Fogarty Emerging Global Leader Award 2020 for Health Researchers in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)

Applications are invited from Low and Middle Income Countries (LMIC)  researchers in the field of  sciences from any discipline related to health who propose both critically needed career development activities and a research project that is highly relevant to the health priorities of their country for Fogarty Emerging Global Leader Award.

Application end date: Letter of Intent due dates is: 30 days before the application due date (4th October, 2020). This means that applicants should submit letters to indicate interest before the month of October, 2020. While the complete registration ends on October 4th, 2020.

Eligible Countries for application, selection and participation: Low and Middle Income Countries only.

Changes to Country Eligibility for Training Grants

As outlined in the May 2012 NIH Notice of Change in Country Eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants (NOT-TW-12-011), Fogarty has historically limited eligibility for research training grants to institutions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), as defined by the World Bank. With the rapid growth of research training opportunities funded by national governments in emerging economies around the world, this broad categorization today has become less meaningful in the context of Fogarty’s biomedical research capacity-building goals. In particular, many countries in the upper-middle-income country (UMIC) bracket today already have large and growing national research training programs and fellowship opportunities of their own. As a result, Fogarty revised its eligibility criteria in their research training programs for a subset of these low and middle income countries, such that their participation is consistent with the traditional eligibility rules for Upper Income Country institutions. That is to say, they may participate as training partners, but may not receive support for their own trainees.

Beginning with receipt dates after January 1, 2013, the following change in eligibility took effect for competing and re-competing research training grant applications (D43, D71, U2R mechanisms) and Emerging Global Leader Award applications (K43 mechanism) to Fogarty: With the exception of Sub-Saharan African countries, Fogarty has declined acceptance of research training or career development applications from training applications that involve training of scientists from UMICs that are also members of the G20 . Beginning with receipt dates after May 1, 2019, this policy also applies to Extramural Associate Research Development Award applications (G11 mechanism).

As at July 2019, these countries included Argentina, Brazil, China, Mexico, Russia, Turkey and European Union member countries; Bulgaria and Romania.

This list may change over time as countries change categories within these classifications.

  • This change does not preclude involvement of G20 UMIC countries as partners in Fogarty research training programs where the goal is to train scientists from eligible LMICs and to build research capacity at the LMIC institutions.
  • This change does not affect eligibility for Fogarty research grant programs (generally R and U mechanisms).
  • This change does not affect the eligibility rules for any other grant from any other component of the National Institutes of Health.
  • This does not preclude UMIC G20 country trainees from eligibility for Fogarty research training programs if their participation is specifically outlined in a bi-lateral agreement between Fogarty and international partner funding organizations for cooperative funding of such activities. Such agreements will be identified specifically in relevant funding opportunity announcements.
  • This country eligibility applies to Emerging Global Leader (K43) applications, but does not apply to International Research Scientist Development Award (K01) applications.
  • If a country’s status changes and institutions in that country are no longer eligible, applicants can submit applications for deadlines within 30 days of the change. For example, if the status changed on July 1, 2018, then applications will be accepted through July 31, 2018. Note: The World Bank usually updates its classifications annually on July 1.

Frequently Asked Questions about Country Eligibility for Training Grants

The following are Review answers to frequently asked questions about changes to country eligibility for Fogarty training grants as found on the Fogarty application website:

  1. Are there any Fogarty funding opportunities open that can include the restricted G20 UMICs? Yes, Fogarty supports several other funding opportunities that are not research training programs and consequently do not use the D43, D71 or U2R mechanisms. See the list of upcoming Fogarty Funding Opportunities – Dates and Deadlines.
  2. What happens when the list of eligible countries changes in the future? It is possible that currently eligible non-sub-Saharan African countries may move to the World Bank UMIC list and become members of the G20. Fogarty will not issue a new official Notice each time this happens. Applicants should review updates to the World Bank Country and Lending Groups  and G20 members  before beginning work on new applications.
  3. The Notice about the change in country eligibility for Fogarty international research training grants states, “This change does not preclude involvement of G20 [upper-middle-income] countries as partners in Fogarty research training programs where the goal is to train scientists from eligible [low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)] and to build research capacity at the LMIC institutions. ” What does it mean to be a “training partner”? G20 UMIC institutions and scientists can participate as training sites or as faculty, mentors and advisors for training LMIC scientists in U.S.-LMIC research training programs. However, grant funds cannot support the training of G20 UMIC scientists as part of these training programs.
  4. Are the G20 UMICs still eligible for funding from other NIH Institutes and Centers? Yes, the restriction only applies to Fogarty research training grant programs at this time.
  5. Will Fogarty provide co-funding to grants from other NIH Institutes and Centers involving the excluded G20 UMICs?Fogarty will not provide co-funding to other D43, D71 and U2R research training grants supported by other Institutes and Centers at NIH, but may co-fund all other types of grants.

Host country: USA

Brief explanation of the Award: The Fogarty Emerging Global Leader Award aims to provide research support and protected time to a research scientist from a Low and Middle Income Counties  who holds an academic junior faculty position or research scientist appointment in a  Low and Middle Income Ccountries academic or research institution. Low-income, lower-middle-income and upper-middle-income countries are alsk included in this category.

The Fogarty Emerging Global Leader Award program is a new program and there are not yet any awards recorded so far. You may review awards through International Research Scientist Development Award, which is a Fogarty’s related career development program for U.S. based scientists.

Type of program: Research

Eligibility for application and participation: 

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  • Only low- or middle-income country (LMIC) institutions are eligible.
    • Income categories are defined by The World Bank Country and Lending Groups.
    • Country eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants applies
  • Candidates or applicants must be Low or Middle Income Country citizens.
  • Candidates must hold an academic junior faculty position or research scientist appointment in any of the LMIC applicant institution and must have been in this position for at least a period of one year at the time the application is submitted.
  • Candidates are required to have both U.S. and LMIC primary mentors.
  • Research should take place primarily in the Low or Middle Income Country.
  • Individuals who have already received independent research funding are not eligible for application and participation.
  • Applicants should demonstrate that they are committed to an independent research career and justify the need for three to five years of mentored research experience in order to become an independent research scientist.

Number of Awards:  Not specified yet 

How to Apply: Follow this link to view full eligibility details here in the program announcement and refer to FAQs before applying

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