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When will future PEER solicitations be announced? 

It is anticipated that future calls for proposals will be announced annually in the fall. Information on future deadlines and any special topical focus areas for those program cycles will be posted when available.

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Program Synopsis   

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s preeminent foreign assistance agency. The agency is dedicated to helping nations meet the needs of their citizens by providing health-care, education, and economic opportunity to end extreme poverty and promote democratic, resilient societies. The U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab) at USAID is bringing together a diverse set of partners to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to address critical challenges in international development. A key element of this strategy is the support of scientific and technological research through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. PEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with U.S. Government (USG)-funded and selected private sector partners. The program is supported by USAID but implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (referred to as the National Academies).

Through PEER, the Lab leverages investments by other USG-supported agencies and private sector companies in scientific research and training in order to enhance the development priorities of USAID. USG-funded partners must be investigators who will contribute to the scientific merit and impact of PEER projects through expertise, skills, methodologies, laboratory access, and synergies with ongoing projects.

The PEER program extends its reach across the U.S. science community to include the following partner agencies: NASA, NIH, NOAA, NSF, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USGS, and the Smithsonian Institution. This exciting opportunity expands the scope of research supported under PEER and creates more opportunities for cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research collaborations. The PEER application process begins with the submission of a pre-proposal. Selected pre-proposal applicants were invited to submit full proposals on February 23, 2018, with the full proposal submission deadline being April 6, 2018.

PEER Fact Sheet

Role of the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

PEER is implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (referred to as the National Academies), which will manage the proposal review process and disburse and monitor grants awarded. Beyond the current program cycle, it is expected that solicitations for PEER will be issued annually in the fall.

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U.S. Government Agency Partners

The PEER program aims to leverage USG scientific investment in R&D to support USAID’s development goals in priority countries. For this reason, developing country researchers are required to partner with a USG-funded researcher in order to apply for a PEER award. Through these partnerships, PEER applicants benefit from the skills, laboratory access, and other resources of their USG-supported partner. Both the PEER applicant and the USG-supported researcher benefit from one another’s expertise, and partner on truly collaborative research. Applicants to all focus areas must have an eligible USG-supported partner.

The following USG-supported agencies have entered into an agreement with USAID and are participating in the PEER program. With some exceptions, researchers supported by these agencies are considered eligible as USG-supported partners. Additional eligibility requirements apply for each agency; please see the USG Partner Eligibility section for additional information on USG-supported partner criteria. Further information on USG agencies participating in the PEER program can also be found on each agency’s homepage.

Agricultural Research Service: The USDA Agricultural Research Service conducts research to develop and transfer solutions to agricultural problems of high national priority and provide information access and dissemination to: ensure high-quality, safe food and other agricultural products; assess the nutritional needs of Americans; sustain a competitive agricultural economy; enhance the natural resource base and the environment; and provide economic opportunities for rural citizens, communities, and society as a whole.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration: NASA's vision is “to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind.” Within the Earth Science Division, NASA aims to “advance knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change and to improve life on our planet”.

National Institute of Food and Agriculture: The USDA NIFA strategy for global engagement centers on developing carefully considered partnerships that can advance U.S. research in agriculturally related fields. The agency administers federal funding to address agricultural issues.

National Institutes of Health: NIH’s mission is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: NOAA is a scientific agency within the U.S Department of Commerce focused on conditions of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere. Through its six line offices and more than a dozen staff offices, NOAA serves as a leader in environmental intelligence and applied scientific research. Using a global network of observations, models, forecasts, and assessments, NOAA puts environmental information in the hands of people who need it.

National Science Foundation: NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense." NSF is the only federal agency whose mission includes support for all fields of fundamental science and engineering.

Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian's mission is to increase the diffusion of knowledge through a focus on discovery, creativity, excellence diversity, integrity, and service. Smithsonian science examines some of the world’s most complex—and time-sensitive—problems. Whether they are protecting imperiled natural resources, assessing the consequences of climate change or keeping aircraft safe from bird strikes, Smithsonian scientists apply what they learn to improve the quality—and quantity—of life on Earth. More than 500 Smithsonian staff scientists, augmented by an equal number of fellows and hundreds of international collaborators, conduct research in field stations and laboratories on all seven continents and serve as national and international experts in a wide scope of disciplines including anthropology, astronomy, biology, geology, and paleontology. As a trust instrumentality of the United States, the Smithsonian Institution is pleased to participate in this program with agency partners.

United States Forest Service: The Forest Service is a multi-faceted agency that protects and manages 154 national forests and grasslands in 44 U.S. states and Puerto Rico and is the world’s largest forestry research organization. Forest Service experts provide technical and financial help to U.S. state and local government agencies, businesses, and private landowners to help protect and manage non-federal forest and associated range and watershed lands. The Forest Service also has a dedicated International Programs office, which promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally. By linking the skills of the field-based staff of the USDA Forest Service with partners overseas, the agency can address the most critical forestry issues and concerns.

United States Geological Survey: The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.