For Applicants | Application Process|
PEER proposal submission now has two phases:
|Can PEER grant recipients use the funding to support a visiting scientist from the United States, including for workshops? |
No. Visiting scientists from the United States should obtain travel funds directly from their funding agencies, even if the purpose of the visit is to present at or attend a PEER-funded workshop.
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- Phase 1: A brief pre-proposal is required for all applicants. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is January 12, 2018. Details for pre-proposal submission are provided below.
- Phase 2: If invited to submit a full proposal, applicants will be notified by the National Academies around February 23, 2018. The deadline for submission of full proposals is April 6, 2018.
|October 2, 2017||PEER solicitation posted on National Academies website|
|January 12, 2018||Pre-proposals due to National Academies|
|February 23, 2018||Selected applicants are invited by National Academies to submit a full proposal, all others are notified of declination|
|April 6, 2018||Full proposals due to National Academies|
|Early September 2018||PEER awardees announced|
Pre-Proposal Preparation and Submission Instructions
Pre-proposal applications are required for the PEER program. Pre-proposal submissions will be reviewed to ensure that invited full applications meet the eligibility criteria and focus area requirements. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is January 12, 2018. For general information on the PEER program, visit the About PEER page.
When drafting a pre-proposal, applicants should convey the development impact of their proposed research for the focus area to which they are applying. Successful pre-proposals will include a clear statement of the project goals and explanations of how these goals will be achieved. Successful pre-proposals will also highlight the collaborative nature of the U.S. Government (USG)-funded partner and how the partnership will contribute to successful completion of the project.
Applicants are required to complete the pre-proposal form through the PEER online system, completed in English. Paper and e-mail submissions are not accepted. Applicants are encouraged to review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for additional details. Please see a PDF version of the PEER pre-proposal template for a full list of questions and sections that will need to be completed when submitting the pre-proposal.
Only a total estimated budget figure is required at the pre-proposal stage. Detailed budget requests and further justification will be requested from applicants invited to submit a full proposal. Total estimated budget numbers should be developed commensurate with the support needed to achieve the project goals. A budget template (16KB, .xls) is available on the PEER website to help applicants better estimate anticipated total budget costs.
Most projects are anticipated to run for one to two years. Annual funding installments are depending on completion of financial and technical reporting requirements. Single institution awards are anticipated to range in size from U.S. $40,000 to $80,000 per year for one to two years. A few larger and more complex projects (those involving multiple institutions and/or multiple countries, with one of them serving as the lead) may receive between U.S. $80,000 to $100,000 per year for up to two years. The maximum award amount is $200,000 over two years. The maximum project duration is two years (not three, as it has been in past cycles of PEER). In some cases, projects may request and receive a no-cost extension; however, projects will not be allowed to extend past a total project duration of two years, six months. Requested funds can only be used to support costs for developing country researchers and institutions.
Applicants whose funding requests do not fit within these parameters are encouraged to contact us at email@example.com before preparing an estimated budget figure at the pre-proposal stage.
Pre-Proposal Review Criteria
The pre-proposal review process will be managed by the National Academies. Pre-proposals will be evaluated by USAID and the National Academies based on the following criteria:
After the pre-proposal review, applicants will receive notification that indicates one of the following:
- PEER applicant compliance with eligibility requirements
- Participation of USG-supported partner, including verification of active research award or eligibility status
- Alignment with research priorities outlined in corresponding “Focus Areas” section
- If a prior PEER awardee, applicant must demonstrate how the proposed work is distinct from their prior PEER award and /or how the proposed work significantly builds off the previous PEER award to achieve broader development impact
A. Pre-proposal has been deemed eligible and relevant, with an invitation to submit a full proposal
B. Minor issues with eligibility and relevance, with an invitation to submit with issues addressed
C. Pre-proposal deemed ineligible or insufficiently relevant to USAID objectives and not eligible for full proposal invitation
Policy on Fraudulent or Plagiarized Data and Documents in Grant Submissions
Applicants to PEER are advised that the program has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the submission of fraudulent or plagiarized data and documents as part of award pre-proposals and proposals. Any such cases discovered by PEER staff or brought to their attention by program sponsors, review panelists, partners, or members of the public will be investigated immediately. If the presence of fraudulent or plagiarized materials in a submission is verified, the following actions will be taken:
- The pre-proposal or proposal will be removed from further consideration for funding.
- The applicant will be notified of the findings of the investigation and will be placed on a debarment list prohibiting him or her from submitting any future pre-proposals or proposals to PEER.
- An appropriate official at the applicant’s institution will be advised of the case and provided with copies of the fraudulent or plagiarized materials for use in any further investigations or actions in accordance with that institution’s policies.
- The USAID Agreement Officer’s Technical Representative assigned to PEER will be notified so that information may be forwarded to the USAID Office of Inspector General to assist them in determining the applicant’s eligibility for any future support from USAID directly or through other implementing partners.
About the Pre-Proposal Application Template
The pre-proposal submission template, which may be accessed by clicking the "Ready to Apply" button on the PEER website, includes the following sections:
1. PEER applicant information
2. USG-supported partner information, including the partner’s USG-funded grant title, number, funding agency, program officer and contact information
3. Project description (approximately 2 pages of text total), in which the following must be addressed:
a. Project aims and objectives
b. Significance of the research as it relates to a particular focus area and development impact to local, regional, or national community
c. A description of how the expertise of the USG-supported partner will complement the proposed project
d. Other potential partners with whom the applicant will collaborate on the project (for example, government agencies, USAID Missions, co-PIs, research networks, laboratories, and other implementing partners) and the nature of the planned collaborations
4. Estimated total budget figure and intention to apply for a single or multiple institution award. The budget of PEER projects varies depending on the proposed research scope, and the duration of projects may be up to two years. Typical projects fall within the following ranges:
* Single institution: U.S. $40,000 - $80,000 per year
* Multiple institutions: U.S. $80,000 - $100,000 per year
a. A brief CV of no more than two pages for the PEER applicant. Please use this standard format for CVs
(DOC). The CV should provide citations for no more than 5-10 recent and relevant publications.
b. A brief letter of support written by the USG-supported partner explaining his or her intention to collaborate on the proposed PEER project and how the PEER partnership will contribute to the partner’s USG-supported research. The letter should also include the partner’s USG-funded award title, number, funding agency, program officer and contact information for his or her active USG award.