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Closing Date: January 13,2014.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the National Sciences Foundation (NSF) are working together to support the third cycle of Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science. PEER Science is a competitive grants program that invites scientists in developing countries to apply for funds to support research and capacity-building activities on topics of importance to USAID and conducted in partnership with their NSF-funded collaborators.
Areas in which both NSF and USAID have strong mutual interests include, but are not limited to, the following:
§ Food security topics such as agricultural development, fisheries, and plant genomics
§ Climate change impacts such as water sustainability, hydrology, ocean acidification, climate process and modeling, and environmental engineering
§ Other development topics including disaster mitigation, biodiversity, water, and renewable energy
Eligible Countries (List Revised as of October 2013):
EUROPE AND EURASIA
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Democratic Republic of
LATIN AMERICA AND
Antigua and Barbuda
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the
Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of experts in the relevant disciplines to be convened by the National Academies in collaboration with USAID. Proposals will be evaluated primarily on developmental impacts, including the following:
§ Relevance to USAID’s global and country-specific programmatic interests
§ Technical merit and scientific feasibility
§ PI’s demonstrated ability to achieve proposed project goals
§ Strength of the international collaboration and potential for continued interaction after the proposed project ends
§ Consistency of the proposed project with the U.S. partner’s NSF-funded award
§ Other developing country scientists involved in project (for example, students, postdoctoral and other beginning researchers, and/or female participants)
§ Potential to build sustained capacity at the applicant’s institution (for example, through acquisition of new equipment, development of new courses, or capacity building of research personnel and students)
§ Prospect for broader impact and dissemination, for example through producing research results that inform local policies or programmatic activities or by accelerating progress towards innovative solutions to global development challenges.
§ Cost-effectiveness of proposed budget
§ Administrative and financial management capabilities of the applicant’s institution
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