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Updated October 2004

Note: Standard Application forms are required for all programs. They are available online:
NIH Applications Forms and Instructions (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm)

For information about Fogarty programs currently accepting Letters of Intent or Applications, please see the Current Fogarty Grant Opportunities page.

For information about current National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels, please see the January 8, 2001, notice in the NIH Guide: OD-01-001.


This page contains information about:

Initiatives
Training Grants  
Research Grants  
Career Awards
Grants Information Resources  
Other Opportunities for international work through NIH
Opportunities for international work through non-NIH sources
Deadline Dates/Review Cycle Chart


       Initiatives

Multilateral Initiative on Malaria

International Research Bioethics Initiative

World AIDS Foundation


  Training Grants

AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP)
This program supports HIV/AIDS–related research training to strengthen the capacity of institutions in developing countries and Newly Independent States (NIS). Grants are awarded to US and developed country institutions with strong HIV- related research training experience and with HIV-related research collaborations with institutions in developing countries and NIS. These institutions, in partnership with their foreign collaborating institutions, identify foreign health scientists, clinicians, and allied health workers from the foreign countries to participate in their joint research training programs.

The primary goal of this program is to build multi-disciplinary biomedical and behavioral research capacity for the prevention of HIV/AIDS-related infections and for the integration of prevention with therapy and care for those adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS in the collaborating country.

The new AITRP Program Announcement can be found at PA-03-018.  Information about the current AITRP programs can be found at the AITRP web page 

Fogarty International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (ICTIRT)
This new program addresses the growing burden of morbidity and mortality in the developing world due to trauma and injury. The program is supported by FIC, seven NIH partners, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the Pan American Health Organization, and the World Health Organization (WHO). It addresses training across the range of basic to applied science, the epidemiology of risk factors, acute care and survival, rehabilitation, and long-term mental health consequences.
NIH News Release: April 7, 2004
Program Announcement (PAR-04-083)
Letter of Intent Deadline: July 25, 2004; July 25, 2005; July 25, 2006
Application Receipt Deadline: August 25, 2004; August 25, 2005; August 25, 2006

Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program  
This program enables institutions in the United States or in developing foreign countries to support current and future collaborative research related training on infectious diseases that are predominately endemic in or impact upon people living in developing countries. 
Program Announcement (PA-03-012)
Letter of Intent Deadline: December 20, 2004
Application Receipt Deadline: January 24, 2005

Informatics Training for Global Health
This RFA is intended to encourage the development of informatics training programs that will contribute to global health research and informatics capacity in low- to middle-income countries in partnership with U.S. institutions.
Letter of Intent Deadline: September 26, 2003
Application Receipt Date: October 23, 2003
Request for Applications (TW-03-008)
NIH News Release: June 30, 2003

International Bioethics Education and Career Development Award (R25 mechanism)
This program allows nonprofit, private or public, domestic or international, educational and research institutions to develop or expand on current graduate curricula in international bioethics related to performing research in low- and middle-income nations. Applications are accepted in response to a Request for Applications (RFA).
Letter of Intent Deadline: November 17, 2003
Application Receipt Date: December 16, 2003
Request for Applications (TW-04-001)
In the News: April 2002 — Association of American Medical Colleges

International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research and Training Award (ICOHRTA)  (D43 mechanism)
This program supports training to facilitate collaborative, multidisciplinary, international clinical, operational, health services and prevention science research between U.S. institutions and those in developing countries, as well as emerging democracies of Eastern Europe, Russia, and the Newly Independent States (NIS).  Information about current ICOHRTA programs and instructions for prospective trainees hoping to participate in this program are available at this website.
NIH News Release: November 16, 2001
In the News: November 21, 2001, Washington Fax

International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research and Training Award for AIDS and Tuberculosis (ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB)   
This program supports integrated clinical, operational and health services research training to strengthen the capacity of institutions in developing countries and Newly Independent States (NIS) where AIDS, TB, or both are significant problems.  In Phase I, one-year planning grants to support the development of full research training applications in Phase II are awarded to institutions in developing countries and NIS with strong HIV- or TB-related research experience. In Phase II, grants to support a research training program are awarded to Phase I awardees and to their US and developed country institutions partners with which they have strong HIV- or TB-related research collaborations.  The primary goal of this program is to build integrated clinical, operational, and health services research across the full range of conditions and issues that relate to care of adult and pediatric patients with HIV/AIDS or TB.

