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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 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.

PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program results announced

Congratulations to the successful applicants to the PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program. A total of 10 cohorts have been selected and they include 10 mentors and 29 mentees from 8 countries in Africa and 2 in the Middle East. For a list of selected cohorts, please go to the mentorship cohort page. The program will support a one-year mentorship experience, including professional training for both the mentors and mentees, with potential follow-up in the form of seed grants for the mentees following the year-long program. Further details about the program are available via the program webpage.

In February, PEER announced a new initiative aimed at supporting the career development of women in science: the Women in Science Mentoring Program. This program is designed in response to established studies showing that women are underrepresented in higher education and academia, in part due to a disproportionate number of female researchers leaving science as they advance in their careers. This situation is particularly acute in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa regions. Following recommendations made in these studies, which suggest that mentorship can play a key role in encouraging women in their career paths, PEER launched this program to help retain women researchers by establishing mentorship cohorts in which women in senior academic positions can support and advise junior female researchers who will benefit from their knowledge and experience.The program solicited applications from interested groups made up of one senior-level female mentor and 2-4 junior-level female mentees from selected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.

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Program Status: 
PEER is not currently accepting applications. The deadline for submission of full proposals for Cycle 7 was April 6, 2018. 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 not currently accepting proposals, as our Cycle 7 deadline has passed. We anticipate announcing our next call for proposals in mid-October 2018. Current PEER award recipients may 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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