Department of Health and Human Services
Part 1. Overview Information
Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

Fogarty International Center (FIC)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Funding Opportunity Title

International Bioethics Research Training Program (D43)

Activity Code

D43 International Research Training Grants

Announcement Type

New

Related Notices

 NOT-TW-12-011

  • NOT-OD-16-004 - NIH & AHRQ Announce Upcoming Changes to Policies, Instructions and Forms for 2016 Grant Applications (November 18, 2015)
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

PAR-16-082

Companion Funding Opportunity

PAR-16-081, R25 Education Projects  

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.989, 93.172  

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The overall goal of this initiative is to support the development of a sustainable critical mass of bioethics scholars in low and middle income country (LMIC) research intensive institutions with the capabilities to conduct original empirical or conceptual ethics research that addresses challenging issues in health research and research policy in these countries as well as provide research ethics leadership to their institutions, governments and international research organizations. FIC will support LMIC-U.S. collaborative institutional bioethics doctoral and postdoctoral research training programs that incorporate didactic, mentored research and career development components to prepare a number of individuals with ethics expertise for positions of scholarship and leadership in health research institutions in the LMIC. 

Key Dates
Posted Date

January 13, 2016

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

April 18, 2016

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

30 days prior to the application due date

Application Due Date(s)

May 18, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date .

***This FOA is being issued with limited due dates to accommodate the transition from FORMS-C to FORMS-D application packages (NOT-OD-16-004). This FOA will be reissued for additional due date(s) on or after May 25, 2016.***

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

November 2016,

Advisory Council Review

January 2017,

Earliest Start Date

April 2017

Expiration Date

May 19,2016

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide including the Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.


Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview Information
Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Section II. Award Information
Section III. Eligibility Information
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
Section V. Application Review Information
Section VI. Award Administration Information
Section VII. Agency Contacts
Section VIII. Other Information


Part 2. Full Text of Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

The International Bioethics Research Training program supports mentored doctoral and long term postdoctoral research training for ethic experts from low and middle income countries (LMICs) that complements other global health research and research training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers.  The overall goal of this initiative is to support the development of a sustainable critical mass of bioethics scholars in LMIC research intensive institutions with the capabilities to conduct original empirical or conceptual ethics research that addresses challenging issues in health research and research policy in these countries.  Collaborative programs should be designed to recruit, select and rigorously train LMIC individuals with the potential to become independent bioethics scholars, teach bioethics courses, lead the ethical review of research and provide expert consultation to their institutions, governments and international research organizations. Awards will support innovative U.S. - LMIC collaborative institutional bioethics training programs that incorporate didactic, mentored research and career development components to prepare a number of individuals with ethics expertise for leadership positions in health research institutions in the LMIC.

Purpose and Background Information

In response to the increasing amount of collaborative global health research and scope of associated ethical concerns in LMICs, the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and several NIH ICs supported International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development (R25) awards since FY2000.  To address the continuing needs for in depth international research ethics education identified by a recent assessment of the program (JAMA 313, 5: 461-2), the requirements of the FIC International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25) funding opportunity (PAR-16-081) were modified to enhance the establishment of sustainable masters level research ethics training at research intensive LMIC institutions and this International Bioethics Research Training Program funding opportunity was created for LMIC doctoral and long term postdoctoral training. Bioethics research training activities can be focused on the ethics of research in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in behavioral or social sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NIH mission and the health research priorities of the LMIC.

FIC institutional collaborative research training programs allow the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) to select the trainees and develop individualized coursework, research experiences, and technical and/or professional skills development appropriate for each trainee. Each program should provide high-quality research training and offer opportunities in addition to conducting mentored research.

Program Objectives

The primary objective of proposed International Bioethics Research Training programs should be to support individuals with ethics expertise from a LMIC research intensive institution to develop the capabilities to conduct original empirical or conceptual research on critical ethical issues in health research in their countries.  The proposed doctoral and/or long term postdoctoral training program should provide:

  • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for proposed bioethics research areas;
  • The enhancement of the trainees’ ability to conceptualize, analyze and solve bioethics research problems with increasing independence;
  • Experience conducting bioethics research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings;
  • The opportunity to interact with members of the international bioethics academic community at appropriate conferences and workshops; and
  • The enhancement of the trainees’ understanding of the bioethics theory and ethical practice related to global health research.

