International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25)

Environmental Health Perspectives, October 2007 | Go to article overview
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International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Award (R25)


Few developing country institutions provide formal education in research ethics, and few developed country programs for advanced research ethics education/training focus in depth on the internationally relevant aspects of research ethics. Therefore, few developing country scientists and health professionals conducting clinical or public health research have received extensive education and training in the principles of research ethics, international codes and legal aspects of ethical research, informed consent, elements of study design that affect the ethical conduct of research and the ethical framework for provision of care and risk/benefit analysis for study participants. To address this need, the Fogarty International Center (FIC) invites applications for International Research Ethics Education and Curriculum Development Program Awards to develop masters level curricula and provide educational opportunities for developing country academics, researchers, and health professionals in international ethics, related to performing research involving human subjects in international resourcepoor settings. Alternatively, developing-country applicants may submit proposals to support program planning activities in preparation to apply for comprehensive program support in the future.

The goal of this initiative is to increase the cadre of developing country scientists, health professionals, and relevant academics with in-depth knowledge of the ethical considerations, concepts, and applications in clinical and public health research. It is expected that such advanced education/training will enhance the career development of individuals from developing countries, as well as strengthen expertise to support ethical clinical and public health research at their home institutions.

Proposed degree or nondegree comprehensive international research ethics education programs should equip academics, health professionals, and researchers from developing countries with the critical skills that are needed to subsequently provide research ethics education, ethical review leadership, and expert consultation to their institutions, national governments, and international bodies and, potentially, to pursue studies of ethical practice in clinical and public health research in developing countries.

Proposed curricula should provide a core set of advanced study courses that primarily focus on the internationally relevant aspects of ethical, legal, and moral principles guiding the responsible conduct of research. Appropriate educational activities may include practicum experiences, such as participation in ethical review committees, development of research ethics education/training courses for researchers and ethical review committee members at their home institutions, analysis of ethical review guidelines or processes and research on ethical practices in biomedical or behavioral research in the participants' countries. Education may also be provided in areas such as research design methodology, technical manuscript and grant writing, statistical methods, informatics, and English as a second language, if needed.

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