NIFA has participated in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Program since 2014. PEER is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries, partnered with U.S. government-supported collaborators, to apply for USAID funding to support research and capacity-building activities on topics with strong potential development impacts. U.S. researchers with eligible NIFA awards may opt to partner with developing country scientists who seek USAID funding.
Research proposals submitted under the Open Call may address a variety of topics, including: biodiversity, agriculture, environment, climate change, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. Current NIFA awardees with expertise in these subject areas are eligible to serve as partners on PEER pre-proposals. There are also regional or country-specific calls.
PEER is currently accepting pre-proposals with a deadline of Jan. 12, 2018. In order for a PEER pre-proposal to be eligible for review, the NIFA-supported partner’s award must remain active for at least 12 months after the expected start date of the PEER project (which may start no earlier than Sept. 1, 2018) to ensure that both sides have resources available to support their collaboration. For more program information visit NIFA’s PEER webpage and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine website for PEER.