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PEER Health Home  >  FAQs  

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

  1. How do I apply for a PEER Health grant?
The National Academies is implementing the PEER Health program on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and in cooperation with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). For information on applying, including the PEER Health program solicitation and further instructions please click on the links in the right sidebar of this Web page.
  1. Institutions from which countries are eligible to participate in the PEER Health program?

PEER Health-eligible countries include 1) Low-income countries with approved GHI strategic plans; 2) Low and lower-middle income countries contributing to 80 percent of under-five mortality in 2011-12; and 3) Countries with specific Mission contributions to the PEER Health program as listed below (marked with * in country list):

Bangladesh
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Cambodia
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Ethiopia
Guinea
Indonesia*
Kenya
Liberia
Malawi
Mali
Mozambique
Niger
Nepal
Rwanda
Sierra Leone
Somalia
Tanzania
Uganda
 

Full Proposal Details

  Download complete RFA as PDF.

  Applicants who have questions
  after reviewing the materials on
  this Web site are encouraged to
  contact PEER Health staff by e-mail 
  at 
peerhealth@nas.edu.  

 

Researchers from the following lower-middle income countries are eligible only if they can demonstrate matching funds from within the country (government, research institutions, private sector, etc):
 

India
Nigeria

Phillippines
Yemen

 
  1. Are you looking for specific geographic area or technical topics?
PEER Health funds will be available to support projects responding to the RFA on child survival in any of these eligible countries. In addition, certain funds available under PEER Health may be targeted towards specific geographic areas or research fields, which will be mentioned in the call for proposals for each PEER Health deadline announced. For the current program cycle, there are special funds available for projects in Indonesia, as described in the program announcement.
  1. Who is eligible to apply for PEER Health funding?
Applicants from developing countries wishing to be principal investigators (PIs) on a PEER Health grant must hold a position at an institution on the list of eligible countries (see question 2). PEER Health applicants cannot be the PI or co-PI on a current NIH grant (except for recipients of training grants) but those with prior NIH funding or those with no previous NIH funding at all are eligible to apply.
 
Developing country PIs who apply to PEER Health should either be actively engaged in or plan to be engaged in a collaborative research project with either an intramural or extramural NIH-funded researcher.
 
Eligibility for PEER Health Principal Investigators
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 NGOs or for-profit firms
  1. Will PEER Health grants be issued to individuals directly?
No. PEER Health grants will be issued to developing country institutions, not to the individual developing country PIs. Eligible developing country institutions will include academic institutions or government-managed research or healthcare organizations.
  1. May researchers from non-eligible countries or employees of for-profit institutions or nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) participate in PEER Health projects?
Yes. Researchers from non-eligible countries and employees of for-profit firms and/or NGOs in PEER Health-eligible countries may participate as co-investigators in projects using their own resources but may not be principal investigators or receive PEER Health grant funds, as PEER Health grants cannot be issued to such organizations. 
  1. Do I need to be currently working with an NIH-funded researcher to apply for a PEER Health grant?
No. However, applicants will need to partner with an NIH-supported collaborator at the time of application. All PEER Health pre-proposals must include a brief letter of support from the NIH partner. Applicants are encouraged to explore NIH’s public award database (http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm) and use their existing research networks, the NIH Web site, and the published literature to identify potential collaborators. Once you identify an NIH-supported investigator who is working in your field, you may contact them to determine their interest in collaborating.
  1. Does my NIH-supported collaborator have to be the PI or co-PI on the NIH grant?

No. Applicants can partner with NIH-supported investigators meeting the eligibility criteria. However, letters of support from the fiduciary PI of the grant supporting the proposed NIH participation of the collaboration funded through their grant must accompany the full proposal submission (not required at the pre-proposal stage).

  1. My NIH-funded collaborator has received notification from an NIH program officer that his/her NIH proposal has been recommended for funding, but the grant award has not yet been finalized. Can I apply for a PEER Health award to work with this partner?
Yes, you may submit your PEER Health proposal. The proposal review process will include verification of the status of the NIH grant before any PEER Health award is given. If for some reason the NIH grant is not actually awarded, your PEER Health proposal would be withdrawn from consideration.
  1. Can my collaborator and I apply to NIH and to PEER Health simultaneously and indicate this in the proposals? Can I apply for a PEER Health award before my collaborator has received an NIH award?
No. PEER Health will only accept proposals from scientists in developing countries who are collaborating with intramural NIH scientists or extramural NIH scientists whith current NIH funding at the time of application. 
  1. My collaborator has had NIH grants in the past, but none of them is currently active. Can I apply for PEER Health funding to work with my collaborator?
No. Your NIH collaborator must have an active NIH award at the time of applying to PEER Health for your project to be eligible. 
  1. Are any special advance registrations or permits required in order to apply to PEER Health?
Institutional recipients of PEER Health grants will be required to ensure that activities carried on outside the United States are coordinated as necessary with appropriate U.S. and local country government authorities and that all necessary licenses, permits, or approvals are obtained prior to undertaking the proposed activities. Applicants should keep this in mind in planning their projects; however, it is not required to submit this documentation along with the pre-proposal.
 
