); University of Botswana (Botswana) 

Water Accessibility, Training Enhancement and Research in Africa Network: The WATER Africa Network 

  • Jade Mitchell (MSU); Julie Libarkin (MSU); Vincent Chigor (UNN); Cheikh Bécaye Gaye (UCAD) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria); Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal) 

Transforming Public Higher Education in West Africa through Community Engagement 

  • Stephen Esquith (MSU); Assan Sara (Ohio University); Ibra Sene (Wooster); Welore Tamboura (ULSHB); Mame Samba Mbaye (UCAD) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University: Ohio University (US): Wooster College (US); Université des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines de Bamako (Mali)Université Cheikh Anta Diop (Senegal), University of Gambia (Gambia) 

Grant Writing Workshop at the Department of Human Kinetics and Health Education, University of Nigeria, Nsukka 

  • Amelia Odo (UNN); Rebecca Malouin (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria)


Developing an IRB at University of Nigeria: A Culturally-Relevant Model 

  • Michael O’Rourke (MSU); Felix N. Chukwuneke (UNN); Ike Iyioke (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria) 

Responding to demand and imperative in forest science at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources through education and research 

  • David Skole (MSU); Daud Kachamba (LUANAR); Judith Kamoto (LUANAR) 
  •  Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Lilongwe University of Agriculture andNatural Resources (Malawi) 

Strengthening sustainable intensification concepts in agriculture and natural resource courses in African Universities 

  • Regis Chikowo (MSU and University of Zimbabwe); Sieg Snapp (MSU); Wezi Mhango (LUANAR) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University: University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi) 

Improved Agricultural Messaging to Prevent Losses due to Banana Xanthomonas Wilt (BXW) in Uganda and Tanzania 

  • Julia Bella-Bravo (MSU); Frederick Muyodi (Makerere); Rose Nalwanga (Makerere); Frolence Rutechura (UDSM); Daniel Shilla (UDSM) 
  • Institutional Partner: Michigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda); University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) 

Promoting Youth Engagement in East Africa 

  • Jeff Conroy-Krutz (MSU); William Tayeebwa (Makerere) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda); Egerton University (Kenya); University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) 

Transforming Institutions Through a Strategic Research Data Management and Analysis 

  • Frederi Viens (MSU); Leonard Johnson (MSU); Dennis Ikpe (MSU); Lorraine Weatherspoon (MSU); Ama Njoku (UB) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; University of Botswana, (Botswana); Egerton University (Kenya), Lagos State University (Nigeria); University of Cape Town (South Africa); University of Sierra Leone (Sierra Leone) 

Training workshop for early career lecturers and graduate students in linguistics 

  • Jonathan Choti (MSU); Lucy Wathika (Egerton University); Peter Githinji (Kenyatta University) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Egerton University (Kenya); Moi University (Kenya); Kenyatta University (Kenya) 

A Self-Assessment and Sensitization Workshop on Mainstreaming Gender in UNN Academic and Management Programs 

  • Anthonia Achike (UNN); Wenda Bauchspies (MSU); Sarah Ssali (Makerere) 
  • Institutional Partners: University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria); Michigan State University; 
  • Makerere University (Uganda) 

Proposal for Pilot Workshops on eCommerce and Digital Technologies-Virtual Global Consultant Group 

  • W.E. DaCruz (VGC); Naomi Cook (VGC); Sera Gondwe (LUANAR); Deborah Amulen (Makerere); Patrick Vudriko (Makerere) 
  • Institutional Partners: Virtual Global Consultants (US); Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi); Makerere University (Uganda) 


Intended Exploratory Grant with Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology 

  • Carl Boehlert (MSU); Mohamed Abdel-Hady Gepreel (E-JUST) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (Egypt) 

Strategies to minimize the effects of aflatoxins in food systems and public health in East Africa 

  • James Tuitoek (Egerton University); John Kaneene (MSU); Archileo Kaaya (Makerere University); Meshack Obonyo (Egerton University) 
  • Institutional PartnersEgerton University (Kenya); Michigan State University; Makerere University (Uganda) 

Capacity Building for Research and Writing Support: A North-North-South-South Institutional Collaboration 

  • Trixie Smith (MSU); Katie Bryant (MSU); Godson Gatsha (Botswana Open University) 
  • Institutional Partners: Botswana Open University (Botswana); Mangosuthu University ofTechnology (South Africa); Michigan State University; Carleton University (Canada) 

Supporting Library Resources Infrastructure and Planning for Regional Capacity Building Initiatives 

  • Jessica Achberger (MSU); Manenga Ndulo (UNZA & SAIPAR); Marja Hinkelaar (SAIPAR) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University; Southern African Institute for Policyand Research (Zambia) 

100 years of "Hajj" memories in West Africa and the Maghreb (1900-2000) 

  • Ibrahima Thiaw (UCAD); Dean Rehberger (MSU) 
  • Institutional Partners: UCAD (Senegal); MSU; NMAAHC-Smithsonian (USA); University Gaston Berger (Senegal); Mohamed V University (Morocco); Michigan State University 

Soil Fertility Management in Kenya as a Coupled Natural and Human System 

  • Lisa Tiemann (MSU); John Kerr (MSU); John Olwande (Tegemeo Institute, Egerton University) 
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State UniversityTegemeo Institute, Egerton University (Kenya) 

A collaborative research and capacity-building quadrumvirate between Michigan State University, the Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar, the University of Segou, and the Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherche Apliquee de Katibougou on the agricultural sectors in Senegal and Mali.

  • Leonidas Murembya (MSU); Latyr Diouf (UCAD); Lassana Toure (Université of Ségou), Abdul Kader Sidibe (Université of Ségou); Amadeus Sidibe (IPR/IFRA)
  • Institutional Partners: Michigan State University (MSU); Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (UCAD); University of Segou; Institut Polytechnique Rural de Formation et de Recherche Appliquee (IPR/IFRA) de Katibougou