Fogarty awards $7M in global health innovation grants

October 29, 2013

To spur global health innovation and develop interdisciplinary research training, Fogarty has awarded $7.3 million to five institutions to fund projects in six low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Five-year awards from the Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation will support efforts to bring together students from engineering, design, ecology, veterinary sciences, nutrition, business and management, medicine, environmental science, social sciences, agriculture, public health and other areas with biomedical scientists to develop research training initiatives that encourage innovation in health-related products, processes and policies. The grants will fund new efforts in India, Malawi, Mongolia, Nigeria, Peru and South Africa.

"Breakthroughs in biomedical technology and inventive new methods of clinical research and health delivery benefit both patients and physicians, while strengthening the global economy," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. "These awards will help institutions establish sustainable programs that focus on hands-on, collaborative solutions to challenges in low-resource settings, with an emphasis on affordability, accessibility, ease of use and scalability."

Peru's Cayetano Heredia University will use its grant to establish a global health innovation center that will employ an interdisciplinary approach emphasizing leadership, program design, business models, policy analysis and implementation science. Grantees at Northwestern University in Chicago, in collaboration with the University of Cape Town, South Africa, will use their funding to train researchers to develop health care technologies that can advance diagnostics, therapeutics and disease monitoring in Nigeria. Interactions between agriculture, water resource utilization, irrigation and malaria will be the focus of a project in Malawi by Michigan State University.

The University of Florida will create a diverse training program in Mongolia that combines public health, environmental health and veterinary science, with the goal of educating trainees to improve the control of zoonotic diseases. Finally, Tufts University School of Medicine, in collaboration with Christian Medical College in Vellore, India, will create a training platform that will provide instruction in translational research related to noncommunicable and infectious diseases affecting resource-poor areas of India.

Framework Programs for Global Health Innovation Awards

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