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NIH awards $20M to train next generation of global health researchers - UMN among award recipients

To help foster the next generation of global health scientists, Fogarty International Center and its partners at the National Institutes of Health are building a network of U.S. academic institutions to provide early-career physicians, veterinarians, dentists and scientists with a significant mentored research experience in a developing country.

About $20.3 million will be awarded over the next five years to support 400 early-career health scientists on 11-month research fellowships in 27 low- and middle-income countries.  The Fogarty Global Health Program for Fellows and Scholars will provide five consortia of academic institutions with about $4 million each, to support the training activities of a total of 20 partner institutions.

The University of Minnesota is part of the Northern and Pacific Universities Global Health Consortium, which includes the University of Washington, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan and the University of Hawaii.

The University of Minnesota was one of one of only two universities in the Midwest to receive a Fogarty award.

The award builds on UMN's strong global health research programs in Uganda and Kenya.

"This award will allow UMN to foster the next generation of global health researchers and confirms UMN's role as a leader in global health research and education," stated Dr. Chandy John, UMN principal investigator on the award and director of the Division of Global Pediatrics.

Application materials are at z.umn.edu/fogartyscholars