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The Africa, Near East, and South Asia (ANESA) Program area includes a large number of countries across three continents. The ANESA Program supports research and education collaborations with scientists and engineers in all of Africa, the Near Eastern countries including Turkey, and the countries of South Asia, primarily India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.   

ANESA Regional Information
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Science & Technology Organizations in the Region

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Important NSF Documents

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For general information please see our Dear Colleague Letter: OISE Support for International Activities NSF 04-034. NOTE: Planning visit and dissertation enhancement proposals are accepted at any time.

February 15 (Target date) - International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) proposals for other than subsequent summer

February 20 (Target date) - Workshop proposals

May 20 (Target date) - Workshop proposals

September 15 (Target date) - International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) proposals for subsequent summer

September 20 (Target date) - Workshop proposals

October (2nd Tuesday) - All countries: International Research Fellowships

November 1 - U.S.-Egypt Joint Science and Technology Program

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  • AFRICA: Activities focus on human resource development and capacity building in research and education. Participation of junior investigators from both the United States and the host country is strongly encouraged. Topics that benefit from the region's unique biological, environmental, geological, anthropological, and cultural resources are of special interest. Proposals may combine research and education into one project, such as the REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Site on Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania, coordinated through the International Decade for the East African Lakes (IDEAL). Information on this activity is available at Other areas of regional interest include materials research, global climate change, natural resources management, and the International Long-Term Ecological Research (ILTER) Program. Information on the LTER/ILTER network is available at NSF contact is Elizabeth Lyons.

  • NEAR EAST: Although ANESA supports collaborations with all countries of the Near East, the largest number are with Turkey and Egypt. In Turkey, the national science funding organization, TUBITAK, reviews and funds the collaborations. With Egypt, ANESA operates a special program under the US-Egypt Joint Science and Technology Program with funds from the Department of State. This program is overseen by a Joint Board which meets annually to set priorities and select proposals for awards. Throughout the region, the ANESA program promotes inclusion of junior researchers in collaborations to stimulate long-term research partnerships. NSF contact is Osman Shinaishin.

  • SOUTH ASIA: Within this region, research collaborations with India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh have developed in important scientific areas. In addition to the activities supported under the US-India Cooperative Science Program, a joint program with India's Department of Science and Technology supports collaborative research projects and workshops. The US-India Science and Technology Forum is an intergovernmental program that supports collaboration through interaction among government, academic, and industrial institutions. Research collaborations with Pakistan and Bangladesh have increased in recent years with the support of the respective ministries of science and technology in those countries. NSF contact for India and Nepal is Marjorie Lueck.

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Acting Regional Coordinator: Elizabeth Lyons,
Program Assistant: Rose Marie Graves,

Africa Elizabeth Lyons
Bangladesh Osman Shinaishin
India Marjorie Lueck
Near East Osman Shinaishin
Nepal Marjorie Lueck
Pakistan Osman Shinaishin

ANESA Contact Information:
Phone: 703-292-8707
FAX: 703-292-9176
mailing address:
   ANESA Program, Suite 935
   Office of International Science and Engineering
   National Science Foundation
   4201 Wilson Boulevard
   Arlington, VA 22230

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Award lists and abstracts provide insight into the scope and focus of Program activities. Grant amounts and durations that are included in the award information can help potential applicants scale their own projects appropriately.

ANESA Program Awards Search (When the award list is displayed, you can click on the award title to obtain an abstract-length general description of the research.

Link to NSF Award Abstract Search by user-selected categories.

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