On April 2 and 4, the international project analysts Eduardo Diek and Renan Capossi from Fiotec participated in a training program in Panama City, organized by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), a sector of the National Institute of Health (NIH).
The training covered information on NIAID and NIH’s granting, management, and financing policies. It was also an opportunity to meet with the subsidies and scientific programs management team. In addition to formal presentations, small workshops were held in order to address specific topics and issues brought by participants.
According to Renan, the experience was a positive one because it provided a greater insight into NIH project management: "The training was very productive and allowed us to better understand each phase involved in the projects funded by the U.S. National Institute of Health, as well as giving us an overview of projects submission platforms, audit processes, and finance control. It was also possible to experience some everyday situations that we face when submitting the financial reports by creating a simulation of those common scenarios with other countries during group dynamics. I believe this kind of training helps Fiotec to improve the management of international projects financed by NIH", he said.
Twenty-seven institutes and centers, each of them with a specific research agenda and often focusing on certain diseases or bodily systems, form the NIH. The NIH leadership determine the policy, and the leaders of these institutes and centers analyze the best way to implement these policies in their areas. NIAID is one of these NIH institutes and centers, which covers the AIDS division, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation and Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases.