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Applicants submitting proposals to PEER Health must be citizens of an eligible country affiliated with and permanently based at an academic or government-managed research or healthcare institution in a developing country included on the PEER Health eligible country list (see below). Employees of locally-based nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) may not be PIs but are encouraged to partner with researchers based at eligible institutions and may receive limited PEER Health grant funds through their partner PIs. Researchers from non-eligible countries and/or for-profit firms in PEER Health-eligible countries may participate as co-investigators in projects using their own resources but may not be PIs or receive PEER Health grant funds.
Eligibility for PEER Health Applicants
Eligible Categories (any of the following)
Ineligible Categories (any of the following)
No previous NIH funding
Current NIH Principal Investigators (PI)
Previous or current NIH Trainee
Current NIH Co-PIs
Current financial support from NIH grant or contract (but not a PI or Co- PI)
Employees of for-profit firms
Developing country researchers who apply must either be actively engaged or plan to be engaged with an intramural or extramural NIH researcher on their PEER Health project. Applicants should demonstrate how they are leveraging their NIH partner’s research capacity that has resulted from previous or current NIH investments. The following public database of awards may be helpful to identify potential collaborators: http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm
although this data base does not reflect non-domestic foreign grant sub-awards at this time and should not be viewed as fully representing current NIH activity within a given country. Therefore, applicants are also encouraged to use their research networks to find an NIH partner.
Download complete RFA as PDF.
Applicants who have questions
after reviewing these materials are
encouraged to contact PEER Health
staff by e-mail at
The requirement of having PEER Health applicants partner with an intramural or extramural NIH researcher on PEER Health projects is intended to reflect the rationale of the PEER Health program to leverage USG scientific investments to enhance USG health development goals. NIH extramural collaborators must have an active NIH grant (all NIH grants except for K and T qualify
) at the time of application to PEER Health and demonstrate a successful track record of NIH funding by indicating receipt of at least two NIH grants or NIH funding for the majority of the past 5 years. Ideal collaborators are mid- to senior-level investigators from the intramural or extramural NIH communities. The NIH collaborator is expected to enhance the scientific merit and impact of PEER Health projects through leveraged and applied expertise, skills, methodologies, laboratory access, and synergies with ongoing projects. Although previous collaboration between the applicant and NIH-funded collaborator is acceptable, NIH collaborators are encouraged to enter into new collaborative relationships especially in those countries which could benefit from their topical scientific expertise.
Investigators based in countries from one of the following three categories are eligible to apply to PEER Health:
- Low-income countries with approved GHI strategic plans
- Low and lower middle income countries contributing to 80 percent of under-five mortality in 2011-12; and
- Countries with specific Mission contributions to the PEER Health program as listed below (marked with * in country list).
The complete list of eligible countries is as follows:
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Researchers from the following lower middle income countries
(as defined by the World Bank), many of which have excellent scientific capacity, are eligible only if they can demonstrate monetary matching funds from within the country. These funds can come from the applicant’s research institution or from government agencies, the private sector, or any other source.
Budget requests should be developed commensurate with the support needed to achieve the project goals and shall not exceed $150,000 per year for up to three years. If project budgets exceed this amount, they must demonstrate support from other sources to cover this additional amount above what PEER Health could provide. The number of awards is subject to the availability of funds. The release of each annual funding increment is contingent on the project meeting annual financial, collaborative and technical reporting requirements.
budgets may involve multiple institutions or countries, with one serving as the lead, provided that all institutions are located in PEER Health-eligible countries. Budgets should also include estimates of the leveraged resources from current or pre-existing NIH research capacity and investments such as applied expertise, use of labs or equipment, training, or other resources. Applicants whose funding requests do not fit within these parameters are encouraged to contact PEER Health staff at the National Academies (firstname.lastname@example.org
) before preparing their proposals.