USAID Announces 2016 PEER Funding Opportunities for Local Scientists
1. USAID’s Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program supports local researchers in USAID priority countries who partner with U.S. government-funded scientists. PEER awards foster international collaboration, leverage U.S. government research funds, help build research capacity, and advance science diplomacy.
2. The PEER program is implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Since 2011, the program has supported over 250 research partnerships in 50 different countries. Eligible developing country scientists can partner with scientists at nine federal science agencies including: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Smithsonian Institution, US Forest Service (USFS), Agriculture Research Service (ARS), and US Geological Survey (USGS). PEER also works with select private sector partners to leverage additional resources for scientists working on specific topics. PEER not only catalyzes collaborative research and emphasizes the importance of science and technology to further USAID’s development objectives, but also encourages the use of research in enabling policy change and strengthening the links between science and diplomacy. PEER helps to establish cross-disciplinary research relationships which often last beyond the life of the award and in turn strengthen the research ecosystem in developing countries
3. (U) PEER is pleased to announce the following new 2016 funding opportunities for local scientists:
* Environmental Contaminants (open to all countries)
* Digital Development for Feed the Future (multiple countries)
Application and Award
4. (U) PEER awards will directly support in-country investigators, working in partnership with a current U.S. government funded researcher. The maximum individual award amount is $80,000 a year for up to three years. For multi-institutional research consortia, the maximum award amount is $100,000 a year for up to three years. Applicants should confirm eligibility by visiting:http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEER/PGA_147214#<http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEER/PGA_147214>
5. The deadline for submissions of a brief pre-proposal is January 13, 2017. More information on the solicitation and how to apply can be found at http://www.nationalacademies.org/peer<http://sites.nationalacademies.org/pga/peer/index.htm>.
6. Action Request: Embassy and Mission staff are asked to inform eligible local universities and research institutions about the 2016 PEER Funding Opportunities. Additionally, Embassy and Mission staff may want to share notice of these funding opportunities with government ministries of agriculture, environment, health, higher and/or science and technology as relevant. Eligibility criteria differ by funding opportunity and country. Embassy and Mission staff are strongly encouraged to determine country specific eligibility before reaching out to local institutions or host country ministries. Please see the general talking points on the PEER program and the 2016 funding opportunities included below. For additional information and promotional materials, Embassy and mission officers who are interested in participating can contact USAID PEER/Washington staff at: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
* We wish to inform you of a funding opportunity available to scientists in your country under the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program.
* PEER is a highly competitive, peer-reviewed awards program administered by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. PEER funding goes directly to the institution in your country for researchers working in partnership with a US researcher. We hope you will distribute information on this program broadly and encourage your scientists, engineers, and social scientists to apply.
* The PEER program provides an extraordinary opportunity to promote research cooperation between your country and a U.S. researchers based at nine US federal science agencies including: National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Smithsonian Institution, US Forest Service (USFS), Agriculture Research Service (ARS), and US Geological Survey (USGS).
* The PEER program is designed to support research projects in USAID countries which address local and global development challenges.
* The 2016 PEER Funding Opportunities include:
o Environmental Contaminants (open to all countries)
o Digital Development for Feed the Future (multiple countries)
o Indonesia – Multiple Research Fields
o Madagascar – Biodiversity Friendly, Climate Resilient Human Development
o South Africa – Multiple Research Fields
o Rapid Assessment of Tuna Fish Stocks in the South China and Sulu-Sulawesi Seas (multiple countries)
o Assessment of Fish Natural History in the Lower Mekong Basin (multiple countries)
o Bangladesh – Climate Change
o Haiti<http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEER/PGA_174858> -Education
o Iraq- Water Resources and Environmental Impact
* The application deadline to submit a brief pre-proposal to the PEER program is January 13, 2017. For additional info, Applicants are encouraged to consult http://www.nationalacademies.org/peer.