MINORITY INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING GRANTS - NIH


 

Release Date:  November 22, 1999



RFA:  TW-00-001



Fogarty International Center 

Office of Research on Minority Health 



Letter of Intent Receipt Date:  December 10, 1999

Application Receipt Date:   January 14, 2000



PURPOSE

Since 1993 the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the Office of 

Research on Minority Health (ORMH) of the National Institutes of 

Health (NIH) have  jointly supported scientific training programs that 

offer international research training opportunities to qualified 

minority undergraduates and  graduate and medical students 

underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral  research careers.  

Innovative programs that provide international research  and training 

are supported to: 1. Encourage under-represented minority students to 

pursue biomedical  research careers. 2. Broaden minority research 

efforts and scientific training to encompass  international health 

problems. 3. Stimulate novel approaches to studying health problems 

that  disproportionately affect underserved groups in the U.S. or in 

developing  countries. 4. Assist minority scientists to participate in 

international collaborative  research relationships and work 

effectively in the rapidly evolving global  scientific environment.



The Minority International Research Training (MIRT) program is a 

component in  the long-term National Institutes of Health (NIH) 

strategy to decrease health  disparities between minority and majority 

groups in the U.S.



This Request for Applications (RFA) to support MIRT programs at U.S. 

colleges  and universities contains revisions that supercede all 

requirements in  previous MIRT RFAs.  The most significant change is 

the increased emphasis on  providing international research training 

experiences for undergraduate  students.  Proposed programs may also 

include graduate and medical students  but should restrict faculty 

research to activities associated with mentorship  of research 

trainees.  Priority will be given to funding MIRT program  proposals 

that emphasize research training related to health disparities  among 

under-served populations in the U.S. or in developing countries.  Both  

new and competing renewal applications are welcome.



HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000



The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health  

promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2000," a 

PHS- led national activity for setting priority areas.  This RFA, 

Minority  International Research Training (MIRT) Grants, is related to 

one or more of  the priority areas.  Potential applicants may obtain a 

copy of "Healthy  People 2000" at 

http://odphp.osophs.dhhs.gov/pubs/hp2000.  



ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS



The applicant institution and its associated consortia institutions 

must be  U.S. colleges or universities that offer baccalaureate degrees 

in fields  relevant to biomedical and behavioral sciences.  Only one 

application per  institution will be accepted for review.  Those 

institutions that are  currently holding a MIRT award from the FY 1999 

competition are excluded.  A  consortium can be formed by the applicant 

institution that has an active  international scientific research 

effort with institutions with limited  research and training activities 

for the purpose of recruiting eligible  student and faculty 

participants.  Priority will be given to consortia that  include 

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving  

Institutions or Tribal Colleges and Universities.



Participating students and faculty must be U.S. citizens or permanent  

residents. Applications will be accepted for programs which recruit  

participants from institutions with enrollments that include 

substantial  numbers of students and faculty who are members of 

socially or economically  disadvantaged groups who are underrepresented 

in careers in biomedical and  behavioral research.  Studies show groups 

that are underrepresented in  biomedical and behavioral research 

careers in the U.S. include but are not  limited to African Americans, 

Hispanic Americans, Native Americans,  Asian/Pacific Islanders, persons 

with disabilities and women.  Programs  should recruit participants who 

could most benefit from a financially  supported opportunity for 

international scientific research experience.   Programs should focus 

on supporting students and faculty to pursue biomedical  and behavioral 

research careers that will most likely contribute to the  elimination 

of health disparities that exist among disadvantaged populations  in 

the U.S and between populations living in developing countries and the  

U.S.  Applicants should define the nature and extent of the eligible 

students  and faculty members of underrepresented groups available for 

recruitment to  the program at their institution and consortium 

institutions. 



Undergraduate Participants



Proposed programs should give undergraduate research training priority 

by  selecting approximately 75% undergraduate participants out of at 

least ten  participants per year.  It is suggested that undergraduate 

participants have  completed approximately two years of coursework in a 

major related to  biomedical or behavioral science, a minimum GPA of 

3.0 and/or show other  evidence of exceptional scientific interest and 

talent.  Previous  undergraduate research experience is recommended 

before entering the MIRT  program.



