Fogarty International Center (FIC) distributes its resources among many programs and mechanisms. FIC is committed to funding the largest number of meritorious projects possible, while allowing the flexibility needed to support selected program priorities and to respond to emerging scientific opportunities.
The Center establishes general guidelines for funding based on the overall FIC appropriation, allowing for necessary adjustments throughout the year to reflect directives from Congress, the Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the FIC Strategic Plan, the interests of FIC co-funding partners, as well as emerging program priorities.
During the course of any given fiscal year, multiple factors could affect the implementation of the FIC funding strategy. Please check the FIC website for periodic updates.
FIC is currently operating under the NIH Fiscal Operations Plan for FY 2012 that implements the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-74), signed by President Obama on December 23, 2011. FIC is currently able to budget approximately $51.3 million for extramural activities. These funds are apportioned between our anticipated competing awards of approximately $12.9 million and previously established funding commitments of approximately $38.4 million for our continuing non-competing awards. Please review the NIH Fiscal Policy for Grant Awards - FY 2012.
Strategy and Guidelines
The success rate of competing applications varies by program, but generally ranges between 10 to 15 percent. Funding decisions are based on the number of high-quality applications, the overall number of applications, and the availability of funds. FIC funds a large number of initiatives with collaborating funding partners that include other NIH Institutes/Centers, other government agencies, and non-government organizations. In certain programs, the program relevance of FIC's funding partners can also be a factor that affects the selection of grants to be funded. FIC's cost-management plan strives to award grants at funding levels that are close to, but slightly less than, the amount recommended by the review groups and the FIC Advisory Board. Funding decisions take into account program relevance and overall portfolio consideration including responsiveness to the FIC Strategic Plan. Final funding decisions are made by the FIC Director.
Non-Competing Research Project Grants and Research Training Grants
FIC will issue non-competing research grant awards at 2011 levels or a lower amount if the recommended level for FY 2012 is lower than the FY 2011 level. These 2011 levels will generally be used as the recommended levels for all out year scheduled commitments.
New and Competing Awards
To provide adequate funds for new and re-competing grants, funded levels may be less than requested or recommended for FY 2012. Some FIC competing research training grant programs will be funded at 85 to 95 percent of the recommended level for FY 2012 and all future years will be adjusted accordingly.
Competing applications submitted and reviewed during FY 2012 that are not funded will be administratively de-activated in June 2013.
Competing Grants issued with Significant Budget Reductions
FIC considers reductions in funding (greater than 25 percent of the total costs of the IRG recommended level for the competitive year) to be a change in scope. FIC staff will request revised budgets and specific aims if this occurs.
Research Funding Opportunities
FIC uses two methods to solicit applications for research and research training awards: Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs). In the past, RFAs have covered topics such as:
- non-communicable diseases,
- population and health,
- environmental and occupational health,
- international research in bioethics, and
- informatics training.
In the past PAs have covered such topics such as:
- Global Infectious Diseases,
- Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases,
- Ecology of Infectious Diseases.
FIC employs a variety of funding mechanisms to meet programmatic objectives. Current funding mechanisms, and related active program announcements, include:
- Research Projects Grants (R01)
- Small Research Grants (R03)
- Exploratory/Developmental Grants (R21)
- International Training Planning Grants (D71)
- Cooperative Agreements (U01)
- International Training Grants (D43)
- Educational Projects (R25)
- Research Scientist Development Awards (K01)
- Independent Scientist Award (K02)
- Resource-Related Research Projects (R24)
For more information about current research and training programs, please see Fogarty Funding Opportunities.
Strategy for New Investigators
FIC is committed to providing opportunities for new investigators to engage in international Behavioral/Social Sciences research and training activities. The predominant focus of the current FIC programs is on the training of new and upcoming foreign investigators to compete in and contribute to efforts addressing global health research priorities. In order to augment these efforts, FIC has developed a research program, called Global Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP), which concentrates on establishing research capacity for new investigators in their home countries.
FIC also allows foreign collaborators from the Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award (FIRCA) program to apply for a competing continuation grant after the first competitive segment has been awarded.
Additionally, FIC has converted many of its on-going programs to the Program Announcement (PA) format. This will allow new investigators the opportunity to compete annually as well as submit amended applications for FIC awards.