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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 Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), 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 8 announced

Cycle 8 of PEER is accepting new pre-proposals as of October 15, 2018! This current cycle differs from previous PEER cycles in a number of ways, including a shorter project duration and the possibility of using PEER funds to support U.S. partner travel. For details on the call for proposals and other information, please review the request for applications. Pre-proposals can be submitted by clicking the button below marked "Apply Now" or following this link to the online application portal.

PEER Cycle 8 Webinar

PEER program staff will offer a one hour webinar at 10:30 EST on November 14, 2018. This webinar will introduce participants to the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for 2018/2019. The program has recently released its annual call for pre-proposals, which has a deadline of January 14, 2019. During this webinar, we will explain the program's eligibility requirements for applicants and partners, go over the application and review process, and describe the various special focus areas for this year's cycle of the program. Significant changes to this Cycle of PEER will be highlighted. Guidance on how to find a partner will be provided, and the webinar presenters will also demonstrate how to use the program's online application site to submit a pre-proposal. At the end of the presentation, time will be provided for participants to submit questions. In order to attend the webinar please use this link to register before the webinar date.

PEER Cycle 7 awardees announced

Congratulations to Cycle 7 awardees! Following an extensive selection process, 25 projects in 15 countries around the world were selected for funding under PEER Cycle 7. More information on the awarded projects can be found under the funded projects webpage, including a list of the funded projects.

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Program Status: 
PEER is currently accepting pre-proposal applications. The deadline to submit pre-proposals for Cycle 8 is January 14, 2019. For further details, please click here to download a complete PDF version of the request for applications.

Want to determine if you are eligible for the program?  Use the links below to find out.

PEER is currently accepting pre-proposals for Cycle 8 with a deadline of January 14, 2019. Please click the below button to submit your pre-proposal through the PEER online portal. Current PEER award recipients may also use this button to 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 September 19, 2018. A total of 25 projects were selected for funding in PEER Cycle 7, bringing the number of projects supported since the program began in 2011 to 306.  

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:
Accra Forum Poster SessionPEER Africa Forum 2018: Data for Decision Making
July 30 - August 2, 2018
Accra, Ghana

The PEER Africa Forum 2018: Data for Decision Making was held in Accra, Ghana, from July 30 through August 2, 2018. The Forum welcomed more than 90 participants, including PEER PIs and project team members, NGO and private sector representatives, and national and international government officials. The agenda focused on how evidence generated by PEER projects can help policymakers make better informed decisions and how PEER researchers can communicate their findings and recommendations most effectively to various audiences. The first day was dedicated to in-depth training on data analysis and GIS to help PIs incorporate the associated tools and data into their projects. The next three days focused on using data for decision making, with attendees hearing presentations and panel discussions featuring a range of stakeholders, including local government ministers, staff from USAID and other U.S. Government agencies, and NGO representatives who shared their experiences and recommendations on how scientists can gather and disseminate their data to non-scientific audiences with maximum impact. PIs also met in subject-matter working groups to share their ongoing work, consider technical developments in their specific fields, and discuss policy and programmatic impacts achieved. Presentation and poster files from the Forum are available through this link, along with a set of photos.
This program is sponsored by USAID in partnership with the following U.S. Government-supported agencies:

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