The Program Announcement (PA) for Phase I can be found at (PA-02-022) and Request for Applications (RFA) for Phase II at (RFA TW-03-003).  Information about current grantees are available at the ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB website.
NIH News Release: November 30, 2001
In the News: July 2002 Global HealthLink

International Collaborative Genetics Research Training Program   (D43 mechanism)
This program will enhance and promote equitable international collaborations between investigators in the developed world and those in developing countries where a base level of institutional infrastructure for the advancement of sustainable genetic science is already established.  Applications are being solicited to create innovative research training programs within existing scientific collaborations between developed and developing country researchers to begin to build a critical mass of scientists, health professionals and academics with human genetics expertise and a sustainable research environment at the collaborating developing country institution.
NIH News Release: December 14, 2001
In the News: December 18, 2001, SciDev.Net
In the News: December 31, 2001, Washington Fax
NIH News Release: October 22, 2002
In the News: October 24, 2002, Chronicle of Higher Education

International Maternal and Child Health Research and Training Program (MCH)   (D43 mechanism)
This program enables U.S. institutions to support training-related research on maternal and child health issues that are predominately endemic in or impact upon people living in developing countries. This is an institutional training grant. Applications are accepted from U.S. institutions in response to a specific request for applications. Individuals from foreign nations who wish to become trainees must apply to the project director of an awarded grant.

International Training and Research Program in Environmental and Occupational Health   (D43 mechanism)
This program enables U.S. universities and non-profit research institutions to support international training and research programs for foreign scientists from developing nations in general environmental health and occupational health. This is an institutional training grant. Applications are accepted from U.S. institutions in response to a specific request for applications which is published once every five years; the first awards were made in 1995. Individuals from foreign countries who wish to become trainees must apply to the project director of an awarded grant.

International Training and Research Program in Population and Health   (D43 mechanism)
This program enables U.S. universities and non-profit research institutions to support international training and research programs for foreign scientists from developing nations in population-related sciences. This is an institutional training grant. Applications are accepted from U.S. institutions who are current NIH grant recipients in response to a specific request for applications which is published once every five years. Individuals from foreign countries who wish to become trainees must apply to the project director of an awarded grant.

International Training Program in Medical Informatics (ITMI)   (D43 mechanism)
This program enables U.S. non-profit or public institutions to support international training in order to build the capacity of biomedical scientists, clinicians, librarians and other health professionals in developing countries to access, utilize and construct computer-based tools that may best advance biomedical research and public health in those countries. This is an institutional training grant. Applications are accepted from U.S. institutions in response to a specific request for applications. Individuals from foreign nations who wish to become trainees must apply to the project director of an awarded grant. 
ITMI In the News: August 19, 2000, British Medical Journal

Minority International Research Training Grant (MIRT)   (T37 mechanism)
This program enables U.S. colleges and universities to support international training and research opportunities for U.S. minorities underrepresented in the scientific professions. This is an institutional training grant. Applications are accepted from U.S. institutions in response to a specific request for applications. Undergraduate students and graduate students interested in becoming trainees should apply to the project director of an awarded grant.


  Research Grants

Brain Disorders in the Developing World: Research Across the Lifespan
Request for Applications (TW-03-007)

Letter of intent deadline: February 11, 2003
Receipt deadline: March 11, 2003
NIH News Release: First Awards for Collaborative Research Program on Brain Disorders 
NIH News Release: Fogarty International Center Announces Collaborative Research Program on Brain Disorders

6th IBRO World Conference in Prague, Czech Republic July 13, 2003: Summary of Workshop on International Funding Opportunities and Grantsmanship for Neuroscientists from Low- and Middle- Income Countries

Ecology of Infectious Diseases   (R01 mechanism)
This program funds interdisciplinary research programs that strive to elucidate the underlying ecological and biological mechanisms that govern the relationships between anthropogenic environmental changes and the transmission dynamics of infectious diseases. The focus of this program is on the development of predictive models for the emergence and transmission of diseases in humans and other animals, and ultimately the development of strategies to prevent or control them.

Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA)   (R03 mechanism)
This program provides funds ($32,000/year direct costs) to foster international research partnerships between NIH-supported U.S. scientists and their collaborators in countries of the developing world. The FIRCA program aims to benefit the research interests of both the U.S. and foreign collaborators while increasing research capacity at the foreign site.  U.S. scientists who have an eligible NIH grant may apply.  All areas of biomedical and behavioral research supported by NIH are eligible FIRCA research topics.
Participating NIH Institutes
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN COLLABORATING COUNTRY ELIGIBILITY:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-TW-04-002.html

Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP)   (R01 mechanism)
This initiative is intended to promote productive re-entry of NIH-trained foreign investigators into their home countries as part of a broader program to enhance the scientific research infrastructure in developing countries, to stimulate research on a wide variety of high priority health-related issues in these countries, and to advance NIH efforts to address health issues of global import.  The GRIP will provide partial salaries to the foreign researcher returning home and will provide support for research projects.
NIH News Release: December 3, 2002
NIH News Release: February 12, 2002
In the News: February 14, 2002, BioMedNet
In the News: February 21, 2002, Nature

Health, Environment, and Economic Development (HEED) Program
(R21 mechanism)
This Request for Applications (RFA) is intended to encourage developmental and exploratory research and research capacity-building in developing countries on topics that combine the issues of health, environment, and economic development.
Request for Applications (TW-03-005)
Letter of Intent Deadline: November 30, 2002
Application Deadline: January 14, 2003 

International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) (U01 mechanism)
This program integrates drug discovery from natural products with conservation of biodiversity and economic development in source countries. The program is jointly funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Foreign Agriculture Service of the USDA. There are currently six active projects.
Request for Applications (TW-03-004)
Letter of Intent Deadline: January 20, 2003
Application Deadline: February, 2003

International Studies on Health and Economic Development   (R01 mechanism)
This program supports projects that examine the effects of health on microeconomic agents (individuals, households and enterprises) and aggregate growth (cross-country growth analysis), as well as explores how health finance and delivery systems are a source of variation in health outcomes. Studies will focus on issues relevant to populations in low- and middle-income nations.
NIH News Release: April 2001

International Tobacco and Health Research and Capacity Building Program   (R01 mechanism)
This program encourages transdisciplinary approaches to the international tobacco epidemic to reduce the global burden of tobacco related illness.  The program is designed to promote international cooperation between investigators in the U.S. and other high-income nation(s)  pursuing research programs on tobacco control, and scientists and institutions in low- and middle-income nation(s), where tobacco consumption is a current or anticipated public health urgency.
NIH News Release: September 2002

Stigma and Global Health Research Program   (R01and R21 mechanisms)
The purpose of this program is to stimulate interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research on the role of stigma in health, and on how to intervene to prevent or mitigate its negative effects on the health and welfare of individuals, groups and societies world-wide.
Request for Applications (TW-03-001)
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 14, 2002
Application Deadline: November 14, 2002 
NIH News Release: August 2002


   Career Awards

International Research Scientist Development Award for U.S. Postdoctoral Scientists (IRSDA)   (K01 mechanism - Career Award)
This program supports basic research, behavioral and clinical scientists at the postdoctoral level who are committed to a career in international health research and would benefit from an additional period of mentored research as part of a strong, established collaboration between a U.S. sponsor and leading scientists at a developing country center of scientific excellence.
Program Announcement (PAR-04-058)

 


     Other NIH Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities in Japan (JSPS)
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) provides opportunities for U.S. scientists to conduct research at universities, inter-university research institutes, and designated research institutes and scientific research corporations in Japan. Application schedules vary. As the funding agency, JSPS makes final funding decisions.

