Now open: 2nd round of US-funded research grants program

Scientists and research groups in Myanmar, Libya and Tunisia can now participate in a U.S. Agency for Development-backed program linking U.S. and developing world researchers to work on development challenges.

USAID and the U.S.-based National Science Foundation has added these three to the list of countries eligible to join the second funding round of the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research Science program. The list now includes 87 eligible countries.

The PEER Science program is a competitive grant-making initiative open to scientists in developing countries. It offers funds to support research programs and capacity-building initiatives on topics related to USAID development goals. These programs would be conducted in partnership with U.S. scientists supported by NSF. Among topics covered for the program are food security, climate change, disaster mitigation, biodiversity and renewable energy.

In its second round, the program also offers special funding opportunities for researchers in the following countries or working on the identified topical areas: Indonesia, clean energy and biodiversity conservation in the Philippines, water sector development in the Middle East and North Africa, biodiversity research in the Lower Mekong, climate change adaptation in the Maldives, and biodiversity conservation in Brazil.

Applications for the second round of grants under the PEER Science program are due Dec. 4, 2012.

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