USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

Type of project: PEER looks to support locally led research projects that (1) aid understanding of how shocks such as COVID-19 affect key sectors in developing countries and (2) test approaches to help communities and sectors respond to and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 or similar future shocks. Applications that explicitly connect their proposed research in the focus area to the development goals

of the country’s USAID Mission will generally be more competitive.

Location: Developing countries. See full list here. Regional collaborations among multiple countries are allowed, provided that the primary investigator is based in an eligible country.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must hold a research or teaching position at a higher educational institution (university) in a PEER eligible country; be citizens or permanent residents of a PEER-eligible country; and be living and working in the country from which they are applying. Applicants based at NGOs or government-managed research laboratories, centres, or institutes are only eligible to serve as co-PIs. Developing country researchers are required to partner with a researcher who currently receives US government (USG) funding to apply. Both the PEER applicant and the USG-supported researcher must benefit from one another’s expertise and establish truly collaborative research that is not driven solely by the US partner.
Grant size: up to US $70,000 over up to 1 year.
Deadline: 22 October