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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 Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), 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 8 Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the PIs selected for funding in PEER Cycle 8! This year a total of 28 projects in 16 countries were selected for funding. The full list of the funded proposals is available on the Cycle 8 Funded Projects webpage.

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The reviews for Cycle 8 have concluded and 28 projects have been selected for funding. The full list of funded projects is available on the Cycle 8 Funded Projects webpage. The call for PEER Cycle 9 is expected to be released in mid-November 2019.

To review the eligibility requirements for PEER, use the links below: 

PEER is no longer accepting new proposals for Cycle 8. Applicants can access the online system using the button below to view and produce PDFs of the proposals they submitted. 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 19, 2018. A total of 26 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:
Almaty 2018 - TrainingPEER Central Asia Forum 2018
December 3 - 5, 2018
Almaty, Kazakhstan 

The 2018 Central Asia Forum was held December 3-5, 2018 in Almaty, Kazakhstan. This three day workshop brought together PEER researchers from six Central Asian countries to discuss their work and results, as well as provided an opportunity for these researchers to build collaborative relationships with each other and regional institutions. Researchers were each given an opportunity to highlight their work with a focus on the key objectives and deliverables that they have and hope to accomplish by the end of their projects. The US National Academies also offered comprehensive financial and project management best practices tailored to each PI with one-on-one meetings with Senior Financial and Administrative Officer Jim Banihashemi. On the third day, Dr. Iman Mallakpour, University of California, Irvine gave an in-depth GIS training focused on the QGIS software package. PI and trainer presentations are available on the forum webpage.
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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