Graduate and Medical Student Participants



Approximately 25% of the student participants can be graduate or 

medical  students each year.  Priority should be given to students who 

wish to perform  research especially pertinent to health disparities 

among underserved groups  in the U.S. or in developing countries.  

Programs can support medical  students who show evidence of commitment 

to pursuing a career in research.   Graduate and medical students must 

be involved in original data collection.   Routine clinical or lab 

work, coursework or training in scientific techniques  alone are not 

the objective of the training supported by this RFA except in  so far 

as they allow the students to be involved in original data collection.



U.S. Faculty Participants



The program director should be a full-time faculty member at the 

applicant  institution and principal investigator for the application.  

The program  director will be responsible for selecting and matching 

student participants  and faculty mentors, screening training plans for 

foreign sites and  coordinating the activities of the program in which 

all trainees participate.   The program director is also responsible 

for coordinating evaluations of  program participants and submitting 

annual progress reports and trainee  tracking data to the Fogarty 

International Center.  Therefore, program  directors should show 

evidence of experience at administering multifaceted  international 

research programs involving significant student training  activity.



Other U.S. faculty participants who will serve as mentors for student  

participants must have doctoral degrees and full-time appointments at 

the  applicant institution or at an institution in an associated 

consortium.  U.S.  faculty mentors should show evidence of their 

ongoing collaboration with the  proposed foreign training site 

institution including sources of funding for  research conducted there 

and recent publications resulting from that  research.  U.S. faculty 

mentorship may be supported at foreign sites in  developing countries.  

A proposed training plan should be submitted  describing possible 

student research projects, research skills to be taught  and estimating 

the time that the mentor will spend with students in research  and 

training activities before, during (if necessary) and after travel to 

the  foreign site.  Proposed U.S. faculty mentors should also provide 

evidence of  experience in successfully training undergraduate or 

graduate students in  international research.  If a minority faculty 

member is not available, any  faculty member who meets the eligibility 

criteria may serve as a mentor.



Foreign Faculty Participants



International research training should be planned at universities or 

research  institutions where U.S. faculty participants have ongoing 

collaborative  research relationships.  Foreign research collaborators 

with doctoral degrees  and full-time positions can serve as mentors for 

students training at the  foreign site(s).  Foreign collaborators 

should provide a letter of  collaboration.  Information describing the 

foreign site institutional  research effort and productivity in the 

student project research field and  documenting the sources of funding 

for this research should be submitted.  A  proposed training plan 

should be submitted describing possible student  research projects, 

research skills to be taught and estimating the time that  the mentor 

will spend with students in research and training activities  during 

their time at the foreign site.  Students must be involved in original  

data collection, not routine clinical or lab work.  In order to build 

ongoing  international collaborations, it is recommended that groups of 

two or more  student trainees visit the same foreign research site(s) 

associated with a  program each year during the life span of the award 

unless FIC approves a  well justified change of sites.



MECHANISM OF SUPPORT



This RFA will use the NIH institutional training grant (T37) award 

mechanism.   Responsibility for the planning, direction and execution 

of the proposed  project will be solely that of the applicant.  The 

total project period for  an application submitted in response to this 

RFA should not exceed four  years.  The anticipated award date for the 

FY 2000 competitive review is June  1, 2000.  Each training grant award 

must not exceed a total of $200,000 per  year, including direct and 

indirect costs.  Applicants are encouraged to  propose the most 

effective program with a well justified budget most  appropriate to 

their institutional setting.



Allowable Costs



All budget items should be itemized on the NRSA substitute budget pages 

OO  and PP in the categories noted in parentheses.



1. During the training period at the foreign site, a minimum of 10-12 

weeks,  stipends of $800 per month may be requested for junior or 

senior  undergraduates and stipends of $1225 per month may be requested 

for graduate  and medical students.  (Stipends-predoctoral)



2. For U.S. faculty mentors, stipends of up to $1250 per month may be  

requested for the training period, approximately 10-12 weeks, if no 

other  federal salary support is available during the time requested to 

work at the  foreign site.  (Stipends-postdoctoral)



3. A $500 honorarium may be offered to the foreign mentors from 

developing  country institutions that do not charge student bench fees 

or tuition.  (Other)



