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The Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program is once again accepting pre-proposals from developing country researchers interested in collaborating with counterparts who are funded by selected U.S. Government-supported agencies. Please circulate this information about PEER to colleagues who may wish to apply so they can prepare and submit their applications to meet the pre-proposal submission deadline of January 13, 2017.

In this cycle of the program, PEER will not offer its usual open call for applications in multiple research fields. The program is currently inviting pre-proposals for projects that will lead to development-related policy or programmatic change from applicants in the following specific countries or regions or working on the following topical areas:

Applications are accepted only from developing country scientists working in partnership with colleagues currently funded by one of nine U.S. federal science agencies: NSF, NIH, NOAA, USGS, USDA (ARS, NIFA, USFS), NASA, and the Smithsonian Institution. Resources are available on the PEER website to find partners affiliated with these agencies.

To help applicants understand the eligibility guidelines and the application process, PEER program staff will be holding a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, November 9, 2016, beginning at 10:30 AM (U.S. East Coast time). If you are interested in participating, you must register in advance on the WebEx website, and you will receive another link by e-mail so you can log into the webinar on November 9.

The full PEER pre-proposal solicitation, instructions, eligible country lists, details on the special focus topics above, frequently asked questions, and a link to the online application website are available at on the program website. PEER is implemented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of USAID, and potential applicants or partners with questions are invited to contact the program’s staff at peer [at] nas [dot] edu.