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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...

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PEER Cycle 6 Pre-Proposal Submission Period Closed

PEER is no longer accepting pre-proposals for Cycle 6 of the program, as the deadline closed on Friday, January 20, 2017. This year's focus areas included two topics open to applicants from a varied set of countries (Environmental Contaminants and Digital Development for Feed the Future), as well as eight topics open only to applicants from a specific country or region. As always, applicants were required to have a partner with active funding support from one of the U.S. Government-supported agencies participating in PEER. Those applicants whose pre-proposals are selected to advance to the full-proposal stage of the review process will be notified around March 10, 2017, after PEER program staff complete checks to verify compliance with application instructions and eligibility rules and USAID officials evaluate the relevance of the applications to the various focus areas and overall USAID interests and objectives.

Informational Webinar

On November 9, PEER staff conducted a one-hour webinar to introduce participants to the PEER program for 2016/2017. During this webinar, they explained the program's eligibility requirements for applicants and partners, went over the application and review process, and described the various special focus areas for this year's cycle of the program. Guidance on how to find a partner was also provided, and the webinar presenters demonstrated how to use the program's online application site to submit a pre-proposal. The webinar slides are available online and the webinar audio can be listened to and downloaded here.

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Program Status: Cycle 6 of PEER is closed, and pre-proposals not being accepted at this time. As a reference for those who may be interested in future cycles, a PDF document of the full Cycle 6 request for pre-proposals (RFP) may be downloaded through this link.
Want to determine if you are eligible for the program?  Use the links below to find out.

PEER is not currently accepting applications, as the deadline passed on January 20, 2017. Applicants may still use the button below to view their proposals, and grant recipients can access our online system to prepare and submit their reports.

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Funded Projects

PEER announced its latest group of new awards on August 29, 2016. A total of 50 projects were selected for funding in PEER Cycle 5, bringing to 254 the number of projects supported since the program began in 2011.  

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 or view video summaries produced by the project teams on the video corner webpage.
Recipient Resources

Are you a current grant recipient?  Visit our page for Grant Recipients or try these quick links:
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2016 PEER/MERC Participants' Forum
Grand Hyatt Amman
Amman, Jordan, March 13-16, 2016
The annual PEER Participants’ Forum was held March 13-16, 2016 in Amman, Jordan. This year the forum was held with researchers from the PEER program along with researchers from the Middle East Regional Cooperation (MERC) program. This joint PEER/MERC Participants’ Forum convened 38 researchers in total: 20 PEER researchers and 18 MERC researchers. Researchers came mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, and a few researchers from Eastern Europe and South Asia were also invited. The following countries were represented: Armenia, Egypt, Georgia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Pakistan, and West Bank/Gaza. In addition to bringing together this diverse group of researchers and stakeholders to network and form new collaborations, this meeting offered a unique set of skill building sessions such as: international science collaborations, negotiating skills, science communication, innovation and commercialization, technology transfer and entrepreneurship and different methods of communicating research to policymakers. More...
This program is sponsored by USAID in partnership with the following U.S. Government-supported agencies:

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