NIH seeks applicants for international research

The U.S. National Institutes of Health recently issued a funding opportunity announcement to support the formation of international collaborative partnerships in biomedical research and training.

The NIH, in part through its U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said it will only fund those organizations that already posses the proper infrastructure and capacity to help extend their programs internationally.

Eligibility for grants is to be limited to applicant organizations that are able to document agreements or relations with at least 150 nations.

"The dramatic expansion of international travel, and the increase in the opening of country borders to the flow of commerce and ideas, has resulted in an increased interconnectedness and interdependence of peoples and countries," the NIH funding announcement said. "This interdependency of nations extends to health issues, especially in regard to health threats that might emerge in a distant country but threaten the U.S. Promoting a coherent and coordinated international approach to biomedical research, and the resulting implementation of evidence-based public health programs, is essential to ensuring optimum global health."

NIH is a leader in global health and international research and will provide funding for a maximum project period of five years. Application budgets are limited to a maximum of $100,000 direct costs per year.

Applicants who wish to apply must send NIH a letter of intent no later than December 18. Applications must be finished by January 18.

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