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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
Agreements and Joint Statements | Research Training | NIH Activities in India
Vaccine Action Program (NIH-NIAID): To develop vaccines against high-priority diseases with India’s Department of Biotechnology
Contraceptive and Reproductive-Health Research Program (NIH-NICHD): To promote the development of contraceptives and research into reproductive health with India’s Department of Biotechnology
Collaboration on the Prevention of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and HIV/AIDS (NIH-OAR): To advance epidemiological, prevention, and operational research on HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases with the Indian Council of Medical Research
Maternal and Child Health and Human Development Research Program (NIH-NICHD): To promote research in low birth weight, micronutrients, reproductive-tract infections, and other mutually identified maternal and child health research priorities with the Indian Council of Medical Research
Expansion of Cooperation in Vision Research (NIH-NEI): To promote collaborative research on ocular diseases, including the prevention of blindness cases with India’s Department of Biotechnology
Low-Cost, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Medical Technologies Research Collaboration (NIH-NIBIB): To promote collaboration with India’s Department of Biotechnology on the development and use of low-cost medical technologies and devices for health care in resource-limited settings
International Center for Excellence in Research (NIH-NIAID): To build upon successful NIH intramural research collaborations at the Tuberculosis Research Center with the Indian Council of Medical Research
Mental Health, Neurology, and Addictive Disorders (NIH-NIMH, NIH-NINDS, NIH-NIDA): To promote collaboration on translational and clinical research for new therapies and drugs, genetic testing and mapping of brain diseases, stem cell biology research, public repositories, advanced brain-imaging technologies, training, and other priorities with India’s Department of Biotechnology
Training the Next Generation of Research Scientists (NIH): To promote the repatriation of Indian scientists after their NIH-sponsored training has been completed.
The United States and India: Enduring Global Partners in the 21st CenturyThe White House Joint Statement, June 7, 2016
Agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between the United States and India: An umbrella agreement on Science and Technology Cooperation between the U.S. Government and the government of the Republic of India.
Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the Republic of India to Establish a Board and an Endowment for Joint Research and Development, Innovation, Entrepreneurial and Commercialization Activities in Science and Technology [PDF]
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 (Phone: 301-496-4784)
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