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The PEER Grant Program

The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is part of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Lab effort to bring together diverse partners to discover, test and scale breakthrough solutions to critical challenges in international development. The USDA and several other government agencies are partners in the program, and it is administered by the National Academies of Science. PEER provides funds to researchers in developing countries for research activities that support USAID development objectives. To be eligible, the developing country scientist must have a partner who receives US government funding, so ARS scientists are eligible to serve as partners. PEER funds are granted to the developing country scientist, and can be used for their travel to an ARS lab, field work or sample collection, and other research activities.

USAID PEER has published the focus areas for the current Cycle 6 grants:

Country-specific calls: For ARS researchers seeking additional information, the ARS PEER point of contact is Marcella Witting, of the Office of International Research Programs (OIRP).


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