The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is once again accepting proposals from developing country researchers interested in collaborating with counterparts who are funded by selected U.S. Government-supported agencies. A new U.S. Government-supported partner agency (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA) and two private-sector companies have been added as participants, expanding the number of potential partners for applicants. The pre-proposal remains a key part of the application and review process, and while many of the focus areas of Cycle 4 remain, there are significant changes and additions in Cycle 5. Please circulate this information about PEER to colleagues who may wish to apply so they can prepare and submit their applications to meet the pre-proposal submission deadline of January 15, 2016.
To help applicants understand the eligibility guidelines and the application process, PEER program staff will be holding a one-hour webinar on Thursday, November 12, 2015, beginning at 10:30 AM (U.S. East Coast time). If you are interested in participating, you must register in advance on the WebEx website, and you will receive another link by e-mail so you can log into the webinar on November 12.
PEER is an international awards program that brings developing country scientists and engineers together wish researchers funded by U.S. federal science agencies to address global development challenges. Through catalyzing collaborative research and strategic partnerships and leveraging existing U.S. investments in research, PEER is designed to elevate the use of science and technology in addressing local and global development challenges in USAID-presence countries. Not only does PEER support research relevant to USAID’s development objectives, it also establishes long-lasting research relationships that build capacity, strengthen the research ecosystem, and enable collaborators to become better partners in development. Since its launch in 2011, PEER has supported 205 projects in more than 45 countries with an investment of approximately $45 million.
Except for the India: GE Partnership special focus area, applications are accepted only from developing country scientists working in partnership with colleagues currently funded by the following U.S. federal science agencies: the National Science Foundation (NSF); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); NOAA; the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS); the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), including the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and the United States Forest Service (USFS); the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the Smithsonian Institution.
In this cycle of the program, PEER is continuing its usual open call for applications in multiple research fields. Pre-proposals for projects that will lead to development-related policy or programmatic change may be submitted by applicants based in any of the 63 PEER-eligible countries worldwide. General technical areas for this open call include, but are not limited to, biodiversity, agriculture, environment, climate change, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. In addition to the overarching fields above, PEER invites pre-proposals from applicants in the following specific countries or regions or working on the following topical areas, for which special funds are available:
- Global: Health Implementation Science
- Central and South Central Asia: Transboundary Water Research
- SERVIR Priority Countries: Environmental Management and Climate Change Resilience
- Infectious Disease in the Middle East
- RDMA Priority Countries: Rapid Assessment of Fish Stocks in the South China Sea
- RDMA Priority Countries: Rapid Assessment of Pelagic Fish Stocks in the Sulu-Sulawesi Sea
- Planet NI Priority Countries: Renewable Energy and Microgrids
- Brazil: Biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon
- India: GE Partnership (must have a partner designated by GE India)
- Indonesia: Multiple Research Fields
- South Africa: Multiple Research Fields
- Tunisia: Multiple Research Fields
- Vietnam: Biodiversity
Regardless of the country or topic, all applicants except those applying to the India: GE Partnership call must have a partner with active funding from one of the U.S. Government-supported agencies listed above. The full PEER pre-proposal solicitation, instructions, eligible country lists, details on the special focus topics above, frequently asked questions, and a link to the online application website are available at http://www.nationalacademies.org/peer. Potential applicants are encouraged to review the materials carefully. PEER is implemented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of USAID, and potential applicants or partners with questions are invited to contact the program’s staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.