The Brain Disorders in the Developing World: Research Across the Lifespan program develops collaborative research and capacity building projects on brain disorders throughout life, relevant to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Grant recipients develop innovative, collaborative research programs that contribute to the long-term goal of building sustainable research capacity in nervous system function and impairment throughout life.
The first phase of a project consists of a two-year planning and development grant using the R21 grant mechanism, which provides support to organize, plan for, prepare and assemble an application for a more comprehensive R01 grant. The R01 grant involves collaboration between developed and developing country investigators, and incorporates research and capacity building. During the R21 award period grant recipients:
- further define the type and area of research to be developed
- conduct pilot studies
- develop and solidify collaborative relationships and understandings with the partners in the developed and developing countries involved
Applicants provide a plan to assess and address current resources and needs so the proposed research and capacity building can be successfully carried out. Training and other capacity-building opportunities should be incorporated into the research application in the context of the proposed research.
- Page Limits - New page limits have been in effect since January 2010. One page is allowed for specific aims. One page is allowed for the introduction in resubmission. More information available from NIH Peer Review Policies and Practices.
- Research Strategy Section - Three sections of the current Research Plan (Background and Significance, Preliminary Studies/Progress Report, and Research Design and Methods) will be consolidated into a new single section within the Research Plan entitled "Research Strategy." The new Research Strategy section - a single PDF upload in the PHS 398 Research Plan Component of the SF 424 (R&R) - is subdivided into three parts: Significance, Innovation and Approach. The Approach subsection includes Preliminary Studies for New Applications and Progress Report for Renewal/Revision Applications. Page limits for the Research Strategy section are:
- Six (6) for R21, including revised applications and new submissions
- Twelve (12) for R01, including both revised applications and new submissions
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