Planning for Regional Centers of Research Excellence in Non-communicable Diseases in Low and Middle Income Countries (P20)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The goal of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to facilitate the planning, designing and initial research focus of Regional Centers of Research Excellence (RCRE) for non-communicable disease, including cancer, in low and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Activities in this FOA will be implemented through collaborative partnerships between investigators from institutions in high-income countries (HICs) or upper- middle-income countries (UMICs) and investigators, research administrators, and other stakeholders from LMICs. The planning efforts must demonstrate an understanding of the region's research capabilities and a commitment to enhance these capabilities with a focus on basic, translational, clinical, and population science research for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).  Research activities undertaken through this initiative should demonstrate that the collaborators can work together to answer NCD questions that are relevant, timely, and important to the concerned region. 

The planning efforts to be supported under this FOA should initiate centers of excellence for research on NCDs and demonstrate an ability to undertake high quality, well-coordinated, collaborative research on NCDs in LMICs that engages regional investigators and research administrators.


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
  • Application Due Date(s): December 10, 2015; August 23, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

​RFA-CA-15-007 Expiration Date August 24, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

To determine country income categories, please view the following:  The subcategories of LMICs are: upper-middle-income (UMIC), lower-middle-income and low-income countries.

At least two institutions, one in the HIC or UMIC and one in a LMIC must be involved as partners in the grant application (i.e. scientists in UMIC institutions are eligible to partner directly with other LMIC institutions).

Exceptions: Taiwan and Hong Kong are classified by the World Bank income list as high-income countries. Therefore, institutions based there are considered HIC under this FOA.

Applications may be submitted by either the LMIC institution or the HIC/UMIC institution. Applications from LMIC institutions are strongly encouraged and not required.



Amount Description

The combined budget for direct costs for the two-year project period may not exceed $400,000. Application budgets are limited to no more than $200,000 in direct costs in any single year.

At least 60% of the proposed direct cost budget must be for costs in the LMIC.

F&A costs requested by consortium participants are not included in the direct cost limitation. See NOT OD-05-004.

Funding Type





International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 23, 2016