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INNOVATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LABORATORY

To develop and scale innovations to solve global development challenges

The Innovation for International Development Lab (I2D Lab) under the Office of Global Engineering Programs (GEP) aims to promote global development related external R and D funding for the College of Engineering (CoE) from agencies such as USAID and other philanthropic organizations. It also aims to foster a vibrant community of faculty, staff, and students in the engaged in solving grand challenges in international development based on technology-driven and social/market-based innovation. This includes applied R and D in low-cost appropriate technologies related to energy access, healthcare, water and sanitation, humanitarian response, labor-saving innovation, and information and communication technologies for economic development.

The I2D Lab partners with the Burton Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship (BDBMCE), International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA), Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS), Krannert School of Management, corporate partners such as Dow AgroSciences, and priority international partners including Indiana University-led Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH, http://www.ampathkenya.org/) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS, http://www.crs.org/).  The I2D Lab supports a seed grant program, and helps engineering faculty partner within and outside Purdue to respond to funding opportunities in global development.