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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 (RFA). Pre-proposals can be submitted by clicking the button below marked "Apply Now" or following this link to the online application portal. The pre-proposal submission deadline is January 14, 2019 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time.

PEER program staff offered a one hour PEER Cycle 8 webinar on November 14, 2018. This webinar introduced participants to the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program for 2018/2019. During this webinar, we 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. Significant changes to this Cycle of PEER were highlighted and guidance on how to find a partner was provided, along with demonstration how to use the program's online application site to submit a pre-proposal. See PDF version of the webinar slides for details.

PEER launches new program: "Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening and Preventive Therapy (CCS&PT) through Introducing New Technologies and Integrating with Voluntary Family Planning"

On November 1, 2018, PEER announced a new funding opportunity to facilitate the introduction and scale-up of innovative CCS&PT approaches that can be implemented in conjunction with voluntary family planning activities, with a focus on generating evidence that will inform sustainable scale-up of cervical cancer control programs in lower- and middle-income countries. A primary aim of this partnership will be to leverage longstanding investments in voluntary family planning programs, as well as other efforts to address cervical cancer, and to build capacity in the designated partner countries - Malawi and Mozambique-  to sustainably address the burden of cervical cancer. Proposals must be submitted by a partnership involving a U.S academic institution or NGO that is the prime recipient of HHS/NIH funding and an academic institution or NGO in Malawi or Mozambique with demonstrated expertise in health-related research. A total of $10.2 million is available to be awarded, half to be devoted to a project in Malawi and half for a project in Mozambique. Further details are available in the program's website or in the request for applications. The proposal submission deadline is December 11, 2018 (5:00 PM, U.S. Eastern Standard Time), so applicants are encouraged to start contacting potential partners and working on their proposals now. 

Program DetailsAre you eligible?Apply
PEER is currently accepting pre-proposal applications for PEER Cycle 8 and proposals for PEER CCS&PT:

PEER Cycle 8
 pre-proposal submission deadline is January 14, 2019. Please see PEER Cycle 8 RFA for details.

PEER CCS&PT proposal deadline is December 11, 2018. In addition, applicants are also kindly requested to send an e-mail stating their intent to apply to, with the subject line “Intent to Apply: PEER Cervical Cancer,” by November 27, 2018.
Please see PEER CC&PT RFA for details.

Want to determine if you are eligible for the PEER Cycle 8 program?  Use the links below to find out:
- Review the FAQs

PEER CCS&PT eligibility requirements can be found here.

Please click the below button to submit your application 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.

Apply Now button

Funded Projects

PEER announced its latest group of new awards on September 19, 2018. A total of 26 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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