The following concept represents an early planning stage for a funding opportunity announcement. This concept has been reviewed by the Fogarty Advisory Board. Advisory Board review does not guarantee that the concept will become an initiative.
The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), which seeks to build human capacity for health by strengthening the African medical education system in an environment that values and nurtures research, will complete its first five-year cycle in 2015. Significant progress toward this goal has been made; African principal investigators credit MEPI for stimulating a "movement" within their institutions toward a new research culture. However, greater numbers of well-trained researchers are still needed to fill gaps in the number of faculty with research expertise in order to build the next generation of African researchers.
Through support from the NIH Common Fund, Fogarty is committed to continuing to foster the next generation of researchers. A new program, "NIH-supported Component of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI): Research Career Development of African Junior Faculty (D43)," will extend the activities supported under the original MEPI program to increase the capacity of faculty to pursue careers that include research. The program intends to provide both research training and mentored research opportunities for entry-level to mid-level faculty in MEPI-supported African institutions. The scientific focus for research training will be broad and encompass the breadth of knowledge needed to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability based on the priority needs of the country or region. Collaboration with U.S. institutions and other international institutions, including other MEPI-supported institutions, will be encouraged as appropriate. Additional details on the program will be available with the publishing of the funding opportunity announcement.
This proposed National Institutes of Health (NIH) program represents one effort to continue and expand the work already achieved under the current MEPI program. MEPI, funded by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) and NIH funding partners, is jointly administered by Fogarty and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).