4. Funds to support student research costs (such as lab supplies, 

computer  access, small equipment) at the foreign site may be requested 

for up to a  maximum level of $600 per month per student.  The 

anticipated costs should be  itemized for each foreign site and 

justification should be provided as to why  these expenses cannot be 

covered by funding that already supports faculty  research at the 

foreign site.  (Training related expenses)



5. Funds for tuition, fees and self-only medical insurance expenses  

associated with the international research experience may be requested 

up to  a maximum level of $1500 per student participant.  Tuition at 

the U.S.  institution for trainees during travel to the foreign site 

will be allowed  only if such charges are required of all persons in 

similar training status  at that institution.  Bench fees at foreign 

institutions are allowed in the  category of tuition.  Tuition for 

specific coursework related to the project,  such as language courses 

at the U.S. or foreign institution can be supported.   The program may 

provide funds to cover fees for passports, visas, Centers for  Disease 

Control and Prevention recommended vaccinations and prophylactic  

drugs.  Students and faculty should be required to have medical 

insurance  coverage while travelling to a foreign site.  If 

institutional or personal  medical insurance does not cover 

participants, self-only medical insurance  may be charged to the grant.  

All expenses in the category of tuition, fees  and insurance should be 

itemized and justified for each foreign site.   (Tuition, fees and 

insurance)



6. Foreign living expenses of up to $1000 per month may be requested 

for  participants.  Budgets should provide a list of costs and 

description of  living conditions at each foreign site.  Additional 

funds (up to $2000 per  month) may be requested for U.S. faculty 

mentors with thorough justification  of increased need.  (Trainee 

travel)



7. Students from consortium institutions may be supported for travel 

and per  diem expenses to attend orientation and responsible conduct of 

research  presentations as well as post-travel activities associated 

with the MIRT  program at the director's institution.  (Trainee travel)



8. Economy class round trip airfare on U.S. carriers (to the maximum 

extent  possible) and local ground transportation to the foreign site 

may be  requested.  Anticipated costs should be provided for travel to 

each foreign  site.  (Trainee travel)



9. Travel expenses may be requested for short-term visits (less than 1 

month)  of foreign faculty mentors to the U.S. applicant institution or 

associated  consortia institutions to participate in MIRT program 

associated student  training and related collaborative research 

activities such as planning,  writing scientific manuscripts or grants, 

etc.  Short-term travel expenses  may include economy class round trip 

airfare on U.S. carriers (to the maximum  extent possible) plus per 

diem at U.S. government rates.  Current U.S.  government per diem 

allowances can be checked at this web site:   

http://www.policyworks.gov/org/main/mt/homepage/mtt/perdiem/travel.shtm

l.   (Trainee travel)



10. The applicant institution may request up to ten percent of total 

direct  costs to support the principal investigator and/or other 

personnel for  administrative efforts related to the MIRT program.  The 

administrative  responsibilities and time commitment for personnel 

receiving salary support  should be thoroughly described.  To calculate 

the maximum amount allowed,  take 10% of the sum of the expenses from 

all other categories.  (Other)



11. Funds may be requested for administrative expenses such as 

photocopying,  MIRT course materials, long distance phone/fax costs, 

etc. directly related  to the MIRT program.  (Training related 

expenses)



12. Funds may be requested to cover expenses related to MIRT program  

evaluation requirements such as post-travel meetings, internet access 

and  computer software needed for Web based reporting and tracking of 

student  trainees.  The purchase of one computer to be devoted to MIRT 

activities may  be requested with sufficient justification.  A laptop 

model computer is  recommended for additional MIRT use at foreign 

sites.  (Training related  expenses)



13. Funds should be requested (flight plus per diem for two days for 

each  year of the award) for the MIRT program director to attend an 

annual network  meeting in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Fogarty 

International Center and  the Office of Research on Minority Health.  

(Trainee travel)



14. Funds may be requested to support MIRT students to present their 

research  findings at national scientific conferences.  (Trainee 

travel)



15. Facilities and administrative expenses (indirect costs) should be  

included in the budget request at a rate of eight percent of allowable 

direct  costs.  (Checklist form page II)



FUNDS AVAILABLE



The Fogarty International Center and the Office of Research on Minority  

Health intend to commit approximately $1,800,000 to fund 9 to 10 new 

and/or  competing renewal awards in FY 2000.  An applicant may request 

a project  period of up to four years and an annual budget of up to 

$200,000 total  costs.  Because the nature and scope of the projects 

proposed vary, it is  anticipated that the size of each award will 

vary.  Although the financial  plans of the Fogarty International 

Center and the Office of Research on  Minority Health provide support 

for this program, awards pursuant to this RFA  are contingent upon the 

availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient  number of 

meritorious applications.  At this time, it is not known if  competing 

renewal applications beyond FY 2000 will be accepted and /or if  this 

RFA will be reissued after FY 2000.



