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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 request for applications released

The latest in our series of annual calls for proposals was announced on October 2, 2017. PEER is once again inviting researchers in selected developing countries to apply for funding support to carry out projects in a variety of topical and geographic focus areas. This cycle marks the return of the program's Open Call for proposals from all 65 eligible countries on a wide range of development-related fields, including biodiversity, agriculture, environment, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. Proposals on selected health-related topics may be appropriate for submission under the new focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Several countries are the focus of specially targeted calls this cycle, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Haiti, Laos, Peru, Tunisia, and Zambia. There is also a regional call focused on projects in the Middle East and North Africa relevant to health issues in refugee host communities. The deadline for submitting a pre-proposal is Friday, January 12, 2018. Interested applicants are invited to review the full request for applications and click the blue Apply Now button below to register to use our online system for preparing and submitting their pre-proposals. Questions about eligibility and the application process may be directed to PEER staff at

Live webinar for interested applicants for PEER Cycle 7: November 15, 2017

To help applicants understand the eligibility guidelines and the application process, PEER program staff held a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. A recording of the webinar is available online as are the slides presented.

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Pre-proposals are invited for Cycle 7 of PEER, with a submission deadline of January 12, 2018. Please click here to download a complete PDF version of the request for applications. You can also view this information online by clicking through the For Applicants tab at the top of this page.

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 7. Please click the button below to register and begin preparing your application. PEER award recipients can 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 28, 2017. A total of 28 projects were selected for funding in PEER Cycle 6, bringing the number of projects supported since the program began in 2011 to 282.  

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:
Indonesia 2017 FaridaPEER Indonesia Forum 2017: Apply the Science
August 1-3, 2017
Jakarta, Indonesia

The Indonesia PEER Forum 2017: Apply the Science was held at the headquarters of RISTEK-DIKTI in Jakarta, Indonesia, from August 1-3, 2017. The Forum counted over 130 PEER PIs, team members, NGO and private sector representatives, and national and international government officials in attendance and focused on how the evidence generated by PEER researchers can help policymakers make better informed decisions. This focus was prominent in the speaker selection as talks from USAID staff, Indonesian government officials, and academic experts focused on high-priority science- and health-related topics where evidence and recommendations are most needed. It was also a great chance for PEER PIs who have completed or nearing the end their projects to share their successes and failures and for those PIs just starting out to learn and share their own insights and questions. Senior policy makers were in attendance to provide the viewpoint of those receiving data from the scientific community and strategies that improved the chances of science-based policy implementation. PIs then met in subject-matter working groups to explore developments in their specific fields, policy successes, and share their ongoing work with each other. More...
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2017 PEER Kabul River Basin Forum
July 3, 2017
Colombo, Sri Lanka
The 2017 PEER Kabul River Basin Forum was held on July 3rd, 2017 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. A one-day event ahead of the Indus Basin Knowledge Forum hosted by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), the Kabul River Basin Forum was an opportunity for PEER researchers in Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan working in the Kabul River Basin to interact with each other and share their experience and results. In addition, the Forum provided an opportunity for representatives from various USAID Missions, US Embassies, governments, and donor agencies to learn more about PEER research in the Kabul River Basin and to build connections with PEER researchers. This Forum convened 20 participants in total: 10 PEER researchers, 5 U.S Government representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Washington, 3 representatives of the Afghan academic community, and 1 representative each from the Word Bank and DFID. More...
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