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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has joined with several U.S. Government (USG) supported agencies to support Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER). Administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with USG-supported collaborators, to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. This innovative program is designed to leverage the investments other USG-supported agencies have made in scientific research and training while supporting the initiatives of developing country scientists. Learn more...

Latest News

PEER Cycle 4 Awards Announced

On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab announced $10 million for 45 new PEER research projects that will address evidence gaps and advance technical capacity in critical areas of development. This latest cohort of PEER projects, representing the fourth cycle of the program, were selected from more than 500 proposals and represent close to $50 million dollars of leveraged funds through collaborations with U.S.-funded counterparts. Spanning 23 USAID partner countries, these new awards will allow scientists and engineers to collaborate on a variety of crucial research areas, such as wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation, water resource sustainability, satellite monitoring of natural resources, fisheries management, food security, disaster mitigation, and others. Further details are available from USAID's press release and the Funded Projects section of this website.

SciDev Science Communication through Flash Talks

Building off the events that took place at the PEER Lima Forum in March, SciDev has released a comprehensive guide to communicating scientific data and discovery to all audiences through quick and informative flash talks. The guide features interviews with multiple Latin American PI’s as well as a step-by-step process for developing and sharing scientific work. These talks play a crucial role for current and future principal investigators and their teams in communicating their work to local stakeholders and policy makers. For more information, please read and share the SciDev article.

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Congratulations to all Cycle 4 grant recipients!

For a complete list of awarded projects, please visit the Cycle 4 project website.

Our next call for pre-proposals is expected to be announced in early October 2015.
Want to determine if you are eligible for the program?  Use the links below to find out.
Proposals are not currently being accepted. However, the button below may be used by our current grant recipients to access our online system for preparing and submitting their reports.

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Funded Projects

PEER is pleased to announce its latest group of new awards. A total of 45 projects have been selected for funding in PEER Cycle 4.  

Interested in seeing all projects funded by the PEER program?  
Visit the funded projects page to see a list and map of projects from all cycles and to get summaries and quarterly progress updates.
Recipient Resources

Are you a current grant recipient?  Visit our page for Grant Recipients or try these quick links:
Lima Forum - Poster Session

2015 PEER Participants' Forum
JW Marriott Hotel Lima
Lima, Peru - March 22-25
The forum was aimed at facilitating networking among current PEER PIs based in South America and the Caribbean, to help them build productive linkages not only with their research colleagues but also with representatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In addition, the forum was designed to promote capacity building by providing training in various non-research skills including identifying and approaching potential funders, preparing and presenting research results to both technical and non-technical audiences, and reaching out to government agencies and non-governmental organizations to provide input on science-related policy issues. Besides our program’s LAC PIs and co-PIs, participants included guest speakers on the topics listed above, representatives from USAID and partner U.S. government agencies, and program staff from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS).  View presentations from the conference...
This program is sponsored by USAID in partnership with the following U.S. Government-supported agencies:

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