TRAINING OBJECTIVES



The Minority International Research Training grants are designed to 

offer  research training opportunities to qualified eligible students 

and faculty to  participate in international biomedical and behavioral 

research programs  abroad.  The proposed training program is expected 

to increase awareness of  international research issues and 

opportunities, acquaint students with a  range of career opportunities 

in biomedical and behavioral research and  encourage participants to 

pursue post-baccalaureate degrees and careers in  biomedical and 

behavioral research especially related to minority health  problems.  

The program is also expected to enhance the training efforts and  

international collaborative research activities of the faculty 

participants.



The following specific objectives have been identified based on the 

overall  goals for the MIRT program:



1. To support research experience for qualified eligible undergraduate  

students in international laboratories under the mentorship of 

outstanding  U.S. and foreign scientists including: o Training in 

experimental design, interpretation of data and the use of  current 

scientific equipment and analytical methods. o Knowledge of the 

scientific literature associated with their projects,  biomedical 

research ethics and cultural aspects affecting scientific and  medical 

issues at the foreign site. o Experience in the written and oral 

presentation of scientific research. o Encouragement to complete a 

baccalaureate degree and enter graduate or  professional school to 

pursue a biomedical or behavioral research career.



2. To support eligible graduate and medical student training in an  

international setting that provides unique opportunities for research  

relevant to their dissertation or clinical studies, contributes to the  

completion of advanced biomedical or behavioral science degrees and 

results  in scientific conference presentations and publications.



3. To facilitate research collaborations between minority scientists 

and  scientists at centers of excellence in biomedical and behavioral 

research  abroad resulting in expanded research capabilities, 

scientific conference  presentations, publications and subsequent grant 

applications for continuing  research support.



The Fogarty International Center and Office of Research on Minority 

Health  recognize that there will be significant differences in the 

institutional  environments, participants and approaches to 

international research  collaboration among applicant programs.  

Therefore, applicants should define  the goals, methods to achieve 

these goals and specific measurable objectives  (such as recruitment 

success, scientific productivity, career outcomes, etc.)  to assess 

their program with reference to the overall goals described above.



SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS



Program Evaluation



The Program Director will be required to interact regularly with 

Fogarty  International Center staff who will closely monitor the 

progress of each  training grant program through in-depth reviews of 

annual progress reports,  network meetings and site visits.



Applications should include a description of how the program will be  

evaluated by its participants and how the scientific training and 

research  progress of all participants will be monitored.



A progress report will be required at the end of each budget year.  

Data on  each current and previous participant will be submitted via 

the Internet to a  web based tracking system that will be used to 

monitor the impact of the  program on the careers of these 

participants.  Therefore, applicants should  describe their capability 

to monitor and submit data on current participants  as well as previous 

participants (including those from consortium  institutions) via the 

Internet.  Details of the required format for the  narrative progress 

report and instructions for submission of data to the Web  tracking 

system will be provided by the Fogarty International Center when  

grants are awarded.



Responsible Conduct of Research



Applicants should describe plans for mandatory teaching of responsible  

conduct in biomedical research to all trainees including the topics, 

format,  participation of faculty, instructional materials, and the 

frequency and  duration of the training provided and how trainee 

attendance will be  monitored.  If the proposed program accepts 

students from other institutions,  an explanation of how they will 

participate in this training must be  provided.  If the plan is 

unacceptable to application reviewers, the  application will not be 

considered for an award until an acceptable plan is  provided.



Protection of Research Subjects



Applicants should be aware that provisions for the protection of human  

research subjects and laboratory animals must be met in research done 

in both  domestic and foreign institutions including obtaining any 

necessary single  project assurances.  Applicants should see Title 45 

CFR, Part 46 for  information concerning Department of Health and Human 

Services regulations  for the protection of human subjects and the PHS 

Policy on the Humane Care  and Use of Laboratory Animals.  These are 

available from the office for  Protection from Research Risks, National 

Institutes of Health, 6100 Executive  Boulevard, MSC 7507, Rockville, 

MD 20892-7507  (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oprr/oprr.htm).



