USAID: New Scientific Research Grants

U.S. Global Development Lab announces $5 million in new scientific research grants! The individual projects will address critical areas of development ranging from water management to education to food security. Read more about the projects here.

PEER Cycle 7 request for applications released

The latest in our series of annual calls for proposals was announced on October 2, 2017. PEER is once again inviting researchers in selected developing countries to apply for funding support to carry out projects in a variety of topical and geographic focus areas. This cycle marks the return of the program's Open Call for proposals from all 65 eligible countries on a wide range of development-related fields, including biodiversity, agriculture, environment, climate change, clean energy, disaster mitigation, food security, water/sanitation, urbanization, democracy and governance, and education. Proposals on selected health-related topics may be appropriate for submission under the new focus area Multiple Countries/Family Planning and Reproductive Health. Several countries are the focus of specially targeted calls this cycle, including Cambodia, Indonesia, Haiti, Laos, Peru, and Tunisia. There is also a regional call focused on projects in the Middle East and North Africa relevant to health issues in refugee host communities. The deadline for submitting a pre-proposal is Friday, January 12, 2018. Interested applicants are invited to review the full request for applications and click the blue Apply Now button below to register to use our online system for preparing and submitting their pre-proposals. Questions about eligibility and the application process may be directed to PEER staff at

Program Synopsis   

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the U.S. Government’s preeminent foreign assistance agency. The agency is dedicated to helping nations meet the needs of their citizens by providing health-care, education, and economic opportunity to end extreme poverty and promote democratic, resilient societies. The U.S. Global Development Lab (The Lab) at USAID is bringing together a diverse set of partners to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions to address critical challenges in international development. A key element of this strategy is the support of scientific and technological research through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program. PEER is a competitive awards program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with U.S. Government (USG)-funded and selected private sector partners. The program is supported by USAID but implemented by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (referred to as the National Academies).

Through PEER, the Lab leverages investments by other USG-supported agencies and private sector companies in scientific research and training in order to enhance the development priorities of USAID. USG-funded partners must be investigators who will contribute to the scientific merit and impact of PEER projects through expertise, skills, methodologies, laboratory access, and synergies with ongoing projects.

The PEER program extends its reach across the U.S. science community to include the following partner agencies: NASA, NIH, NOAA, NSF, USDA Agricultural Research Service, USDA Forest Service, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USGS, and the Smithsonian Institution. This exciting opportunity expands the scope of research supported under PEER and creates more opportunities for cross-disciplinary and multi-sectoral research collaborations. The PEER application process begins with the submission of a pre-proposal. Selected pre-proposal applicants will be invited to submit full proposals around February 23, 2018, with the full proposal submission deadline being April 6, 2018. 

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