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ID#: PAR-12-068 (Companion FOAs: PAR-12-069 (G11), PAR-12-070 (D71)     Posted: 3 Jan 2012
Fogarty HIV Research Training Program for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions (D43) (NIH)
Deadline: 24 Jul 2012
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Type of Grant: Research
National Institutes of Health (NIH, FIC, NCI, NIDA, NIMH)

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The purpose of this FOA is to encourage applications for research training programs to strengthen the HIV research capacity at low- and middle-income country (LMIC) institutions. Each application should propose a training program that will build or strengthen research capacity in an applicant-defined HIV-related scientific topic at an identified LMIC institution. (Please go to "Apply Here" to find full text of announcement.)


1. Eligible Applicants

Eligible Organizations

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

 Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) located in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

  • Keep the last bullet only for D FOAs. Make sure your choice is in agreement with the Foreign Institutions section below and Applications from Foreign Organizations review considerations.

Current AITRP and Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB award institutions are not eligible to submit applications under this FOA until the last year of their current AITRP or Phase II ICOHRTA AIDS TB project period. 

U.S. Institutions must have on-going HIV research collaborations with the LMIC institution named in their application to be eligible to apply.

Only LMIC institutions with a previous planning grant award under the AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP), an award under the Phase II (U2R) International Clinical, Operations and Health Services Research Training Award for AIDS and TB Program (ICOHRTA AIDS TB), or a planning grant award under this program (Planning Grant for HIV Research Training for Low-and Middle-Income Country Institutions D71 Award) may apply in response to this FOA.  Other LMIC institutions should apply for a planning grant- see D71 FOA.  

The applicant institution must assure support for the proposed program. The LMIC institution named in an application from a domestic institution must also demonstrate institutional commitment to the proposed training by identifying a tangible means of support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.  Applicants are encouraged to maximize the number of trainees supported under the award by exploring institutional support for reduced tuition, trainee stipend, trainee research expenses, and key personnel salary and travel.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality HIV research program in the scientific topic proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities committed for  the proposed research training program. A substantial number of program faculty will have active HIV research projects in which participating trainees may gain relevant mentored research experiences consistent with their interests and goals. The proposed research training program should complement other ongoing research and research training programs at the LMIC institution.

Foreign Institutions

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) located in Low- and Middle-Income Countries are  eligible to apply.

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant organizations must complete the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. Applicants must have a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to begin each of the following registrations.

All Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) must also work with their institutional officials to register with the eRA Commons or ensure their existing eRA Commons account is affiliated with the eRA Commons account of the applicant organization. 

All registrations must be completed by the application due date. Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to start the registration process at least 4-6 weeks prior to the application due date. Registrations for international institutions may take up to 4 months.  Guidance for International Applicants Blocked from Registration Websites NOT-OD-11-090.

International applicants may obtain more information on the registrations required for and eRA Commons at:

Eligible Individuals (Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s))

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed HIV research training as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Women and individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PD(s)/PI(s), visit the Multiple Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

The PD(s)/PI(s) should be an established investigator in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

 PD(s)/PI(s) on applications from U.S. institutions must demonstrate a history of relevant research collaboration with researchers or faculty at the LMIC institution.

The PD(s)/PI(s) on a D71 award under the Fogarty HIV Research Training Program is expected to be the PD(s)/PI(s) on the respective D43 application


1. Requesting an Application Package

Applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or following the directions provided at

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Letter of Intent

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 IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

  • Descriptive title of proposed research training program
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the PD(s)/PI(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institutions
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

The letter of intent should be sent to:

Jeanne McDermott
Program Officer 
Division of International Training and Research 
Fogarty International Center, NIH 
Bldg 31 Rm B2 C39 
31 Center Dr. MSC 2220 
Bethesda MD 20892-2220 U.S.A 
Telephone: 301-496-1492