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India is considered a part of the South Asia region.
Over the past few decades, NIH has developed a robust relationship with India's medical research community in the biomedical and behavioral health sciences. These NIH collaborations are focused in several high-priority areas for the NIH, including research related to HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, infectious diseases, eye disease, hearing disorders, and mental health. NIH builds research capacity and collaborative research opportunities in South Asia through investigator-initiated grants, support for a non-human primate research center, bilateral Joint Working Groups, targeted workshops, and research training activities.
Elizabeth (Liz) F. Yuan, R.Ph.International Program Officer for South AsiaDivision of International RelationsFogarty International CenterNational Institutes of HealthBuilding 31 Room B2C11Bethesda, MD 20892-2220Telephone: 301-496-1415Fax: 301-480-3414Email (preferred): Liz.Yuan@nih.gov
NIH partners with several Indian institutions to develop training opportunities for the next generation of Indian and U.S. scientists. Research training grants from the NIH’s Fogarty International Center (FIC) are designed to enhance research capacity, with an emphasis on institutional partnerships and networking. Fogarty training programs focus on Bioethics, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, environmental and occupational health, clinical research, and reproductive health.
NIH’s Intramural research programs provide opportunities to enhance research skills in the resource-rich NIH environment, with over 1200 NIH laboratories devoted exclusively to biomedical research. At any given time, there are over 300 Indian postdoctoral scientists in over 20 different NIH Institutes and Centers. For the past several years, the overall number of visiting researchers from India is in the top five countries, when compared to the overall number of visiting foreign researchers from any other single country worldwide.
NIH research grants and contracts: In the past decade, Indian investigators have been increasingly successful in competing for NIH funds through the highly competitive NIH dual level peer-review process. In Fiscal Year 2008 alone, the NIH intended to fund over 100 scientists in India. NIH extramural funding to Indian scientists include a wide variety of priorities for the NIH, including research related to HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, cancers, maternal and child health, cardiac disease, diabetes, population aging, mental health, environmental health, and other chronic and infectious diseases. NIH’s extramural research funding to India involves several of India’s most well-renowned medical researchers and research institutions, in the public, private, and academic sectors. These Indian government research organizations, universities, non-profit organizations, and private research facilities, and other NIH-funded sites are located throughout India.
NIH International Center for Excellence in Research (ICER): HHS/NIH established an ICER site at the Tuberculosis Research Center, a component of the Indian Council of Medical Research, Department of Health Research, Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare located in Chennai, building on a lengthy history of collaboration with this institution. The aim of the NIAID ICER program is to develop sustained research programs in areas of high infectious-disease burden.
Additional Information and Connectivity: The Fogarty International Center’s Program Officer for South Asia is responsible for fostering research collaborations with India. Upon request, the Program Officer for South Asia can provide additional information about current NIH activity in India, and connectivity to responsible NIH officials.
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