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Title: International Research and Training Opportunities through FIC and NIH

International Research and Training
Opportunities through FIC and NIH
  • Natalie Tomitch, MPH, MBA Program Officer for
    Eurasia and
  • Central and Eastern Europe
  • Fogarty International Center

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Office of the Director
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institute of Arthritis
and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
National Cancer Institute
National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Child Health and
Human Development
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive
and Kidney Diseases
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Rese
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institute of Environmental Health
National Institute on Deafness and
Other Communication Disorders
National Eye Institute
National Human Genome Research Institute
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute of Neurological Disorders
and Stroke
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Institute of Nursing Research
National Library of Medicine
National Center for Complementary and
Alternative Medicine
National Center on Minority Health and Health
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and
National Center for Research Resources
Fogarty International Center
Center for Information Technology
Center for Scientific Review
Clinical Center
The NIH Mission
  • To uncover new knowledge that will lead to
    better health for everyone.

NIH fulfills its mission by
  • Conducting research in its own laboratories.
  • Supporting the research of non-Federal scientists
    in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and
    research institutions throughout the country and
  • Helping in the training of research
  • Fostering communication of medical and health
    sciences information.

NIH Research Training Support Mechanisms
  • Domestic Award with a Foreign Component,
    including FIRCA (common)
  • Direct Award to a foreign institution (rare, but
  • Research Training

R01, R03, R21, D43
NIH Priorities and Opportunities Evaluated in
Peer Review
Ideas from Individual Scientists
Institute Advisory Councils
Scientific Review
NIH Grantees
  • Scientists and public members examine the
    institute portfolio.
  • Assess programs
  • Approve applications
  • Provide policy advice

Each year, NIH receives approximately 25,000
research project grant applications.
Applications are evaluated in peer review system.
Approximately 25 percent of NIH applicants gain
research funding.
Some Considerations for NIH-funded Research
  • Training of young researchers.
  • Protection of human and animal research subjects.
  • Research integrity and scientific accountability.
  • Dissemination of research results.
  • Technology transfer.
  • Balance among laboratory research, clinical
    research, and epidemiological research.

NIH Research Grants
  • A foreign scientist is eligible to apply as P.I.
    or co-investigator to pursue research in any area
    normally funded by NIH
  • - BUT -

NIH Research Grants (contd)
  • Application must address two questions
  • (1) Why is the research being done abroad?
  • - The foreign P.I. must demonstrate a special
    opportunity to further health research not
    readily available in the USA (due to special
    expertise or access to equipment, resources, or
  • (2) What is the benefit to the US population?

NIH International Research Expenditures
Fiscal Years 1994 to 2000
Fogarty International Center
  • Mission To promote and support scientific
    research and training internationally to reduce
    disparities in global health and to prepare
    current and future health scientists in the U.S.
    and abroad to meet global health challenges.
  • Science for Global Health

Fogarty International Center
Fogarty International Center
  • Research and Training Opportunities for
    scientists in low- and middle-income countries
    and transitional economies
  • Extramural Training Grants 13 Programs
  • Extramural Research Grants 11 Programs

Fogarty International Center Research Grant
  • Fogarty International Research Collaboration
    Award (FIRCA)
  • Ecology of Infectious Diseases
  • Global Health Research Initiative Program for New
    Foreign Investigators (GRIP)
  • International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups
  • International Studies on Health and Economic
  • International Tobacco and Health Research and
    Capacity Building
  • Health Environment and Economic Development
  • Brain Disorders in the Developing World Research
    Across the Lifespan
  • Stigma and Global Health Research Program

Fogarty Intl Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA)
  • Supports international research partnerships
    between NIH-supported U.S. scientists and
    collaborators in developing nations and countries
    in transition.
  • Provides 32,000 per year (up to 3 years) for
    equipment and supplies for foreign lab, travel,
    and stipend for the foreign PI.
  • Four reviews per year.
  • CRISP database (Computer Retrieval of Information
    on Scientific Projects) lists current DHHS
    research projects (NIH, CDC, FDA, AHRQ) at

International Tobacco Health Research and
Capacity Building
  • WHO Tobacco use is the leading cause of
    preventable death and disability in adults
    globally. By 2025, predicted 10 M deaths
    annually, 70 in developing world, straining
    resource needs.
  • Goal development of scientific data for
    decision-making on tobacco issues, to include
    epidemiological-behavioral, prevention,
    communication, health services, and policy
    research of local relevance.
  • Partners include NCI, NHLBI, NICHD, NIDA, NINR,
    CDC, WHO-TFI, Canadian IHR.

