Fogarty has issued a call for applications for two new programs - the first will build scientific capacity in West African countries affected by Ebola and the second will spur research into chronic, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries.
One-year planning grants will be awarded to U.S. or African research institutions to conceive research training focused on emerging viral epidemics for personnel at institutions in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea. The application deadline is Feb. 24. The planning process is expected to lead to proposals for multiyear funding from one of Fogarty's established programs.
"We have seen the horrific results of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, where some countries lack the scientific capability to conduct disease surveillance and deploy resources to effectively treat their citizens and halt the spread of infections," said Fogarty Director Dr. Roger I. Glass. "Through these awards, we hope to develop sustainable research capacity to lessen the impact of future outbreaks."
To encourage research in NCDs and injuries occurring across the lifespan, Fogarty has requested applications for locally relevant and catalytic research on NCDs or injury in low- and middle-income countries. Pilot activities and research are expected to inform development of comprehensive programs that build sustainable research capacity and lead to diagnostics, prevention, treatment and implementation strategies. Applications are due Feb. 24.