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USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER)

The PEER program is an international grants program that is made possible by a Cooperative Agreement between USAID and The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. It is a 10-year program with a $100 million ceiling and was designed to support collaboration between foreign scientists and United States Government researchers. PEER-eligible countries may be found in the accompanying slides, along with examples of PEER projects with NIH partners.


The PEER Model invites local, in-country scientists to propose a research project that aligns with U. S. congressional priorities and country interests. Additional DC-based core funds are available to support projects deemed meritorious but are not necessarily aligned with the outlined research goals.


The 2018/2019 (Cycle 8) announcement will likely be the last call for projects. The solicitation and goals for Cycle 8 will be announced in the Fall on the PEER website. Pre-proposals will be due to the National Academies around mid-January and selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due in the beginning of April. More information on the application process may be found here.


Those with questions regarding the program are encouraged to visit the program’s FAQ page.

More info:  General PEER Slides 2018

3rd La Jolla Aging Meeting (L-JAM)

The 3rd La Jolla Aging Meeting (L-JAM)Friday March 29, 2019 will be held at the Salk Institute

As in previous years, the day will feature talks on biology of aging from students, post docs and faculty from UCSD, SBP, Scripps and Salk. Posters are welcomed and there will be prizes for the best posters – $750, $500 and $250 for 1st, 2nd and 3rd, generously donated by Nanostring.

The keynote lecture will be from Matt Kaeberlein, University of Washington. “New insights into mechanisms by which mTOR modulates metabolism, mitochondrial disease, and aging”

2019 HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis Conference

The Emory CFAR (with planning committee leadership and support from across the HIV & Aging Inter-CFAR Working Group) is co-hosting the 2019 HIV and Aging: From Mitochondria to the Metropolis Conference on April 11-12 at the Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory.  The conference will open with a Pre-conference Mentoring Workshop on April 10th.  This year’s theme is “Special Populations Aging with HIV.”  


Please see below for a call for abstracts and mentoring workshop application announcement, as well as links to more information.  We encourage all interested early career investigators to apply!  Abstract and mentee application submissions are due on November 30th.

Liver Fibrosis to Cancer Workshop

The workshop’s purpose is to understand the mechanisms and epidemiology of viral and non-viral etiologies of liver fibrosis and progression to liver cancer. This workshop includes liver disease and cancer investigators with expertise in basic science, epidemiology, early detection, and clinical research within the United States as well as other experts that span the relevant research spectrum.

It will be held on April 22-23, 2019 in Lipsett Auditorium, Building 10, NIH Main Campus.

Online registration deadline is March 29, 2019. Register at


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