INCLUSION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS



It is the policy of the NIH that women and members of minority groups 

and  their sub-populations must be included in all NIH supported 

biomedical and  behavioral research projects involving human subjects, 

unless a clear and  compelling rationale and justification is provided 

that inclusion is  inappropriate with respect to the health of the 

subjects or the purpose of  the research.  This policy results from the 

NIH Revitalization Act of 1993  (Section 492B of Public law 103-43).



All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should 

read the  "NIH Guideline for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as 

subjects in Clinical  Research" which was published in the Federal 

Register of March 28, 1994 (FR  59 14508-14513) and in the NIH Guide 

for Grants and Contracts Vol.23 No.11,  March 18, 1994, available on 

the web at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not94-

100.html.



For international research, the frame of reference for inclusion of  

minorities in research is whether the participants would be considered 

to be  minorities in the U.S. population.  Programs are encouraged to 

include  adequate representation of women in selecting foreign  and 

U.S. participants.



INCLUSION OF CHILDREN AS PARTICIPANTS IN RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN 

SUBJECTS



It is the policy of NIH that children (i.e. individuals under the age 

of 21)  must be included in all human subjects research conducted or 

supported by the  NIH unless there are scientific and ethical reasons 

not to include them.   This policy applies to all initial (Type 1) 

applications submitted for  receipt dates after October 1, 1998.  All 

investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read 

the  "NIH Policy and Guidelines" on the Inclusion of Children as 

Participants in  Research Involving Human subjects that was published 

in the NIH Guide for  Grants and contracts, March 6, 1998 and is 

available at:  http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-

024.html.



Investigators also may obtain copies of these policies from the program 

staff  listed under INQUIRIES.  Program staff may also provide 

additional relevant  information concerning the policy.



LETTER OF INTENT



Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that 

includes a  descriptive title of the proposed research training, the 

name, address, email  address, telephone and fax number of the Program 

Director, the identities of  other key personnel and participating 

institutions and the number and title  of the RFA in response to which 

the application may be submitted.  Although a  letter of intent is not 

required, is not binding and does not enter into the  review of a 

subsequent application, the information that it contains allows  the 

Fogarty International staff to estimate the potential review workload 

and  avoid conflict of interest in the review.  The letter of intent is 

to be sent  to the program staff listed under INQUIRIES by the receipt 

date listed in the  heading of this RFA.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES



The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) is to be used 

in  applying for these grants.  Applicants should use the additional 

instructions  for preparing Institutional NRSA applications on pages 

V1-V7 in Form 398 when  preparing their applications. These forms are 

available at most institutional  offices of sponsored research and from 

the Division of Extramural Outreach  and Information Resources, 

National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge  Drive, MSC 7910, 

Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone 301-435-0714, email:  

GrantsInfo@nih.gov.



The RFA label available in the PHS 398 application form must be affixed 

to  the bottom of the face page of the application.  The RFA label and 

line 2 of  the application form must indicate the RFA number.  Failure 

to use this label  could result in delayed processing of the 

application such that it may not  reach the review committee in time 

for review.  In addition, the RFA title  and number must be typed on 

line 2 of the face page of the application form  and the YES box must 

be marked.



The sample RFA label available at:  

http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/label-bk.pdf has been 

modified to allow for this change.  Please note this is in pdf format.



Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including the  

Checklist and three signed photocopies in one package to:



CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH

6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, ROOM 1040, MSC 7710

BETHESDA, MD 20892-7710

BETHESDA, MD 20817 (for express/courier service)



At the time of submission, two additional copies of the application 

must be sent to:



Helen Sunshine, Ph.D.

Office of Scientific Review

National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Room 1AS.13fF

45 Center Drive MSC 6200

Bethesda, MD 20892-6200

Telephone: (301) 594-2881

FAX: (301) 480-8506

Email: sunshinh@nigms.nih.gov



Applications must be received by the application receipt date listed in 

the  heading of this RFA.  If an application is received after that 

date, it will  be returned to the applicant without review.