A secondary objective of proposed programs should be to provide training in the competencies necessary to sustain scholarly careers in leadership positions at institutions in the LMIC as well as teaching bioethics, leading ethical review of research and providing research ethics consultation. 

The overall goal of this initiative is to contribute to the development of a sustainable critical mass of bioethics leaders at the LMIC research intensive institution to meet the needs for research ethics capacity in this country.  Applicants should describe the specific needs for research ethics capacity, scholarship and leadership in the LMIC and how the results of the proposed doctoral and postdoctoral training will meet these needs at the end of the proposed award period.  Applicants are encouraged to develop plans for post-training interaction and activities among the doctoral and postdoctoral trainees specifically to create a sustainable critical mass for bioethics leadership at LMIC institutions.

Program Considerations

All mentored research projects under this award examined by an independent committee using  scientific review procedures established by the applicant institution, with documentation of education in the protection of human subjects for the trainee, compliance with the required federal citations, and approval from an institutional (or ethical) review board or committee at the applicant institution and, if different, at the institution in which the research is being conducted, for example;

Applicants may submit applications that focus on research training in a thematic bioethics area that is of high significance to the LMIC and specifically related to research supported by the participating NIH ICs. NHGRI supports applications that examine ethical issues in genetics and genomics research, especially topics such as privacy, informed consent, return of genetic and genomic research results (including incidental findings), and biobanks and biorepositories for genomic data and samples.

Trainee selection 

Training PDs/PIs should limit the selection of doctoral and postdoctoral trainees to individuals from the LMIC who show documented evidence of research analytical skills as well as commitment to a bioethics career and long term training necessary to achieve this goal. Trainees with previous masters' level training or equivalent bioethics related experience and bioethics related publications are preferred.

Applicants are encouraged to recruit trainees from diverse groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences.

Faculty

Faculty and mentors from the U.S. or other high income countries should have international bioethics research experience.  Faculty and mentors from LMICs with research ethics expertise should play significant roles in proposed programs to insure the relevance of the proposed research training and sustainable career development.

Research Training Environment

Original bioethics empirical and conceptual research is increasingly complex and multidisciplinary in nature.  PDs/PIs are encouraged to develop institutional training programs that will expose trainees to a diversity of bioethics scholarship, systems for study, empirical and conceptual research approaches, and tools and technologies. Consideration of team-based research approaches may also be warranted depending upon the goals of the proposed bioethics training program.    

In order to contribute to progress in both theory and practice in international bioethics, mentored  research projects should focus on ethical issues faced in current research involving human subjects in the LMIC and be conducted to the greatest extent possible in this country. Trainee research is expected to lead to first author publications in leading international journals.

Training programs should make available structured, career development mentorship and learning opportunities (e.g., workshops, mentorship, Individual Development Plans). Through such opportunities, trainees would obtain a working knowledge of various potential career directions that make strong use of the knowledge and skills gained during research training and the steps required to transition successfully to the next stage of their chosen career path. 

The proposed institutional research training program may complement other ongoing FIC research training and career development programs at the applicant or collaborating institution, including those supported by International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development awards, however, the proposed program must be clearly distinct from any related programs currently receiving U.S. government support.

Short-term training is not supported by these awards, or any undergraduate, clinical or masters-level training.  Masters level training for LMIC participants can be supported by International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25) (PAR-16-081)

This FOA is relevant to FIC Strategic Plan Goal 1:  "Build research capacity through individuals, institutions and networks to meet future and evolving health challenges."

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

Grant: A support mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity.

Application Types Allowed

New

The OER Glossary and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Award Budget

Applicants may request up to $230,000 direct costs per year.

Award Project Period

The total project period for an  application submitted in response to this funding opportunity may not exceed 5 years. 

