Purpose.?This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development (NICHD), and the Fogarty International Center (FIC).?The Fogarty International Center will accept only secondary assignments for potential co-funding with an Institute designated as primary assignee.?The aim of this FOA is to invite applications for collaborations for exploratory and developmental work on HIV/AIDS in the low and middle income countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as defined by the World Bank:?Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, West Bank and Gaza, and Yemen.
Specific areas of research include, but aren?t limited to, epidemiologic studies, prevention research from both biomedical and social/behavioral perspectives, studies of social factors affecting the spread of HIV in the region, and research on women and youth.?Collaborations must involve U. S. investigators from a partnering U. S. organization and one or more research teams in the MENA region.?The collaborative effort supported through the R21 should help foster the development of HIV-relevant research infrastructure and expertise in the region and have the potential to lead to further research and improvements in public health.