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Can a PEER applicant include more than one USG-supported partner on their pre-proposal application? 

Yes. While collaborations with other USG-supported partners are encouraged, only one USG-supported partner can be listed as the lead for each PEER project. Additional collaborations can be elaborated in section 3d of the pre-proposal and at the full proposal stage.

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Click on the links below to find potentially eligible U.S. Government (USG)-supported partners at each participating USG agency or use the tips below to contact USG-supported researchers to propose a partnership. Each USG-supported partner will need to check with his/her agency to confirm eligibility to participate in the PEER program. Read more about USG-supported partner eligibility...

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Earth Sciences Division, Applied Sciences Program and Research and Analysis Program

NASA Earth Science Division (visit the website)
NASA's Earth Science Division aims to advance knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change and to improve life on our planet. NASA is interested most in establishing collaborations that maximize the benefit of Earth observations in the noted focus areas and geographic regions.

NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program (visit the website), NASA Applied Sciences, 2014 Annual Report (visit the website)  
The NASA Applied Sciences Program collaborates with public and private partner organizations to apply data from NASA's environmental satellites and scientific findings in their decision-making activities and services, helping to improve the quality of life and strengthen the economy. Eligible U.S. Government research partners working in NASA’s Applied Sciences Program will be focused on capacity building, water resources, disasters, health and air quality, ecological forecasting, and applied research themes of the NASA-USAID collaborative SERVIR program.

NASA Research and Analysis Program (visit the website)
Eligible research partners working in NASA’s Research and Analysis Program will be focused on the water and energy cycle, terrestrial ecology, and land use/land cover change.

A spreadsheet of NASA researchers eligible to serve as partners may be downloaded through this link (21KB, Excel)

Other Resources:

General Information
NASA Application Focus Areas

Capacity Building Applications area – NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program
Disasters Applications area – NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program
Ecological Forecasting Applications area – NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program
Health and Air Quality Applications area – NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program 
Water Resources Applications area – NASA Earth Science Division Applied Sciences Program 

Additional NASA Application Areas

Terrestrial Ecology – NASA Earth Science Division
Land Cover and Land Use Change – NASA Earth Science Division
Water and Energy Cycle – NASA Earth Science Division

For specific questions about your proposed partnership with a NASA researcher and to confirm the potential partner's eligibility, NASA award status, and award end date, please email Helena Chapman, Christine Lee, and Nancy Searby.

Please email all three NASA staff members listed above to ensure a timely response.


National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
Visit the NIH website

NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

Find NIH researchers:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Visit the NOAA website 

NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. NOAA's research reaches from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor, from daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation.To find NOAA researchers, applicants should direct inquiries to
National Science Foundation (NSF) Visit the NSF website

NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering.

Find NSF researchers:

If you wish to collaborate with a NSF-funded researcher but you have not yet found a suitable partner, you can request support by emailing


Smithsonian Institution Visit the Smithsonian Institution website

The Smithsonian's mission is to increase the diffusion of knowledge through a focus on discovery, creativity, excellence diversity, integrity, and service. Smithsonian science examines some of the world’s most complex—and time-sensitive—problems. Whether they are protecting imperiled natural resources, assessing the consequences of climate change or keeping aircraft safe from bird strikes, Smithsonian scientists apply what they learn to improve the quality—and quantity—of life on Earth. More than 500 Smithsonian staff scientists, augmented by an equal number of fellows and hundreds of international collaborators, conduct research in field stations and laboratories on all seven continents and serve as national and international experts in a wide scope of disciplines including anthropology, astronomy, biology, geology, and paleontology. As a trust instrumentality of the United States, the Smithsonian Institution is pleased to participate in this program with agency partners.

Find Smithsonian researchers:
Note: all Smithsonian email addresses end in @SI.EDU
In addition to scientific researchers, the Smithsonian Institution also has a diverse staff and researchers in history, art, and culture who might be appropriate for some PEER projects. Applicants interested in finding a partner in one of these areas are encouraged to contact the Smithsonian using this email address:

For any other questions about your proposed partnership with a SI researcher, please email


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.

There are three USDA agencies participating in PEER this year: the Agricultural Research Service, the Forest Service, and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

USDA Agricultural Research Service Visit the Agricultural Research Service website 

The USDA Agricultural Research Service conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: ensure high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products; assess the nutritional needs of Americans; sustain a competitive agricultural economy; enhance the natural resource base and the environment; and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.

Find USDA Agricultural Research Service researchers:

For specific questions about your proposed partnership with a USDA Agricultural Research Service researcher, please email Marcella Witting or contact her by telephone at +1-301-504-4772.

USDA Forest Service Visit the USDA Forest Service Research and Development website

The USDA Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that protects and manages 154 national forests and grasslands in 44 U.S. states and Puerto Rico and is the world’s largest forestry research organization. Forest Service experts provide technical and financial help to U.S. state and local government agencies, businesses, and private landowners to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands. The Forest Service also has a dedicated International Programs office, which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USDA Forest Service with partners overseas, the agency can address the most critical forestry issues and concerns.

Find USDA Forest Service researchers:
For specific questions about your proposed partnership with a USDA Forest Service researcher, please email John Parrotta and Cynthia Mackie.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Visit the National Institute of Food and Agriculture Website

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s strategy for global engagement centers on developing carefully considered partnerships that can advance U.S. research in agriculturally related fields. NIFA joins USAID in the offer of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. Developing country researchers can seek out partners who are currently active NIFA grantees by going to the Current Research Information System (CRIS):
Please see this guidance on CRIS searches to locate currently active NIFA-funded research projects and learn about NIFA-funded researchers’ interests and suitability for partnering on PEER proposals.

For specific questions about your proposed partnership with a USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture researcher, please send an email inquiry to

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
Visit the USGS website

The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

Find USGS researchers in the National Research Program Other Resources: For specific questions about your proposed partnership with a USGS researcher, please email Harry Jenter at


Other Resources for Finding a USG-Supported Partner

Interagency Networks
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Contacting USG Researchers to Propose a Partnership

Probably the best way to contact a potential USG-supported partner is to send him or her an email.

However, before you email anyone, you should evaluate your web presence. The first thing a potential USG-supported partner might do if they are interested in collaborating with you is to search your name online. What will they find? Consider creating or updating your LinkedIn account, creating a website (, or updating your current website with details about your professional interests and research.

In your email to a potential partner, you should be sure to:
  • Introduce yourself and your position;
  • Reference how you found the potential partner (through the websites provided by the agencies, a research paper, the NIH RePORTER website, conference proceedings, colleagues you have in common, etc.);
  • State your interest in the potential partner’s research;
  • Explain the proposal you are preparing for PEER;
  • Explain the PEER program and the requirement to collaborate with a USG-supported partner (include a link to the current solicitation and FAQs);
  • Explain how you think the USG-supported partner’s work would contribute to your PEER proposal AND how your current and/or future work could potentially benefit the U.S. partner;
  • State that you’d like to discuss collaborations further;
  • Include your contact information and your expectation to hear back from the USG-supported partner; and
  • Refer your potential research partner to the PEER program at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences at if he or she has additional questions about the program.