Internal Proposal Submission

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have an increasingly adverse impact on the economy, health and productivity of nations especially low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) such as India. To address the NCD burden, India is developing new primary care services including prevention and health promotion, to be delivered through 150,000 new rural and urban Health and Wellness Centers (HWCs) and a new universal health care package called Ayushman Bharat. However, a major challenge in improving the health of the population remains an inadequate workforce for NCD research. This proposal begets applications for building an effective workforce of NCD research in India via the D43 grant by providing focused research training and research support designed to build the capacities of individual researchers and research institutions, as well as their health practitioners, rural and urban communities, and health policy makers, so that they can develop innovative and effective programs and policies for NCDs. This training program has the overarching goal of building an effective workforce for NCD research with four specific aims:

  1. Build NCD research knowledge and research skills through national seminars for 1500 health care professionals from GEF and at regional partner academic and public health service institutions across India.
  2. Build NCD research skills through intensive interactive research workshops for 150 early-stage researchers from the academic and health service institutions.
  3. Train 15 early- to mid-career MD/postdoctoral researchers from RICPHI in key multidisciplinary approaches to NCD research through 4-month intensive training at UIC.
  4. Establish a multi-center network of NCD researchers from RICPHI, UIC, and their partners in India and the U.S. dedicated to sharing knowledge and skills on NCD research through annual meetings, training workshops, grant preparation, scientific writing, and dissemination.

By training a core multi-disciplinary team of NCD research faculty at RICPHI and select other academic centers, with practitioner and policymaker partners at the local, regional, and national levels, this innovative and comprehensive D43 NCD training program will not only establish but also maintain a national research network that will ensure the long-term sustainability and impact on India’s growing NCD burden.