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Peer health/ philippines and Indonesia - cycle 2

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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1.       How do I apply for a PEER Health grant?
The National Academies (NAS) is implementing the PEER Health program on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  The Request for Concept Note for this cycle of PEER Health/Indonesia is available here. The Request for Concept Note for this cycle PEER Health/Philippines is available here.
Please review this document and these FAQs carefully to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements. If you meet all eligibility requirements, the first step in the application process is to submit a concept note via the PEER Health online application site. The concept notes received will be reviewed and a small subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application.
Further information on applying, including the PEER Health program solicitation, application form, and further instructions can be found at:
2.       Investigators from which countries are eligible to participate in Cycle 2 of the PEER Health program?
PEER Health-eligible countries for this cycle include Indonesia and the Philippines only.  
3.       What technical topics are covered under the PEER Health Indonesia and PEER Health/Philippines solicitations?
PEER Health funds will be available to support projects conducted by Indonesian researchers which address Maternal & Neonatal mortality and Philippine researchers which address tuberculosis.  Please see the PEER Health Cycle 2 Request for Concept Notes for more information.  Additionally, PEER Health funds from the National Cancer Institute are available to support research at the intersection of tobacco and maternal & neonatal mortality in Indonesia, and tobacco & tuberculosis in the Philippines.
4.       Who is eligible to apply for PEER Health funding as the primary PI?
Principal Investigators submitting proposals to the PEER Health/ Indonesia researchers must be citizens of Indonesia and applicants applying to PEER Health/Philippines must be citizens of the Philippines. In both programs, PEER Health Principal Investigators must be affiliated with and permanently based at an academic or government-managed/recognized research or healthcare institution, or a non-governmental organization (NGO) within Indonesia or the Philippines.  
One of the main goals of PEER Health is to build research capacity in Indonesia and the Philippines, and as such we strongly encourage researchers with no prior USG funding to apply.  However, applications from researchers that have current or prior USG funding will also be considered. Below are listed eligibility criteria for both the PEER Health/Indonesia and PEER Health/Philippines solicitation.
PEER Health/ Indonesia Principal Investigator Eligibility
Eligibility Criteria  
Ineligibility Criteria (any of the following)
  • Indonesian citizens
  • Researchers based at academic or government managed research institutions in Indonesia
  • Researcher based at an academic or government managed healthcare institution in Indonesia
  • Researchers based at a local non-governmental organization (NGO) in Indonesia
  • Current or prior financial support from USG grant, cooperative agreement or contract
  • Citizens of other countries*
  • Researchers at for-profit institutions*
  • Applicants not based at or affiliated with a local institution
* SEE FAQ #6
PEER Health/ Philippines Principal Investigator Eligibility
Eligibility Criteria
Ineligibility Criteria   (any of the following)
  • Filipino citizens
  • Researchers based at academic or government managed research institutions in the Philippines
  • Researcher based at academic or government managed healthcare institution in the Philippines
  • Researchers based at local non-governmental organization (NGO) in the Philippines
  • Current or prior financial support from USG grant, cooperative agreement or contract
  • Citizens of other countries*
  • Researchers at for-profit institutions*
  • Applicants not based at or affiliated with a local institution
* SEE FAQ #6
Indonesian or Filipino PIs who apply to PEER Health must collaborate with a primary PI who is currently supported by an active research award funded by a US federal research agency. This ‘support’ can include active grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts.   US federal research agencies may include scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department of Defense (DoD), National Science Foundation (NSF), among others. For a full list of USG research agencies click here.  (
5.       Will PEER Health grants be issued to individuals directly?
No. PEER Health grants will be issued to institutions, not to the individual PIs. Eligible institutions include academic institutions, government-managed research or healthcare organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
6.       May researchers from non-eligible countries or employees of for-profit institutions participate in PEER Health projects?
Yes. Researchers from non-eligible countries and employees of for-profit firms may participate in the proposed PEER Health projects using their own resources but may not serve as a principal investigators for a PEER Health study or receive PEER Health grant funds. 
7.       Do I need to be currently working with a USG-funded researcher to apply for a PEER Health grant?
No. However, you will need to partner with an USG-funded collaborator before you apply. All PEER Health concept notes must include a letter of support from the USG-funded collaborator. We encourage applicants to use their existing research networks, as well as public databases, such as NIH’s ( and the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) ( award databases, to identify potential collaborators. Once you identify a USG-funded investigator who is working in your field, we encourage you to contact them to determine their interest in collaborating.
