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Can PEER grant recipients use the funding to support a visiting scientist from the United States, including for workshops? 

Yes. Travel expenses for visiting scientists from the United States can be covered using PEER funds in Cycle 8.

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Please click this link to download a complete copy of the PEER Cycle 8 Request for Applications, which includes all the background information, eligibility guidelines, and other information included on these web pages.

PEER proposal submission now has two phases:
  • Phase 1: A brief pre-proposal is required for all applicants. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is February 13, 2019. 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 March 22, 2019. The deadline for submission of full proposals is tentatively set for May 10, 2019.


October 15, 2018PEER solicitation posted on National Academies website
February 13, 2019Pre-proposals due to National Academies
March 22, 2019Selected applicants are invited by National Academies to submit a full proposal, all others are notified of declination
May 10, 2019Full proposals due to National Academies
Late September 2019PEER 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 February 13, 2019.  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.

Budget Information

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.

Projects are anticipated to run for one year and range in size from $30,000 to $80,000 (USD) (except for projects under the Peru / Strengthening Natural Resource Management in Peru focus area, which can be up to $100,000), regardless of whether they will support a single institutions or multiple institutions. In preparing their project proposals, applicants should plan for a duration of one year. Although, there is a possibility that no-cost extensions may be made for a maximum of six months, all projects funded during this cycle will need to be completed by April 30, 2021.

Applicants whose funding requests do not fit within these parameters are encouraged to contact us at 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:
  • 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
  • Development impact of proposed research
  • 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
Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal form through the PEER online system, completed in English. Paper and e-mail submissions are not accepted. Applicants are encouraged to check the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the program website for additional details. After the pre-proposals are reviewed, applicants will receive notification from National Academies program staff that indicates one of the following:

  • Pre-proposal has been deemed eligible and relevant, with an invitation to submit a full proposal
  • Minor issues with eligibility and relevance, with an invitation to submit with issues addressed
  • 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 3 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 the focus area selected by the applicant
c. Need or demand motivating this project (Have government officials, international organizations, the community, or other stakeholders expressed interest in finding solutions for specific problems for which evidence-based input would be useful? If not, applicants must outline why and how they will create and/or leverage opportunities to create demand in under one year.)
d. Plans for using data for action on policy or programmatic matters and for stakeholder engagement, including communication strategies (How will these engagements accelerate stakeholders towards action?)
e. Expertise of the USG-supported partner and how it will contribute to achieving impacts from the project
f. Identification of at least one project collaborator who is a social scientist, economist, communications specialist, or other expert from a field different from the PI’s own and explanation of how this collaborator’s expertise will contribute to achieving impacts from the project. A letter of support from this collaborator must be attached in the Appendices section.
g. Other 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, within the range of $30,000 to $80,000 (USD). Projects submitted under the Peru / Strengthening Natural Resource Management in Peru focus area only can request up to $100,000.
5. Appendices:
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.
c. A brief letter of support from the additional project participant (social scientist, economist, communications specialist, or other expert from a field different from the PI’s own), indicating interest and describing his or her planned role and responsibilities.
d. An expression of interest from a government official, international organization, NGO, industry official, community leader, or other stakeholder describing their need or demand that would be addressed by the proposed project (optional but strongly suggested for all proposals)
e. A statement from the Institutional Review Board with authority over the project, confirming that the board has a Federal Wide Assurance and has approved the project work plan (required only for projects involving human research subjects or the use of personally identifiable medical data)