Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa): Global Health Bioinformatics Research Training Program (U2R)

Notice Number: NOT-RM-16-020

Key Dates
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Estimated Publication Date of Announcement: July 16, 2016
First Estimated Application Due Date: November 15, 2016
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 1, 2017
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 1, 2017

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Issued by
Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
Fogarty International Center (FIC)


The Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund), with other NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs), intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications from foreign institutions in low or middle income (LMIC) African countries to support the development of new bioinformatics research training programs. Applicants will be invited to propose graduate degree or long term postdoctoral bioinformatics training in collaboration with other African or high income country (HIC) collaborators. It is expected that these training programs will address the need for bioinformatics research expertise in the H3Africa Consortium and result in sustainable centers of bioinformatics research training relevant to global health research for the African continent.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects and to complete the required institutional registrations necessary to be able to submit an application to the NIH.

The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2016 as part of the H3Africa initiative (see with an expected application due date in Fall 2016.

This FOA will utilize the U2R activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages African investigators to begin to consider applying for this new FOA; researchers at institutions with significant genomics research capacity who have expertise in bioinformatics and research training experience in African LMICs should particularly consider applying. Collaborative and multidisciplinary bioinformatics research training proposals will also be encouraged.

The scope of applications responsive to this FOA should be focused on full-time research training with a special emphasis on instruction in the design of rigorous reproducible research studies in bioinformatics and data science related to genomics research. Trainees will be required to be citizens of African LMICs and affiliated with the applicant institution or another institution in the H3Africa Consortium.

Investigators involved in H3Africa Research Projects will be expected to participate in H3Africa activities and abide by H3Africa guidelines, policies, and procedures (see



Please direct all inquiries to:

Barbara Sina, Ph.D.
Fogarty International Center (FIC)
Telephone: 301-402-9467