International Clinical, Operational and Health Services Research Training Award for AIDS and TB (ICOHRTA AIDS/TB)
This program supports research training to strengthen the capacity of institutions to conduct clinical research and implementation science, including operations and health services research focused on HIV infection, TB, and where relevant, HIV/TB co-infection prevention, care and treatment. These institutions are located in low- and middle-income countries where AIDS, TB, or both are significant problems. The proposed research training addresses the skills needed at institutions to design and conduct HIV/AIDS and TB research for the scale-up of promising interventions to the population and health care system level.
The ICOHRTA AIDS/TB program is implemented in two phases. In Phase I, one-year planning grants to support the development of full research training applications are awarded to institutions in low- and middle- income countries (defined by the World Bank classification system) with strong HIV- or TB-related research experience. Only the recipients of a Phase I planning grant and their chosen U.S. collaborating partner institutions are eligible to apply for Phase II full (Comprehensive) ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB awards. In Phase II, five-year grants are awarded to the successful partner institutions to support their proposed research training program for the institution in the low- or middle-income country. Individuals from the low- and middle-income countries that received Phase II awards who wish to become trainees must apply to the project director of an awarded grant.
The first phase of the ICOHRTA-AIDS/TB program began in fiscal year 2002. In total, 20 planning grants have been awarded to date to institutions in Botswana, Brazil (2 awards), China, Haiti, India, Malawi, Mexico (2), Peru, Philippines, Russia (2), South Africa (3), Tanzania, Uganda (2), and Zimbabwe. Currently, FIC is not soliciting any more planning grant applications.
The current Phase II awards support training for HIV- and TB-related clinical, operational and health services research at institutions in Brazil (Year 2005), China (2004), Haiti (2004), Peru (2007), Russia (2004), South Africa (2007), Uganda (2004), and Zimbabwe (2005). The program also supports training to develop and extend core research support capabilities, such as expertise in ethics and compliance issues, protection for human subjects, animal welfare, fiscal management, budgeting, program and grants administration, grant and report writing, preparation of scientific manuscripts, information technologies, technology transfer and management of intellectual property, data management, and Internet connectivity, that are necessary for long-term sustainability of the research capacity in the institutions in the low- and middle-income countries.
Updated July 2008