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. 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 full R01 grant involves collaboration between developed and developing country investigators, and incorporates research and capacity building. During the R21 award period, the 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 should 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.