Project Collaboration

Chronic, Non-Communicable Diseases and Disorders across the Lifespan: Fogarty International Research Training Award (NCD-LIFESPAN) (D43) is the project established under the collaboration of Praboromarajchanok Institute of Health Workforce Development (PBRI) division, Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) and the University of Michigan, School of Nursing (UMSN). 
This plan aims to build research capacity directed at Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) prevention and treatment by providing a two year post-doctoral research training program in NCD research. We also offer short term training (one to three months) for PhD prepared investigators to strengthen their understanding/skills of methodology, analysis and policy applications for independent NCD research. Besides, forums for mid- and high- level research administrators within the MOPH and in universities and institutes of Thailand have been included. As a final point, we plan to provide a foundation of NCD research capacity in Thailand for potential expansion to the SEAR region. 
In addition to their effect in Thailand, the benefits of this program have the potential to expand beyond Thailand’s borders as Thai academics have made and “continue to make substantial contributions to the growth of nursing education, research, and health system reform across the Asia-Pacific”
In term of the yearly two-day research workshop, each workshop will be held in a different geographic region and will be open to up to 100 participants. The workshops will be primarily aimed at junior faculty with a focus on research in NCDs. Mid- and senior-level faculty may also benefit from the programs. All workshops will include training in basic research competencies, especially those directed at demonstrated areas of request or identified gaps, e.g., discipline-specific conceptual knowledge, research design, communication skills, professionalism, leadership and management skills, and, responsible conduct of research. Special and more advanced topics will be added each year; some to build on the more basic presentations, some in response to previous workshop evaluations. Because PBRI is an inter-professional institution the workshops will be open to any profession with a focus or interest in nursing research in NCD.