NOT-TW-20-003 Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research Training (U2R)
All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.
Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)
This Notice is to inform the research community that the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) of the National Institutes of Health intend to issue two paired Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to solicit applications for Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) Hubs. The FOAs will be a reissue with modification of the existing Fogarty GEOHealth Program (RFA-TW-14-001 Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research (U01) and RFA-TW-14-002 Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research Training (U2R)).
This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects in anticipation of the linked FOAs.
The paired FOAs are expected to be published in Summer 2020 with an expected application due date in Fall 2020.
This FOA will use the U01 mechanism and applications must be submitted with a paired U2R application.
This Notice encourages investigators with expertise in environmental and occupational health to begin to consider applying for these linked FOAs.
The overall objective of the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program is to support the development of institutions in the Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) that will serve as regional hubs for collaborative research, data management, training, curriculum and outreach material development, and policy support around high priority local, national, and regional environmental and occupational health threats; and to support a global network of hubs that serves as a platform for coordinated research and training activities in environmental and occupational health.
A GEOHealth Hub is defined as a multidisciplinary group of researchers and their institutions based in a LMIC, who, with their collaborators, focus on a core set of common research and training topics that address environmental and/or occupational health priorities in the LMIC and/or the region. The GEOHealth Hubs are expected to provide leadership in environmental and occupational health research and in training a new generation of environmental and occupational health experts. Hubs are supported by two coordinated linked awards to 1) a LMIC institution for research and 2) a U.S. institution for research training. Both applications must demonstrate a commitment to extensive coordination between these two awards to meet goals of the GEOHealth program.
The U01 Research FOA will invite new and renewal applications from LMIC institutions for innovative multidisciplinary public health-relevant environmental and/or occupational health research projects that are likely to inform assessment and control of environmental and workplace hazards, and inform policy around priority local, national and regional environmental and occupational health threats.
Applicants are encouraged to involve multiple U.S. and LMIC partner institutions in the proposed research project, as scientifically appropriate and justified. Applicants are encouraged to explore the potential for future partnerships that include additional investment in the GEOHealth Hub, particularly with national governments of Upper-Middle Income and High-Income Countries, international donors, and other organizations in order to leverage local institutional capacities and to increase prospects for sustainability of the Hub.
More information about the GEOHealth program and currently-funded GEOHealth Hubs can be found on FIC's GEOHealth program page.
Applications are not being solicited at this time.
Christine M. Jessup, Ph.D.
Fogarty International Center (FIC)