Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health
The International AIDS Research and Training Program is funded by the Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The FIC is dedicated to supporting and facilitating global health research conducted by U.S. and international investigators, building partnerships between health research institutions in the U.S. and abroad, and training the next generation of scientists to address global health needs.
In 1988, FIC initiated the first Fogarty research training grants: AIDS International Research and Training Programs (AITRPs). The goal of AITRP grants is to strengthen the capacity of institutions in low- and middle-income countries to conduct research addressing the AIDS epidemic in their respective countries. AITRP grants were initially awarded to U.S. institutions with strong HIV-related research training experience and with HIV-related research collaborations with overseas institutions.
Following the successful establishment of the initial AIDS training grants, FIC expanded funding to provide research training to address health concerns in other areas, including non-AIDS infectious diseases, non-communicable chronic diseases, trauma and injury, tuberculosis, genetics, bioethics, environmental and occupational health, and bioinformatics. Additionally, FIC is now offering the opportunity for non-U.S. institutions to apply for AITRP funding.
FIC's research, training, and capacity building enterprise extends to over 100 countries and involves some 5,000 scientists in the U.S. and abroad.
More information regarding the FIC can be found at http://www.fic.nih.gov/.
The University of Washington was one of the first U.S. institutions to receive an AITRP award to begin research training partnerships with overseas collaborating institutions. Our program was initiated in 1988 and named the International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP), University of Washington. The Director of International AIDS Research and Training Program at the University of Washington is Carey Farquhar, MD, MPH and the Co-Director is King Holmes, MD, PhD.
Since the University of Washington IARTP began more than 2 decades ago, over 200 research scientists from 22 countries have traveled to Seattle for training. Many former IARTP students have continued collaborative research relationships with UW colleagues after they have returned to their home countries.
The IARTP also supports U.S. students and postdoctoral fellow training at collaborative overseas research institutions. Since 2004, the University of Washington has also provided two international training sites for the NIH Fogarty Clinical Research Training Scholars and Fellows Program, one in Kenya and one in Peru.
Currently, the IARTP collaborates with research institutions in 5 target countries: Kenya, Peru, India, Mozambique, and Uganda.