Other Award Budget Information
Stipends, Tuition, and Fees
Personnel Costs

Awards may provide stipends as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience.

Awards can contribute to the cost of tuition and fees.

Individuals designing, directing, and implementing the proposed research training program may request salary and fringe benefits appropriate for the person months devoted to the program. Salaries requested may not exceed the levels commensurate with the institution's policy for similar positions and may not exceed the congressionally mandated cap.

Limited program-related administrative and clerical salary costs associated distinctly with the program that are not normally provided by the applicant organization may be direct charges to the grant only when they are in accordance with applicable cost principles.  For institutions covered by 2 CFR 200, Subpart-E-Cost Principles. When specifically identified and justified, these expenses must be itemized in Sections A and B, as appropriate, of the R&R Budget.   

Trainee Travel

Trainee travel between collaborating institutions and to attend bioethics meetings and workshops that the institution determines to be necessary for the individual’s research training experience is an allowable trainee expense for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. 

Training Related Expenses
Other Program Related Expenses

NIH will provide funds to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance, trainee research project costs, staff salaries, consultant costs, laptop computers and internet connectivity, research supplies, ethics journal subscriptions and publication costs, faculty/staff travel directly related to the research training program, and PI travel to annual network meeting at FIC in Bethesda MD.

Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] 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.

NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made in response to this FOA.

Section III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
Eligible Organizations

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)

Other

  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions)

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.  

The applicant institution must have robust and high-quality research ongoing in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities on site to contribute to the envisioned research training program. It is anticipated that participating training program faculty will have active, funded research projects in which potential trainees may gain relevant research training experiences consistent with their career interests and goals.

An application may be submitted by an eligible foreign institution in a low- or middle-income country (LMIC) or by an eligible domestic (U.S.) institution that demonstrates collaborations with an LMIC institution named in the application by documented joint publications, grants or previous research training activities. LMICs are defined by the World Bank classification system (according to Gross National Income (GNI) per capita as “low-income,” “lower-middle-income,” and “upper-middle-income” (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups). See Notice of Change in Country Eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants and Country Eligibility for additional information. Other High Income Country (HIC) Faculty and institutions may be named as collaborators.

Foreign Institutions

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are  eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by academic education or research institutions in LMICs (as defined by the World Bank (http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups; low-income, lower-middle-income, and upper-middle-income countries are included ).   NOT-TW-12-011 'Notice of Change in Country Eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants') applies to this FOA. With the exception of Sub-Saharan African countries FIC no longer accepts applications from upper-middle-income countries that are also members of the G20 major economies (https://www.g20.org/).

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are  allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant Organizations

Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible. The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.

  • Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) - All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
  • System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
  • NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM. 
  • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
  • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons.If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

International applicants may obtain more information on the registrations required for grants.gov and eRA Commons at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Tips_for_International_Applicants.pdf.
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/international_support.pdf
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/international_qa.pdf 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/preparing_grantsgov_reg.htm

Guidance for International Applicants Blocked from Registration Websites: NOT-OD-11-090

An NIH supported webinar on Electronic Submission of Grant Applications for Foreign Institutions can be found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/webinar_docs/webinar_20120927.htm

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed bioethics research training program as the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities  and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.

The Training PD/PI should be an established investigator in international bioethics and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI should have bioethics research and research training experience in the LMIC country which is the focus of the application.  The Training PD/PI will be responsible for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the program. The Training PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.    

Non-U.S. applicants must be citizens of LMICs.

Due to the collaborative nature of the program, applicants are encouraged to designate the primary U.S. and LMIC collaborators as Multiple PD/PIs. 

2. Cost Sharing

This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

3. Additional Information on Eligibility
Number of Applications

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is programmatically distinct.

The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.  This means that the NIH will not accept:

  • A new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping new (A0) or resubmission (A1) application.
  • A resubmission (A1) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of the previous new (A0) application.
  • An application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see NOT-OD-11-101).
Preceptors/Mentors

Program faculty should have strong records as bioethics researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for support in bioethics research or training.  Program faculty should also have a record of bioethics research training, including successful, former trainees who have established productive careers in international bioethics leadership positions..  Bioethics researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.

