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NIH Millennium Promise Awards: Non-communicable Chronic Diseases Research Training Program (NCoD) (D43)

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Limited Submission Announcement

The NIH invites applications for a research training program related to chronic, non-communicable diseases to help build capacity for future local research in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). The research areas include cancer, cerebrovascular disease including stroke, lung disease including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), obesity as well as genetics, environmental factors including indoor air pollution, and lifestyle factors related to these conditions. The research that these trainees would be associated with is expected to be of importance in the participating LMICs.

The objectives of the research training program for chronic non-communicable diseases are to

  • train a cadre of experts who can assess the magnitude of the research areas listed above;
  • support training-related research projects (degree-related or mentored research) that address issues of importance to chronic disease, directly relevant to the needs of the people in the foreign country, and are culturally sensitive;
  • strengthen the research training capacity and institutional infrastructure required for success by building on existing research programs on chronic diseases at the foreign sites;
  • develop methods to monitor and understand the etiology of chronic non-communicable disease;
  • train researchers who perform research in chronic non-communicable diseases across a broad range of research areas from genetics to epidemiology to clinical research to implementation science;
  • train researchers who can identify economic factors that influence chronic disease risks, and who can develop evidence regarding the impact of chronic non-communicable diseases on families and communities; and
  • train individuals who can translate research into public health policy and into programs of care.

Each research training program application could incorporate an appropriate mix of long-, intermediate- and short-term training opportunities in a wide range of relevant disciplines and skills necessary to advance the study of chronic diseases. It is expected that the proposed training would strengthen sustainable research and core research support capacity at the foreign site and could include advanced in-country research at the end of training. Training may take place at the U.S. or foreign sites and training-related research should be carried out mainly in the country of the foreign institution(s). Training is encouraged to take place at the foreign site. While a range of short-, intermediate- and long-term training is allowable, emphasis will be on intermediate- to longer-term training, including mid-career training. In the context of this FOA, "trainees" are scientists from the LMIC country identified in the application.

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2008. Letters of intent should be limited to a 3-page summary, including 1) disease area, 2) country(ies) and institution(s) to be included, 3) how this project will benefit MU and the LMIC included in the project.


The expected amount for individual awards will be up to $220,000 per year (total costs) for up to five years, or $27,000 (total cost) per year for up to two years for the planning grants.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2008

Sponsor Deadline:

Non-required letters of intent are due August 31, 2008.

Applications are due September 29, 2008

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This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in life and health sciences. Please forward it to faculty members who may be interested.

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