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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...


2014/2015 PEER Applicant Information Webinar

A webinar was held on November 19, 2014, to introduce potential applicants to the PEER Program, explain eligibility guidelines for applicants and partners, go over general research fields and special focus areas in which pre-proposals are invited, and provide guidance on finding a partner. PEER program staff provided step-by-step instructions on using the program's online application submission site and answered questions submitted by participants. Please follow the link to the recording of this webinar, which includes the slides and narration.

Program DetailsAre you eligible?Apply
Program Status:
We are no longer accepting pre-proposals for the 2015 PEER cycle.
Pre-Proposal Deadline: 
January 9, 2015 (now closed)

Pre-proposals are now undergoing review, and applicants will be contacted around February 27, 2015 with the results. For more information, visit the application process page to see a program timeline, review criteria and more. Download the complete solicitation by clicking this link.

To help applicants anticipate the amount of work required to put together a full proposal if invited to submit one in late-February 2015, a draft of the full proposal solicitation is available by clicking here.
Want to determine if you are eligible for the program?  Use the links below to find out.
After reviewing the application process and eligibility criteria, use the button below to access the application system. (Note: pre-proposal submission deadline for 2015 has passed on January 9.)

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Funded Projects

PEER is pleased to announce its latest group of new awards. A total of 39 projects have been selected for funding in PEER Science Cycle 3 and 7 projects in PEER Health Cycle 2.  

Interested in seeing all projects funded by the PEER program?  
Visit the funded projects page to see a list of 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:
PEER 2014 Conference

2014 PEER Participants' Conference
Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology
Arusha, Tanzania - August 4-7
The conference was aimed at facilitating networking among current PEER PIs based in sub-Saharan Africa, 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 conference was designed to promote capacity building by providing training in various non-research skills such as writing proposals, 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 Africa-based PIs and co-PIs, participants included guest speakers on the topics listed above, representatives from our sponsors at USAID and program partners at the National Science Foundation, 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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