Trainees

All trainees must be citizens of LMICs.

Only individuals from LMICs that meet the Country Eligibility are eligible for training under this FOA. Individuals who also have citizenship or permanent residency in the US, other high income countries, or countries not eligible under the Country Eligibility are not eligible for support under this FOA.

All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies.

 Postdoctoral trainees must have received a Ph.D., M.D., or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited institution. Preferably, postdoctoral trainees should have faculty positions at the LMIC institution.  Only long term postdoctoral bioethics research training of at least one year can be supported.

Section IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Requesting an Application Package

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or following the directions provided at Grants.gov.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide including Supplemental Grant Application Instructions except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Letter of Intent

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

The letter of intent should be sent to:

Barbara Sina, Ph.D.
Telephone: 301-402-9467
Fax: 301-402-0779
Email: sinab@mail.nih.gov

Page Limitations

All page limitations described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed.

Instructions for Application Submission

The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and should be used for preparing an application to this FOA.

SF424(R&R) Cover

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA). 

SF424(R&R) Project/Performance Site Locations

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA).

Include the applicant institution and all of the collaborating institutions, both U.S. and foreign, as performance sites.

SF424 (R&R) Other Project Information

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), with the following additional modifications:

Facilities and Other Resources: Include descriptions of facilities and other resources to be used for research training at all U.S. and foreign performance sites.

Project Summary/Abstract. Provide an abstract of the entire application. Include the objectives, rationale and design of the research training  program, as well as key activities in the training plan. Indicate the planned duration of training, the projected number of trainees including their levels (i.e., doctoral, postdoctoral,  ), and intended trainee outcomes. Include the name of the LMIC institution from which trainees will be selected, if not the applicant institution, and the bioethics focus areas of the proposed research training.

Other Attachments. Provide the plan for a Training Advisory Committee (TAC). Responsibilities, frequency of meetings, and other relevant information should be included. The composition of the TAC, the roles people should fill, and the desired expertise of the members should be described. The TAC should be composed of expert faculty and relevant professionals from the applicant country and from the United States as well as other countries, if appropriate. TAC members should not be directly involved in the training program or in mentoring trainees.

Describe how the TAC will function in providing oversight of the development, implementation, and evaluation of recruitment strategies, the recruitment and retention of candidates, scientific review of trainees’ projects, and the evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the program. Please name your file “Advisory_Committee.pdf”

The filename provided for each “Other Attachment” will be the name used for the bookmark in the electronic application in eRA Commons.

SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile Expanded

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA).

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA).

PHS 398 Training Subaward Budget Attachment(s)

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), with the following additional modifications:

Research & Related (R&R) Budget

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide with the following additional modifications:

  • The R&R Budget Component must be used instead of the Training Budget Component.
  • Use the “Other Personnel” section to submit costs for salary support for administrative staff.
  • Use the “Travel” section to submit costs for key personnel and faculty travel including the annual network meeting.
  • Use the “Trainee Support Costs” section to submit costs for Trainees and training-related expenses.  Include health insurance under Training Related Expenses (not in Tuition/Fees/Health Insurance).  Do not use the Subsistence category.  Provide details of trainees and training related expenses in the budget justification and identify by name any continuing trainees.
  • Use the “Other Direct Costs” section to submit costs for other direct costs related to training activities. Describe fully in the budget justification
PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan

All Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

Particular attention must be given to the required Training Data Tables. All applications must complete Data Tables 2 and 4.  Data Tables 5a and 5b should be submitted with data for only pre-doctoral and post-doctoral bioethics trainees from the LMIC that is the focus of this application. Training Data Tables 1, 3, 6, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a 9b, 10, 11, 12a and 12b are not required

Program Plan

Program Administration. Describe the acknowledged strengths, leadership and administrative skills, training experience, bioethics expertise, and active research of the PD/PI. Relate these strengths to the proposed management of the training program. Describe the planned strategy and administrative structure to be used to oversee and monitor the program. If there are multiple PDs/PIs, then the plan for Program Administration is expected to synergize with the “Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan” section of the application.

