Common Fund's Global Health program supports biomedical research and training in low and middle-income countries across three continents and focuses on a wide range of chronic, non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular disease, maternal-child health, mental health, emergency medicine, and low birth weights; as well as on infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. The program includes three primary initiatives:
- Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
- Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa)
- Household Air Pollution Investigation Network (HAPIN)
Program Highlights H3Africa
H3Africa was recently approved for a second five years of funding beginning in fiscal year 2017 to expand upon the accomplishments of the first stage, which began in 2012. Unique aspects of H3Africa stage 2 include an Administrative Coordinating Center and a Bioinformatics Research Training Program. New funding opportunities are anticipated to be published in July 2016.
H3Africa BioNet (click icon above) is a Pan African Bioinformatics network comprising 32 Bioinformatics research groups which will support H3Africa researchers and their projects while developing Bioinformatics capacity within Africa.
Learn more about the Five Step Grants Registration Process in the H3Africa Grants Registration Process Guide. View the meeting presentation slides.
Program Highlights HAPIN
The Implementation Science Network (ISN) recently funded three proposals supporting research, evaluation and Implementation Science approaches for adoption and sustained use of clean cooking technologies in Low and Middle Income Countries. More information on the ISN and the funded proposals.
Thomas Clasen from Emory University received the only award from the Household Air Pollution (HAP) Health Outcomes Trial. The HAP Health Outcomes Trial sought applications from institutions/organizations to conduct a clinical trial across three or more Low and Middle Income Country settings to test improved stove and fuel interventions on health outcomes in exposed populations and to establish a biomarker center for the development and validation of clinical, physiological, chemical, biochemical and/or microbiological markers of exposure and pathophysiological responses to household air pollution.
Program Highlights MEPI
NIH commits $36M to train junior faculty in Africa
“Research must play an integral part in generating sustainable, quality health care in sub-Saharan Africa, which is the ultimate goal,” said NIH Director, Dr. Francis S. Collins. “It is critical that we increase research capacity so Africans can carry out locally relevant investigations themselves, and develop the necessary expertise in areas such as bioethics, informatics, environmental science, and genomics. That will empower their participation in international collaborations.” Read the full news article.
NIH-supported Component of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI): Research Career Development of African Junior Faculty will extend the activities supported under the original MEPI program by providing research training and mentored research opportunities for junior faculty in MEPI-supported African institutions. The goal is to increase the number of faculty with research expertise in order to build the next generation of African researchers. Read more about the plans for MEPI's future.
A special supplemental issue of Academic Medicine on MEPI accomplishments contains 32 articles on progress by the program to revitalize and expand medical training in sub-Saharan Africa.
Read a summary of the supplement's articles from NIH's Fogarty International Center. Access the full supplement.
New African-specific genome-wide association study DNA microarray will be available soon for all interested researchers
Many single nucleotide polymorphisms on currently available commercial arrays are uninformative in African populations because they have historically been understudied and underrepresented in genetics-focused research. H3Africa has developed a pan-African genotyping array that will contain significantly more African representation than any other array, including at least 8 populations that have not previously been sequenced, and thus will provide a substantial improvement in sensitivity for African genome wide association studies. Anticipated to be available in late 2016.
New Funding Opportunities for H3Africa
H3Africa was recently approved for a second 5 years of funding and is soliciting applications for 7 initiatives: Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues (ELSI) Research Program and ELSI Collaborative Centers, biomedical Research Grants and Collaborative Centers, an Administrative Coordinating Center, an Informatics Network, and a Bioinformatics Research Training Program. Only Investigators at African Institutions are eligible to apply, and awards will be made directly to the African institution. However, investigators at non-African Institutions may participate as collaborators. View FAQs. Applications are due November 15, 2016.
Q & A webinar on H3Africa Funding Opportunities
NIH program staff held a series of Technical Information webinars to review the purpose and objectives of the funding opportunities, grant process, application, and peer review. Information, including FAQs, from those webinars are available here and at www.h3africa.org/.
9th H3Africa consortium meeting
Registration for the 9th H3Africa Consortium Meeting is now open. The meeting will take place Oct. 27-31, 2016 at the Le Meridiem Ile Maurice, Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius, Africa. Register and view the agenda here.
Invitation to participate in development of case studies
The Clean Cooking Implementation Science Network (ISN) invites proposals to develop evaluative case studies on historical or current clean cooking policy and intervention efforts. These case studies will provide the basis for analysis by the ISN and development of lessons learned for dissemination in a variety of forms. Apply here (required attachment). Application deadline is November 15, 2016.