Health, Environment, and Economic Development
  • Goal support interdisciplinary, international
    research collaborations on the linkages among
    health, environment, and development in
    developing nations and countries in transition
  • Developmental grants in 2003, full RO1s in 2005
  • Strong research capacity building
  • Policy relevance and dissemination plans
  • Evaluation of impacts
  • Partners include NIEHS, NICHD, NIDA, OBSSR, USGS

Stigma and Global Health Research Program
  • Stigma prevents seeking prevention and care and
    participating in research that could lead to
    effective interventions.
  • Goal to stimulate interdisciplinary research on
    the etiology and role of stigma in health, and to
    develop evidence-based interventions to prevent
    or reduce its negative effects on the health of
    individuals, groups and societies.
  • Partners include NCMHD, NHGRI, NIAAA, NIAID,
    Canadian IHR.

Fogarty International Center Research Training
Grant Programs
  • Building Capacity in Support of ICIDR sites
  • Global Infectious Disease Research Training
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups
  • FIC-NLM Medical Informatics
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Population and Health
  • Research Bioethics
  • Malaria
  • Clinical, Operational and Health Services
    Research (ICOHRTA)
  • Genetics

FIC Research Training Grants (D43 )
  • Opportunities for scientists and health
    professionals from low- and middle-income nations
    to train at the Ph.D., Masters, and post-doctoral
    levels while working on international research
  • Low- and middle-income as defined by World Bank
    (per capita income lt 9,000).

FIC Research Training Grants
  • Institutional training grant to U.S. universities
    and non-profit research institutions in response
    to a specific request for application (RFA).
  • Awardees are current NIH grant recipients with
    demonstrated research collaboration with foreign
    research institutions.
  • Purpose support training of scientists for
    building of research capacity in developing
    nations and countries in transition.

Support Available Through FIC Training Grants
  • Masters and Doctoral Degrees Tuition,
    Stipends, Travel, Related Expenses
  • Post-doctoral Fellowships Tuition, Stipends,
    Travel, Related Expenses
  • Short Courses (in U.S. or In-country) Tuition,
    Travel, Per diem
  • Training-related In-country research grants and
  • Re-entry grants
  • Limited salary, admin support for U.S. university

FIC Training Program Characteristics
  • Systematic approach
  • Stability and Long-term Commitment
  • Response to Local Needs and Priorities
  • Long-term Mentoring
  • Mutual Reinforcement of Training/Research
  • Empowerment and Mutual Respect
  • Individual and Institutional Partnerships
  • Advanced In-country Research (upon return to home
  • Networking
  • Flexibility
  • Leverage

AIDS International Training and Research Program
  • Purpose development of epidemiological skills in
    AIDS diagnosis, prevention and treatment
    research, including clinical trials.
  • Training of researchers, technicians, and allied
    mid-level health professionals.

AITRP Programs in CEE and NIS
  • Baylor College of Medicine (Texas) Romania
  • State University of New York (SUNY)/ Brooklyn
    Armenia, Baltic States, Czech Republic, Georgia,
    Hungary, Poland, Russia
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham Russia,
  • Johns Hopkins University Russia, Tajikistan
  • Yale University Russia

Global Infectious Disease Research Program
  • Support of collaborative research related
    training on infectious diseases that are
    predominately endemic in or impact upon people
    living in developing nations and countries in
  • Partners NIAID, CDC, USAID
  • Programs in CEE and NIS
  • NY State Department of Health Armenia, Czech
    Republic, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Poland
  • University of California at Berkeley Czech

International Training and Research Program in
Environmental and Occupational Health (ITREOH)
  • Training of health scientists, clinicians,
    epidemiologists, toxicologists, engineers,
    industrial hygienists, chemists, and allied
    health workers.
  • Focus on epidemiology and prevention research,
    environmental monitoring, and engineering
  • Partners NIEHS, NIOSH/CDC

