This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits applications for research training activities in linked Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth). The overall objective of the GEOHealth program is to support the development of institutions in the Low- or Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) that will serve as regional hubs for collaborative research, data management, research training, curricula and outreach material development, and policy support around high priority local, national, and regional environmental and occupational health threats. These hubs are expected to conduct the research and training needed to identify and design mitigation strategies for the adverse consequences of environmental exposures and inform relevant policy development in LMICs. The global network of hubs will serve as a platform for coordinated research and research training. GEOHealth Hubs are expected to provide leadership in environmental and occupational health research and in training a new generation of environmental and occupational health experts. Hubs are supported by two coordinated linked awards to 1) a LMIC institution for research and 2) a U.S. institution for research training. Both applications must demonstrate a commitment to extensive coordination between these two awards to meet goals of the GEOHealth program. An application submitted in response to this FOA for research training must be harmonized with a linked application for related research under RFA-TW-21-001 “Hubs of Interdisciplinary Research and Training in Global Environmental and Occupational Health (GEOHealth) – Research (Collaborative U01 Clinical Trial Optional)”. This research training FOA is intended to support research training of LMIC investigators, provide mentored research training opportunities in the partner LMIC, and strengthen the capacity of the partner LMIC institution to conduct environmental and occupational health research.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) allows appointment of Trainees proposing to serve as the lead investigator of an independent clinical trial; or proposing a separate ancillary clinical trial; or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator, as part of their research and career development.