Increasing Capacity in Research in Eastern Europe project


The goals of this project are to create a critical mass of injury researchers from multiple disciplines and to engage injury and violence agencies and stakeholders.

The specific aims to meet these goals are to:

Train a critical mass of researchers from Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova to conduct innovative injury and violence research using advanced methods and analytic approaches.
Facilitate the transition of trainees to positions of leadership and influence in their home countries through professional development and networking.
Develop our partner institutions as sustainable Centers of Excellence in injury research and education.
Engage international partners to translate the results of injury research into effective injury and violence prevention and treatment programs.
Based on the needs of our partner countries and expertise of the project leadership, we will focus on three areas: road traffic safety, violence against women and children, acute care.

While the home of the project is the University of Iowa, our partner countries – Armenia, Georgia, and Moldova – are strategically located between Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. These countries are ideally poised for this research because they are currently lacking research infrastructure but have growing public health infrastructures and have prioritized the need to address injury prevention.

Starting / Ending Date

October 2016 – September 2021

Project Coordinator

University of Iowa – United States of America


Funder: Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Grant Number: 5D43TW007261-14
BBU Amount: 281.721 USD

Staff from Department of Public Health

Research Assistant

Assistant Professor

Project Partners

Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Yerevan State Medical University, Yerevan, Armenia

State Medical and Pharmaceutical University “Nicolae Testemițanu”, Chisinau, Moldova