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For Applicants | Focus AreasMiddle East and North Africa/ Refugee Host Communities Health

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Eligible Countries:

Egypt, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, and West Bank/Gaza

Additional Criteria for Applicants:

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


USAID seeks to understand displaced populations in the Middle East and North Africa region, particularly to address issues affecting refugees and other internally displaced populations from the ongoing conflicts in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. We recognize issues affecting displaced populations are multidimensional, therefore PEER is seeking collaborative research proposals focused on refugee populations and refugee host communities on the following topics: water, sanitation and hygiene and disease detection and/or prevention. PEER is particularly interested in research proposals that can test pilot health innovations in conflict impacted countries.

Some illustrative examples of the types of research projects that could be funded under this call for proposals are:

Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Refugee Settlements and/or Refugee Host Communities
  • Innovations in WASH delivery methods for disease prevention in refugee settlements and host communities
  • WASH-related research to improve health outcomes of refugees
  • Improvement of equitable access to water for refugees, including access for households, schools, health facilities, and other locations essential for healthy societies
  • Innovative financing for water and sanitation sector development, including for wastewater treatment
  • Activities that build the scientific, technological and management capacity necessary for science-based decision-making in water supply, conservation and management, and in sanitation
Disease Detection and Prevention in Refugee Settlements and/or Refugee Host Communities
  • Development of telemedicine applications for health screening and prevention in refugee and non-refugee communities
  • Innovations in infectious disease detection among refugees and/or displaced populations, including tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, and other endemic diseases
  • Innovative service delivery methodologies which address emerging TB co-morbidities in refugee populations
  • TB transmission and treatment in refugee and migrant communities
  • Methods to evaluate, test, and apply policy and programs around infectious disease prevention, detection, and response
  • Methods to improve health tracking at refugee Points of Entry into asylum countries
  • Methods to improve access to healthcare for refugees and other high risk populations
  • Understanding of the resilience of health and provision centers in combat-impacted zones
We are particularly interested in proposals that engage multiple stakeholders and expect that research results will be action oriented and completed in no more than two years. Proposals are strongly encouraged to link the intended or anticipated research findings to a larger community outside of academia, including health-related government ministries, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector. Women researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.