ITREOH Programs in CEE and NIS
  • Great Lakes Center for Occupational
      Environmental Safety and Health, University of
    Illinois, Chicago
  • Focus on epidemiology, exposure assessment
    (Chernobyl-related health effects)
  • Ukraine, Belarus, Russia
  • State University of NY (SUNY) School of Public
    Health, Albany
  • Focus on air pollution, hazardous waste
    management, industrial hygiene, environmental
    and occupational health policy
  • Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Romania,
    Ukraine, Uzbekistan

ITREOH Programs in CEE and NIS
  • University of Iowa, Center for International
    Rural and Environmental Health
  • Focus on exposure assessment to agricultural
    toxins, pesticides
  • Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania,
    Slovakia, Slovenia
  • Michigan State University
  • Focus on Balkan Endemic Nephropathy (BEN)
  • Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia

International Bioethics Education and Career
Development Award in CEE and NIS
  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland
  • M.A. in Bioethics, including online interactive
    research ethics course, clinical ethics rotation,
    and analysis of case studies in international
    research ethics, research proposal development.
  • Russia (St. Petersburg State University)
  • Bangladesh Medical Research Council
  • Multidisciplinary training and capacity
    building of health research professionals in
    curriculum development and support of relevant
  • Kazakhstan (School of Public Health, Almaty)

International Clinical, Operational, and Health
Services Research and Training (ICOHRTA)
  • Supports integrated multidisciplinary, clinical,
    operational, and health services research and
    training collaborations.
  • First series of grants focused mostly on mental
    health and drug abuse-related research training
  • Participating NIH Institutes and Centers

ICOHRTA Sites in CEE and NIS
  • University of Michigan at Lansing Focus on
    substance abuse.
  • Poland (Institute of Neuropsychiatry)
  • Childrens Hospital, Boston Focus on childrens
    developmental disorders and mental health.
  • Turkey (Ankara University)
  • University of California at Berkeley Focus on
    financing of mental health services.
  • Czech Republic (Charles University)
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham Focus on
    substance abuse treatment, prevention and control
    of related health problems (HIV).
  • Ukraine (Pirogov Medical University, Vinnitsa)

Trauma and Injury Research Training Program (new,
active RFA)
  • Addresses the growing burden of morbidity and
    mortality in the developing world due to trauma
    and injury.
  • Training across the range of basic to applied
    science epidemiology of risk factors acute care
    and survival rehabilitation and long-term
    mental health consequences.
  • Partners 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).

Other Opportunities NIH Visiting Program
  • Provides opportunities for foreign scientists to
    train and conduct collaborative research at NIH
    (1-3 years).
  • Open to scientists at all career levels.
  • Appointment must be requested by a senior NIH
    intramural scientist on behalf of the foreign

Other Opportunities National Institute on Drug
Abuse (NIDA) INVEST Fellowship
  • Provides opportunities for foreign scientists to
    train and conduct collaborative research related
    to drug abuse at NIH.
  • Open to scientists at all career levels.
  • Foreign scientist must seek appointment from a
    senior NIH intramural scientist.

Other Opportunities U.S. Civilian Research
Development Foundation (CRDF)
  • With NIH funding, supports joint biomedical
    behavioral research between U.S. and NIS
  • Catalyzing new linkages and development of
    scientific infrastructure.
  • Direct transfer of and equipment to NIS
    scientists, exempt from tax and customs.
  • New targeted HIV/AIDS Initiative (1) workshops
    (2) grants competition and (3) final conference
    to set research agenda, formulate appropriate
    program interventions and policy implications.
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Bridges in Life Sciences
  • Budapest, October 2003 Regional networking
    meeting and technology transfer workshop for U.S.
    and CEE researchers supported by NIH (150 grants
    in 8 disciplines). Conferences
  • Purpose to strengthen US-CEE and intra-regional
    collaborations, to bridge other efforts (EU), to
    address training needs as countries enter the EU.
  • Recommendations continue regular targeted
    scientific networking meetings and training
    sessions in TT and grantsmanship.
  • May 2004 Reproductive health/ LBW (Bratislava,
    Slovakia) October 2004 HIV and Related
    Conditions (Bucharest, Romania) June 2005
    Pan-European Forum (Dubrovnik, Croatia).

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  • Please contact
  • Natalie Tomitch, MPH, MBA
  • Program Officer for Russia, NIS (Eurasia) and CEE
  • Tel 301-496-4784
  • E-mail