The United States National Science Foundation is hoping to attract more funding proposals from American Samoa for science and social science education.
The organisation is the largest funding source for science education in the US Pacific.
Its Senior programme analyst, John Cruickshank, who is at the Pacific Educational Conference says he wants to encourage more projects.
"I'm here to try to develop more funding proposal ideas for american samoa where you can win more federal research and grant dollars."
The conference opened yesterday with close to 1,000 participants from Guam, CNMI, Marshall islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Hawaii, New Zealand, Samoa and the US mainland.