8.       How can I find a USG funded partner if I don’t currently have someone in mind?
Please see NAS Partnership Resource guide posted on the NAS/PEER Health homepage.
9.       My USG-funded collaborator has received notification from a program officer that his/her 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 concept note. The concept note review process will include verification of the status of USG award before any PEER Health award is given. If for some reason the USG award is not actually awarded, your PEER Health proposal would be withdrawn from consideration.
10.   My collaborator has had USG 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 USG collaborator must have an active award or an active award pending notification at the time of applying to PEER Health for your project to be eligible.
11.   Are there any special advance registrations or permits required in order to apply to PEER Health?
No. But should the project receive funding, there are several requirements to be fulfilled, outlined below.
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 US 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 concept note submission.
In addition, before they can receive grants all developing country institutions must have a DUNS number (available online).  

Applicants whose institutions do not already have this registration number do not need to obtain them before submitting their proposals, but they will need to do so if their projects are selected for funding.
If the proposed PEER Health project involves human subject research, the institution will need to obtain a Federal-wide Assurance for the Protection of Human Subjects (FWA) from the Office of Human Research Protection at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Applicants whose institutions do not already have an FWA number do not need to obtain it before submitting a proposal, but will need to do so if the project is selected for funding. The web page for electronic submission of new IRB registrations and FWAs, or update/renewal of existing registrations can be found at (
If invited to submit a full proposal, developing country applicants are encouraged to work with their USG-funded collaborators, the USAID Mission, and the PEER Health staff to address these requirements.
12.   Can an applicant submit more than one concept note to PEER Health?
No. An 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.
13.   Can a USG-funded PI be listed as the partner on more than one PEER Health proposal?
Yes, provided he or she has sufficient time and resources to devote to the collaborations.
14.   Can more than one 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 concept note should include separate budget tables for each institution, so that it is clear what funds each requires. If 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.
15.   Does the proposed PEER Health research topic have to be related to the collaborating PI’s USG award?
PEER Health projects are intended to be collaborative in nature. Therefore, the PEER Health collaborator’s USG-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 USG award. 
16.   Does my project fit within PEER Health’s areas of interest?
PEER Health/Indonesia funds will be available to support projects conducted by Indonesian Maternal & Neonatal mortality. PEER Health/Philippines funds will be available to support project conducted by Filipino researchers on tuberculosis. Applicants are encouraged to review the PEER Health concept note solicitations for detailed information on the current PEER Health cycle’s thematic focus.
17.   Will letters of support be required?
Yes. A letter of support from the USG-funded collaborator stating his or her intent to collaborate on the PEER Health project must be included with the applicant’s PEER Health concept note submission. This letter of support should outline how the USG supported PI’s research grant, cooperative agreement or contract supports and synergizes with the proposed partnership. The letter of support must also include the USG funding agency, award number, end date, and name and contact of the program officer for award verification. If selected to submit a full proposal, a more detailed letter of support from the USG partner will be required describing the collaboration and how the USG partner’s ongoing projects will enhance the impact of the PEER Health project.
If the project is selected to receive PEER Health funding, a letter of support will be required from an authorized official at the institution of the 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, 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.
18.   What is the deadline for the concept note submission? When will the results of the review process be announced?
All concept notes must be submitted by Friday, March 14th, 2014, 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) through the online application website. Applicants requested to submit a full proposal will be notified by Monday, March 31, 2014.
19.   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.
20.   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 $142,000 per year for 1-3 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 ( prior to proposal submission.
21.    Does PEER Health accept proposals for grants to organize workshops?
22.    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.
23.   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.
24.   What is the duration of a PEER Health award?
PEER Health awards may range from 1 year to 3 years. Requests for no-cost extensions may be submitted to the PEER Health program managers at the National Academies, who will consider the justification provided and the grantee’s previous progress on the project in deciding whether to authorize an extension.
25.   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 USG-funded collaborators to prepare PEER Health proposals and reports.
These FAQs are also available in Bahasa Indonesian on the NAS PEER Health website. Applicants are cautioned that in any instance in inconsistencies between the English and Bahasa Indonesia version of the Program Description that the English version will govern and take precedence. 
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 You will receive a personal response from PEER Health staff, and your question may be added to the FAQs.