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So you’re new to…USAID

Image: USAID Digital Development [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Brushing up on the US development funder’s priorities is job number one before submitting bids

Top tips

  • USAID has several funding streams and many are accessible to researchers around the world.
  • The first port of call for researchers in countries receiving aid should be via the agency’s country mission.
  • First-time applicants should take time to understand how USAID functions before applying.
  • USAID mostly supports applied research and, as such, impact is more of a priority than contributing to the academic literature.

In 2020, the United States spent more than $35 billion in international aid—a figure that tops the leaderboard of countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, despite the US spending half the OECD average in terms of percentage of gross domestic product.

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