NIH announces 2013 U.S.-Russia collaboration in biomedical sciences

The National Institutes of Health recently announced the U.S.-Russia Collaboration in the Biomedical Sciences NIH Visiting Fellows Program in an attempt to provide Russian postdoctoral fellows for research careers.

The program is a part of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission's intramural research program meant to increase collaboration between the two countries in health research. The program is supported in part through a public-private partnership of the Foundation for the NIH called the U.S.-Russia Collaboration in the Biomedical Sciences.

The goals of the program include preparing Russian postdoctoral fellows for research careers, strengthening research relationships in priority areas including chronic diseases, healthy lifestyles and non-communicable diseases, and increasing technological and scientific collaboration between Russia and the U.S.

The program, which will support five-to-eight fellowship positions, encourages fellows with interest in human development, pediatrics and rare diseases. A special focus will be placed on research related to healthy lifestyles, physical activity, exercise and nutrition. The positions will not have direct contact with patients.

Applicants must be Russian citizens or permanent residents, have a PhD, have less than five years of relevant research experience since completing their last doctoral degree, and have written commitment of support from an investigator in the NIH Intramural Research Program. Applicants must submit their applications by December 20.

Fellows who are accepted into the program will receive a standard NIH stipend each year for a maximum of two years.

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