Pre-Proposal Process for the National Academies

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine


The request for a pre-proposal is to ensure that full applications will be relevant to country health priorities as articulated in the thematic areas (Focus Area: Child Survival and Focus Country: Indonesia). All pre-proposals must be submitted by email to Paper submissions are not accepted. Please carefully review the full text of this solicitation and the programFAQs for further guidance on each required pre-proposal element.

When writing the pre-proposal, developing country applicants should consider how their research will contribute to strategic health objectives identified by the U.S. missions in their countries. Applicants are encouraged to explore various development resources including USAID Mission, region, and GHI country strategies and the overall goals of the Global Health Initiative.

Research topics proposed under PEER-Health must be collaborative in nature. The NIH-supported partner’s research must complement the PEER Health proposal. Only proposals involving a partnership with the PI or Co-PI on an NIH extramural award that will be active on the start date of the PEER Health project or with an NIH intramural investigator will be considered. Collaborative projects involving a regional health issue in multiple PEER Health-eligible developing countries are encouraged.
Successful pre-proposals will address the program’s objectives and selection criteria listed below and will include clear statements of the project goals and explanations of how these goals will be achieved.





Applicants are required to submit a pre-proposal form, completed in English, that includes the following sections:
  1. Cover page
  2. Project Description (no more than 3 pages) in which the following must be addressed:
    • Project aims and objectives.
    • Significance of the research to the country’s accelerated reduction in child survival and/or strategic health priorities and potential implications of the project on future health outcomes.
    • Potential partners with whom the applicant will collaborate on the project (for example, government agencies, USAID Missions, research networks, laboratories, and other implementing partners) and the nature of the planned collaborations.
    • For MICs identify matching partner (not required for Indonesia and other missions with direct investment in PEER Health).
  3. Budget Summary: If project budget exceeds $150,000, applicants must demonstrate support from other sources to cover the additional amount above what PEER Health could provide.
  4. Appendices:
    • A brief CV, no more than two pages, for the principal investigator. The CV should provide citations for no more than 5-10 recent and relevant publications.
    • A brief letter of support from the NIH-supported collaborator.
Pre-Proposal Review Process and Criteria
The pre-proposal review process will be managed by the U.S. National Academies. Pre-proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
  • Compliance with eligibility requirements (including presence of an NIH-supported partner)
  • Alignment with Child Survival or country specific objectives as stated in the “Program Description and Objectives” section of this RFA
  • Alignment with country specific GHI strategy and Mission health objectives
Full Proposal Content and Format
If applicants are successful at the pre-proposal stage, they will be requested to submit a full proposal which will offer the applicant an opportunity to explain the technical approach in more detail. Additional instructions for the full proposal will be shared with applicants invited to submit a full proposal.
Upon receipt of a PEER Health award, developing country PIs will be expected to meet with USAID health officers, Mission staff, and NIH collaborators to review the research project and discuss how the proposed project aligns with Mission goals.

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