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  1. 1. USAIDs  Partnerships  for  Enhanced    Engagement  in  Research  (PEER)  Program   Presenter  Name,  Ph.D.   Office  of  Science  and  Technology   United  States  Agency  for  Interna>onal  Development  
  2. 2.                                  United  States  Agency  for  Interna=onal   Development  (USAID)    USAID  is  an  independent  agency  that  furthers  U.S.  foreign  policy:  •  Promotes  broad-­‐scale  human  progress  •  Expands  stable,  free  socie>es  •  Creates  markets  and  trade  partners  for  the  United  States  •  Fosters  good  will  abroad.    USAID  works  in  over  100  developing  countries,  focusing  on:    •  Climate  Change   •  Water  •  Food  Security   •  Biodiversity    •  Global  Health             •  Conflicts  and  •  Educa>on   Disasters  •  Renewable   Energy  
  3. 3.                                  United  States  Agency  for  Interna=onal   Development  (USAID)    USAID’s  Office  of  Science  and  Technology  •  USAID  is  commiPed  to  advancing  the  role  of  science  and   technology  and  solving  the  most  cri>cal  development   problems  through  the  independent  Office  of  Science  and   Technology  (OST)      •  OST’s  focuses  on  four  opera>onal  pillars:     1.  Data  and  Analy>cs   2.  Transforma=onal  and  Collabora=ve  Research   3.  Open  Innova>on   4.  Higher  Educa>on  Solu>ons  Network  
  4. 4. Open  Innova=on   Transforma=onal  and  Office of Science and Technology Collabora=ve  Research   • Launched  Grand  Challenges  for  Development:   Saving  Lives  at  Birth,  All  Children  Reading,   • Enhanced  collabora>on  with  federal  science   Powering  Agriculture,  Making  All  Voices   agencies  like  NASA,  NSF,  NOAA,  USGS,  NIH   Count   • Programs  to  support  these  efforts  like  PEER   • Prizes  and  Open  Innova>on   with  NSF  and  NIH   • LAUNCH  Innova>on  Program  with  NASA   Office  of  Science  and   Technology   (Dr.  Alex  Dehgan)   Higher  Educa=on  Solu=ons   Data  and  Analy=cs   Network   • Central  GIS  support  to  Agency  augments  the   • Established  a  network  of  universi>es  that  will   planning,  monitoring,  evalua>on,  and   bring  new  solu>ons,  data  and  analy>cs  to  the   communica>on  of  development  work   Agency   • Technical  Support  to  Missions  in  building  GIS   • Leverage  crea>vity  of  students   capacity  
  5. 5. Partnerships  for  Enhanced  Engagement   in  Research  (PEER)  
  6. 6. Benefits  of  PEER  United  States   Developing  Country  •  Increase  global  scope  and   •  Build  capacity   foster  interna>onal   •  Include  interna>onal   collabora>ons   research  community  •  Bolster  research   effec>veness   •  Develop  science  diplomacy  •  Access  local  knowledge   •  Realize  development  •  Access  resources   objec>ves   •  Facili>es   •  Inform  policy  and  prac>ces   •  Unique  ecosystems   •  Provide  data  for  evidence-­‐based   •  Geological  forma>ons   programs   •  Hydrological  regimes   •  Incorporate  new  technologies  
  7. 7. PEER  Science  Partnerships  for  Enhanced    Engagement  in  Research  (PEER)  Science    •  PEER  Science  is  a  joint  program  between  USAID  and  the   Na>onal  Science  Founda>on  (NSF).      •  The  PEER  Science  Program  supports  developing  country   scien>sts  conduc>ng  research  in  collabora>on  with  NSF-­‐funded   scien>sts.  
