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NCI’s Cancer Research Training Travel Awards for LMIC Investigators


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NCI’s Cancer Research Training Travel Awards for LMIC Investigators

Monday, March 4, 2019
Thursday, January 10, 2019

CRDF Global is accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) from institutions/organizations for the Cancer Research Training Travel Awards for Low- and middle-income Country (LMIC), to facilitate and increase LMIC investigator participation in cancer research training opportunities. Funding for this initiative is provided by CRDF Global, utilizing funds provided by NCI’s Center for Global Health.


Note: Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMICs) are based on the World Bank list of analytical income classification of economies for the fiscal year, which is based on the Atlas gross national income per capita estimates. See World Bank list of country classifications for eligible LMIC countries.


The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) coordinates the U.S. National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients. Within the NCI, the Center for Global Health (CGH) has the remit to help reduce the global burden of cancer. CGH develops initiatives and collaborates with other NCI divisions, NCI-designated cancer centers, and countries to support cancer control planning, build capacity, and support cancer research and cancer research networks in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). For information visit .


CRDF Global is an independent nonprofit organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, technical resources, training, and services. CRDF Global’s Research Partnerships (RP) competitions enable cross-border collaboration and the strengthening of international research through the implementation of peer-reviewed research grant competitions. Research partnerships open avenues for new research directions and foster new collaborative opportunities for U.S. and non-U.S. scientists. More information about CRDF Global and the RP competitions can be found at

NCI’s Center for Global Health (CGH), in collaboration with other NCI divisions, supports collaborative research between U.S. investigators and investigators in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to expand capacity in performing high-quality cancer research in LMICs. To complement and/or enhance these efforts, CGH, in partnership with CRDF Global, is launching the Cancer Research Training Travel Awards for LMIC Investigators. The travel awards are intended to facilitate and increase participation in cancer research training opportunities for LMIC investigators/trainees who seek to conduct high-quality and context–appropriate research in their home institutions.


The Cancer Research Training Travel Awards will be granted to institutions/organizations to facilitate and increase LMIC investigator participation in research training opportunities. Organizers of scientific meetings (conferences, workshops and/or courses) that offer research competence and skill development opportunities with a high potential to improve biomedical, behavioral or clinical cancer research are encouraged to apply.

Research training opportunities that propose to develop competence and skills in one or more of the following areas across the cancer control continuum are of particular interest to CGH

  • study design
  • protocol development
  • patient-oriented research
  • clinical trials design and execution
  • ethical and regulatory aspects of clinical research
  • collection and management of research data
  • population-based research
  • dissemination and implementation research.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive. Research training opportunities that incorporates emerging opportunities in global cancer research and/or creates sustainable multidisciplinary and collaborative research partnerships are encouraged.

Awards will be made to institutions/organizations willing and able to solicit, select and facilitate the travel of LMIC investigators to participate in a proposed research training opportunity. Funding is intended for travel awardees and should be applied toward costs related to travel, accommodation, per diem allowance, and registration fees associated with the research training opportunity. The award is not intended to provide funding support towards the development or conduct of the training opportunity (exclusion include but not limited to costs releated to planning, logistics, and faculty honorarium).

A two phase solicitation process will be used to select awardees. First, interested applicants will submit this Letter of Intent (LOI) to CRDF Global. Applicants with LOIs that demonstrate clear, measurable objectives that align with the competition’s purpose, and show ability to implement the proposed training opportunity relevant in scope, will then be invited to prepare and submit full proposals for award consideration. Based on funding availability and programmatic priorities, the budget presented in the LOI may be modified to support an increased or reduced number of participants, under the full proposal. At that time, a full Request for Proposal (RFP) document will be distributed. CRDF Global will receive full proposals from applicants and will coordinate the peer review. Following the review and program considerations, the most meritorious applications will be funded. ONLY those applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be eligible for further consideration.  CRDF Global will address all program-related inquiries and serve as the point of contact for the program and communicate all results to applicants.

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