The UW-Madison Global Health Institute and the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research invited global health researchers to respond to the call for Type 1 and Type 2 translational research funding with proposals that explore “local to global” health issues. Type 1 proposal may address basic science questions or study novel clinical interventions, while Type 2 projects should explore translation of knowledge into improvements in clinical practice and community health. The maximum award is $50,000 and notifications will be released in August (both Type 1 and 2). Successful proposals will meet the following criteria:
- Approach is multi-disciplinary
- Research team includes junior and senior researchers as partners
- Research includes primary data collection
- Research has implications for improved global health and takes root causes of disease and wellness into account
- Research directly benefits the health of citizens of Wisconsin
Type 1 ‘local to global’ health studies provide an opportunity for UW-Madison researcher to initiate research with collaborators at the cutting edge of basic research and discovery from around the world. Type 1 studies may take the form of multi-site pilot studies related to clinical trials that aim to provide more robust results. Or, they may address the needs of specific populations such as racial or ethnic minorities. In addition, they may study conditions that are important and less common in Wisconsin, but occur more frequently in international settings. Local to Global Type 1 studies can accelerate progress and benefit populations in Wisconsin as well as in international partner countries.
Type 2 local to global health projects may take the form of research efforts that address conditions that transcend national boundaries, such as pandemic diseases. They may also meet the local to global criteria because they provide information that can improve the health of special populations in Wisconsin, such as immigrants, refugees, or ethnic minorities. Finally, a twinning approach might be used, whereby a research study in the US provides a professional development opportunity for researchers from low-resource settings, who contribute to the health of Wisconsin residents, and subsequently return to their country and carry out similar studies. Multi-site studies might also be carried out in ways that provide local to global benefit and synergies.
For more information about Type 1 and Type 2 research please visit the ICTR website. This window for proposals has ended but please keep in touch with the Global Health Institute for future funding opportunities.