This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications from U.S. institutions to support Research Units (RUs) within the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research at NICHD. RUs will consist of U.S.-based research centers in partnership with research centers in low income foreign countries. The RUs within the Global Network will participate in addressing the major causes of maternal, neonatal, infant, and early childhood morbidity and mortality through the conduct of clinical research. The grantees will form a cooperative network in scientific partnership with NIH to conduct multi-center randomized clinical trials evaluating interventions in resource-poor settings. The purpose of this FOA is to compete 7 sites of the Global Network for Women’s and Children’s Health Research.
Only one application is permitted per institution.
Applications for a Global Network Research Unit grant must be submitted jointly by collaborating teams of investigators that include the applicant U.S. PD/PI and a Senior Foreign Investigator (SFI), who must be a national of a low income country residing in his/her own country. These collaborating teams are identified as “Research Units” in the context of this FOA. For the purposes of this FOA, low income countries are defined as resource-limited nations in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. Investigators and their institutions from the low income countries are expected to function as full and equal partners with the collaborating U.S. investigators. Only one RU grant will be awarded per institution.
NICHD intends to commit approximately $4.9 million in total costs (direct plus Facilities and Adminsitrative (F&A) costs) in FY 2013 to fund at least 7 new and/or renewal awards.
NIMH intends to commit approximately $500,000 for FY 2013. Applications for the RUs may request a budget for direct costs of up to $155,000 per year for RU base costs and $410,000 direct costs under Other Expenses as restricted funds, to be used for multiple protocols including a maternal neonatal health registry. Application budgets need to reflect actual needs of the proposed budget. Each RU applicant may request a project period of up to five years.
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