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
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; M - Training
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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 location, 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, career development activities 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?
Performance is monitored annually by the NIH/Fogarty Center program staff.
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
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. 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
Building 31, Room B2C39
31 Center Drive, MSC 2220
Bethesda, MD 20892 US
(Project Grants (including individual awards)) FY 18$54,431,261.00; FY 19 est $55,373,205.00; FY 20 est $56,480,669.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Fiscal Year 2018: Fogarty International Center issued two Funding Opportunities in partnership with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy: Health-professional Education Partnership Initiative (HEPI: https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/health-professional-education-partnership-initiative-hepi.aspx) and African Association for Health Professions Education and Research (https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/african-association-health-professions.aspx). Both build on the Medical Education Partnership Initiative, which supported Medical Schools in Africa to increase the quality, quantity, and retention of physicians to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Africa. The new programs extend that goal to include nurses and other allied health professionals, interprofessional training, and integrated biomedical and clinical research. Eight HEPI awards and 1 Association award were issued at the end of the fiscal year. FIC also gave first awards in a new program to reduce Stigma to improve HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care in low and middle income countries ( https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/stigma-hiv-aids.aspx). To further support our ongoing HIV programs worldwide, FIC offered supplements to develop courses and support Fellows in Mentorship and Leadership, which have large impacts on the success of scientific careers. We also participated in trans-NIH opportunities to make supplement awards to our existing programs in the areas of Alzheimer's Disease and Opioid alternative therapies. We issued a new Funding Opportunity Announcement for research training in Non-communicable Diseases Across the Lifespan ( https://www.fic.nih.gov/Programs/Pages/chronic-lifespan.aspx). Finally, we made numerous new awards to our standing Funding Opportunities, including Career Development Awards for US Scientists, Career Development Awards for Scientists from Low and Middle-income countries, Global Infectious Diseases Research Training, HIV Research Training, Global Fellows and Scholars Program, Bioethics, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Mobile Technologies and Health exploratory research grants, Non-communicable Diseases Exploratory research grants, and Brain Disorders across the Lifespan. Information on all our programs is available on our website: www.fic.nih.gov . Fiscal Year 2019: FIC made first awards in the Research Training in Non-communicable Diseases Across the Lifespan in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) program. We also re-issued Funding Opportunity Announcements for the continuation of our Stigma and HIV research program and our HIV Research Training programs. Two additional awards were issued in the HEPI program (see above). We offered several opportunities for grantees to apply for targeted supplements to their grants and issued supplements for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias, Bioethics Research, and Implementation Science associated with Brain and Neurological Disorders. With support from 15 NIH partners, under our Global Fellows and Scholars program we supported 116 young investigators from the U.S. and LMICs representing a large diversity of biomedical and clinical fields for one-year research training at NIH sites in LMICs. In addition, through an MOU with the Fulbright Foundation, we jointly sponsored 8 additional Fogarty-Fulbright Fellows to receive training at Global Fellows and Scholars sites. We continue to support a Bioinformatics training program through H3Africa and a research training program for junior faculty at African medical schools. Finally, we made numerous new awards to our standing Funding Opportunities that compete on an annual basis, including Career Development Awards for US Scientists, Career Development Awards for Scientists from LMICs, Global Infectious Diseases Research Training, HIV Research Training, Bioethics, Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases, Mobile Technologies and Health exploratory research grants, Non-communicable Diseases and Injury Exploratory research grants, and Brain Disorders across the Lifespan research grants. Information on all our programs is available on our website: www.fic.nih.gov . Fiscal Year 2020: We anticipate continuing to fund our standing programs, as described above. We will present concepts for several new programs and issue associated Funding Opportunity announcements.
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