The Fogarty HIV Research Training (HIVRT) Program currently invites applications for infrastructure development training programs to strengthen one of several infrastructure functions critical to support HIV research at LMIC institutions.
This FOA complements the other two FOAs in the HIVRT Program, which are focused on scientific research training, by supporting training that addresses several infrastructure functions considered critical to successful high-quality research. Research infrastructure training programs will maximize previous investments and further strengthen the LMIC institution’s research capabilities, as well as potentially provide more accessible research infrastructure training opportunities to other Institutionsin their own country and in other LMICs.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages collaborative applications from U.S. and LMIC institutions to develop training programs to achieve technical, administrative, and financial management expertise required for one of several research infrastructure support functions considered critical to a successful high-quality research environment.
- The overall goal of the Fogarty HIV Research Training (HIVRT) Program is to strengthen the scientific capacity of institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) by enhancing the functional resources required to conduct HIV research on the evolving HIV epidemic in their countries.
- This FOA will support training related to acquiring and/or enhancing technical expertise, administration, and management skills, including the following functions:
- Research administration and management – The general business management practices common to the administration of all grants, such as financial accountability, reporting, equipment management, and retention of records. These include the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for tracking grant expenditures and compliance with NIH and other donor funding policies during pre – and post-award periods.
- Research integrity and compliance oversight – Administrative processes in place at an institution to promote research ethics, and to handle allegations of research misconduct among its leadership, faculty, investigators, trainees, and administrative staff.
- Ethical review of research for the protection of human subjects – An institutional system that reviews proposed research, using a framework based on established, internationally recognized ethical principles, to safeguard the rights and welfare of individuals who participate as subjects in research activities.
- Advanced laboratory instrument services – A core Institutional resource center available for investigators such as biomedical and molecular imaging, flow cytometry, genomics, proteomics, and structural analysis services.
- Biostatistics and data analysis – An institutional center that is staffed with experts able to provide researchers with statistical and data analysis help to meet rigor and reproducibility standards in biological studies.
- Laboratory animal welfare oversight- An institutional system that addresses the humane use of animals in research, using a framework based on established internationally recognized guiding principles for biomedical research involving animals.
- Health sciences library and information services – Print collection and electronic information resources on a wide range of health science topics that are organized by an institution as a service to its researchers, faculty, staff, and students.
- Information and communications technology systems (ICT) for research- Computer systems that provide, coordinate, and manage information technology, and advance computational science.
- Technology transfer and Intellectual Property protection – An institutional body that can educate researchers on intellectual property and patentable inventions as well as information on commercializing their discoveries.
- Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Prevention – An institutional office to develop policy, procedure, awareness, and training for preventing and responding to allegations of harassment including sexual harassment.
- Any area not mentioned that justifiably will contribute to enhancing Institutional services that can support research activities.
- Within the context of the topic areas mentioned above it is expected that applicant Institutions have sufficient level of HIV/AIDS research ongoing at their Institutions. NIDCR will support Infrastructure Development Training Programs for institutions conducting HIV research and research training as it relates to dental, oral and craniofacial health. Participation of schools of dentistry is encouraged.
- Application budgets are limited to $94,000 direct costs per year exclusive of consortium indirect costs.
- Indirect Costs are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees, consortium costs in excess of $25,000, and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement. The Indirect Cost limitation applies to direct awards and to subcontracts.
- Awards may support travel for trainees to participate in appropriate training experiences at other institutions or to attend scientific meetings and workshops that the training program determines to be necessary.
- Awards may support travel for trainees to present training-related research results at conferences and meetings.
- Funds may be requested for lodging and per diem at other institutions for short-term trainees.
- The maximum project period is 3 years.
- Higher Education Institutions
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
- Private Institutions of Higher Education
- The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
- Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
- Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions)
- An application may be submitted by a foreign institution in a LMIC or by a domestic (U.S.) institution that demonstrates active HIV research collaborations with the LMIC institution named in the application. Collaboration should be documented by strong prior scientific/professional interactions, such as, conference organization, joint publications, grants or previous research training activities. The applicant institution must have a strong and high-quality program in the research infrastructure function proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite training staff and facilities to conduct the proposed training program.
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