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Center for Global Health Research and Training Programs

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The Center for Global Health (CGH) funds research to reduce the global burden of cancer and offers research training opportunities for investigators to strengthen their research abilities. 

Research Programs

CGH leads and coordinates research programs to accelerate knowledge for global cancer control. This includes development of innovative technologies that can be employed in global settings, advancing global cancer implementation science, addressing determinants of global cancer health disparities, increasing support for cancer clinical trials in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), and increasing understanding of cancer etiology and biology through global collaborations. 

Explore CGH research funding opportunities. CGH encourages new investigators, early-stage investigators, and investigators in LMICs to apply. 

For opportunities across NCI, see NCI research funding opportunities

Some of CGH’s research programs include

Research Training

Studying cancer in global settings, particularly in LMICs, offers unique opportunities to advance cancer knowledge. These opportunities include, but are not limited to, advancing knowledge about the biology and genetic basis of cancer, understanding cancer epidemiology, including that of geographically endemic cancers, and investigations in population sciences that can provide novel and low-cost approaches to primary and secondary prevention as well as diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

A well-trained workforce is central to pursuing these unique opportunities. The global cancer research training portfolio at CGH seeks to develop such a workforce and enable institutions and individuals to strengthen their capacity to conduct global research. Additionally, supporting scientists from the United States and LMICs will add to the diversity of the cancer research workforce—a key element of the NCI Equity and Inclusion Program.  

Impact of Training 

By improving how people study cancer in global and LMIC settings, CGH creates unique opportunities to advance cancer knowledge and control strategies. These include advancing knowledge about the biology and genetic basis of cancer, understanding cancer epidemiology for common and geographically endemic cancers, and investigating population sciences for novel and low-cost approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and primary and secondary prevention. 

Our program develops initiatives that support institutions and individuals conducting global cancer research. Training and supporting a diverse cancer research workforce are critical to the NCI enterprise and are also critical to achieving CGH goals. This includes support for LMIC investigators and institutions to enable them to rigorously ask and answer research questions that are relevant locally and globally. It also includes support for US investigators and institutions to support scientific careers focused on global cancer research. 

To date, CGH has supported participation by LMIC investigators in relevant NCI didactic courses, such as the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention. It has supported exchanges between LMIC and intramural scientists through the Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program and between LMIC and extramural researchers through the Cancer Research Training Travel Awards. It has supported research training and capacity-building efforts led by Fogarty International Center through co-funding of K01/K43 awards for global cancer early-career investigators from the United States and LMICs. It has also supported Fogarty International Center D43 global health institutional research training programs and R25 programs focused on research bioethics capacity in LMICs. 

More recently, CGH has led NCI’s D43 program focused on strengthening institutional capacity for global cancer research in LMICs. To achieve CGH training goals and priorities outlined in the 2021–2025 CGH’s Strategic Plan, we will collaborate with partners in addition to Fogarty International Center, including NCI’s Center for Cancer Training, Office of Cancer Centers, and Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. 

Open Research Training Opportunities 

Research Training Programs 

Previously Funded Research Training Programs 

How to Connect 

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your ideas, provide guidance on how and where you can apply for research training support, and offer resources for mentorship and research training. 

To learn more, please email ncicenterforglobalhe@mail.nih.gov with “training” in the subject line. 

Training Collaborators 

CGH training programs have partners from within and outside the US government who share the goal of building a trained research workforce. 

These include NCI’s Center for Cancer Training, Office of HIV/AIDS MalignancyOffice of Cancer Centers, and the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities as well as the NIH Fogarty International Center. CGH also collaborates with US and international organizations who support research training, such as the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Union of International Cancer Control, and the International Agency for Research on Cancer. These collaborations include co-funding of projects, development of collaborative programs in research training, and serving as a resource for common training goals.