The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will not accept any application 

in  response to this RFA that is essentially the same as one currently 

pending  initial review, unless the applicant withdraws the pending 

application.  The  CSR will not accept any application that is 

essentially the same as one  already reviewed.  This does not preclude 

the submission of substantial  revisions of an application already 

reviewed, but such applications must  include an introduction 

addressing the previous critique.



REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS



Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed for completeness by CSR and  

responsiveness by the Fogarty International Center.  Incomplete and/or 

non- responsive applications will be returned to the applicant without 

further  consideration.



Applications that are complete and responsive to the RFA will be 

evaluated  for educational and scientific merit of the proposed 

training by an  appropriate peer review group convened by the National 

Institute of General  Medical Sciences in accordance with the review 

criteria stated below.  As  part of the initial merit review, the peer 

review group will discuss all  applications, assign a priority score 

and provide a written critique that  will be sent to the applicants. 

Applications then receive a second level of  review by Fogarty 

International Center Advisory Board before funding  decisions will be 

made.



Review Criteria



The goals of NIH supported research are to advance our understanding of  

biological systems, improve the control of disease and enhance health.  

In  their written and oral comments, reviewers will be asked to discuss 

the  following aspects of the application in order to judge the 

likelihood that  the proposed research will have a substantial impact 

on the pursuit of these  goals.  Each of these criteria will be 

addressed and considered in assigning  the overall score, weighing them 

as appropriate for each application.  Note  that the application does 

not need to be strong in all categories to be  judged likely to have 

major impact and thus deserve a high priority score.



Significance



1. Adequacy of the proposed program to provide international research  

training experiences likely to encourage participants to pursue 

biomedical or  behavioral research careers by entering graduate or 

health professional  programs.



2. Adequacy of the proposed program to enhance minority scientist  

participation in international collaborative research relationships



3. Adequacy of proposed program to promote research related to health  

disparities in populations in the U.S. or in developing countries.



Approach



1. Adequacy of the student selection process including: o A recruiting 

and application process that captures a pool of the best  qualified 

eligible undergraduates (and graduate/medical students, if  included) 

who could most benefit from an international research experience in  

terms of encouraging their pursuit of a biomedical research career. o 

If applicable, adequacy of the plans for the management and 

participation  of the students and faculty of the consortium 

institutions in the program. o Methods and criteria for selecting 

student and U.S. and foreign faculty  participants.  o Process of 

matching students to U.S. and foreign mentors and research  projects.



2. Adequacy of pre-travel trainee instruction in: o Responsible conduct 

of research, particularly considerations associated  with the projects 

at the foreign site(s). o Scientific preparation of the student 

participants (in lab safety,  technical writing, statistical methods, 

computer program training, scientific  literature related to their 

research, theoretical basis of techniques used,  etc.). o Cultural 

preparation (familiarity with foreign site scientists, foreign  

language, international studies, etc.).



3. Adequacy of the proposed research at the foreign site(s) for student 

and  faculty participants including: o Providing research experience in 

areas related to health disparities in  populations in the U.S. and 

developing countries o Appropriate student research projects, training 

schedules and research  skills taught and other mentored activities. o 

Qualifications of the program director (graduate degrees, areas of  

research, quality and quantity of publications, training record). o 

Qualifications of the U.S. and foreign mentors (graduate degrees, areas 

of  research, quality and quantity of publications, training record).   

Biographical Sketch (page FF) and Other Support (page GG) forms should 

be  submitted for each U.S. and foreign mentor. o Assistance with 

common student trainee problems (such as health and safety  concerns, 

social isolation and poor communication or lack of regular  

constructive critique from mentors, etc.).



4. Adequacy of the post-travel activity including: o Analysis of 

research samples or data collected.   o Summarizing scientific results 

of the training experience in required  written reports and oral 

presentations by the student and faculty  participants. o Written 

evaluation of quality of overseas research experience by student  and 

faculty participants.



5. Adequacy of the methods used by the program to monitor the impact of 

the  international research training experience on the subsequent 

careers of the  student and faculty participants (past and present).



Innovation



1. Overall creativity of overall design for providing international 

research  training experience.



2. Introduction of new ways to enhance minority scientist participation 

in  international collaborative research.