Institutions with existing bioethics training programs must explain what distinguishes this program from the others, how their programs will synergize with one another, if applicable, and make it clear that the pool of faculty, potential trainees, and resources are robust enough to support additional programs. .

Program Faculty. The application must include information about the program faculty who will be available to serve as preceptors/mentors and provide guidance and expertise appropriate to the level of trainees proposed in the application. Describe the bioethics expertise and experiences of the proposed Program Faculty, including active research and other scholarly activities in which the faculty are engaged, as well as experience mentoring and training individuals at the proposed career stage(s). For any proposed Program Faculty lacking bioethics research training experience, describe a plan to ensure successful trainee guidance by these individuals. Describe the criteria used to appoint and remove faculty as Program Faculty and to evaluate their participation.  

U.S. and other High Income Country(HIC) faculty mentors should have international bioethics research and research training experience, preferably in the LMIC country that is the focus of the application. Faculty and mentors from LMICs with research ethics expertise should play significant roles in proposed programs to insure the relevance of the proposed research training.

Mentors should commit to involvement throughout the total period of the trainee's participation in the proposed program.  Applications should explain how each trainee will be matched with an appropriate U.S. (or other HIC) mentor and a LMIC mentor for joint supervision and to support their plans for sustainable career development.

Applicants should explain how proposed U.S. (or other HIC) and LMIC faculty mentor research grant support and activities are related to the proposed bioethics research training plan.     

Proposed Training. Provide an overview of the proposed program. Outline the objectives of the program and the program activities that will be used to meet these objectives.  Applicants that submit applications that focus on research training in a thematic bioethics area must provide detailed justification of the significance of this area to the LMIC health research priorities. Describe for whom the training program is intended, including the training level(s) of the trainees, the academic and research background needed to pursue the proposed training, and, as appropriate, plans to accommodate differences in preparation among trainees. Include information about planned courses, mentored research experiences, and any activities designed to develop specific technical skills or other skills essential for the proposed research training. Describe how trainees will be educated in the human health- and disease-related aspects of their bioethics research training.

Describe the process by which the topics for trainee research projects will be selected, how each trainee’s program will be guided, and how each trainee’s performance will be monitored and evaluated.

Describe a plan for mentorship that will support trainees while in any formal coursework and while conducting training-related research relevant to the specified scientific area(s).

Describe the plans proposed for a scientific oversight committee to monitor the selection and performance of mentored research projects and their compliance with federal requirements for protection of human subjects in research and animal care and use in research

Applicants are strongly encouraged to design an individual career development planning process for trainees and their mentors. Applicants should describe program activities intended to develop the working knowledge needed for trainees to select among and prepare for the next step in varied bioethics research career options available. Training programs should make available structured, career development mentorship and learning opportunities (for example, workshops, mentorship, Individual Development Plans). All programs should provide all trainees with instruction and training in oral and written presentation and in skills needed to apply for individual fellowship or grant support. All postdoctoral trainees should also be provided with instruction in research project management. Training may be proposed in other professional development areas such as mediation, negotiation and communication; pedagogy; ethics literature, regulation and policy analysis, and English as a second language, if needed.

Applicants are encouraged to include a timeline which includes all proposed training activities.

Applications should contain plans for trainees to sustain bioethics career activities at LMIC institutions. Mentored research projects should be designed to meet LMIC trainee bioethics career sustainability goals.  Applicants are also encouraged to propose innovative approaches for continuing bioethics scholarship and networking after the doctoral or postdoctoral training period to further enhance trainee capabilities.

Program Evaluation. Describe a plan to review and determine the quality and effectiveness of the training program. This plan should include the metrics to be evaluated (including program activities completed, degree completion (if applicable), publications, fellowships/honors, and subsequent positions) as well as plans to obtain feedback from current and former trainees to help identify weaknesses and to provide suggestions for program improvements. Specified evaluation metrics should be tied to the goals of the program.           

