PEER Cycle 9 Call for Proposals Now Open !!


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.

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 toolsfamily planning and reproductive health; the social, economic, and behavioral sciences. There are also 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.

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 Call for Applications

The 2019 PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program has chosen tuberculosis (TB) as its area of focus and will support networks of female scientists conducting research on the development and uptake of effective tools and approaches for preventing, detecting, and treating TB in specific countries in Asia. To learn more about the program, including eligibility guidelines and application requirements, please visit the program’s website. Applications for this call are due by January 10, 2020 by 5:00 PM (U.S. Eastern Standard Time).

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