To help end preventable child deaths in developing countries, the USAID and the NIH have jointly announced a new grant program called Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health. Each award will provide up to $450,000 over three years to support collaborations that address research-to-practice barriers, while building professional capacity and more closely linking USAID missions with local health and research institutions. The number of awards is subject to the availability of funds.
In addition to accelerating the reduction of under-five child mortality rates, the USAID Indonesia mission is seeking to support awards to Indonesian scientists to engage in implementation research in neonatal survival, tuberculosis and emerging infectious diseases.
The announcement follows on the heels of the Child Survival: Call to Action held in June 2012, and extends the PEER Science program, launched last year.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the NIH will support the review of proposals. Fogarty and NICHD staff consulted with USAID to formulate the program.