IDRC-NIH Parallel Funding for GEOHealth Hubs

    Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is collaborating with the NIH in the development and support of the Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) program, and invites applications for parallel support to successful GEOHealth Hub applicants. The IDRC will consider support for low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions that lead applications under the NIH funding opportunity announcements RFA-TW-14-001 (U01) and RFA-TW-14-002 (U2R). Participation by the IDRC in the GEOHealth program does not increase the total available funds for each GEOHealth Hub award but may enable the program to fund additional Hubs.

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    Updated September 26, 2014

    Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

    1. Am I eligible for parallel NIH and IDRC funding?

      To be eligible for parallel NIH and IDRC funding, applicants must submit two linked applications to the NIH - one from the U.S. institution for a research training award and one from the LMIC institution (as defined by the World Bank; see The World Bank Country and Lending Groups) for a research award. See further eligibility criteria for LMIC institutions in the IDRC-NIH collaboration web posting.

      Applicants are not required to have a Canadian institution as a partner to be eligible for IDRC support. U.S. institutions are eligible for NIH support as leaders of a training grant or partners (subcontractors) or an LMIC led research grant. LMIC institutions are eligible for IDRC or NIH support under all mechanisms.

    2. What will IDRC fund?

      IDRC will support research activities led and administered by LMIC institutions that are part of linked applications for a GEOHealth Hub under RFA-TW-14-001 and RFA-TW-14-002. The scientific areas of IDRC-NIH research collaboration include:

      • agricultural health
      • outdoor and indoor air quality
      • extractive industries
      • food safety, and
      • climate change and health.
      Research on workplace safety, occupational health, and/or informal work may be considered in relation to the scientific areas above. Projects that focus on tobacco use and cessation and projects that address occupational exposure to HIV are beyond the scope of this program, but projects that address second-hand smoke exposure may be considered.

    3. Does IDRC have additional reporting requirements?

      The IDRC will issue separate awards for the portion of any proposals that it funds. These awards will be subject to IDRC's Terms and Conditions. Please contact IDRC for information on their financial reporting requirements. Technical reports will be the same as for NIH.

    4. What is the application process?

      Those U.S.-LMIC teams wishing to take the opportunity for Joint NIH-IDRC funding need to submit to IDRC their paired applications. These will be reviewed internally for the matching of IDRC program priorities and assessment of administrative requirements. The paired applications including a breakdown of the LMIC budget items should be submitted to IDRC no later than 30 days after the NIH receipt date of applications.

    5. How should the budget(s) be developed?

      Each of the linked applications should include a complete budget for all activities in U.S. dollars. For those paired applicants (US-LMICs) that choose to send to IDRC their application(s) in response to the GEOHealth program FOAs, IDRC will also require a breakdown of the LMIC budget in local currency (or currency in which the LMIC recipient carries its financial books). The combined budget for the linked U.S. and LMIC applications that comprise the GEOHealth Hub) cannot exceed $600,000 USD with at least 50% ($300,000) on the LMIC research application. Applications will include detailed budgets for each budget year and a cumulative budget for the total project period. If the applications are selected for funding, the budget allocations could be revised and refined based on NIH-IDRC discussions on how to split the costs of the commonly selected submissions.

    6. To whom should the application material be addressed?

      All applicants should deal directly with the NIH scientific, grants management, and/or peer review contact at all stages of application and review. Applications that are not submitted through the NIH RFA will not be considered for funding.

      Investigators may send their NIH applications to IDRC at geohealth@idrc.ca. The email should contain the subject line "Attn: NIH-IDRC Collaborative GEOHealth Program Application."

    7. What additional information is needed for submission to IDRC?

      For those paired applications (US-LMICs) that choose to send to IDRC their application(s) in response to the GEOHealth program FOAs, IDRC will also require a breakdown of the LMIC budget in local currency (or currency in which the LMIC recipient carries its financial books).

    8. What is the deadline for submitting the application material to IDRC?

      To be considered for IDRC funding, applications must be submitted to IDRC within 30 days of the NIH application deadline noted in the NIH RFAs.

    9. To whom should the peer review results be addressed?

      Investigators may send their NIH peer review results (Summary Statements) to IDRC at the following email address: geohealth@idrc.ca. The email should contain the subject line "Attn: NIH-IDRC Collaborative GEOHealth Program Review Results."

    10. What is the deadline for submitting review results to IDRC?

      To be considered for IDRC funding, review results must be submitted to IDRC within 15 days of the issuance of the NIH Summary Statement in the ERA Commons.

    11. I am an investigator at a US institution submitting a U2R application. Can I apply for IDRC support?

      If your application involves institutions in LMICs that meet IDRC's eligibility criteria and if your application involves scientific areas of interest to IDRC, you are strongly encouraged to share applications and peer review results with IDRC. However, note that IDRC will not support costs of U.S. institutions, but rather those related to the subcontract to the LMIC partner, and these should be presented in the local currency of the LMIC partner's country or currency in which the LMIC partner carries its financial books.

    12. I am an investigator at an LMIC institution submitting a U01 application. Can I apply for IDRC support?

      If you are applying from a LMIC institution that meet IDRC's eligibility criteria and if your application involves scientific areas of interest to IDRC, you are strongly encouraged to share applications and peer review results with IDRC. If you share you application with IDRC, you should include a budget breakdown in local currency.

    13. Do I need to submit letters of intent to both the NIH and IDRC?

      All letters of intent should be sent to the NIH. If you are interested in IDRC funding, we encourage you to also share your letter of intent with IDRC. Email geohealth@idrc.ca with the subject line "Attn: NIH-IDRC Collaborative GEOHealth Program Letter of Intent."

    14. Do I need to submit progress reports to both NIH and IDRC?

      If your application is funded by the NIH, standard progress reporting requirements apply. IDRC will require progress and final financial reports from grants to LMIC recipients. Contact the IDRC for information about their financial reporting requirements. Progress and final technical reports can be the same as those submitted to NIH.

    15. How do I contact the IDRC?

      Please email geohealth@idrc.ca with any questions or visit the IDRC-NIH Collaboration Call for Proposals for more information.

    16. Is IDRC funding additional components "above and beyond" what is requested in the applications to NIH?

      No. The IDRC may fund a portion of a project originally submitted to the NIH. Applications cannot exceed the budget cap even if they are seeking support from both NIH and IDRC. However, applying to the IDRC will enhance overall support to the program, enabling more GEOHealth Hub grants, and potentially launching a new funding relationship with your institutions for further support of the Hub and its activities in the future.

    17. What if NIH approves my grant and the IDRC does not, or vice versa?

      The NIH and the IDRC will work together at the time of award and subsequent project.

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