Trainee Candidates. Describe, in general terms, the size and qualifications of the pool of trainee candidates including information about the types of prior bioethics educational background  and applied experience, clinical and research training and career level required for the program. Do not name prospective Trainees. Describe specific plans to recruit candidates and explain how these plans will be implemented. Describe the nomination and selection process to be used to select candidates who would be offered admission to the program.  Describe plans to ensure a maximum level of the candidate’s effort (preferably full time, 40 hours per week) will be devoted directly to the research training described in the application. 

Doctoral and postdoctoral trainees should be selected from the LMIC who show documented evidence of research analytical skills as well as commitment to a bioethics career and long term training necessary to achieve this goal. Trainees should have previous bioethics masters' level training or equivalent bioethics related experience and preferably, bioethics related publications.

Applicants are encouraged to develop strategic plans for the recruitment, selection and training of a cohort of doctoral and postdoctoral trainees most likely to result in a sustainable critical mass for leadership in LMIC relevant bioethics research as well as teaching bioethics, leading ethical review of research and providing research ethics consultation at the LMIC institution. 

Institutional Environment and Commitment to the Program.

The sponsoring  and collaborating institutions must assure support for the proposed program including assurance that sufficient time will be allowed for the PDs/PIs and other Program Faculty to contribute to the proposed program, and that there will be protected time for trainees selected for the program. The application must include signed letters, on institutional letterhead, that describe the applicant institution’s commitment to the planned program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program. This commitment may also include features such as PD/PI salary, stipend or tuition support for individuals involved in the proposed training program, or other commitments essential to a successful training program. Institutions with ongoing research ethics training, student development, or career development programs that receive external funding  in particular, International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development awards (R25) ( PAR-16-081-), should explain what distinguishes the proposed program from existing ones at the same trainee level, how the programs will synergize, if applicable, whether trainees are expected to transition from one support program to another, and how the training faculty, pool of potential trainees, and resources are sufficiently robust to support the proposed program in addition to existing ones.

Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity

This section is not required.

Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research as provided in Chapter 8 of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to develop courses in the responsible conduct of research adapted to the locally relevant scientific context at the LMIC institution that include LMIC faculty.

Appendix

Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  

3. Submission Dates and Times

See Part I. Section III.1 for information regarding the requirements for obtaining a Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number and for completing and maintaining an active System for Award Management (SAM) registration. Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.

Organizations must submit applications to Grants.gov (the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies). Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration.

Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

Information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

4. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

5. Funding Restrictions

All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. .

Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Note, however, that pre-award costs are not allowable charges for stipends or tuition/fees on institutional training grants because these costs may not be charged to the grant until a trainee has actually been selected.

6. Other Submission Requirements and Information

Applications must be submitted electronically following the instructions described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit Applying Electronically. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Guidelines for Applicants Experiencing System Issues.

Important reminders:

All PD(s)/PI(s) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH.

The applicant organization must ensure that the DUNS number it provides on the application is the same number used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the System for Award Management (SAM). Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

See more tips for avoiding common errors.

Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and compliance with application instructions by the Center for Scientific Review and responsiveness by components of participating organizations, NIH. Applications that are incomplete or non-compliant will not be reviewed.    

Post Submission Materials

Applicants are required to follow the instructions for post-submission materials, as described in NOT-OD-13-030.

Section V. Application Review Information
1. Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the NIH mission, all applications submitted to the NIH in support of biomedical and behavioral research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.

Overall Impact

Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood that the proposed training program will prepare individuals for successful, productive scientific research careers and thereby exert a sustained influence on the research field(s) involved, in consideration of the following review criteria and additional review criteria (as applicable for the project proposed).

Scored Review Criteria

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of the merit of the training program, and give a separate score for each. When applicable, the reviewers will consider relevant questions in the context of proposed short-term training. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.

