Recognizing the struggle scientists in low- and middle-income (LMIC) countries can face in carving out time to gain research experience and skills, Fogarty has developed a program concept for a new junior faculty career development award. The program’s overarching goal would be foster the careers of promising young scientists in LMICS.
At the open session of the May meeting of Fogarty’s Advisory Board, concepts were presented detailing a new LMIC junior faculty award, and the next phase of several existing programs. Those included the global health research career development for U.S. scientists, and a capacity building initiative for trauma and injury research.
Concepts represent early planning stages for program announcements and are not commitments to develop new initiatives.
The career development award for LMIC scientists would provide support to enable recipients to conduct mentored research and career development activities. The awards would require input from mentors in both a developed and a developing country, who each are accomplished investigators in the proposed research area and experienced in guiding independent investigators.
The proposed LMIC career development award would be similar to Fogarty’s existing International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) which targets U.S. scientists interested in global health. Fogarty also presented a concept for the next phase of the IRSDA program, which has been active since 1999 and complements many of Fogarty’s other research training programs. IRSDA grantees would be required to spend half of their award period conducting research in an LMIC country, with at least three months of that occurring in any given year.
Finally, Fogarty discussed a concept for the next phase of its International Collaborative Trauma and Injury Research Training Program, which began in 2004 and aimed to provide research training on the diagnosis, prevention and treatment related to injury in LMICs. The current five-year funding round ends in 2016, but the problem of injury continues to grow, killing more than five million people per year and harming many others. Fogarty’s program is helping strengthen research capacity that can produce evidence for and develop effective interventions to combat this global scourge.