Notice of Additional Topic Area for support under the Infrastructure Development Training Programs for Critical HIV Research at Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11) Program PAR-19-285

Notice Number: NOT-TW-20-004

Key Dates
Release Date: May 05, 2020

Related Announcements
PAR-19-285 Infrastructure Development Training Programs for Critical HIV Research at Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions (G11 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)

Issued by
Fogarty International Center (FIC)

Purpose

The John E. Fogarty International Center (FIC) encourages applications for infrastructure development training programs to strengthen one of several infrastructure functions critical to support HIV/AIDS research at Low- and Middle-income Country (LMIC) institutions. PAR-19-285 (G11) supports training that addresses several infrastructure functions considered critical to successful high-quality research.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recently focused attention on the importance of addressing sexual harassment and hostile work environments as an expected obligation of institutions accepting NIH awards. It is consistent with NIH expectations of having a “safe” work environment that allows quality research and training to be carried out. NIH expects grantee institutions to have policies and practices in place that foster a harassment-free environment: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/harassment/policy-requirement.htm.

This Notice encourages potential applicants to consider using this opportunity to address management of workplace harassment, including sexual harassment, and to develop the appropriate infrastructure at LMIC research institutions funded by the NIH.

Research Initiative Details

The overall goal of the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program is to strengthen the scientific capacity of institutions in LMICs to conduct HIV research related to the evolving HIV epidemic in their country. The G11 FOA, PAR-19-285, invites applications for infrastructure development training programs to strengthen one of several infrastructure functions critical to support HIV research at LMIC institutions. Several topics deemed critical functions are listed in the FOA. Through this Notice, FIC is adding an additional topic that NIH considers important for the research environment in any NIH-funded institution.

Currently reads as:
Part 2. Section 1:

This FOA supports training related to technical expertise, administration and management including the following functions:

  1. Research administration and management - The general business management practices common to the administration of all grants, such as financial accountability, reporting, equipment management, and retention of records. These include the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for tracking grant expenditures and compliance with NIH and other donor funding policies during pre – and post-award periods.
  2. Research integrity oversight - Administrative processes in place at an institution to promote research integrity, and to handle allegations of research misconduct among its leadership, faculty, investigators, trainees, and administrative staff.
  3. Ethical review of research for the protection of human subjects - An institutional system that reviews proposed research, using a framework based on established, internationally recognized ethical principles, to safeguard the rights and welfare of individuals who participate as subjects in research activities.
  4. Laboratory animal welfare oversight- An institutional system that addresses the humane use of animals in research, using a framework based on established internationally recognized guiding principles for biomedical research involving animals.
  5. Health sciences library and information services - Print collection and electronic information resources on a wide range of health science topics that are organized by an institution as a service to its researchers, faculty, staff, and students.
  6. Information and communications technology systems (ICT) for research- Computer systems that provide, coordinate, and manage information technology, and advance computational science.
  7. Biostatistics and data analysis – An institutional center that is staffed with experts able to provide researchers with statistical and data analysis help to meet rigor and reproducibility standards in biological studies.
  8. Technology transfer and Intellectual Property protection – An institutional body that can educate researchers on intellectual property and patentable inventions as well as information on commercializing their discoveries.
  9. Any area not mentioned above that justifiably will contribute to enhancing Institutional services that can support research activities


Revised to read as:

Part 2. Section 1:

This FOA supports training related to technical expertise, administration and management including the following functions:

  1. Research administration and management - The general business management practices common to the administration of all grants, such as financial accountability, reporting, equipment management, and retention of records. These include the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for tracking grant expenditures and compliance with NIH and other donor funding policies during pre – and post-award periods.
  2. Research integrity oversight - Administrative processes in place at an institution to promote research integrity, and to handle allegations of research misconduct among its leadership, faculty, investigators, trainees, and administrative staff.
  3. Ethical review of research for the protection of human subjects - An institutional system that reviews proposed research, using a framework based on established, internationally recognized ethical principles, to safeguard the rights and welfare of individuals who participate as subjects in research activities.
  4. Laboratory animal welfare oversight- An institutional system that addresses the humane use of animals in research, using a framework based on established internationally recognized guiding principles for biomedical research involving animals.
  5. Health sciences library and information services - Print collection and electronic information resources on a wide range of health science topics that are organized by an institution as a service to its researchers, faculty, staff, and students.
  6. Information and communications technology systems (ICT) for research- Computer systems that provide, coordinate, and manage information technology, and advance computational science.
  7. Biostatistics and data analysis – An institutional center that is staffed with experts able to provide researchers with statistical and data analysis help to meet rigor and reproducibility standards in biological studies.
  8. Technology transfer and Intellectual Property protection – An institutional body that can educate researchers on intellectual property and patentable inventions as well as information on commercializing their discoveries.
  9. Any area not mentioned above that justifiably will contribute to enhancing Institutional services that can support research activities.
  10. Harassment and Discrimination Policy and Prevention – An institutional office to develop policy, procedure, awareness and training for preventing and responding to allegations of harassment including sexual harassment.

Please refer to PAR-19-285 for application instructions

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Geetha P. Bansal, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Division of International Training and Research
Fogarty International Center
National Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, Room B2C58
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: 301-496-1492
Email: geetha.bansal@nih.gov