We are a global network of university researchers and development practitioners from government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector collaborating on research-driven practical solutions to critical development challenges in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).


To support the discovery and uptake of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges.

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HEIN Partners

More than 50 universities from across Asia, Africa, and Latin American -- plus 8 United States universities -- will work in partnership to define research topics and conduct research grants awarded by LASER PULSE.

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Where We Work

Learn about our current projects, which align with USAID assistance program areas.

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What Exactly Is LASER PULSE?

Collaborative Approach

collaborative graphic A collaborative approach for developing, strengthening, and supporting a global network of research universities and field-level development actors (NGOs, private sector, etc.) for:

Connection Point

Point graphic A connection point for researchers and field-level development actors to find each other for collaboration opportunities, and to exchange information and data.
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Forum For Learning

A forum for learning: through Research for Development (R4D) conferences held each year; and via this website, which contains various learning and instructional modules and downloadable information.
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Network of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

A network of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) – more than 50 universities from across Asia, Africa, and Latin America and 8 US universities who will work in partnership to define research topics and conduct research grants awarded by the program.

The Research-To-Translation Value Chain

A process that ensures the optimal participation of development actors all along the research-to-translation value chain – such that meaningful interaction can take place between researchers and development practitioners in both the design of applied research, and the figurative translation (i.e. relevant adaptation) of the research results.
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The program, funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), features a consortium, led by Purdue University, that includes Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Indiana University, Makerere University (Uganda), and the University of Notre Dame.  Each of these institutions is responsible for specific aspects of LASER PULSE and will receive support from one or more of the other consortium partners to fulfill its role.

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