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Frequently Asked Questions for the Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN)

Following find answers to frequently asked questions for applicants related to Fogarty's Chronic, Noncommunicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan program.

  1. For low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), does middle-income include both lower- and upper-middle?

    It depends. Upper-middle income countries that are also members of the G20 are not eligible, although they may still participate as training sites for eligible LMIC trainees. All non-G20 UMICs are eligible, and all countries of sub-Saharan Africa are eligible regardless of income. Please see the relevant links in the FOA and in the Notice attached to the FOA. For income categories by country see World Bank Country and Lending Groups.
  2. Is there a planning grant funding opportunity announcement?

    Yes. The funding opportunity announcement (FOA) Planning for Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Research Training Programs in Low and Middle Income Countries (D71) (PAR-17-097) is for application ONLY by LMIC institutions. It is meant for foreign institutions that are fully ready to become training sites in their own right and need some planning funds to help prepare for Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders Across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) (D43) (PAR-10-257) - if it is reissued.
  3. What are the eligible topics considered to be chronic, non-communicable diseases? Should there be a focus on a single NCD? What types of training should be conducted?

    Training across the spectrum of research disciplines is encouraged as needed, from basic biomedical, behavioral and social science to clinical and applied sciences, including translational and implementation science which emphasizes the resources, context and needs of multiple stakeholders in local settings.

    All applications to this program should have a central theme or focus although the theme may be as narrow or broad as deemed appropriate for the goals outlined in the FOA. The programs are expected to not just support trainees to conduct research but to develop multifaceted and novel training paradigms targeted to the special needs of LMIC investigators and institutions.

    Examples of the NCDs that could be addressed include, but are not limited to, cancer, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease and stroke, chronic lung disease, diabetes, mental illness, neurological, substance abuse and genetic disorders, birth defects and developmental disorders. Research training is encouraged that emphasizes lifecycle studies across and at any stage of the lifespan, including early life determinants of chronic diseases (e.g., genetic, epigenetic, environmental and lifestyle factors) and co-morbid conditions. Emphasis should be placed on common risk factors and interventions relevant to multiple conditions and their prevention.
  4. The NIH institute most relevant to our proposal is not listed as a participating institute. For example, NHLBI and NIDDK are not listed, even though cardio and metabolic diseases and disorders are listed as eligible topics. Can we still submit an application?

    Yes. All topics listed in or relevant to the FOA as described are eligible regardless of NIH IC participation. It is helpful for you to notify the program officer of any of your related NIH grants that you are submitting this application since they may want to follow it. In the case of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders it helpful to take a broad approach to chronic diseases which include these topics but are not solely focused on them and which may be applicable across NCDs. Examples of research training areas to focus on include: crosscutting skills and topics such as environmental, social, cultural and economic factors, epigenetics, co-morbidities and crosscutting risk factor and prevention or intervention research training.
  5. How many applications may be submitted from a single institution?

    Two applications per receipt date from a given institution (including schools and departments within a college or university). Revisions do not count towards the two. They must be scientifically and regionally distinct.

    If the institution has three already awarded active NCD-Lifespan D43s then the institution may not submit another NCD-Lifespan D43 until there are less than three active. See the FOAs for more details.
  6. Do we have to submit all the tables? Can we use 12a and 12b if we have had a previous D43?

    The tables are included as one PDF, so you just finish the ones indicated in the FOA and leave the others blank. Table 5 and the others as indicated in the FOA are required of all new applications. 12a and 12b are meant for renewals of existing D43 programs. Those tables may also be useful for previous D43 grantees to organize their data on previous trainees and may be submitted although they are not specified or required.
  7. Should table 5 include ONLY LMIC trainees, or ALSO LMIC trainees in ADDITION to U.S. and other high-income country trainees?

    ONLY LMIC trainees. If you would like to mention your faculty’s long experience training U.S. investigators please do so in the text. Do NOT list non-LMIC trainees.
  8. Should current and previous Fogarty D43 grantees apply to the NCD Lifespan D43 program? Is such an application a new or renewal application?

    The Population (POP), Maternal and Child Health (MCH), Genetics, Clinical, operational and implementation science (ICOHRTA-1) and Millennium NCoD programs were rolled into the NCD-Lifespan D43 FOA. However, the applications are new applications since this is a new FOA. You should report on the progress and success of your previous D43 within the 25 page limit of the NCD-Lifespan application to show existing collaborations if appropriate and to show experience running such programs. (Note: Please submit a separate Final Report to the relevant program officer for your current D43 at its end date whether you are applying for another D43 program or not.)
  9. We have had a D43 with a country that is now categorized as high-income. Can we still include them in our new NCD-Lifespan D43?

    The focus and funding must be for trainees from a current LMIC. Current LMICs may benefit from cooperation with the recently graduated LMIC. You may include UMIC/G20 countries as training sites and faculty partners in a training program for currently eligible LMIC(s) trainees in the region. See income categories by country at the World Bank Country and Lending Groups.
  10. Does the required research grant have to be held by one of the PIs or can it be held by one or more of the faculty? Does it need to be for work in the country focused on by the training?

    It can be held by any of the key faculty/key personnel for work in the trainee’s country, and its relevance to the training should be very clear and well justified.

Updated December 2016