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Brain Disorders in the Developing World:
Research Across the Lifespan (BRAIN)


To develop collaborative research and capacity building projects on brain disorders throughout life, relevant to low- and middle-income nations. Applicants are expected to develop innovative, collaborative research programs that would contribute to the long-term goal of building sustainable research capacity in nervous system function and impairment throughout life. The first phase of a project under the "Brain Disorders in The Developing World: Research Across the Lifespan" program consists of a two-year planning/development grant using the R21 grant mechanism. The R21 grant provides support to organize, plan for, prepare, and assemble an application for a more comprehensive R01 grant involving collaboration between developed and developing country investigators and which incorporates both research and capacity building. During the R21 award period, the applicant should: further define the type and area of research to be developed; conduct pilot studies; develop and solidify collaborative relationships and understandings with the partners in the developed and developing countries involved. The applicant should also provide a plan to assess current resources and needs, and a plan to address those needs, to enable the proposed research and capacity building to be successfully carried out. Training and other capacity-building opportunities should be incorporated into the research application in the context of the proposed research.

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Request for Applications
R21 Only: PAR-08-113
R01 for previous R21 grantees only: PAR-08-112
Letter of Intent deadline: April 16, 2008; April 16, 2009; April 16, 2010
Receipt dates:

Non-AIDS: May 16, 2008; May 15, 2009; May 14, 2010
AIDS-related: August 22, 2008; August 21, 2009; August 23, 2010

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Programmatic Issues Grants Management

Dr. Kathleen Michels

Program Director
Division of International Research and Training
Fogarty International Center
Building 31, Room B2C39
31 Center Drive MSC 2220
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Telephone: (301) 496-1653
FAX: (301) 402-0779
Email: brainfic@nih.gov

Angela Smith

Grants Management Specialist
Fogarty International Center
Building 31, Room B2C39
31 Center Drive MSC 2220
Bethesda, MD 20892-2220
Telephone: (301) 496-5710
FAX: (301) 594-1211
Email: smitha2@mail.nih.gov


The LMIC collaborator must be at an institution in a country, which is defined by the World Bank according to Gross National Income per capita as low income, lower-middle income or upper-middle income. See the income classification tables at: (http://www.worldbank.org/data/countryclass.htm).

R01 (PAR08-112) applicants must have already had an R21 planning grant under the companion PAR08-113 AND must have documentation that a participating IC agrees to accept assignment of the application.

Awarded 2003-2008 Brain Disorders in the Developing World Grants

Note: To search the database of all NIH-funded grants please go to the NIH CRISP system
(Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects) at: http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/

R21 Planning Grants
R01 Grants
2003-2007 R21 awards [Excel]
2003-2007 R01 awards [Excel]
2008 R21 awards [Excel]
2008 R01 awards [Excel]

Crisp Abstracts [PDF 501K]

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NIH Institutes and Centers Co-Sponsors:

Please direct your questions about Scientific/Research Issues to the contacts below:

Contact: Canadian Institutes of Health Research:

Astrid Eberhart

Assistant Director, International Relations
Institute of Neurosciences Mental Health and Addiction
Douglas Hospital Research Centre

Address: 6875 LaSalle Blvd.
Verdun, QC H4H 1R3
Phone: (514) 761-6131 ext. 3936
Fax: (514) 888-4060
Email: aeberhart@cihr.ca

United States


Michael D. Oberdorfer, Ph.D.

Director, Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Visual Processing Program
Division of Extramural Research
National Eye Institute
National Institutes of Health

Andrew Monjan

Chief, Neurobiology of Aging Branch
Neuroscience and Neuropsychology of Aging Program
National Institute of Aging
National Institutes of Health

Address: Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
6120 Executive Blvd, MSC 7164
Bethesda MD 20892-7164

Gateway Building, Suite 3C307
7201 Wisconsin Ave MSC 9205
Bethesda, MD 20892-9205

Phone: 301-451-2020 301-496-9350
Fax: 301-402-0528 301-496-1494
Email: mdo@nei.nih.gov monjana@mail.nih.gov


Margaret M. Murray, M.S.W.

Chief, International and Health Education Programs Branch
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
National Institutes of Health

Mary Lou Oster-Granite, PhD

Chief, Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health


6000 Executive Boulevard, Suite 302
Rockville, MD 20852

Executive Building, Room 4B09G
6100 Executive Blvd., MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510

Phone: 301-443-2594 301-496-1383
Email pmurray@mail.nih.gov hansonj@mail.nih.gov


L.R. Stanford, Ph.D.

Developmental Neurobiology Program
Behavioral and Brain Development Branch
Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Development, and Behavioral Treatment
National Institute on Drug Abuse
National Institutes of Health

Annette Kirshner, Ph.D.



6001 Executive Blvd., Rm. 4282, MSC 9555
Bethesda, MD 20892-9555

Box 12233, MD EC-23
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

Phone: 301-435-1322 919-541-0488
Fax: 301-594-6043 919-541-5064
Email: lstanfor@mail.nih.gov kirshner@niehs.nih.gov


Jeymohan Joseph, Ph.D.

Chief, HIV Neuro-Virology, Genetics and Molecular Therapeutics Program
Center for Mental Health Research on AIDS
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health

Yuan Liu, Ph.D.

International Programs
National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke
National Institutes of Health


Room 6202, MSC 9619
6001 Executive Blvd
Bethesda, MD 20892-9619

NSC/2110B,6001 Executive Blvd, MSC 9529
Bethesda, MD 20892-9529

Phone: 301-443-3012 301-496-1917
Fax: 301-443-9719 301-402-0182
Email: jjeymoha@mail.nih.gov yl5o@nih.gov

  ODS/OD/NIH Other Participating Organizations

Rebecca B. Costello, PhD

Deputy Director
Office of Dietary Supplements
National Institutes of Health

Andy Shih

Chief Science Officer
Autism Speaks

Address: 6100 Executive Blvd., Room 3B01, MSC 7517
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7517
99 Wall Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
Phone: 301-435-2920 609-430-9160
Fax: 301-480-1845 609-430-9163
Email: CostellB@od.nih.gov ashih@autismspeaks.org

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Updated August 2008


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