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93.989 Senior International Fellowships

FEDERAL AGENCY:

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

AUTHORIZATION:

Public Health Service Act, Sections 301 and 405, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 241 and 284.
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The John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) supports research and research training to reduce global disparities in health and to foster partnerships between U.S. scientists and their counterparts abroad. FIC supports basic biological, behavioral, and social science research--including research in the fields of economics, demography, and ethics--as well as related research training. The research portfolio is divided into several programs that support a wide variety of funding mechanisms to meet programmatic objectives.

TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:

Project Grants.
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:

Research Grants: Research Grants provide funds for salaries, equipment, supplies, travel, and other expenses associated with scientific investigation concerning global health issues. They are awarded to universities, colleges, medical and dental schools, hospitals, and other nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Awards include investigator-initiated research grants, cooperative agreements, international training grants, career development awards to enable investigators with outstanding research potential to develop their careers, and small grants.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:   Grants: Scientists at universities, medical and dental schools, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Some restrictions apply and differ among the programs described below.

Beneficiary Eligibility:   Any nonprofit or for-profit organization, company or institution engaged in biomedical research. Some restrictions apply and differ among the programs described below.

Credentials/Documentation:   Grants: Applications for grants must show the objectives, methodology, and resources for the specific research project and must present the applicant's competence and interest. Career development awards: (1) Individual Candidates: the applicant's academic record, research experience, citizenship, institutional sponsorship, and the proposed area and plan of training, must be included in the application. (2) Institutional Candidates: the applicant institution must show the objectives, methodology, and resources for the research training program, the research qualifications and experience of directing staff to train students, the criteria to be used in selecting individuals for awards, and a detailed budget and justification for the amount of grants funds requested. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular A-21 - Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, Circular A-110 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations, Circular A-102 - Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, and Circular A-87 for State and local governments. For-profit organizations' costs are determined in accordance with Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. For other than State and local government grantees, costs will be determined by Health and Human Services (HHS) Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q.

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APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination:   Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure:   Grants: Scientists at universities, hospitals, laboratories, and other public or private nonprofit and for-profit institutions. Career development awards: (1) Nonprofit domestic organizations may apply for institutional awards. (2) Individual candidates or applicants must arrange sponsorship by a public or nonprofit private institution having staff and facilities appropriate to the proposed research training program. (3) All awardees must be citizens, or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been admitted to the United States for permanent residence. (4) To be eligible, career development awardees must have a professional or scientific degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., D.V.M., Sc.D., D.Eng., or equivalent domestic or foreign degree). Institutional applicants must be able to provide the staff and facilities suitable for the proposed research training. Under some programs non-U.S. institutions and investigators may be eligible for direct awards.

Award Procedure:   NIH initial review group, followed by a second level review by the Fogarty International Center National Advisory Board.

Deadlines:   GRANTS: An application deadline date will appear in the Request for Applications (RFA) or Program Announcement (PA) for each competition. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for information on when RFAs may be published. FIC PAs have the following receipt dates: FIRCA: March 25, July 25, and November 25.AIDS FIRCA: January 2, May 1 and September 1. International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA): February 13.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:   GRANTS: From 4 to 6 months.

Appeals:   A principal investigator (P.I.) may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his or her application by communicating with the staff of the FIC.

Renewals:   Non-competing renewal applications may be made for all multi-year awards. Applicants must submit their request on form PHS 2590 two months before the end of the last budget period. Competing renewal applications may be submitted only in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) or Program Announcements (PA.)

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

Formula and Matching Requirements:   This Program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:   Grants: Approval of a project includes a determination of support for the authorized project period (not to exceed 5 years). Awards to support the project are 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 Grant Award (Form PHS-1533) indicates the support recommended and expected to be made available for the remainder of the project beyond the approved project period, an application for renewal (PHS-398, Revised 7/10/01) must be submitted in accordance with the deadline dates and instructions attached to the form. Funds are allocated annually based on progress in the preceding year. Assistance is awarded by an Electronic Transfer System for domestic grantees and by U.S. Treasury Check for foreign grantees.

POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:   Grants: Annual and terminal reports on progress, expenditures, and inventions 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 74 - Uniform Administrative Requirements for grants and cooperative agreements.

Audits:   In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that receive financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.

Records:   Expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last expenditure report for the report period.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification:   75-0819-0-1-552.

Obligations:   (Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Career Awards) FY 01 $45,142,000; FY 02 est $51,010,460; FY 03 est $56,879,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  
No Data Available.

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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:
Minority International Research Training Grant: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 28 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 28 awards each year. International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 6 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 5 awards each year. International Maternal and Child Health Research and Training Program: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 11 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 11 awards each year. International Studies on Health and Economic Development: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 11 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 11 awards each year. International Clinical, Operational, and Health Services Research and Training Award: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 14 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 14 awards each year. International Training and Research in Environmental and Occupational Health: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 17 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 17 awards each year. International Malaria Research Training Program: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 11 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 13 awards each year. AIDS International Training and Research Program: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 24 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expect to make 23 awards each year. Actions for Building Capacity in Support of the International Collaborations in Infectious Disease Research Program: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 10 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 10 awards each year. International Research Scientist Development Award: In fiscal year 2001, FIC made 9 awards, and in fiscal years 2002 and 2003, expects to make 12 to 14 awards each year.

REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:

The grant program legislation and program regulation cited in this 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 74 or 45 CFR Part 92 as applicable, the NIH Grants Policy Statement, including addenda in effect as of the beginning date of the budget period, and the terms and conditions on the notice of grant award. Information regarding FIC programs can be found at: http://www.nih.gov/fic/programs.html.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:   Not applicable.

Headquarters Office:   Flora Katz Building 31, Room B2C39 31 Center Drive, MSC 2220, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 Email: flora.katz@nih.gov Phone: 301-496-1653

Web Site Address:  
http://www.fic.nih.gov

EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:

Not Applicable.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:

The major elements in evaluating proposals include assessments of: (1) The scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study 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.

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