NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Fogarty International Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 30, 2000

Contact: Irene Edwards
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Fogarty International Center Announces New Grant Program for International Studies on Health and Economic Development

Bethesda, Maryland — The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces a call for research proposals for a new grants program to examine the relationship between health and economic development.

This innovative program is supported in collaboration with The World Bank and the National Institute on Aging, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the National Eye Institute, and the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, all of the NIH. It represents an effort to understand the complex relationship between health and economic growth and behavior in low -and middle-income nations and address the hypothesis that improving health will contribute to national development. Proposals will be solicited which examine the relationship between country-level growth indicators and health or explore the dynamics of health and productivity at the individual or household levels. In addition to assessing an array of health indicators, the impact of specific burdens of disease and disability will be isolated, such as HIV and malaria. Also, the program will support studies on equity and efficiency of various health financing and delivery systems in low- and middle-income nations, assessing such critical considerations as the optimal balance of public and private funding for health systems.

In addition to generating scientific information, the program aims to promote long-term collaboration between scientists in the United States and their colleagues in low- and middle-income nations who have shared interests in the linkages between health status and health policy for economic development. Both U.S. scientists and scientists in other industrialized nations are eligible to apply, in cooperation with scientists in low-and middle-income nations.

"We hope to generate projects that bridge disciplinary interests and bring together development and health economists with medical epidemiologists, behavioral scientists and demographers and other health professionals to create new concepts and analyze experimental data," said Gerald Keusch, M.D., Associate Director of NIH for International Research and Director of the FIC.

"My colleagues and I at NIH are especially gratified with this new working partnership with the World Bank, given the role of health maintenance as a pivotal means to reduce poverty," he noted.

The International Studies on Health and Economic Development Program will be funded at a level of approximately $2 million per year over five years, with additional support possible based on the number of proposals reviewed which merit funding. Applications are due by August 29, 2000. The Request for Applications for this program may be found on the Internet at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-01-001.html.