Frequently Asked Questions for the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program

    Following find answers to frequently asked questions for the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program funding opportunities announcements (FOAs):

     

    Institution Eligibility | Training Plan
    Investigators | Budget

    Institution Eligibility

    • The announcements include a restriction on when "current AITRP and Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB award institutions are eligible to apply to the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program." What are those restrictions?

      Fogarty plans to eliminate the AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) and International Clinical, Operations, and Health Services Research Training Award for AIDS and TB (ICOHRTA AIDS TB) programs once all of the current awards in those programs have completed their project periods (by FY 2016). Under the AITRP and the ICOHRTA AIDS TB, an institution could only have one award under each program. A current AITRP or Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB grantee institution may apply for funding to the new program, which allows multiple applications and awards to an institution, in the last year of their current funding period.

      No restrictions apply to institutions which do not have AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB awards.

      All applications to the Fogarty HIV Research training program will be considered "New" (type1) applications, regardless of the history of awards in AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB programs.

      The list of Fiscal Year of Eligibility for Current AITRP and ICOHRTA AIDS TB Grantees below includes the institutions currently funded under AITRP and Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB, and indicates the Fiscal Year in which the AITRP and Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB award institutions may apply under the new Fogarty HIV Research Training Program. The first receipt date to which these institutions may submit applications under the new program is the date in their last year of funding (e.g. July 24, 2012 for those with 2013 Fiscal Year Eligibility). U.S. institutions with both AITRP and ICOHRTA AIDS TB awards will need to delay applications for certain countries as indicated below.
    • Fiscal Year of Eligibility for Current AITRP and ICOHRTA AIDS TB Grantees

      • AITRP
        • 2014
          • Vanderbilt
          • UNC, Chapel Hill
          • Univ of Pittsburgh
          • Emory University
          • Univ of Buffalo, SUNY
        • 2015
          • Downstate Medical Center, SUNY
          • Brown University
          • Columbia
          • Univ of Maryland, Baltimore
          • UCSD
        • 2016
          • Baylor Medical College
          • Univ of Illinois, Chicago
          • Univ of Nebraska, Lincoln
          • Yale
      • Phase II ICOHRTA AIDSTB
        • 2014
          • Joint Clinical Research Centre, Uganda
          • University of Georgia
          • GHESKIO, Haiti
          • Chinese CDC
          • Muhimbili University, Tanzania
          • Harvard for Tanzania
        • 2015
          • Biomedical Research and Training Institute, Zimbabwe
          • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
          • JHU for Brazil
    • If my institution must delay applying for this new program until a current award ends, may an investigator at my institution who is not the PD/PI on the current award apply for this new program?

      Grants made by Fogarty are awarded to institutions, and not to the person designated as the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI). Therefore, the restriction applies to the institution as a whole. Once the institution is eligible to apply under the new program, investigators, including those not the PD/PI of the current AITRP or Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB, may submit applications as long as the areas of focus and applications are unique per instructions in the FOAs.

    • If my institution must delay applying to the new program until its current award ends, must all institutions involved in that award also delay applying to the new program?

      The restriction on applying to the new program only applies to the institution that received the AITRP or Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB award as noted in the above table. Collaborating and partner institutions, including sub-awardees may apply as long as they meet the other eligibility requirements for the particular FOA.

    • May more than one U.S. institution collaborate with the same LMIC institution?

      Yes. Fogarty will support more than one U.S. institution to collaborate with the same LMIC institution as long as the area of focus in each application is unique. Applicants are expected to work with the LMIC institution in designing the application so that overlap and duplication of training is avoided. See The World Bank Country and Lending Groups to identify low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

      For applications submitted to PAR-13-126 (D43) and PAR-13-214 (D71) after January 1, 2013, please be aware of Notice of Change in Country Eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants (NOT-TW-12-011) to determine which LMICs are eligible.

    • If my institution must delay applying to this new program until a current award ends, must we also delay applying to the FOA, Training for Critical Research Infrastructure for LMIC institutions (G11)?

      Current AITRP and Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB U.S. institutions must delay applying to the G11 FOA in this new program until their current award ends, as noted in the above table.

    • Are LMIC institutions eligible to apply to the FOA, Training for Critical Research Infrastructure for LMIC Institutions (G11)?

      No. At this time, only U.S. institutions are eligible to apply for the G11. The recent change in country eligibility for Fogarty Research Training programs does not apply to this FOA, and institutions in all LMIC are eligible for support from applications from U.S. institutions.

    • Are U.S. institutions eligible to apply to the Limited Competition: Planning grant for the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for LMIC Institutions (D71)?

      No. Only LMIC institutions may apply for the planning grant (D71). See The World Bank Country and Lending Groups to identify low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

      For applications submitted after January 1, 2013, please be aware of Notice of Change in Country Eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants (NOT-TW-12-011) to determine which LMICs are eligible.

    • Do applications to the Limited Competition: Planning grant for the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for LMIC Institutions (D71) require collaboration with U.S. institutions?

      No. An application for a Planning Grant for the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program (D71) does not require collaboration with a U.S. institution, but such collaborations can be included.

    • Are non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in LMICs eligible to apply for the D71?

      The Fogarty HIV Research Training Program is designed to fund indigenous academic and research institutions. These institutions would be expected to have LMIC leadership and to have stable financial and research infrastructure so that research capacity investments would be sustained for the foreseeable future. An NGO that can demonstrate that it meets these criteria would be eligible to be considered an LMIC institution for these FOAs.

    • Will CDC/GAP and PEPFAR in-country offices be considered eligible for support as LMIC institutions?

      No. CDC/GAP and PEPFAR in-country offices do not meet the definition of LMIC institutions.

    • Are applications allowed to include activity in more than one country?

      Under these FOAS, the program is designed such that each application should focus on building the research capacity in one LMIC institution. An application may propose training sites in other countries, but the training must support the research capacity for the LMIC institution named in the application.

    • Are professional research management associations eligible to apply to the FOA, Training for Critical Research Infrastructure for LMIC Institutions (G11)?

      No. The program is designed to strengthen capacity at an individual LMIC institution and therefore, associations of LMIC institutions, such as research management associations, are not eligible to apply.

    • Is the Fogarty HIV Research Training program designed to support research training for networks of LMIC institutions?

      As described in these FOAs, the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program is designed to support awards that are focused training at one institution in one low- or middle-income country (LMIC) per award, and is no designed to support training for multiple LMIC institutions in one award. Multiple partnerships, multiple performance sites and/or multiple PD/PIs are allowed as long as the goal is to develop capacity at one LMIC institution.

    • If a site in a country that was previously funded by an AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB grant is no longer an LMIC, but has moved up to a higher income country, is that site eligible to apply as the parent/applicant institution for any of the FOAs?

      Non-U.S. high-income country institutions are not eligible to apply to the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program. An institution in a non-U.S. high-income country may be suitable as a partner training site, but not as the applicant institution or as the designated recipient institution under any of the FOAs. See The World Bank Country and Lending Groups to identify low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

    • If my institution currently has an active AITRP and/or Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB award, does this new program require any changes to my current AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB award?

      No. The current awards are not affected by this new program.

    • What is meant by institutional support?

      Institutional support may be demonstrated in a variety of ways, including but not limited to financial support. See descriptions in the FOAs. The goal is to show partnership and institutional commitment from the institutions involved, and to show sustainability beyond the life of an award.

    • What constitutes "on-going HIV research collaborations"?

      Such evidence could be an active research grant related to the proposed scientific focus awarded to the applicant institution and which include the partner institutions as sub-awards, or a recent publication in the topic with co-authors from the institutions involved. As one of the Scored Review criterion, the reviewers will assess the ability of the history of research collaborations to serve as a strong platform for the proposed five year research (or three-year for research infrastructure) training. Applicants that have conducted collaborative workshops need to provide strong evidence that their collaboration could serve as a strong platform for the proposed training.

    • If a site in a country that was previously funded by an AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB grant is no longer a LMIC, but has moved up to a higher income country, is that site eligible to apply as the parent/applicant institution for any of the FOAs?

      An institution in the newly ineligible country may not apply but would be suitable as a partner training site under any of the FOAs.

      See Notice of Change in Country Eligibility for Fogarty International Training Grants (NOT-TW-12-011) for more information.

    Training Plan

    • How broad or narrow should the focus of the project be?

      The proposed training should fill a gap identified at the LMIC institution and be able to demonstrate increased capacity after the funding period. Projects will vary in breadth or depth based on the needs identified at the LMIC institution.

    • Does lab training fall under the FOA for research infrastructure (G11)?

      No. Lab capacity, biostatistics for research design and data analysis, and training for clinical research team members to support clinical research and clinical trials are all included in the Research Training FOA (D43).

    • Once a project receives funding may a topic be added mid-project period? May a site in a new country be added mid-project period?

      No. Once a project is funded additional scientific topics may not be added. Also, once a project is funded, sites in a new country may not be added. This program is designed to support one topic per grant in one LMIC institution. As new scientific topics and/or LMIC Institutions emerge, a separate application may be submitted under the FOAS.

    • Will the main measure of success in the new program be the number of degrees awarded?

      The new HIV research training program will focus more on increased research capacity at the LMIC institutions. Per the FOAs, institutions will be responsible for defining the measures that can be used to demonstrate the increased research capacity. While master and doctoral degrees reflect in-depth research training investments, the proposed training should fill the needs and gaps at the LMIC institution to achieve the increased level of research capacity that can be sustained over time. It is expected that support for masters and doctoral degrees would be included in some applications.

    Investigators

    • Does the application for this program have to have the same PD/PI as the previously funded AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB grant?

      No. The application for new HIV Research Training Program does not have to have the same PD/PI as the previously funded AITRP or ICOHRTA AIDS TB grant. Additionally, institutions may submit multiple applications with different PD/PIs as long as each application pertains to a unique topic or question. Applications to this new program are unique from previously funded grants and PD/PIs should meet the eligibility requirements listed in the Section III Eligibility Information section of each announcement.

      PI/PD for a D71 planning grant award would be expected to be the PI/PD on the resulting application for the research training award (D43).

    • Can multiple applications be submitted with the same PD/PI?

      Yes, as long as each application pertains to a unique topic or question.

    • Is the PD/PI for the application to the FOA, Training for Critical Research infrastructure for LMIC Institutions (G11) required to be a scientist?

      No. The PD/PI for the G11 application is not required to be a scientist. Although the PD/PI on the G11 may be a scientist, the FOA calls for the PD/PI to "be an established expert in the research infrastructure area in which the application is targeted." The expertise of the proposed PD/PI is included in the Scored Review Criteria and will be evaluated by the reviewers, on a case-by-case basis for appropriateness.

    Budget

    • If my institution currently has an active AITRP and/or ICOHRTA AIDS TB award, will it be eligible for a no-cost extension (NCE) as usual?

      Yes. Current active awards will be eligible for a no-cost extension (NCE) as usual.

    • If one institution is applying for multiple grants, how are shared administrative costs demonstrated?

      The budget request for administrative cost should be appropriate for the research training program proposed. If an institution receives multiple awards, the budgets will be reviewed and compared to ensure cooperation and lack of overlap.

    • Are there set percentages of the budget that must be allocated to certain costs, such as U.S. and LMIC costs, or trainee and faculty/ administrative costs?

      No. Certain percentages are not required explicitly in the announcement. Budgets will be judged on a project by project basis and should reflect the priorities of the proposed program.

    Updated May 2013

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