In addition, before they can receive grants all developing country institutions must have a DUNS number (available online at http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform). Applicants whose institutions do not already have a DUNS number do not need to obtain one before submitting their proposals. If the proposal is selected for funding, the recipient institution will need to obtain this registration number before the PEER Health grant can be issued.
  1. Can a developing country applicant submit more than one proposal to PEER Health?
No. A developing country applicant may be listed as the PI on only one proposal in any application cycle. If you receive a grant under PEER Health, you would not be eligible to apply to future cycles of PEER Health until your first funded project has been successfully completed.
  1. Can a NIH-funded PI be listed as the partner on more than one PEER Health proposal?
Yes, provided he or she has sufficient time to devote to the collaborations.
  1. Can more than one developing country institution submit a joint proposal?
Yes, projects may involve more than one partner institution located in PEER Health-eligible countries. Regardless of whether the institutions involved are all located in the same country or in different countries, one of them must be designated to lead the project, with the other institutions serving as collaborating partners. The pre-proposal should include separate budget tables for each institution, so that it is clear what funds each requires. When invited to submit a full proposal, the complete application must include letters of support from authorized officials of all institutions involved. If the project is selected for support, PEER Health staff will work with the lead and collaborating institutions to determine how best to disburse the funds. Please check with PEER Health staff (peerhealth@nas.edu) if you have questions on how to prepare pre-proposals involving multiple developing country institutions. 
  1. Does the proposed PEER Health research topic have to be related to the collaborating PI’s NIH award?
PEER Health projects are intended to be collaborative in nature. Therefore, the PEER Health collaborator’s NIH-supported research should complement the proposed PEER Health project. It is not expected that the PEER Health project will fall directly in the scope of the NIH award. 
  1. Does my project fit within PEER Health’s areas of interest?
Applicants are encouraged to review the PEER Health solicitation for information on the current PEER Health cycle’s thematic and/or geographic focus. Applications in response to the 2012 solicitation need to address questions related to child survival and correspond with a country’s GHI strategy whenever possible. For further information please review (1) the PEER Health solicitation carefully, (2) your country's GHI strategy, and/or (3) the Summary Roadmap of the Child Survival Call to Action if your country does not have a GHI strategy.
  1. Will letters of support be required?
Yes. A brief letter of support from the NIH-funded collaborator stating his or her intent to collaborate on the PEER Health project must be included with the developing country applicant’s PEER Health pre-proposal. The NIH-supported collaborator must include in this support letter the title and number of his or her active NIH award and briefly explain his or her expected role in the PEER Health project. If selected to submit a full proposal, a more detailed letter of support from the NIH partner will be required describing the collaboration and how the NIH partner’s ongoing projects will enhance the impact of the PEER Health project.
 
If the project is selected to receive PEER Health funding, the NIH-funded collaborator will also be required to submit a letter of support signed by an official at his or her institution who is authorized to commit the institution to involvement in the project. However, it is not necessary to include the NIH-funded partner institution’s support letter in the proposal submission.
 
For the full proposals, a letter of support will be required from an authorized official at the institution of the developing country applicant. The letter should confirm that the institution supports the researcher’s participation in the proposed project and is willing to receive and administer any grant funds awarded. It should also describe the institution’s structures and practices for project management and financial oversight. Although cost sharing is not required for applicants from most eligible countries (see question 2), the letter should also indicate any resources that the institution would make available to facilitate the project, such as laboratory or office space, access to equipment, office support staff, etc. Finally, this support letter should also mention any previous grants the institution has received from foreign sponsors in the past.
  1. What is the deadline for the full proposal submission? When will the results of the review process be announced?

All full proposals responding to the Child Survival or the Indonesia solicitation must be submitted by February 1, 2013 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) by completing the online application. We expect the results to be announced in early June, 2013.

  1. How many awards are anticipated?
The number of awards is dependent on the quality of the proposals received and subject to the availability of funds.
  1. What is the anticipated award size for PEER Health projects?
Budget requests should be developed commensurate with the support needed to implement the project goals. The primary objective of PEER Health is to support joint research projects of one to three years in duration, with release of each funding increment contingent on the project meeting annual financial and technical reporting requirements. Awards are anticipated to be up to $150,000 per year for one to three years. Applicants whose requests would fall outside of this range must demonstrate support from other sources to cover the additional amount above what PEER Health could provide.
 
Project budgets may involve multiple institutions or countries, with one serving as the lead, provided that all institutions are located in PEER Health-eligible countries. Applicants whose funding requests do not fit within these parameters are encouraged to discuss their projects with PEER Health staff (peerhealth@nas.edu) prior to proposal submission.
  1. Does PEER Health accept proposals for grants to organize workshops?
No.
  1.  Is there a limit on the amount of funds that may be requested for travel?
While there is no upper limit, requests for travel funding should be reasonable and justified in the context of the proposed research activities and development outcomes. The U.S. Fly America Act requiring the use of U.S. air carriers is applicable, and business-class travel is not permitted.
  1. Should PEER Health budgets be in U.S. dollars or local currency?
All proposal budgets must be in U.S. dollars. No compensation will be allowed to adjust for fluctuations in the exchange rate of the dollar to other currencies.
  1. What is the duration of a PEER Health award?
PEER Health awards may range from one year to three years (see question 21). Requests for no-cost extensions may be submitted to the PEER Health program managers at the U.S. National Academies, who will consider the justification provided and the grantee’s previous progress on the project in deciding whether to authorize an extension.
  1. Do PEER Health proposals and reports need to be submitted in English?
Yes. PEER Health sponsors and staff understand that it will be more difficult for developing country applicants whose native language is not English to write proposals and reports in English. In this context, developing country applicants are encouraged to work with their NIH-funded collaborators to prepare PEER Health proposals and reports.
 
 
 
If you have a question that was not addressed in these FAQs or covered in the program solicitation or instructions, please e-mail it to peerhealth@nas.edu. You will receive a personal response from PEER Health staff, and your question may be added to the FAQs.

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