International Bioethics Education and Career Development Award. (Fellowships, Grants, & Awards

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International Bioethics Education and Career Development Award. (Fellowships, Grants, & Awards


The Fogarty International Center (FIC), in partnership with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), and the NIEHS, invites applications to develop or expand current graduate-level curricula and training opportunities in international bioethics related to performing research involving human subjects in low- and middle-income nations. As current programs provide training for participants from the Asian, African, and Latin American regions (for descriptions of current programs, see http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs/bioethics/bioethicsaward.html), new applications focusing on countries of the Middle East; North, East, and West Africa; Eastern Europe; and the former Soviet Union are encouraged.

Applicant institutions can request up to four years of support to create comprehensive curriculum development and training programs. Developing country institutions can request up to two years of support for program planning and curriculum development in preparation to apply for comprehensive training program support in the future. In addition, current International Bioethics Education and Career Development awardees may apply for competing supplements to their award to collaborate with other FIC programs (for descriptions of other programs, see the FIC web site: http://www.fic.nih.gov/programs.html).

Proposed curricula should provide a core set of advanced study courses that focus primarily on the internationally relevant aspects of the ethical, legal, and social principles guiding the responsible conduct of research in developing countries. Support will be provided for training developing-country health professionals working at institutions conducting biomedical, behavioral, or public health research involving human subjects, and for ethicists or philosophers from developing countries with an interest in biomedical/clinical research. Appropriate training may include advanced degree--and nondegree-associated course work and practicum experiences such as participation in ethical review committees, development of intensive short courses designed for members of human subjects research ethical review committees, analysis of ethical review guidelines or processes, and research on ethical practices in biomedical or behavioral research in the trainees' countries.

This request for applications (RFA) contributes to the FIC's initiative to strengthen research bioethics expertise in developing countries. This RFA is intended to stimulate the development of new instructional programs in international bioethics at institutions that do not currently offer such programs, and to expand existing instructional programs in international bioethics to include a major focus on issues relevant to developing countries. The goal of this initiative is to increase the cadre of biomedical and behavioral scientists, clinical investigators, nurses, and other health professionals and relevant academics in developing countries with state-of-the-art knowledge of ethical considerations, concepts, and methods in research involving human subjects. It is expected that such advanced training will enhance the career development of individuals from developing countries as well as strengthen bioethical expertise at the trainees' host institutions.

Few developing-country institutions provide formal training in bioethics, and few developed-country programs for advanced bioethics training focus in depth on the internationally relevant aspects of bioethics, particularly those related to clinical investigations and traditional medical interventions in developing countries.

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