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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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New PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program Solicits Applications: Deadline March 16, 2018

PEER is happy to announce 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 is launching a 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 is currently inviting 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, with the application deadline being March 16, 2018. 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. Mentors and mentees must apply as a group, as PEER is unable to match participants. Further details about the program and a link to the online application form are available via the program webpage. Questions may be directed to

PEER Cycle 7 request for applications closed

The latest in our series of annual calls for proposals closed following the application deadline of January 12, 2018. In this call, PEER invited 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 marked 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 were also invited under the new focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Several countries were the focus of specially targeted calls this cycle, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Haiti, Laos, Peru, Tunisia, and Zambia. There was also a regional call focused on projects in the Middle East and North Africa relevant to health issues in refugee host communities. Researchers who submitted applications for the recent call were notified of the results on February 28, with those selected to move on to the next stage in the review process being invited to submit full proposals. Only those applicants who were invited are eligible to submit proposals, which are due April 6. The results of this PEER cycle are expected to be announced around the end of August 2018.

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PEER is currently accepting full proposals for Cycle 7 only from those whose pre-proposals were selected to advance to the next phase of the review process. The full proposal deadline is April 6, 2018. Please click here to download a complete PDF version of the request for applications. In addition, the program is accepting applications for the Women in Science Mentoring program, and information on that is available on the program website.

Want to determine if you are eligible for the program?  Use the links below to find out.

PEER is currently accepting Cycle 7 full proposals only from those who received invitations in late February 2018. They may click the button below to prepare their submissions, as may applicants for our Women in Science Mentoring Program (no special invitations are required for the Mentoring Program). Current PEER award recipients may 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 27 projects were selected for funding in PEER Cycle 6, bringing the number of projects supported since the program began in 2011 to 281.  

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 Farida PEER 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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