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PEER Health projects are intended to reflect the rationale of the PEER Health program to leverage USG scientific investments and enhance health development goals. Ideally, the USG funded collaborators are investigators who will enhance the scientific merit and impact of PEER Health projects through leveraged and applied expertise, skills, methodologies, laboratory access, and synergies with ongoing projects. While it is not necessary that the USG funded partner’s current research award directly relate to the proposed study to be funded under the PEER Health program, the degree to which the proposed PEER Health work synergizes and builds off the expertise of the USG funded partner will be an important review criteria in final funding decisions. Filipino investigators are encouraged to enter into new collaborative relationships, especially in areas in which they could benefit from the scientific expertise of a USG partner, but existing partnerships should also apply.
Applicants who successfully move from concept note to the full proposal stage may be given funds to fly out their USG funded partner to the Philippines, to draft the full proposal. If awarded, the Filipino PEER Health awardee will serve as the primary “Principal Investigator” or PI of the grant. The USG supported partners will be referred to as the PEER Health “Partner”.
PEER Health Applicants
Applicants submitting concept notes to the PEER Health Program must be citizens of the Philippines and affiliated with and permanently based at an academic or government-managed/recognized research or healthcare institution within the Philippines. Applicants may also be based at certain USAID vetted non-government organizations (NGO) and specialty/professional societies.
USG Supported partner
Filipino researchers who apply for a PEER Health/Philippines award must apply in partnership with a health researcher currently funded by a USG federal agency. For a list of federal agencies please see here: (http://www.usa.gov/directory/federal/
The USG partner researcher must have an active research award (this includes grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts) funded by a federal science agency at the time of application. USG partner researcher must submit a signed statement of support which outlines how their research program supports synergizes with the proposed partnership in the Philippines and how the two researchers will work together over the life of the PEER Health project. The letter of support must also include the USG funding agency, award number, name and contact of the program officer for award verification and end date of the award. The USG funded partner’s research award must over-lap with the start date of the PEER Health award.