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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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COVID call for proposals picPEER COVID-19 Special Call for Proposals Released

PEER's latest call for proposals aims to support research projects that focus on the impacts of COVID-19 and potential solutions that can emerge from this pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to unprecedented global challenges and uncovered weaknesses in the ability of governments, the private sector, and local and international actors to deliver services and resources across many systems. The pandemic also has inspired innovation in areas such as digital technology and social organization, and there are many examples of countries or communities effectively coordinating to confront this threat.

This PEER funding opportunity looks to support locally-led research projects that (1) aid in our understanding of how shocks such as COVID-19 affect key sectors in developing countries and (2) test approaches to help communities and sectors respond to and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 or similar future shocks.

Projects funded under this year’s call for applications will receive one-year awards of up to US $70,000. In addition, they will receive personalized training and guidance from USAID’s Research Technical Assistance Center on developing evidence-to-action plans and communications products. The deadline for submission of pre-proposals is October 29, 2021. For further details please review the Request for Applications. Several new countries have been added to the eligibility list, so please check again if your country was not included earlier.

Applicants who do not have a USG-funded partner are strongly encouraged to check the resources available at the COVID Information Commons, a valuable new resource that makes it easy to search for all National Science Foundation awards related to COVID. The site is also in the process of adding information about COVID-related awards issued by the National Institutes of Health and other USG agencies. By using the website's award search function, which is directly accessible at, PEER applicants can look for potential partners using key words relevant to their research interests.

Awards for PEER Opportunity for Research Partnerships in Bhutan
will be announced in October 2021.   

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PEER currently invites applications for the special COVID-19 cycle, which has a pre-proposal submission deadline of October 29, 2021. The Request for Application is available through this link.

Awards for PEER Opportunity for Research Partnerships in Bhutan will be announced in late October 2021.   

For more information on PEER Cycle 9 funded awards, please see the Cycle 9 Projects Webpage.

To review the eligibility requirements for PEER, use the links below: 
Applicants to the PEER COVID-19 cycle may access the online pre-proposal submission form by clicking this button, logging in to our system, and then clicking "Apply" near the top left of the page that appears after logging in.
Current PEER award recipients may use this button to access our online system to prepare and submit their project reports.

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Funded Projects

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:
PEER Spotlight 
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In 2021, the PEER program marks its 10th anniversary of funding science around the world leading to better science capacity and significant policy change in many countries. Visit the PEER 10th anniversary website for highlights of accomplishments over the last 10 years.

PEER 10th Anniversary Celebration
November 1, 2021, 10:00 AM - 11:30 PM EDT

To celebrate and share the impacts of Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program’s locally led projects since its founding in 2011, USAID and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are hosting a virtual event to bring researchers and partners together for reflection and celebration. 
Save the date and attend the live-streamed event here. Preregistration is not required.
7-360 Solar FridgePEER 10th Anniversary Seminar Series: Dr. Sangeeta Chopra
September 21, 2021

This year, the PEER program marks its 10th anniversary of funding science around the world leading to better science capacity and significant policy change in many countries. In view of this 10 year mark, the PEER program is organizing a series of webinars to provide PEER principal investigators the chance to present their work and showcase its impacts.

This webinar is the eighth in the series and featured Dr. Sangeeta Chopra from the Indian Agricultural Research Institute in India, and the PI of PEER Project 7-360: Off-grid, clean energy cooling for affordable storage of perishables for BOP farmers. On September 21, she discussed how an inexpensive, off-grid, batteryless, cold storage for perishables is needed to support smallholder farmers in developing countries as the first link in the cool chain.

A recording of the webinar is available online and future webinars will be announced on this webpage and similarly recorded. Previous speaker webinars are available on the PEER Speaker Series 2021 webpage.
This program is sponsored by USAID in partnership with the following U.S. Government-supported agencies:

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