Training Program and Environment

  • Are the training site(s) facilities and research environment conducive to preparing LMIC trainees for successful careers as bioethics researchers?
  • Are the objectives, design and direction of the proposed bioethics research training program likely to ensure effective training?
  • Do the research-related courses and bioethics research experiences provide opportunities for trainees to acquire state-of-the-art knowledge, methods, and tools that are relevant to the goals of the training program?
  • Are the proposed training program career development components likely to ensure LMIC trainees will be well prepared for bioethics leadership careers that include independent research and scholarship?
  • Is the level of institutional commitment to the training program from all collaborating institutions, including administrative and research training support, sufficient to ensure the success of the program?
  • Is it clear how the proposed training program is coordinated with other externally funded bioethics training programs at the institution?
  • Are there plans for appropriate oversight of the selection and performance of mentored research projects in training related areas, including compliance with federal requirements for protection of human subjects in research and animal care and use in research?  
  • Are the specific needs for bioethics capacity, scholarship and leadership in the LMIC adequately described and addressed by the proposed program?
  • Will the mentored trainee research projects focus on ethical issues relevant to current research involving human subjects in LMICs?

Training Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s))

  • Does the PD/PI have the international bioethics research background, expertise, and administrative and training experience to provide strong leadership, direction, management, and administration of the proposed research training program?
  • Does the PD/PI plan to commit sufficient effort to ensure the program’s success?
  • For applications designating multiple PDs/PIs:
  • Is a strong justification provided that the multiple PD/PI leadership approach will benefit the training program and the trainees?
  • Is a strong and compelling leadership approach evident, including the designated roles and responsibilities, governance, and organizational structure consistent with and justified by the aims of the training program and the complementary expertise of the PDs/PIs?

Preceptors/Mentors

  • Are sufficient numbers of experienced LMIC, U.S. or other HIC preceptors/mentors with international bioethics research expertise available to support the number and level of trainees proposed in the application?
  • Do the LMIC, U.S. or other HIC preceptors/mentors have strong records as international bioethics researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for bioethics research support in areas directly related to the proposed research training program?
  • Do the preceptors/mentors have strong records of training the LMIC doctoral and postdoctoral trainees proposed in the program? Are appropriate plans in place to ensure that preceptors lacking sufficient international bioethics research training experience are likely to provide strong and successful mentoring?
  • How successful is the history of institutional and individual collaborations among the faculty of the participating institutions?

Trainees

  • Is a recruitment plan proposed with strategies likely to attract well-qualified LMIC candidates committed to bioethics leadership careers for the training program?
  • Is there a competitive LMIC applicant pool of sufficient size and quality, at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels, to ensure a successful training program?
  • Are there well-defined and justified selection criteria as well as retention strategies?
  • Are the strategies for the recruitment, selection and training likely to result in a sustainable critical mass to meet the needs for research ethics leadership at the LMIC institution?

Training Record

Is there evidence of a successful past international bioethics training record of the PD/PI and mentors, including the success of former LMIC scholars in seeking independent support and establishing productive bioethics leadership careers?

Does the program have a rigorous evaluation plan to assess the quality and effectiveness of the training?   

Additional Review Criteria

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.

Protections for Human Subjects

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.  

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

Vertebrate Animals

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

Biohazards

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

Resubmissions

Not Applicable

Renewals

Not Applicable

Revisions

Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.

Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity

Not Applicable

Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

All applications for support under this FOA must include a plan to fulfill NIH requirements for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  Taking into account the specific characteristics of the training program, the level of LMIC trainee experience, and the particular circumstances of the LMIC trainees, the reviewers will evaluate the adequacy of the proposed RCR training in relation to the following five required components: 1) Format - Does the plan satisfactorily address the format of instruction, e.g. lectures, coursework and/or real-time discussion groups, including face-to-face interaction?  (A plan involving only on-line instruction is not acceptable.); 2) Subject Matter – Does the plan include a sufficiently broad selection of subject matter relevant to the LMIC context, such as conflict of interest, authorship, data management, human subjects and animal use, laboratory safety, research misconduct, research ethics? 3) Faculty Participation - Does the plan adequately describe how LMIC, U.S. or other HIC faculty will participate in the instruction?  4) Duration of Instruction - Does the plan meet the minimum requirements for RCR, i.e., at least eight contact hours of instruction? 5) Frequency of Instruction – Does the plan meet the minimum requirements for RCR, i.e., at least once during each career stage (doctoral and postdoctoral) and at a frequency of no less than once every four years?

