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For Applicants | Focus AreasMultiple Countries / Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Health in North Africa

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Eligible Countries:

Egypt, Morocco, and Tunisia

Additional Criteria for Applicants:

Please see Section V of the Solicitation for General Eligibility requirements.


USAID seeks innovative research and solutions related to populations in the Middle East and North Africa region, particularly to address issues relating health to water, sanitation and hygiene and disease detection and/or prevention. The total project time is one year to allow for quick implementation of results. PEER will support local researchers who are at the end of, or taking advantage of a catalytic moment to gather the last, most critical data or test important approaches that can show development wins in one year. These PEER “Last Mile” projects represent an excellent opportunity to test or demonstrate new ways of meeting country priorities while building local S&T capacity.

Some illustrative examples of the types of research projects that could be funded under this call for proposals are:
  • Innovations in WASH delivery methods for disease prevention
  • WASH-related research to improve health outcomes
  • Improvement of equitable access to water for communities, including access for households, schools, health facilities, and other locations essential for healthy societies
  • Innovative financing for water and sanitation sector development, including for wastewater treatment
  • Activities that build the scientific, technological and management capacity necessary for science-based decision-making in water supply, conservation and management, and in sanitation
  • Innovations in infectious disease detection among refugees and/or displaced populations, including tuberculosis, cholera, and other endemic diseases
Strong applications will have a cross-disciplinary team (e.g. social scientist, communications specialist, economist, etc.) and a clearly articulated beneficiary or stakeholder (e.g. policymakers, NGOs, government ministries, etc.), influencers, and plan of engagement, including a communications strategy. Research results must also be action oriented with less of an emphasis on trainings and convenings and more of an emphasis on research to measurable action or interventions.

Duration of Project:

Projects should be designed to be implemented in no more than one year with budgets between $30,000 and $80,000 USD. Any proposal received for a project greater than 12 months in length will not be considered for funding. Awarded projects may be eligible for a no-cost extension of up to 6 months after the original 12-month project period.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to articulate exactly how their data or intervention impacts a larger community outside academia. Projects that require IRB and FWA must already have them. Women researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.