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Center for Global Health Research Catalyzer Fund

Applicant Information

The Center for Global Health is pleased to share this call for applications for research support for affiliated Northwestern faculty. 

The Global Health Research Catalyzer Fund is supported by the Feinberg School of Medicine’s Global Health Initiative, which is generously supported by Northwestern Medicine Primary & Specialty Care, its patients, and Feinberg’s donors.

Eligibility:  The purpose of this grant is to provide research support to Northwestern faculty who are a) collecting preliminary data to support a future grant submission and/or b) supplemental support for ongoing sponsored-research for work outside the aims and/or scope of work of the funded project. The fund is not meant to support the same aims of an existing study or projects that lack a specific plan to obtain sponsor-support.  For example, investigators are encouraged to cite a specific RFA from NIH (or other sponsor) to which the catalyzer funds would build the case for a future grant submission.  Faculty must have a full-time appointment at Northwestern University and be an active member of the Center for Global Health for at least the past six months.  CGH's current members are listed here.  Eligible projects must have a significant component of the study based in a low or middle-income country. 

Budget:  Total budget cannot exceed $25,000 regardless of length of budget period, including all subcontractor costs and indirect expenses to subcontractors. F&A to NU is not allowable.  Requests may be made for less than $25k.

Budget Period:  1-2 years

Application Materials:  To complete this application, you will need to be prepared to upload the following materials.
  • Abstract (Max 500 words)
  • Research plan (Max 5 pages)
    • Aims
    • Background/significance
    • Innovation
    • Approach
    • Timeline and anticipated challenges
    • Track record of collaboration with partner institution
  • Budget (Excel format).  Budget may include the following direct expense categories - Salary, fringe benefits, medical & lab supplies, equipment, travel, meeting expenses, IRB expenses, patient incentives, laboratory services, books, conference fees, publication expenses.  Unallowable expenses include computers and F&A to Northwestern.
  • Budget justification
  • Does the study involve human subjects research?  If yes, include IRB determination.
  • 1-5 Letters of support (2 required).  It is required that an institutional letter of support come from the LMIC institution where the research will be conducted as well as from the NU PI's division chief and/or department chair.
  • NIH style biosketches for key personnel
Required Progress Report:  A progress report will be due to the Director of the Center for Global Health 60 days prior to to the end of year one of the project.  It should contain the following elements:
  • Project aims
  • Brief description of activities organized and supported this year including work done at foreign sites (max 750 words)
  • Description of administrative challenges, project delays, and/or activity changes if any (max 250 words)
  • Long-term accomplishments including examples of significant contributions to research and public health capacity at the LMIC site including any publications and presentations at academic meetings (max 250 words)
  • Budget and budget justification showing funds expended and funds still available
  • Any request for no-cost-extension (max one request for one year per project)
  • Future plans for upcoming year, especially any changes from the original proposal and specific plans on applying for future externally-funded grants (Max 250 words)
Deadlines:  Application deadline extension to January 2, 2018 by 5pm CST.

Review process and notification:  All eligible applications will be peer-reviewed.  Notification of a decision will be sent within 45 days of submission.  Review criteria will include overall impact, investigator(s), significance, innovation, approach, environment.