NIH and the National Science Foundation (NSF) support to International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups (ICBG) program to address the interdependence of biodiversity exploration for potential applications in health, with investments in research capacity that support sustainable use of these resources, the knowledge to conserve them, and equitable partnership frameworks among research organizations in the U.S. and low- and middle-income-countries (LMICs). LMICs are defined as low or middle income countries in the World Bank list of economies.
The ICBG program supports international, public-private, interdisciplinary research teams in the exploration and discovery of novel compounds and extracts from nature with potential for development as therapeutic agents for multiple disease targets while building research capacity in partnering countries. Currently active grants also include biodiscovery for agricultural, crop protection, and animal health applications as well as bioenergy agents and biofuels, though the most recent funding announcement does not include these areas.
The following agencies are partnering on this program:
- National Institutes of Health (NIH)
- Fogarty International Center
- National Cancer Institute
- National Institute of General Medical Science
- National Institute of Mental Health
- National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
- Office of Dietary Supplements
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute for Food and Agriculture
- Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research