Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Global Health

Research Catalyzer Funding for Faculty

The Center for Global Health is pleased to offer support to affiliated Northwestern faculty for research in global health. 

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.


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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

Deadlines:  

Application deadline extension to January 2, 2018 by 5 PM 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. 

Application Materials:

To complete this application, you will need to be prepared to upload the following materials.

1. Abstract (Max 500 words)

2. Research plan (Max 5 pages)

3. 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.

4. Budget justification

5. Does the study involve human subjects research? 

If yes, include IRB determination.

6. Letters of support (2 required, up to 5)

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.

7. NIH style biosketches for key personnel

8. 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:

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