FIC / Ellison Clinical Research for U.S. Graduate Students
The Fogarty International Center, with support from the Ellison Medical Foundation, is offering a one year clinical research training experience abroad for graduate level U.S. students in the health professions.

NIH Visiting Program
This program provides support for scientists who wish to conduct research at NIH intramural laboratories.

Individuals interested in applying for a foreign research grant, a research grant with a foreign component, or a National Research Service Award (NRSA) through other NIH Institutes and Centers may contact program officers in the relevant area of science to inquire about the possibility.

The NIH Office of Education provides information on training opportunities at the NIH and searchable abstracts on the research being conducted in NIH laboratories.

The Oncology Research Faculty Development Program
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) supports this program for cancer researchers from developing countries.

Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
The NCI handles this exchange program that promotes collaborative research between U.S. and foreign scientists through short exchange visits.

NIDA Fellowships
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) provides international opportunities. Visit the NIDA International Page for information about these programs.

NIDCR Programs
The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) provides international opportunities. Visit the NIDCR Office of International Health Page for information on these programs.

International Neurological Sciences Fellowship Program
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) provides this fellowship for foreign scientists who wish to conduct a fellowship in the United States. For information on the provisions of the fellowship, contact:

Henry Khachaturian, Ph.D.
Training, Career Development, and Referral Officer
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2154, MSC 9531
Bethesda, MD 20892 (for courier: Rockville, MD 20852)
Phone: (301) 496-4188
FAX: (301) 594-5929
Email: hk11b@nih.gov
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/research_training.htm

A pre-application to the World Health Organization is required. For pre-application materials, contact:
Unit on Neuroscience
Division of Mental Health and Prevention of Substance Abuse
World Health Organization
CH-1211 Geneva 27
SWITZERLAND
Telephone: 41-22-791-21-11
Fax: 41-22-791-07-46

 


Non-NIH Opportunities

Many other agencies, organizations, and foundations offer funding for international biomedical and behavioral research projects.  Please follow these links to find more information.  Please note that links to other Internet sites are provided only for your convenience.  FIC is not responsible for the availability or content of these external sites, nor does FIC endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these other Internet sites. 

Please visit the FIC Regional Activities page for links to opportunities by geographic region.

Please see the Directory of International Grants and Fellowships in the Health Sciences, a comprehensive compilation of international opportunities in biomedical
research.

Community of Science: http://www.cos.com/

Council of American Overseas Research Centers: http://www.caorc.org/

GrantsNet: www.grantsnet.org

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: http://www.hhmi.org

Human Frontier Science Program: http://hfsp.org

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation: http://www.humboldt-foundation.de

International Brain Research Organization (IBRO): http://www.ibro.org

The James S. McDonnell Foundation: http://www.jsmf.org/

NATO Science Program: http://www.nato.int/science/

National Research Council, Office of International Affairs: http://www4.nationalacademies.org/oia/oiahome.nsf/

National Science Foundation: http://www.nsf.gov/home/int/

The Rockefeller Foundation: http://www.rockfound.org/display.asp?Context=1&Collection=1

The Santa Fe Institute: http://www.santafe.edu/

U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation: http://www.crdf.org/

WHO Tropical Disease Research Grants: http://www.who.int/tdr/grants/grants/default.htm

The Wellcome Trust: http://www.wellcome.ac.uk/en/1/gra.html

 


FIC Program Application Deadlines and Review Cycle Dates
 

Program Receipt Date Study Section Meeting Board Meeting Earliest Start Date
 
Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA) March 25 June/July Sept./Oct. November
July 25 Oct./Nov. February April
November 25 February/March May July
HIV/AIDS and Related Illnesses Collaboration Award (AIDS-FIRCA) January 2 February/March May June
May 1 June/July Sept./Oct. November
September 1 Oct./Nov. February March

Foreign-Funded programs have different application deadlines. Please see Fellowship Opportunities in Japan.

Institutional Training Grant applications are accepted only in response to a specific Request for Applications (RFA).

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