Indo-U.S. Program on Contraception and Reproductive Health Research

Notice Number: NOT-HD-05-005

Key Dates
Release Date: January 10, 2005

Issued by
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), (http://www.nichd.nih.gov/)

In November of 1997, the governments of India and the United States, the former represented by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the latter represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), mutually agreed to support Indo-U.S. collaborative research and related activities on contraception and reproductive health research.

Program Structure

The Indo-U.S. Program on Contraception and Reproductive Health Research (CRHR) is administered by a Secretariat consisting of staff from the U.S. and Indian nodal agencies. The nodal agencies for this program are the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), DHHS, and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) of the Indian Ministry of Science and Technology.

In addition to the Secretariat, the overall scientific goals and procedures of the program are overseen by a Joint Working Group (JWG) consisting of independent U.S. and Indian investigators and staff from participating agencies with expertise covering the range of topics to be addressed by the CRHR program.

Scope of the Program

The goal of the CRHR program is to "build upon previous research cooperation by drawing on the expertise of Indian and U.S. scientists and institutions to promote and support collaborative research that will result in expanded contraceptive options and improved reproductive health." To address shared concerns in contraception and reproductive health, Indian and U.S. scientists will undertake a coordinated program involving participation in collaborative, peer-reviewed research projects, scientific workshops and conferences, research training, and technology transfer. This cooperation will be based on mutual benefit, trust, and a shared commitment to the advancement of scientific knowledge and its application to improve health.

Specific areas to be addressed within this program include, but are not limited to:

In addition, since the publication of the last Notice for the CRHR program (NOT-HD-03-009) several areas have emerged as high priority. These include:

Application Requirements

Support of the U.S. components of CRHR projects will be accomplished using the NIH Small Grant (R03) award mechanism as described in the Program Announcement for the NIH Small Research Grant Program (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-03-108.html).

Applications for R03 grants can be characterized as follows:

Examples of the types of projects supported by NICHD through the small grant (R03) mechanism include: Pilot or feasibility studies; development of research methodology; applied research; high risk/high payoff studies; development of new research technology; small-scale, self-contained projects; and analysis of existing datasets.

The application should propose a research project involving a collaborative effort between the U.S. Principal Investigator and an Indian scientist. Because this is a joint partnership between U.S. (NICHD) and Indian (DBT) agencies , i nvolving both dollar and rupee funding decisions, it is essential that:

Application Submission

U.S. Applications:

U.S. applicants must submit applications according to standard procedures described in the R03 Program Announcement. All applications must be completed using the most current version of the PHS 398 application form. The PHS 398 application instructions are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an interactive format. For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

Using the RFA Label: The RFA label available in the PHS 398 application instructions must be affixed to the bottom of the face page of the application. Type the Notice number (NOT-HD-05-005) on the label. In addition, the Notice title (“Indo-U.S. Program on Contraception and Reproductive Health Research” ) and number (NOT-HD-05-005) must be typed on line 2 of the face page of the application form. The RFA label is also available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/labels.pdf. Personal deliveries of applications are no longer permitted.

The deadline for the submission of R03 applications for U.S. funding is March 22, 2005.

Indian Applications:

The Indian collaborator(s) must submit appropriate materials as determined by the Indian Secretariat (see contact information listed below).

Evaluation Procedures

NIH Small Grant (R03) applications assigned to the NICHD are evaluated for scientific and technical merit by Scientific Review Groups convened by the NICHD Division of Scientific Review, according to standard NIH review criteria.

After the initial and independent merit review by both partners, the JWG will conduct a secondary review, coordinated by the CRHR Secretariats, which will:

Final funding decisions will be made based on mutual agreement of both nodal agencies, NICHD and DBT, and the availability of funds.

CRHR Secretariats

U.S. Secretariat CRHR

Daniel J. Raiten, Ph.D.
Office of Prevention Research and International Programs
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2A01, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Telephone: (301) 435-7568
Email: raitend@mail.nih.gov

Indian Secretariat CRHR

B.M. Gandhi
Adviser, Department of Biotechnology
Block-2, 7th Floor, CGO Complex
Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003,
Telephone: 4360984
Fax: 4380984, 4362884
Email: Gandhi@dbt.nic.in

Inquiries

For further information, contact:

Daniel Raiten, Ph.D.
Office of Prevention Research and International Programs and
Endocrinology, Nutrition and Growth Branch
Center for Research on Mothers and Children
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Institutes of Health
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 2A01, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Telephone: +1 301-435-7568 (direct)
+1 301-435-7565 (main office)
+1 301-435-0009 (fax)
Email: raitend@mail.nih.gov


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