BRAD Program participants included (front, from l) Dr. Della White, NICHD; Juliette Cagigas, Whittier College; Dr. Elaine Trudelle-Jackson, Texas Woman’s University; Kagiso Sebina, University of Botswana; NICHD deputy director Dr. Yvonne Maddox; Dr. Georgina Odaibo, University of Ibadan; Rahel Bisetegne, Addis Ababa University; Dr. Regina James, NICHD. At rear are (from l) Dr. Reiko Toyama, NICHD; Dr. Ann Sebanc, Whittier College; Thokozile Mashaah, University of Zimbabwe; Sergio M.R. Moormahomed, Eduardo Mondlane University; Shem Wakaindha, Makerere University; Nadia Tagoe, Kwame Nkrumah University; Ahaz T. Kulanga, Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre; Antony Matsika, University of Zimbabwe.
Representatives of 11 academic institutions recently completed a 3-week intensive on-campus training program to help their institutions develop the infrastructure needed to successfully compete for NIH extramural grant awards and conduct biomedical and behavioral research studies.
The Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administration Development (BRAD) Program is sponsored by the Division of Special Populations at NICHD, NIAID and the Fogarty International Center. BRAD grantees were joined by grantees from FIC’s Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Program, which supports the development and expansion of medical education and research among institutions in sub-Saharan African countries funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.
“The idea is to provide an overview of the knowledge base and tools for building strong research administration infrastructures at institutions that traditionally have not been major recipients of NIH research grant funds,” said Dr. Jean Flagg-Newton, coordinator for BRAD residency training.
BRAD is the successor to the domestic and international Extramural Associates Research Development Program, which also provided research training to help institutions develop the infrastructure needed to apply for NIH grants and conduct research.
Representatives of the BRAD grantee institutions were from Whittier College (Calif.); the Institute of Health Sciences, Texas Woman’s University; and the College of Health Sciences, the University of Zimbabwe. Representatives of the MEPI institutions were: Makerere University (Uganda), University of Botswana, University of Zimbabwe, University of Ibadan (Nigeria), Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (Tanzania), Eduardo Mondlane University (Mozambique), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).
The NIH residency training component of the BRAD program is designed to help participants understand the NIH structure and program operations, introduce them to NIH grants policy and provide an overview of the tools needed to build strong research administration infrastructures at primarily undergraduate institutions and at emerging research institutions.