The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is seeking applications for Strengthening Institutional Capacity to Conduct Global Cancer Research in Low- and Middle-Income Countries.

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish an institutional program for mentored training in global cancer research. This program will support research training led by the United States (U.S.)-based cancer research-intensive institutions working in collaboration with institutions in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).

These training programs will be built upon the US institutions’ pre-existing training infrastructure and research collaborations with LMICs and will leverage these resources to expand the global cancer research workforce both in the US and in LMICs.

The overarching goal of this initiative is to build capacity to conduct innovative and collaborative global research projects that will contribute to the advancement of basic, clinical, translational, and population-based cancer research in LMICs.

This FOA does not allow appointed trainees to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

Program Objectives and Considerations

This initiative proposes to strengthen the global cancer research community through support of training programs built upon preexisting, high-quality cancer research and training infrastructure in the U.S. cancer research-intensive organizations and collaborative LMIC institutions. Programs supported by this FOA are expected to:

  • Provide a strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for the proposed cancer research area, with the goal of developing independent research careers for the U.S. and LMIC scientists;
  • Provide training in competencies necessary for cancer research inquiry in basic, clinical, translational, and population sciences;
  • Enhance trainees’ ability to conceptualize, analyze, and solve cancer research questions with increasing independence; and
  • Strengthen and develop global cancer research leadership and mentorship at the U.S. and LMIC institutions.

Funding Information

Application budgets are limited to $250,000 per year (total direct costs).


The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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);
    • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs);
    • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions;
    • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs).
  • 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).
  • Governments:
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized);
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized);
    • U.S. Territory or Possession.
  • Other:
    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments).
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations.
    • The sponsoring institution must assure 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.
  • U.S. institutions engaged in cancer research and that meet the following criteria are eligible to apply:
    • The applicant institution should focus on basic, clinical, translational, or population-based cancer research or a combination of these programs. It is anticipated that the participating trainees would be exposed to a broad spectrum of cancer research in addition to being trained in a specific area or a combination of several cancer research areas.
    • The applicant institution should demonstrate collaborations with eligible LMIC institution(s) named in the application that is documented by joint publications, grants or previous research training activities, as well as by support letters from LMIC institutions as well as other relevant organizations in the LMIC indicating commitment to the training program.
  • Foreign Institutions
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
    • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
    • Foreign components, as defined by the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

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Name of the Organisation
The Department of Health and Human Services
Grant Amount
USD 2,50,000
Closing date of Proposal
Wednesday, 24 June, 2020
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