Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program Provides Funding Opportunities for Developing Country Scientists
PEER is a partnership, between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), established in 2011 to address development challenges through international research collaboration. The program is managed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Over time, several new U.S. Government-supported agency partners were added, including the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Geological Survey, NOAA, and the Smithsonian Institution. A call for applications with a pre-proposal deadline in January 2016, and the following peer review and selection process led to 50 new grants in August 2016. The newly funded projects involve researchers in 26 countries worldwide and feature work on topics such as such as health implementation science, infectious diseases, renewable energy, biodiversity conservation, water resource sustainability, satellite monitoring of natural resources, fisheries management, food security, disaster mitigation, and others. With these new grants under Cycle 5 of the program, PEER has now provided more than $55 million in grants to more than 250 projects in 50 countries. Proposals received for the most recent submission deadline in January 2017 are currently being reviewed, with selection decisions expected to be announced in September 2017.
The next call for proposals for PEER will be posted in early October 2017. Please visit the PEER Web site for additional information about the program and to sign up for the program's mailing list to receive email notification of new calls.
PEER/Liberia Offers Special Funding Opportunities for U.S. Medical Colleges and Universities: Deadline August 25, 2017
PEER/Liberia is a sub-program under PEER sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Based on the success of PEER, the U.S. Congress authorized funds designated to the PEER program to increase Liberia's clinical research capacity and support training of Liberian specialty and subspecialty physicians, particularly those charged with addressing the health care needs of Ebola survivors. PEER/Liberia is currently accepting proposals from U.S. medical schools and universities interested in working with A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine (AMD) and the Liberia College of Physicians and Surgeons (LCPS) to build medical education capacity in Liberia. Please visit the PEER/Liberia website for additional information. The full request for applications may be downloaded as a PDF by clicking this link.
Arab-American Frontiers Program: Fourth Symposium in Partnership with Masdar Planned for November 2016
The Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine program brings together outstanding young scientists, engineers, and medical professionals from the United States and the 21 countries of the Arab League for a symposium to discuss exciting advances and opportunities in their fields. The fourth symposium will be hosted by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates and the National Academies on November 5-7, 2016. During the symposium, U.S. and Arab scientists, engineers and medical professionals will discuss major scientific advances on a wide array of topics pertinent to both the United States and MENA region. The symposium will cover advances in sustainable living, nanotechnology, neuroscience, petroleum geosciences, and spacecraft technologies. The experience is intellectually stimulating and generates a dialogue across disciplines considered as key for scientific innovation. These exchanges on cutting-edge scientific knowledge among U.S. and Arab participants take place through: five plenary sessions covering a wide range of disciplines; poster presentations by each participant; educational exhibits, and informal discussions. Following the symposium, Arab American Frontiers fellowships (travel seed grants) are awarded to pairs of participants who intend to collaborate on a research topic of common interest. Read more here.
Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program
In 2003, the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Government of Pakistan and the United States Department of State signed a comprehensive Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement that established a framework to increase cooperation in science, technology, engineering, and education for mutual benefit and peaceful purposes between the science and education communities in both countries. Each country has contributed funds to support Cooperation Program projects under this Agreement that would enhance the ability of the science and technology community to positively contribute to human and economic development in Pakistan. This program, which is being implemented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on the U.S. side, is intended to increase the strength and breadth of cooperation and linkages between Pakistani scientists and institutions with counterparts in the United States. Learn more...
U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund
The U.S. - Egypt Science and Technology (S&T) Joint Fund was established under an agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities between both countries. To support activities of the Joint Fund, each country jointly matches funds provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Scientific Research (MOSR). The program is implemented in the U.S. by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and in Egypt by the Science and Technology Development Fund (STDF). Activities funded through recent cycles included collaborative research grants, between U.S. and Egyptian PIs, and junior scientist development visit grants. Learn more...