USAID Expands PEER Global Research Program to Address Wildlife Conservation and Trafficking in Kenya

The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) is calling for research proposals.

Kenyan researchers are invited to apply for funding for activities that enhance wildlife conservation and address wildlife trafficking.  PEER is a competitive grants program that supports researchers engaged in collaborative, development-focused research with U.S. government-funded scientists.  PEER Kenyan researchers who submit a winning pre-proposal will be partnered with collaborators supported by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or the Smithsonian Institution.

With 160 grantees in over 50 countries, PEER has demonstrated that global collaborative research led by local experts can help solve local and regional development challenges.  PEER researchers have used their diverse expertise to significantly impact their countries; they have advised the Colombian government on water resource management; scaled a malaria vaccination program in Mali from one study to the whole country; and confronted counterfeit and substandard drugs in Indonesia with an affordable and effective drug testing device.

USAID and PEER partner agencies will work with the National Academy of Sciences to manage the program.  Pre-proposals will be accepted until January 9, 2015.  For more information on PEER and the current call for proposals, please visit the website at:


The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance in Kenya for over 50 years.