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Eligibility Criteria                                                                                                
Applicants submitting proposals to the PEER Health Program 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). Researchers from non-eligible countries and employees of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and/or for-profit firms in PEER Health-eligible countries may participate as co-investigators in projects, using non-PEER Health funding.
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 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. Applicants are encouraged to use their research networks to find a NIH partner. 
NIH-Supported Partner 
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.
 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 

PEER Health applicants are strongly encouraged to demonstrate leveraging existing research and implementation platforms. This may include existing NIH networks, centers, or research capacity such as the Medical Education Partnerships Initiative, local health implementing partners, the private sector, and other research networks, including, but not limited to the Global Health Policy and Health Systems Research Program. USAID Missions may be able to advise on child survival projects that may be leveraged for implementation science projects.
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section of the program Web site for additional details.
Countries invited to submit a full proposal 
Investigators based in these countries from one of the following three categories are invited to submit a full PEER Health:  
  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 USAID Mission contributions to the PEER Health program as listed below.
The complete list of eligible countries is as follows: 

Burkina Faso
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sierra Leone

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 matching funds from within the country (government, research institutions, private sector, etc.):