3. Novelty of approaches to encourage the study of health problems that  

disproportionately affect underserved populations in the U.S. and in  

developing countries



Investigators



Adequacy of the qualifications of the principal investigator, U.S. and  

foreign faculty participants to direct the international research 

training  activities of the student projects and act as effective 

mentors for the  trainees based on scientific research experience and 

student training  records.



Environment



Adequacy of the foreign site(s) selected for the research described 

including  sources of support for the research training there.  A 

Resource form (page  HH) should be submitted for each foreign site lab 

where students will be  trained.



The following criteria will also apply for applications for competitive  

renewal:



1. Progress and accomplishments of previous undergraduate and graduate  

student trainees supported by the MIRT program such as completions of  

baccalaureate degrees, entry into graduate and health professional 

programs  to obtain a masters degree, Ph.D, M.D. or other advanced 

degree, pursuit of  biomedical and behavioral research careers, 

presentations at scientific  meetings and co-authored peer reviewed 

publications should be provided in  table format.



2. Productivity of previous faculty participants including number of 

students  mentored, expanded research capabilities, scientific 

conference  presentations, peer reviewed publications derived from MIRT 

funding, grant  applications submitted and funded for research support, 

etc should be  provided in table format.



In addition to the above criteria, in accordance with NIH policy, all  

applications will also be reviewed with respect to the following:



1. If pertinent, the adequacy of plans to include both genders and 

minorities  and their subgroups and children as appropriate for the 

scientific goals of  the research.  Plans for the recruitment and 

retention of subjects will also  be evaluated. 



2. If pertinent, the adequacy of the proposed protection for humans, 

animals  or the environment to the extent they may be adversely 

affected by the  project proposed in the application.



3. Appropriateness of the budget estimates in relation to the proposed  

research training plans.



Schedule:

Letter of Intent Receipt Date:    December 10, 1999

Application Receipt Date:         January 14, 2000

Peer Review Date:                 March/April 2000

Council Review:                   May 2000

Earliest Anticipated Start Date:  June 1, 2000



AWARD CRITERIA



The criteria that will be used to make the award decisions include the  

scientific, technical and educational merit of the application as 

determined  by peer review, the likelihood that the proposal will 

contribute to the  achievement of the MIRT program's objectives and the 

availability of funds.



INQUIRIES



Inquiries concerning this RFA are encouraged.  The opportunity to 

clarify any  issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome.



Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:



Barbara Sina, Ph.D.

Division of International Training and Research

Fogarty International Center

Building 31 Room B2C39

31 Center Drive MSC2220

Bethesda, MD 20892

Telephone: (301) 496-1653

FAX: (301) 402-0779

Email: barbara_sina@nih.gov



Direct Inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:



Susan Bettendorf

Division of International Training and Research

Fogarty International Center

Building 31 Room B2C39

31 Center Drive MSC2220

Bethesda, MD 20892

Telephone: (301) 496-1653

FAX: (301) 402-0779

Email: susan_bettendorf@nih.gov



KEYWORDS:

Keycode Keyword

A000763 Fogarty International Center

071000A All Disciplines & Fields, Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical

0710000 Disciplines & Fields, Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical

0700000 Health & Safety, Medical & Biomedical Sciences

0720005 Biomedical Research Training

0710030 Biomedical Research, Multidisciplinary

072000A All Education & Instruction (Health & Safety & Medical)

0720000 Education & Instruction (Health & Safety & Medical)

00000FF Minorities

00000A1 Target Groups & Beneficiaries

00000FA Minorities, Alaskans

00000FB Minorities, Asians

00000FC Minorities, Blacks

00000FD Minorities, Hispanics

00000FE Minorities, Native Americans

011200A All International

0730175 International Health

0112000 International

0100000 Geographic Terms

073000A All Health Care

0745027 Disease Prevention

074500A All Intervention, Types of (Health Safety & Medical)

0730070 Public Health

0000034 Research

0745000 Intervention, Types of (Health & Safety & Medical)

0730000 Health Care

078000A All Research Resources (Health & Safety & Medical)

0780010 Biomedical Research Resources, Other

0780000 Research Resources (Health & Safety & Medical)

0113003 Developing & Underdeveloped Nations

0730085 Access to Health Care

0505023 Hispanic-Serving Institutions

0505011 Historically Black Colleges & Universities

00000FG Minorities, Pacific Islanders

0710131 Population Studies (Medical)

0502024 Medical Education


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