International Research and Research Training
The John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) supports research and research training to reduce disparities in global health and to foster partnerships between U.S. scientists and their counterparts abroad. FIC supports basic biological, behavioral, and social science research, as well as related research training and career development. The research portfolio is divided into several programs that support a wide variety of funding mechanisms to meet programmatic objectives.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS; TRAINING
Fiscal Year 2014: FIC released seven funding opportunities for new and continuing programs in FY2014 to be funded in FY2015 including the Global Brain and Nervous Systems Disorders Research Across the Lifespan planning grants (R21) and full awards (R01), and the Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Research (U01 and U2R), the Limited Competition: Research Training for Career Development of Junior Faculty in Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) (D43),and the Global Infectious Diseases (D43) programs. FIC issued a total of 332 non-competing and competing awards in FY2014 that aligned with the revised Strategic Plan. Fiscal Year 2015: FIC issued three funding opportunities in FY2015 to be funded in FY2016 including the Emerging Global Leader Award (K43), the International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) (K01), and the Planning Grant for Global Infectious Disease Research Training Program (D71). Fiscal Year 2016: Fogarty started a new career development program for low- and middle-income country scientists. While FIC has a similar program for U.S. scientists, this is the first of its kind that is specifically for foreign investigators. The Emerging Global Leader Award will aim to provide research support and protected time to a research scientist from a low- and middle-income country (LMIC) who holds an academic junior faculty position or research scientist appointment at an LMIC academic or research institution. LMIC research scientists from any health-related discipline who propose both critically needed career development activities and a research project that is highly relevant to the health priorities of their country will be encouraged to apply.
Public Health Service Act, Sections 301 and 405, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 241 and 284.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
In general, universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, Federal institutions and other public or private non-profit and for-profit domestic and foreign institutions, and State and local units of government are eligible to submit applications for research grants, research training grants, cooperative agreements, and career development awards. The grantee institution must agree to administer the grant in accordance with prevailing regulations and policies. The eligibility requirements may differ amongst FIC programs, based on the eligibility section found in our Requests For Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs) at: http://www.fic.nih.gov/Funding/Pages/default.aspx.
Usually any non-profit or for-profit organization, company or institution engaged in health and biomedical research.
Applications for research grants must present the objectives, methodology, and resources for the specific research project, and must demonstrate the applicant's competence and interest. For training grants, the applicant's academic record, research experience, and the proposed area and plan of training must be included in the application. The applicant institution must present the objectives, training program, and resources for the research-training program, the research qualifications and experience of directing staff in training students (the criteria to be used in selecting individuals for awards), a detailed budget, and justification for the amount of grant funds requested. Costs will be determined in accordance with 45 CFR 75 and 2 CFR 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Standard application forms, as required by 45 CFR, Part 75, must be used for this program. Detailed instructions for submitting applications to our programs are provided in our Requests For Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PARs) at: http://www.fic.nih.gov/Funding/Pages/default.aspx
Applications are reviewed initially for scientific and technical merit by a review group that is assembled by the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institute of Health. This is followed by a second level review by the Fogarty International Center's Advisory Board. Decisions to fund are then made by FIC program officers and FIC Executive Leadership based on reviews by the original review group and the Advisory Board.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Grants: From six to nine months.
A Principal Investigator (PI) may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the initial scientific review of his or her application by communicating with FIC staff.
Non-competing renewal applications may be made for all multi-year awards. Applicants must submit their Research Performance Progress report (RPPR) approximately two months before the end of the last budget period. Competing renewal applications may be submitted only if allowed in the RFA or PAR.
How are proposals selected?
The major elements in evaluating proposals include assessment of: (1) the scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study or research training program and its objectives; (2) the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; (3) the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; (4) the adequacy of the available proposed facilities and resources; (5) the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and (6) the relevance and importance to the announced program objectives. All pertinent evaluation criteria are provided in the RFAs and PAs.
How may assistance be used?
Research and Research Training Grants provide funds for salaries, equipment, supplies, travel, tuition, and other expenses associated with research training and scientific investigation concerning global health issues. These grants are awarded to universities; colleges; medical, nursing and dental schools; hospitals; and other non-profit institutions. Awards include grants, cooperative agreements, international research training grants, and career development awards.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For most projects, Federal Financial Reports (FFR), Form SF425, must be filed 90 days after each competitive segment is completed. Reports must be provided to FIC staff in accordance with the CFR Title 42 Part 52 - Grants for Research Projects and the CFR Title 45 Part 75 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for grants and cooperative agreements. Cash reports are not applicable. The grantee is responsible for annual progress reports. These reports are required for program analysis as part of all continuation applications. In addition, a final report must be filed within 120 days of the termination of the grant. The final report includes an account of progress made toward achievement of the originally stated aims; a list of the significant results; and a list of publications and inventions resulting from the projects. All grantees should use the Research Performance Progress Reporting (RPPR) forms to submit the annual progress report. For the final projects report and the final FFR at the end of the project period, the RPPR format is highly recommended, but the older 2590 form may be used for all grants and cooperative agreements. Performance is monitored annually by the NIH/Fogarty Center program staff.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Grantees generally must retain financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records that are required by the terms of a grant, or may reasonably be considered pertinent to a grant, for a period of 3 years from the date the annual FSR is submitted. For awards under SNAP (other than those to foreign organizations and Federal institutions), the 3-year retention period will be calculated from the date the FFR for the entire competitive segment is submitted. Those grantees must retain the records pertinent to the entire competitive segment for 3 years from the date the FFR is submitted to NIH. Foreign organizations and Federal institutions must retain records for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual FFR to NIH. See 45 CFR 75 for exceptions and qualifications to the 3-year retention requirement (e.g., if any litigation, claim, financial management review, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken). Those sections also specify the retention period for other types of grant-related records, including F&A cost proposals and property records. See 45 CFR 75 for record retention and access requirements for contracts under grants.
In accordance with 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 75, the HHS Inspector General, the U.S. Comptroller General, or any of their duly authorized representatives have the right of timely and unrestricted access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of recipients that are pertinent to awards in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, transcripts, and copies of such documents. This right also includes timely and reasonable access to a recipient’s personnel for the purpose of interview and discussion related to such documents. The rights of access are not limited to the required retention period, but shall last as long as records are retained.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements. N/A.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Approval of a project includes determination of support for the authorized project period (not to exceed five years). Awards to support the project are usually made on an annual basis. At the time of initial award, the grant provides funds for the conduct of the project during the first budget period (usually 12 months) and the Notice of Award (Form PHS-1533) indicates the support recommended and expected to be made available for the remainder of the project beyond the approved initial project period. Funds are disbursed via the Payment Management System Electronic Transfer System for domestic and foreign grantees. Loan Repayment Program Awards are for two years with the opportunity for renewal. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: The grantee institution is provided a notice of award with the dollar amount and the terms and conditions of the award.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Farah Nikhath Bader Fogarty International Center, Division of International Training and Research, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2022, Building 31, Room B2-C39 , Bethesda, Maryland 20892-2022 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (301) 402-5011 Fax: (301) 402-0779.
(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 14 $52,625,000; FY 15 est $52,192,000; and FY 16 est $53,909,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Guidelines for these awards are outlined in the following: the grant program legislation, terms and conditions cited in the Notice of Grant Award; the restrictions on the expenditure of Federal funds in appropriations acts, to the extent those restrictions are pertinent to the award, 45 CFR Part 75 , as applicable; and the NIH Grants Policy Statement.
Examples of Funded Projects