The PEER program aims to leverage USG scientific investment in R&D to support USAID’s development goals in priority countries. For this reason, developing country researchers are required to partner with a USG-funded researcher in order to apply for a PEER award. Through these partnerships, PEER applicants benefit from the skills, laboratory access, and other resources of their USG-supported partner. Both the PEER applicant and the USG-supported researcher benefit from one another’s expertise, and partner on truly collaborative research. Applicants to all focus areas must have an eligible USG-supported partner.
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.