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Eligible Countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • Burma
  • Cambodia
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Laos
  • Maldives 
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Serbia
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia 
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • West Bank/Gaza

Additional Criteria for Applicants:

Please see Section V of the Solicitation for General Eligibility requirements.


USAID is the U.S. government’s lead development agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient democratic societies. Under the PEER Open Call / Multiple Sectors, the PEER program will award a limited number of highly competitive, novel research projects from PIs in PEER-eligible countries that are of direct relevance to USAID's development objectives. These development objectives are articulated in USAID Regional and Country Development Cooperation Strategies (RCDS and CDCS). Applicants should closely read the appropriate RDCS and/or CDCS and USAID Mission website for the country or countries where the PEER project will take place before submitting a proposal. Additional information on Development Cooperation Strategies can be found at: If there is no CDCS/RCDS for a specific country, please look for country priority areas on the USAID webpage for that country.

Research proposals submitted under the Open Call can address a variety of topics, including: biodiversity, agriculture, environment, climate change, 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 focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Consistent with the goals of PEER, applicants should outline how their research findings will lead to development-related policy or programmatic change. All projects must also contribute to USAID higher education objectives by strengthening engagement with junior researchers and undergraduate/graduate students. Proposals that include multi-disciplinary research teams, multi-country collaboration, and/or engagement with policy actors and other development stakeholders are desired but not required. In addition, because USAID seeks to scale innovative development solutions to end extreme poverty through the Global Development Lab, projects that develop or test new solutions, study barriers to scaling innovation, or research how a proven intervention can be adapted to a new setting are of particular interest.

For further information on the Global Development Lab, please visit: