Following find answers to frequently asked questions for the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program funding opportunities announcements (FOAs):
Institution Eligibility | Training Plan
Investigators | Budget
- 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.
- 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.
- 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