Call for Proposals for FSU/ Baltic-U.S. Scientific Workshops [Submission Deadline: January 23, 2004]

December 18, 2003

CRDF Targeted Research Competition for Cooperation in HIV/AIDS, TB, and Related Co-Infections

The U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) is pleased to announce a new program for scientists and clinicians from the former Soviet Union (FSU) and Baltic countries to work with colleagues in the United States to contribute to HIV/AIDS and related research and development efforts. This program seeks to develop new collaborations in high-quality research and development in HIV/AIDS and related co-infections such as tuberculosis (TB). It has two phases, as described below:

Phase 1. Workshop Proposals
In the first phase of this initiative, the CRDF will accept proposals for partnerships between experts from the FSU or Baltic countries and the U.S. to convene scientific workshops. The goal of these workshops will be to identify a research agenda and develop proposals for innovative projects in HIV/AIDS and related co-infections such as TB. The deadline for workshop proposals is 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, January 23, 2004. Please see link below for application guidelines and forms.

Phase 2. Research Proposals
In the second phase of this initiative, the CRDF will hold a targeted Cooperative Grants Program (CGP) competition in 2004 in which workshop participants may submit proposals for two-year, collaborative research and development projects in the subject areas identified above. More detailed information on Phase 2 will be published on the CRDF website in late 2003.

Health Topic Areas:

Biology, biomedicine, or behavioral sciences and engineering related to HIV/AIDS, including: basic biology of HIV, research and development into effective therapies to treat and control HIV disease, development of biomedical and behavioral interventions to prevent new infections. Such studies may include related endemic co-infections such as TB. Proposals may also be submitted in HIV/AIDS-related research as applied to co-morbidities such as alcohol and drug abuse, mental illness, etc.

Workshop Eligibility:

Proposals must be submitted jointly by a U.S. Workshop Organizer and a FSU/Baltic Workshop Organizer, who share overall responsibility for the project in their respective countries, coordinating all participating personnel and institutions. Both organizers may identify up to ten (10) scientists each from the United States and the FSU/Baltics to participate in the proposed workshop.

Each workshop proposal must meet each of the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Each Workshop Organizer must:
    • possess the degree of Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent;
    • have at least five (5) scientific publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature (three if the applicant is within six years of completion of the Ph.D., M.D., or the equivalent); and
    • work full-time in a civilian research environment.
  2. The FSU/ Baltic Workshop Organizer and participants of the FSU/ Baltic team must be citizens and permanent residents of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. All FSU/ Baltic participants must reside in one of these listed countries for the majority of the grant period.
  3. The U.S. Workshop Organizer and participants of the U.S. team must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and must reside in the U.S. during the course of the project.

Workshop Priority Areas:

Priority will be given to proposals which demonstrate that a major result of the workshop will be the development of collaborative proposals to submit to various sources of support, such as the CRDF and other funding agencies. Please note that upon completion of a funded workshop, awardees will be required to list in their Final Report the agencies to which they have submitted collaborative proposals. Priority will also be given to proposals for new, innovative, and focused workshops which have not already been scheduled or funded, and are not part of a larger, pre-existing conference.

Workshop Deadline:

The deadline for workshop proposals is 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Friday, January 23, 2004. All proposals must be submitted through the CRDF electronic proposal submission system.

Contact Information:

U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF)

Cooperative Grants Program
1530 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Tel: 703-526-9720
Fax: 703-526-9721