ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) Hosts USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Webinar, December 2014
On December 9, 2014, the ARS Office of International Research Programs (OIRP) hosted an agency-wide webinar on the USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) grant program. PEER is an international grants program implemented by the National Academies. The webinar informed ARS scientists how they may serve as PEER partners. PEER funds scientists in developing countries partnered with USG-funded researchers to address global development challenges. USDA researchers are eligible to serve as collaborators on PEER-funded projects in such diverse topics as natural resource and water management, biodiversity, energy, nutrition, and infectious disease control, etc. Dr. Clare Muhuro, Research Advisor for the PEER program at USAID, gave an overview of PEER objectives, eligibility, and funding criteria, and answered many questions about working with recipients of PEER funds, identifying potential research collaborators, and more. Dr. Muhuro confirmed that appropriated funds for ARS research projects would qualify ARS researchers to partner with PEER applicants, and that the ARIS project or accession number would serve as proof of eligibility. For more information, visit the ARS PEER information page, or http://sites.nationalacademies.org/PGA/PEER.