The Water Security Initiative at Texas A&M University seeks to establish a sustainable program of research, education, and engagement. Several critical areas of support can amplify and expand faculty and student water security research, facilitate collaboration and outreach, and build a community of scholars dedicated to understand and address critical water security challenges in the coming years.
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- Water Security Initiative Naming Opportunities – Financial support resulting from naming WSI or WSI funds provides the program flexible resources to amplify and facilitate the visibility and impact of its activities and research.
- Science-Policy Interface Fund – WSI research seeks to develop clear pathways and strategies for effective interactions between its research science and policy makers. The fund would advance our goal to deliver information, knowledge, and advice needed to develop policies measures that ensure TAMU research can translate into solutions for the global, regional and local water security challenges. Activities supported by this fund include policymaker-university conferences, policy briefs, and public engagement workshops.
- Water Security Doctoral Fellowships -We seek to develop a fund that supports doctoral students conducting research that advances water security scholarship in one of the thematic areas of WSI. Fellowships, made on a competitive basis, would support students for two years with respective major departments or other sources committed to funding the remaining two years. Water Security Fellows would be expected to actively participate and take leadership roles in WSI activities and research areas, engage in collaborative projects and mentor undergraduate and Master’s level students.
- Research Innovation Awards in Water Security – Support would establish a fund to advance research innovation in the water security space. Research innovation awards, made on a competitive basis, will provide seed funds to our faculty to test high-risk research concepts or ideas necessary for competitive external research proposals.
- WSI Graduate Student Research & Travel Grants Fund – Opportunities exist to either contribute to or establish a named fund to support graduate students. This would support research projects and professional development, which includes attending scholarly conferences and traveling to field research activities.
- WSI Service-Learning Program for Undergraduates Fund– Opportunities exist to either contribute to or establish a named fund to support students in need to reduce the extra expense of our international service-learning program.