The United States and Egypt Extend Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement

In 1995, Egypt and the United States of America signed an agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation which makes one of only four countries in the world that has a funded bilateral science and technology cooperation agreement with the United States. Yesterday August 31, 2021. the United States ambassador to Egypt Ambassador Jonathan R. Cohen and Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research Affairs Dr. Yasser Refaat Abdelfattah extended the U.S.- Egypt Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation for five years at a signing ceremony.

This agreement in the vital area of science and technology is yet another testimony to the depth and breadth of the U.S.-Egypt relationship, which ranges from security and military partnership to economic development, commerce, cultural heritage preservation and education. The United States boasts the top governmental and private science and technology research institutions in the world and we are delighted to continue to partner with Egypt to expand S&T initiatives and our collective knowledge and capacity, said Ambassador Cohen.

The U.S.-Egypt Science and Technology Joint Fund (the Joint Fund) promotes collaboration between American and Egyptian scientists to address development challenges and promote economic growth and entrepreneurship in applied scientific research and technology commercialization. This program and its research are focused on critical areas such as health, agriculture, energy, and water. Results of the Joint Fund include high-impact scientific research, extensive collaboration between American and Egyptian public and private sector institutions, and innovative training for the next generation of male and female scientists as well as young entrepreneurs. A joint board composed of U.S. and Egyptian representatives governs the fund.

Today, we are witnessing not only a typical agreement renewal ceremony but rather a life demonstration of how dedication and synergies between teams with seas and oceans apart can beat so many challenges and realize the sought goals. Our ceremony today indeed represents another milestone in our road of strategic partnership between Egypt and U.S. in Science, Technology and Innovation, paving the way for more achievement and reinforcing partnership between Egypt and USA. We would like to see the continuation of our joint efforts for building a long-term and strategic partnership between researchers and research organizations in Egypt and the United States, said Deputy Minister Dr. Abdelfattah.

RESULTS

  • Since its inception in 1995, the Joint Fund has supported 551 two- to three-year basic and applied collaborative research projects from 173 U.S. and 67 Egyptian universities and research institutions.
  • More than 564 research papers and 13 patents were published as part of the Fund’s collaborative effort to generate solutions to global development challenges.
  • In 2018, the Board approved 15 collaborative research grants totaling $5 million in areas critical to both Egypt and the U.S. including; (1) new tools for diagnosing tick-transmitted diseases; (2) the development of a new avian influenza vaccine that led to the control of avian influenza in Egypt; (3) the creation of textiles containing antimicrobial and insect repellent; (4) new methods for processing rice straw using steam explosion technology; and (5) building composite materials for the automotive and airline industries.
  • During the 2019 application cycle, 14 joint research grants totaling $4.5 million were awarded. Projects will investigate topics in the fields of smart agriculture, energy storage, infectious disease, desalination technology, as well as wastewater management and reuse.

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