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Listing of posters presented at the R4D Conference




people walking on the street in VietnamLASER PULSE is a USAID-funded program to support the discovery and implementation of research-based and evidence-supported solutions to respond to development challenges. The objective of LASER PULSE is enhanced discovery and application in policy and practice of university-sourced, evidence-based solutions to development challenges. LASER PULSE facilitates successful translation of research to products, practices, or policies as solutions to development challenges.

It brings together researchers, implementers, and practitioners at Research for Development (R4D) Conferences for the purpose of connecting, collaborating and innovating together on critical issues in translating research into policy or practice. Building off two successful events in Colombia and Uganda, LASER PULSE will convene its third Research for Development (R4D) Conference in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Attendance at the conference is by invitation only.

Based on outcomes of the conference, LASER will issue a Request for Applications (RFA) to award collaborative research translation grants of up to $250,000 to Vietnamese higher education institutions and practitioner organizations.

Theme of the Conference

“Transforming the Paradigm in the Partnership Model for Research and Field Practice on Seeking and Applying Research Translation-Derived Development Solutions in Vietnam.”

The conference will specifically focus on priority research issues: 1. Air and Water Pollution and 2. Business (SME & Private Sector) Competitiveness.

Why the R4D Conference?

Identification of research and translation challenges for development requires a close collaboration between academic researchers, implementers and practitioners, government agencies, private sector and end users. LASER PULSE convenes Research for Development (R4D) Conferences to bring together the diverse groups of development actors toward identifying and prioritizing the most intransigent challenges in priority issue areas as well as building capacity in methodologies for issue analysis and more effective research translation. R4D conferences catalyze a global network of universities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector for research-driven, practical solutions to critical development challenges in USAID-interest countries.


LASER has designed the R4D conference to achieve the following major objectives: (a) to collaboratively identify specific research gaps that might present roadblocks for the development of Vietnam in the priority areas, (b) to facilitate connections and opportunities for collaboration among researchers and development practitioners, and (c) to enhance participants’ understanding of research-to-translation concepts, processes, and best practices.

Schedule of Events

A full 2.5-day agenda will be available closer to the event.

Participants will also engage in interactive sessions to discuss key concepts and experiences in research translation, as well as build capacity in methodologies for issue analysis and identification of specific issues for research. To facilitate strong connections for teams to apply for funding opportunities, LASER PULSE will provide ample networking opportunities, including individual sessions on matchmaking with potential partners, as well as how to respond to Requests for Applications and develop concept notes.

After the Conference

This critical work does not stop after the conference. In the months following the conference, LASER PULSE will issue a Request for Applications (RFA) for collaborative research translation projects that will be implemented jointly by Vietnamese higher education institutions and practitioner organizations to address the issues identified at the event. Registered members of the LASER PULSE network will be eligible to submit concept notes. Proposed project PIs or co-PIs must be from an eligible Vietnamese higher education institution and all project teams must feature an implementing partner.