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For Applicants | Focus AreasMultiple Countries / Any Development-Related Research

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PDF version of RFA (Request for Applications)
Eligible Countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Maldives
  • Nepal
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tajikistan
  • Timor-Leste
  • Turkmenistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Vietnam
  • Angola
  • Benin
  • Botswana
  • Burkina Faso
  • Ethiopia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Liberia
  • Madagascar
  • Malawi
  • Mali
  • Mozambique
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Rwanda
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia 
  • Brazil
  • Colombia
  • Dominican Republic
  • Haiti
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Lebanon
  • Morocco
  • Tunisia
  • Albania
  • Armenia
  • Georgia
  • Kosovo
  • Moldova

Additional Criteria for Applicants:

Please see Section V of the Solicitation for General Eligibility requirements.For this focus area, applicants must be based at or have an affiliation with an institution of higher education (university) in one of the PEER-eligible countries listed above.


USAID is the U.S. government’s lead development agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient democratic societies. Under the PEER Multiple Countries/Any Development-Related Sector call, the PEER program will award a limited number of highly competitive, novel research projects from PIs in PEER-eligible countries that are of direct relevance to USAID's development objectives. These development objectives are articulated in USAID Regional and Country Development Cooperation Strategies (RCDS and CDCS). Applicants should closely read the appropriate RDCS and/or CDCS and USAID Mission website for the country or countries where the PEER project will take place before submitting a proposal. Additional information on Development Cooperation Strategies can be found at: If there is no CDCS/RCDS for a specific country, please look for country priority areas on the USAID webpage for that country.

Research proposals submitted under this call can address a variety of topics, including: biodiversity, agriculture, environment, climate change, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. Proposals on selected health-related topics may be appropriate for submission under the focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health.

Consistent with the goals of PEER, applicants should outline how their research findings will lead to development-related policy or programmatic change. All projects must also contribute to USAID higher education objectives by strengthening engagement with junior researchers and undergraduate/graduate students. Proposals that include multi-disciplinary research teams, multi-country collaboration, and/or engagement with policy actors and other development stakeholders are desired but not required. In addition, because USAID seeks to scale innovative development solutions to end extreme poverty through the Global Development Lab, projects that develop or test new solutions, study barriers to scaling innovation, or research how a proven intervention can be adapted to a new setting are of particular interest.

For further information on the Global Development Lab, please visit:

Duration of Project:

Projects should be designed to be implemented in one to two years with budgets of $40,000 to $80,000 (USD) per year for one institution (single institution award) and $100,000 (USD) per year for awards involving support for more than one institution (multiple institution awards). Proposals received for projects greater than two years in length will not be considered for funding. Women are strongly encouraged to apply.