NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, BETHESDA, MARYLAND - The Fogarty International Center (FIC) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a total of $9 million to fund two new awards and seven competing renewals to U.S. universities under the second funding cycle of the FIC International Training and Research in Population and Health Program (ITRPH). These five-year grants are funded jointly with NIH's National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute on Aging.
The awards support efforts at U.S. universities to meet the need for international training and research programs in population-related sciences for scientists and health professionals from developing countries. Funded projects include research and training programs in areas related to reproductive processes; contraceptive development; and demographic studies of population and health issues, including rapid societal changes, societies under stress, and aging.
According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of the Census, world population will increase from 6.0 billion in 1999 to over 7.9 billion by 2025, reaching 9.3 billion by 2050. The future of human population growth is largely being decided by the world's less developed countries (LDCs). Ninety-six percent of world population increase occurs in the LDCs of Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and this percentage will rise over the course of the next quarter-century. Indeed, 99 percent of global natural population increase - the difference between numbers of births and deaths - occurs in the developing world.
The ITRPH awards will enhance domestic population research programs, enabling NIH grant recipients to extend the geographic base of their work internationally, and will strengthen the ability of scientists from developing nations to contribute to global population research efforts and advance knowledge in support of population policies appropriate for their home countries and established internatio
Contact: Irene Edwards
NIH/Fogarty International Center