Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine are pleased to announce that a call for new proposals for the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is now open. This cycle will focus on sourcing locally-led research projects from investigators in USAID partner countries that aid in our understanding of how shocks, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, affect key sectors in our partner countries and test approaches to help communities and sectors respond to and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 or similar future shocks. Find the full request for applications here.

For this funding cycle, PEER will make awards of up to $70,000 for one-year research projects. 


Pre-proposal deadline: October 22, 2021

Full proposal (by invitation only) deadline: January 28, 2022 

Awards announced: April 29, 2022

Eligible applicants must 

  • Hold a research or teaching position at a higher education institution in a PEER eligible country (see eligible country list in RFA)
  • Be citizens or permanent residents of a PEER-eligible country
  • Be living and working in the country from which they are applying  
  • Have a US-based research partner who is funded by an eligible US government agency (USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA Forest Service, NASA, NIH, NOAA, NSF, Smithsonian, U.S. Geological Survey)

Applicants with questions are encouraged to consult National Academies for Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (the implementers of PEER) program staff at prior to submitting their pre-proposal.

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