Plans and past record will be rated as ACCEPTABLE or UNACCEPTABLE, and the summary statement will provide the consensus of the review committee.

Select Agent Research

Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including (1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, (2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, (3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and (4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).

Budget and Period of Support

Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by (an) appropriate Scientific Review Group(s), convened by the Center for Scientific Review in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Assignment to a Scientific Review Group will be shown in the eRA Commons.

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

  • May undergo a selection process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific and technical merit (generally the top half of applications under review) will be discussed and assigned an overall impact score.
  • Will receive a written critique.

Applications will be assigned on the basis of established PHS referral guidelines to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications . Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the appropriate national Advisory Council or Board. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
  • Availability of funds.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.  
  • Geographic balance.                                           
3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

After the peer review of the application is completed, the PD/PI will be able to access his or her Summary Statement (written critique) via the eRA Commons

Information regarding the disposition of applications is available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Section VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices

If the application is under consideration for funding, NIH will request "just-in-time" information from the applicant as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.      

Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to terms and conditions found on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.  This includes any recent legislation and policy applicable to awards that is highlighted on this website.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

All NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: General  and Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Grantees, and Activities. More information is provided at Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants.

Inventions and Copyrights

Awards made primarily for educational purposes are exempted from the PHS invention requirements and thus invention reporting is not required, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

Not Applicable

3. Reporting

When multiple years are involved, awardees will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually. Continuation support will not be provided until the required forms are submitted and accepted.

Chapters 1-6 and Chapter 7.5 of the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Instruction Guide and additional guidance provided by FIC, must be followed

Failure by the grantee institution to submit required forms in a timely, complete, and accurate manner may result in an expenditure disallowance or a delay in any continuation funding for the award.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later.  All awardees of applicable NIH grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at www.fsrs.gov on all subawards over $25,000.  See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement. 

Other Reporting Requirements

 Recipients are requested to annually update and maintain data regarding their trainees in NIH's CareerTrac (https://careertrac.niehs.nih.gov/)

 Trainees are encouraged to submit reports of their findings for publication to the journals of their choice.  For each journal publication that results from a trainee’s research, NIH support should be acknowledged in language similar to the following:  “This investigation was supported by the Fogarty International Center, (add NIH co-sponsoring institutes, centers or offices for the grant) of the National Institutes of Health under the International Bioethics Research Training program (grant number).”  In addition, news releases and other documents about the project must acknowledge federal funding as provided in “Public Policy Requirements and Objectives-Availability of Information-Acknowledgment of Federal Funding.”

A final progress report, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Evaluation results should be included as part of the final Progress Report.

4. Evaluation

In carrying out its stewardship of human resource-related programs, the NIH may request information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this program from databases and from participants themselves. Participants may be contacted after the completion of this award for periodic updates on various aspects of their employment history, publications, support from research grants or contracts, honors and awards, professional activities, and other information helpful in evaluating the impact of the program.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

Application Submission Contacts

eRA Commons Help Desk (Questions regarding eRA Commons registration, submitting and tracking an application, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, post submission issues)
Finding Help Online: http://grants.nih.gov/support/ (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources)
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-710-0267

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Barbara Sina Ph.D.
Fogarty International Center (FIC)
Telephone: 301-401-9467
Email: sinab@mail.nih.gov

Jean McEwen, J.D, PH.D
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Telephone: 301-402-4997
Email: mcewenj@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Karin Helmers
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
Telephone: 301-254-9975
Email: helmersk@csr.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Mollie Shea
Fogarty International Center (FIC)
Telephone: 301-451-6830
Email: mshea@mail.nih.gov

Monika Christman
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Telephone: 301-435-7860
Email: christmm@exchange.nih.gov  

Section VIII. Other Information

Recently issued trans-NIH policy notices may affect your application submission. A full list of policy notices published by NIH is provided in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Authority and Regulations

Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 287b) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 63a.

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