  8. 8. PEER  Science  Structure     NSF USAID Competitively funds PEER Competitively funds U.S. researchers developing country SCIENCE researchersAgriculture,  water,  biodiversity  conserva>on,  and  disaster  mi>ga>on  research
  9. 9. The  Na=onal  Science  Founda=on  Mission    The  Na>onal  Science  Founda>on  (NSF)  is  an  independent  federal  agency  created  by  Congress  in  1950  "to  promote  the  progress  of  science;  to  advance  the  na3onal  health,  prosperity,  and  welfare;  to  secure  the  na3onal  defense…”      Research  areas:   •  Biological  Sciences     •   Computer  and  Informa>on  Science  and  Engineering     •   Educa>on  and  Human  Resources     •   Engineering     •   Geosciences     •   Mathema>cal  and  Physical  Sciences     •   Social,  Behavioral  and  Economic  Sciences    
  10. 10. PEER  Science  2011:  1st  Applica=on  Cycle   •  488  proposals  from  63  countries     •  42  grants  totaling  approximately  $5.5  million  to  support   projects  in  25  countries   •  Selec>on  based  on  scien>fic  merit,  development  impact  and   prospect  for  collabora>on  2012:  2nd  Applica=on  Cycle  –  Decisions  Expected  Spring  2013   •  237  proposals  from  54  countries  Focused  Research  Topics:  Brazil  biodiversity  conserva>on,  Lower  Mekong  River  conserva>on,  Indonesia  2013:  3rd  Applica=on  Cycle  –  Expected  August  2013  
  11. 11. PEER  Science  PEER  Science  Awards  by  Region  2011   Africa,  7   Middle  East,  8   La>n  America,   6   Asia,  20   Europe/ Eurasia  
  12. 12. PEER  Science   !
  13. 13. PEER  Science  Examples  of  Successful  Proposals  •  Developing  transla>on  somware  to  convert  spoken  Arabic  to   Moroccan  sign  language    •  Studying  marine  biodiversity  in  Indonesia  and  the  Philippines    •  Assessing  landslide  risk  in  Lebanon    •  Analyzing  climate  change  impacts  in  Colombia  and  Ecuador    •  Addressing  drinking  water  quality  in  Kenya    
  14. 14. PEER  Science   Marine  Conserva>on  Tropical Plant Curriculum Project,Indonesia   Biodiversity  Research  
  15. 15. PEER  Health    Partnerships  for  Enhanced  Engagement  in  Research  (PEER)  Health      •  PEER  Health:  A  research  grant-­‐based  plaoorm  which   allows  USAID  Missions  to  move  quickly  to  fill  evidence   gaps  around  implementa>on  of  programs  and   interven>ons.      •  The  PEER  Health  partnership  includes:  Researchers  in   country,  Na>onal  Ins>tutes  of  Health  (NIH)  researchers,   and  USAID  field  missions.  
  16. 16. PEER  Health    The  Na=onal  Ins=tutes  of  Health  NIH’s traces its roots to 1887. Its mission is to seek fundamentalknowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and theapplication of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, andreduce the burdens of illness and disability.NIH conducts and supports research:•  Causes, diagnosis, prevention, and cure of human diseases;•  Processes of human growth and development;•  Biological effects of environmental contaminants;•  Understanding of mental, addictive and physical disorders; and•  Information exchange in the area of medicine
  17. 17. PEER  Health     Child  Survival  Program   Mission  Program   Evidence  for  improved  implementa=on  of     health  interven>ons,  services,  and  programs  Researchers     NIH     USAID     in  country   researchers   Missions  
  18. 18. PEER  Health  2012:  1st  Applica=on  Cycle  –  Decisions  Expected  Spring  2013   •  X  pre-­‐proposals   •  81  invited  for  full  proposal  2013:  2nd  Applica=on  Cycle  –  Expected  August  2013  
  19. 19. PEER  Health  
  20. 20. Contact  Informa=on    PEER  Science:  peer@nas.edu    PEER  Health:  peerhealth@nas.edu    Telephone  enquiries  for  both  programs:    +1-­‐202-­‐334-­‐3345  

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