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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 9 Call for Proposals Now Open

On behalf of PEER's sponsors at USAID, the National Academies are happy to announce that this year's cycle of PEER is now open and accepting proposals! PEER Cycle 9 has several new focus areas this year. In addition to the broad call for projects on any development-related research topic, the program welcomes calls in focus areas on advanced digital tools; family planning and reproductive health; the social, economic, and behavioral sciences. There are also several country-specific focus areas: urban WASH and transboundary water in Afghanistan, clean energy in Bangladesh, multiple research sectors in Tunisia, and bioremediation of dioxins and furans in Vietnam. Last year's cycle only supported projects of one year in length, but this year PEER Cycle 9 is once again inviting proposals for projects lasting two or three years, depending on the focus area. Pre-proposal submissions are 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.

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.

PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program - Tuberculosis Focus 

The 2019 PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program applications for this call is now closed and applications are not being accepted. Please visit the program's website to learn more about the program. 

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PEER is now accepting pre-proposals for Cycle 9 with a deadline of February 10, 2020. The Cycle 9 RFP is available is a quick summary of the program and application requirements.

The reviews for Cycle 8 have concluded and 34 projects have been selected for funding. The full list is available on the Cycle 8 Funded Projects webpage.

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

PEER is accepting applications for PEER Cycle 9.

To apply for  PEER Cycle 9, please click "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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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:
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.
This program is sponsored by USAID in partnership with the following U.S. Government-supported agencies:

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