Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

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Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is an international grants program that funds scientists and engineers in USAID partner countries who collaborate with U.S. government-funded researchers to address global development challenges.

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Through PEER, USAID leverages investments by U.S. government science agencies in research to improve development impact. Here, students in Indonesia use DNA testing to conserve tuna.
Gusti Mahardika, Universitas Udayana (Indonesia)

Since its launch in 2011, the PEER program has supported global research partnerships that achieve advancements across the full spectrum of discovery, from building new knowledge to piloting and scaling game-changing breakthroughs. PEER lead researchers are based in USAID partner countries, and work in tandem with U.S. Government funded researchers.

PEER not only catalyzes collaborative research and elevates the use of science and technology to further USAID’s development objectives, but also builds scientific research capacity and enables collaborators to become better partners in development. By working with diverse partners through this program, the Agency is able to stay on the forefront of science and technology, incorporate breakthrough innovations, and apply the best tools to address emerging priorities. PEER has supported more than 400 scientists in over 50 countries.

The PEER program is implemented by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). The partner federal agencies include: U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Smithsonian, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

For more information about the PEER program, visit:

Check out the PEER Fact Sheet to learn more.

Challenges and Innovations Related to COVID-19

In 2022, PEER announced 15 new sub-awards under the COVID-19 Research Grant Cycle for 2022-2023. Researchers from USAID partner countries will (a) aid in our understanding of how shocks such as COVID-19 affect key sectors in low and middle income countries; and (b) test approaches to help communities and sectors respond to and mitigate the effects of COVID-19 or similar future shocks. Winners focus on issues related to COVID-19 vaccine uptake, wastewater pathogen monitoring, value chain and food system resilience to shocks, and the effects of COVID-19 on women and youth. Learn more about each project here.

As part of their PEER award, research teams also participate in the PEER Planning for Research Utilization program hosted by the Research Technical Assistance Center (RTAC). The program provides PEER COVID-19 Cycle grantees with technical assistance to plan ahead for utilization of research results by governments, civil society, entrepreneurs, and others. Learn more about the Research Translation Toolkit.

Read the COVID Cycle Press Release here.

Women in Science Mentoring Program

The PEER Women in Science Mentoring Program supports women STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) researchers in USAID partner countries to help them achieve personal and career development. Cohorts consisting of a senior woman faculty member and two to four junior faculty go through a 12-month professional development program. Mentees learn about topics such as mentoring for career success, networking, negotiation, communication skills, publishing research, and applying for research awards. The goal is to increase the number of women faculty in the STEM fields and provide women scientists skills that will allow them to remain in the scientific workforce.

Learn more about the program:

Celebrating PEER’s 10th Anniversary

Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research: 10 Years of Learning
Narrated by: Dr. Ticora V. Jones


In 2021, the PEER program marked its 10th year of supporting global research collaborations. Read about the program’s impacts in various countries:

Learn about the impact of PEER:

Last updated: November 30, 2022

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