Frequently Asked Questions for Global Noncommunicable Diseases and Injury Research

    ​Find below answers to frequently asked questions for applicants to Global Noncommunicable Diseases and Injury Across the Lifespan: Exploratory Research (R21) (PAR-16-052).

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    Updated December 12, 2016

    1. In what instances is a collaboration with a U.S. partner required?

      All low- and lower-middle income country sites must collaborate with a U.S. partner or with an upper-middle income country (UMIC) partner. Only UMIC institutions may apply without a U.S. partner; however, if they apply without a U.S. partner they must partner with another low-, lower-middle or upper-middle income country institution.

      The applicant institution may be from the U.S. or from the low-, lower-middle or upper-middle income country.

    2. Are collaborations with non-U.S. high-income partners allowed?

      Personnel from high-income countries can only serve as consultants with special justification criteria as described in the FOA, and not as PIs or co-PIs. A low-, lower-middle, or upper-middle income country partnership must be included in the application.

    3. May I submit if my topic is eligible for the FOA but does not fit any of the participating NIH institutes other than Fogarty?

      If your R21 application is an eligible topic for the FOA, you do not have to find a NIH specific Institute or Center (IC) "home" for the application before you submit. An assignment will be given during application submission. Prior discussion with other interested ICs is helpful for referral purposes and for subject matter expertise, but it is not required.

    4. Do foreign sites require DUNS number?

      Yes, they do, but having a sub-award foreign site without a DUNS number at the time of application does not bar you from applying. If the prime applicant scores well and is awarded, funds cannot be issued to the sub-awardee if the foreign site does not have a DUNS number.

    5. What should be the distribution of funds to the low-, lower-middle or upper-middle income sites?

      At least 51 percent of the total direct costs should be allocated to the low-, lower-middle and upper-middle income country sites. If there are multiple low-, lower-middle and upper-middle income sites, the combined expenditure of the sites should be at least 51 percent.

    6. What is the page limit for the "Research Strategy" section?

      Six pages maximum.