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Eligible Countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan*
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Benin
  • Burkina Faso
  • Cameroon
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Niger
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia 
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Haiti
  • Peru
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia

Additional Criteria for Applicants:

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

*For Pakistan, only applicants based at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are eligible. PEER cannot accept proposals from applicants based at Pakistani universities or government-run research institutes.


Research proposals submitted under the Last Mile Awards focus area can address a variety of topics, including: biodiversity, agriculture, environment, climate change, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, education, and health. Proposals on family planning and reproductive health-related topics may be more appropriate for submission under the focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Regardless of the topic, proposals should meet an expressed need or demand by one or more stakeholders invested in research results to inform development challenges. These results could include but are not limited to information, recommendations, technologies, or other expected project outputs. Projects must involve a consortium that included not only members of the core topical research team but also at least one social scientist, economist, communications specialist, or other participant whose expertise would be helpful in achieving policy and programmatic impacts.

Consistent with the goals of PEER, applicants should outline how their research findings will lead to development-related policy or programmatic change. 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.

Country specific USAID 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 in the country or countries where the PEER project will take place before submitting a proposal.

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

Duration of Project:

Projects should be designed to be implemented in no more than one year with budgets between $30,000 and $80,000 USD. Any proposal received for a project greater than 12 months in length will not be considered for funding. Awarded projects may be eligible for a no-cost extension of up to 6 months after the original 12-month project period.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate exactly how their data or intervention impacts a larger community outside academia. Projects that require IRB and FWA must already have them. Women researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.