Call for Pre-Proposals: 2014-2015 Cycle of PEER, US Global Development Lab. by USAID

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Partnerships of Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is an international grants program that funds scientists and engineers in developing countries who partner with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development challenges. PEER partnerships leverage major investments made by U.S. government science agencies in research to improve development outcomes in USAID-presence countries.

PEER not only catalyzes collaborative research and elevates the use of science and technology to further USAID’s development objectives, but also establishes long-lasting research relationships that build scientific research capacity, strengthen the research ecosystem in developing countries, and enable collaborators to become better partners in development. Since PEER’s launch in 2011, it has supported more than 160 projects in over 40 countries with an investment of about $28 million.

2014-2015 Call for Proposals

USAID/Indonesia is seeking research projects that support the goals and objectives as outlined in the Mission’s Country Strategy.

Principal investigators have the opportunity to apply for PEER funds if their research supports one of the following priority areas for USAID/Indonesia:

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Education, with particular interest in strengthening teaching methods and curricula in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields
  • Natural disasters
  • Water management

USAID/Indonesia strongly encourages applicants to submit proposals that improve the quality of tertiary education and research (i.e., capacity building and/or research opportunities for junior researchers) in support of country development priorities that fall under the goals and objectives defined in the Country Strategy. Biodiversity proposals should propose research that can directly inform national and district level policy-making or applied actions in Indonesia related to marine, fisheries and coastal conservation, forest conservation, the conservation of wildlife, and the prevention of trafficking of wildlife. PEER projects that will result in the creation of new collaborations between Indonesian and U.S.-based researchers are encouraged. USAID/Indonesia is particularly interested in supporting projects that involve collaborations with a wide range of stakeholders including private sector partners and civil society organizations, as well as projects that have the potential to inform government policy at the national and/or local level and develop and/or utilize innovative approaches to addressing the Mission’s development priorities.

Important Dates

October 1, 2014: Call for pre-proposals launches

January 9, 2015: Pre-proposals (2-page project overviews) due for first round of review

February 13, 2015: Selected applicants invited to submit full proposals

March 30, 2015: Full proposals due for scientific and development relevance review

Late June 2015: PEER awardees announced

For more information and to apply, visit www.nationalacademies.org/peer

If you have any questions, email peer@nas.edu