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Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined with several U.S. Government (USG) supported agencies to support Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). Administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative program is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made in scientific research and training while supporting the initiatives of developing country scientists. 

PEER Cycle 7 request for applications released

The latest in our series of annual calls for proposals was announced on October 2, 2017. PEER is once again inviting researchers in selected developing countries to apply for funding support to carry out projects in a variety of topical and geographic focus areas. This cycle marks the return of the program's Open Call for proposals from all 65 eligible countries on a wide range of development-related fields, including biodiversity, agriculture, environment, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. Proposals on selected health-related topics may be appropriate for submission under the new focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Several countries are the focus of specially targeted calls this cycle, including CambodiaIndonesiaHaitiLaosPeruTunisia, and Zambia. There is also a regional call focused on projects in the Middle East and North Africa relevant to health issues in refugee host communities. The deadline for submitting a pre-proposal is Friday, January 12, 2018Interested applicants are invited to review the full request for applications and click the blue Apply Now button below to register to use our online system for preparing and submitting their pre-proposals. Questions about eligibility and the application process may be directed to PEER staff at peeratnas [dot] edu

Live webinar for interested applicants for PEER Cycle 7: November 15, 2017

To help applicants understand the eligibility guidelines and the application process, PEER program staff will be holding a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, beginning at 10:30 AM (U.S. East Coast time). If you are interested in participating, you must register in advance on the WebEx website, and you will receive another link by e-mail so you can log into the webinar on November 15. A recorded version of the webinar including the slides and narration will be posted here several days after the event, so that those who are unable to participate live will still have the opportunity to receive the information.

Special opportunity for current and former PEER grant recipients

PEER is currently inviting researchers with an active PEER award or who have had a PEER award in the past to apply for small supplemental grants. There are two types of supplements available, each with its own purpose and eligibility requirements. Evidence to Action Supplements are available for researcher-led activities designed to translate PEER research into action, and PEER PIs and co-PIs whose projects began before January 1, 2017, are eligible to apply. U.S. Government (USG)-Supported Partner Cooperation Supplements are also available to help support the costs of bringing partners and members of their research teams to a current PEER awardee’s location. For this type of supplement, applicants must be current PEER PIs or co-PIs whose PEER awards will be active through at least December 1, 2018. The application deadline for both types of supplements is November 17, 2017. More information, including the application form and instructions, can be found on the For Grant Recipients page of this website.

Deadline: 12 January 2018
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)