Fogarty International Research Collaboration Award

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

To facilitate collaborative research efforts between U.S. and foreign scientists that will expand and enhance the NIH-supported research program of the U.S. Principal Investigator, while at the same time benefiting the scientific interests of the collaborating foreign scientist. These small grants will provide funds to purchase supplies, materials, and small equipment items necessary to conduct the collaborative research in the foreign scientists laboratory. Travel support for both the U.S. Principal Investigator and the foreign collaborator is also provided. The small grants will provide up to $32,000 in direct costs per year for up to 3 years.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Funds may be used for supplies, materials, stipend for the foreign collaborator(s) and small equipment items. Part of the funds may also be used for travel for both the U.S. Principal Investigator, the foreign collaborator, and/or their research associates.

Who is eligible to apply...

The grant applicant is the U.S. institution where the U.S. principal investigator is employed.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:

Credentials for the foreign collaborators must be included with the application.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

The PHS-398 form (revised 04/98) is used to apply for the program. Special application instructions are necessary and are available from the Fogarty International Center, Division of International Training and Research website: Telephone: (301) 496-1653.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

All accepted applications are evaluated by an appropriate initial review group (Study Section). Projects which rank in approximately the upper half of all scored applications receive a final, secondary review by the Fogarty International Center Advisory Board. Staff informs the applicants of the results of the review. If support is contemplated, staff initiates preparation of the awards.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...


FIRCA: March 25, July 25, and November 25. AIDS FIRCA: January 2, May 1, and September 1.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

About 9 months for expedited review.

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.


A Principal Investigator (P.I.) may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with the staff of the Center. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).


Non-competing years may be awarded based on satisfactory progress. The application is due approximately 2 months before the end of each budget period. Applicants may compete again for one additional 3-year grant.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Scientists and researchers are the beneficiaries. The foreign collaborator must hold a position at a public or nonprofit private institution in a developing country. For HIV-related research, foreign collaborators may be located in almost any country of the world.

About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$30,000 to $45,000; $40,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.


(Grants) FY 02 $0; (FIRCA) FY 03 $5,418,000; and (AIDS-FIRCA) FY 04 est $1,086,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification


Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Neurocysticercosis is an infection of the brain caused by a tapeworm present in undercooked pork and is easily transmitted where sanitation is poor. It is a major cause of epilepsy in most developing countries and is an emerging disease within the U.S. The mechanism that causes inflammation in the brain is still not clearly understood. International teams of researchers from the U.S. and Peru are searching for mechanisms and innovative therapies, and have developed methods to monitor and determine the effectiveness of current treatments. Prostaglandins are hormones which function as key hormones in cancer and in human inflammatory diseases including asthma. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and various steroids work in part by interfering with prostaglandin synthesis; however, they have various undesirable side-effects which have led to a search for alternatives. Important in this search is knowledge of how the body makes prostaglandins, a problem that has perplexed scientists for generations. To establish how they are made in humans, an international team of scientists is studying how they are made in sea corals, the richest known source of prostaglandins. The information they have obtained suggests avenues for development of new anti-inflammatory compounds which are more effective and have fewer side-effects. Each cell of the body contains a protein, P53, called the "tumor-suppressor-protein" which is responsible for orchestrating protective responses to stresses, such as exposure to radiation, lack of oxygen and other nutrients. If this protein cannot function correctly for any reason, different kinds of cancer can develop, due to uncontrolled cell division and other less well-known cellular reactions. An international team of scientists has determined additional effects of several of these defects on the cell's normal responses to stress, including an increase in chromosome defects such as breaks and duplications. This information is important for development of new cancer therapies and better selection of therapies for individual patients.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2001, 56 competing and 103 non-competing awards were made.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Applications will be reviewed on the basis of scientific and technical merit of the research proposal. Collaborative potential, significance of the proposed research, and the competence of the foreign collaborator are also prime factors. Grant awards will be based on the above information and availability of funds.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 3 years of support are provided.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...


Annual progress reports are due prior to funding for the non-competing years. A final performance report and a final financial status report are due no later than 90 days after the end of the project period.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).


Expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last expenditure report of the report period.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.



Public Health Service Act, Sections 301 and 405, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 241 and 284.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

42 CFR 52 and 45 CFR parts 74 and 92; FIRCA - NIH Guide PAR-99-008 (October 30, 1998); AIDS-FIRCA - NIH Guide PA-99-029 (December 18, 1998); NIH Grants Policy Statement

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Program Contact: Dr. Kathleen Michels, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, Bldg. 31, Room B2C39, 31 Center Drive MSC2220, Bethesda, MD 20892-2220. Telephone: (301) 496-1653. FAX: (301) 402-0779. Grants Management Contact: Mr. Bruce Butrum, Grants Management Officer, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Building 31, Room B2C39, 31 Center Drive MSC2220, Bethesda, MD 20892-2220. Telephone: (301) 496-1670. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: