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Medical News & Perspectives
June 6, 2017

Fogarty International Center, a Linchpin of Global Health Research

JAMA. 2017;317(21):2152-2153. doi:10.1001/jama.2017.6076

Small but mighty, the Fogarty International Center has had an oversized impact on improving health around the world for the last half century. By providing funding to advance international health research and train health researchers from the United States and low- and middle-income countries, its efforts have benefitted patients worldwide, including the United States.

The Fogarty Center was established in 1968 in honor of Congressman John E. Fogarty (D-RI), who was an advocate for global health research. The smallest of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Fogarty Center has relied on a mere fraction of the total NIH budget to train more than 6000 scientists to carry out over 500 research and training projects in more than 100 countries since its inception. The Center awards about $54 million through about 500 grants each year, with 80% of funds going to US institutions and 100% of Fogarty's grants involving US scientists.