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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 Announces Special Funding Opportunity for African Graduate Students and Mentors on Land and Resource Governance - Apply by April 3, 2020

PEER is pleased to announce a special new call for proposals to support graduate students and their mentors interested in building their capacity for research on land and resource governance. One-year awards of up to $15,000 per research team (mentor and one or more graduate students and/or postdocs) will be available. Applicants must be based in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania, or Zambia. Priority will be given to research topics capable of rapidly and rigorously generating data for informing policies and USAID programs. To help applicant mentors and their teams prepare research proposals closely aligned with USAID needs, impact evaluation datasets will be provided to teams by USAID E3’s Office of Land and Urban (LU). To view datasets, survey instruments, reports, and other information related to LU’s impact evaluations in Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Tanzania, and Zambia, please visit the Evaluations and Research page here on USAID LU’s LandLinks website or email data@land-links.org. All proposals submitted in response to this call MUST incorporate previously-generated USAID impact evaluation data available on USAID LU’s LandLinks or by contacting LU at the above email.

The application deadline is April 3, 2020, and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their proposals on or around May 1. For examples of potential research topics of interest, details on the application and review process, and a link to PEER’s online portal for proposal submission, please visit the program's web page. Applicants with questions are invited to contact PEER staff at peer@nas.edu.

PEER Cycle 9 Call for pre-proposals is now closed

On behalf of PEER's sponsors at USAID, the National Academies announced PEER Cycle 9 call for pre-proposals. In addition to the broad call for projects on any development-related research topic, Cycle 9 includes  focus areas on advanced digital toolsfamily planning and reproductive health; the social, economic, and behavioral sciences, as well as several country-specific focus areas: urban WASH and transboundary water in Afghanistanclean energy in Bangladeshmultiple research sectors in Tunisia, and bioremediation of dioxins and furans in Vietnam. Pre-proposal submissions were due by 11:59 PM (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) on February 10, 2020. For more information on Cycle 9, please see the Cycle 9 RFP.

Please note that principal investigators (PIs) submitting pre-proposals for the any development-related research topic and the social, economic, and behavioral sciences topic must be based at a university in a PEER-eligible country. Researchers interested in applying under those focus areas who are not based at universities will need to partner with a university-based colleague who would serve as the PI. 

To help applicants understand the eligibility guidelines and the application process, PEER program staff held a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, December 11, 2019. Both a recording of the webinar and the webinar slides are available for applicant reference.



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PEER is currently accepting proposals for a special opportunity to support African graduate student research on land and resource governance. The application deadline is April 3, 2020. Please see the program's web page for details.

PEER Cycle 9 Call for pre-proposals is now closed. The Cycle 9 RFP is available online, as is a quick summary of the program and application requirements.

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

To apply for a special opportunity to support African graduate student research on land and resource governance please click the "Apply Now" button below to access our online proposal system.

Current PEER award recipients may also use this button to access our online system to prepare and submit their project reports.

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PEER SPOTLIGHT  
Tashkent 2019 - Group2019 PEER Forum - Transboundary Water Research in Central Asia
October 21-24, 2019
Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The objective of the 2019 PEER forum was to convene the Central Asia PEER cohort one final time under a forward looking agenda focusing on the program’s results, impacts and how to best sustain the research partnership beyond the lifetime of PEER. As most current PEER projects in the region are reaching their conclusion, PIs were invited to present their research results, share best practices, and discuss ways to maintain engagement moving forward. In addition, US experts and partners working on water resources management, climate change, agriculture, and other related topics were invited to present on best practices from a US perspective. Finally, local stakeholders and international donors shared updates on their priorities and informed the discussion on how evidence generated by PEER can best translate into new policies. The final two days were dedicated to an intense training on the Open Data Kit taught by Dr. Andrew Bell of New York University. Forum presentations are available on the forum webpage.
 
 
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