What Exactly Is LASER PULSE?

Collaborative Approach

collaborative graphic LASER (Long-term Assistance and Services for Research) PULSE (Partners for University-Led Solutions Engine) hosts 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 USAID Interest countries. We aim to transform the development enterprise by:

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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.

Embedded Research Translation

LASER PULSE defines Embedded Research Translation as an  iterative co-design process among academics, practitioners, and other stakeholders in which research is intentionally applied to a development challenge. Core to this approach are four pillars- partnership, process, product, and dissemination. Read more here.

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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.

Our People and Management

Core Staff, Consortium Leads, Topical Leads, and Advisors Info
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    Paths to Translation
  • Medical Supply Chain
    Applied Translation Practices
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    Translation Products

Comprehensive SUCCESS FACTORs

An innovative scientific method for identifying the most important and interrelated suite of factors that define a given problem to be solved.

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Research Capacity Gap Analysis

A study that is used to identify, prioritize, and describe key capacity gaps to address increased development research outputs and impacts from LMIC universities.

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Embedded Research Translation

A core component to LASER PULSE, Embedded Research translation is achieved through an iterative, collaborative process.

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