Sponsor:  National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Sponsor Program Solicitation: PAR-12-003
Funding Amount: $350,000 per year
Duration: Up to five (5) years

Status of this Limited Submission Opportunity

Closed - Submitting PI: Michael Pollastri (resubmission)


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 09/15/2012
Sponsor Deadline: 12/14/2012
Letter of Intent Deadline: 11/15/2012

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only one new application and one resubmission per institution are allowed. If you are planning to submit a new application, please call Karen Drew (x4824) immediately.

Requirement for Interdisciplinary Participation: Participation by a minimum of three Schools, departments, or other entities representing distinct disciplines is required.  Subspecialties within a field, such as Medicine, would not qualify as distinct disciplines. For consortia, the three disciplines may be distributed among the partner academic or research institutions.

Prerequisite activities in Global Health: Institutions or consortia are eligible to apply if they participate, as a recipient or significant collaborator, on a minimum of five research or research training grants or research contracts in global health topics involving significant participation by investigators in LMICs (as defined by the World Bank, above), such as a role as Program Director(s)/ Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) or key personnel or as a listed performance site.  All of these awards should be from funding sources external to the institution and should be active on the application receipt date for this FOA, with at least two of these awards from the NIH.  NIH R03 awards, however, do not count as qualifying grants. . If a consortium of institutions applies as partners, the institutions applying may together meet this prerequisite (i.e. as the sum of all the partners).

Institutional Commitment: Applications should include letters from the appropriate head research administrator at all participating institutions confirming the institutions’ commitment to the proposed research training program.  The institution(s) should state their commitment to overcoming any administrative obstacles to the implementation of the application, such as accommodation for participation by multiple Schools at the university or collaboration with other institutions. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program also includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and resources that can contribute to the planned program.

Funding Areas

The NIH Fogarty International Center’s Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation (FRAME Innovation) will provide support to institutions in the U.S. and in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) to build capacity within their institutions to develop broadly interdisciplinary training programs in global health directed towards encouraging Innovation in health-related products, processes, and policies.  Trainees should be at the postdoctoral level or have attained a terminal degree in their fields.  Training should be directed towards identifying critical health needs in LMICs that can be addressed through Innovation, and trainees should carry out the scientific research necessary to develop, validate, and test their concepts. To increase the translation of research findings into realized health benefits, project design should include considerations of implementation appropriate to low resource settings in LMICs, particularly regarding increased effectiveness, affordability, accessibility, ease of use or delivery, and/or scalability.  This FOA emphasizes hands-on, problem-solving, and collaborative approaches and allows U.S. and LMIC trainees to be trained together in joint programs.  By engaging multiple entities within and among institutions, the proposed programs should also create the institutional infrastructure necessary to support interdisciplinary training in global health innovation, stimulate new collaborations, and increase the pipeline of researchers from a wide variety of fields who engage in global health research.  This FOA is consistent with the goals of the Fogarty International Center (FIC) Strategic Plan (http://www.fic.nih.gov/About/Pages/Strategic-Plan.aspx) to support and facilitate global health research in both communicable and non-communicable diseases, build partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and train the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.