Call For Proposal 2014 - USAID: Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science

Posted by Jamal Fida Friday, November 15, 2013 0 comments
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.

Topics:
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):
ASIA
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Burma
Cambodia
India
Indonesia
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Laos*
Malaysia*
Maldives**
Mongolia
Nepal
Pakistan
Philippines
SriLanka
Tajikistan
Thailand
Timor-Leste
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
Vietnam
EUROPE AND EURASIA                                                
Albania
Armenia
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Georgia
Kosovo
Macedonia
Moldova
Serbia
Ukraine
SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA                                              
Angola
Benin
Cameroon
Democratic Republic of
Congo                                             
Ethiopia
Gabon
Ghana
Guinea
Kenya
Liberia
Malawi
Mali
Mozambique
Namibia
Nigeria
Rwanda
Senegal
Sierra Leone
Somalia
South Africa
South Sudan
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda
Zambia
Zimbabwe
               
LATIN AMERICA AND          
CARIBBEAN                                                                   
Antigua and Barbuda
Barbados
Brazil
Colombia
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
El Salvador
Grenada
Guatemala
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Jamaica
Mexico
Nicaragua
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia
Saint Vincent and the
  Grenadines
MIDDLE EAST
Egypt
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Libya
Morocco
Tunisia
West Bank/Gaza
Yemen

Selection Criteria:
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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