for research professionals

We believe that education plays a key role in creating and sustaining the necessary infrastructure for high-quality, ethical research. That, in turn, will result in new knowledge, including treatments that can improve quality of life for individuals worldwide.

WCGF works with partners in industry, government, and patient groups to identify and address gaps in research ethics and education. Together we are elevating and professionalizing research training to help ensure that clinical trials are conducted ethically, safely, and in a manner that places patients first.

Our education-related goals include but are not limited to:

  • Developing the next generation of leaders in research ethics.
  • Equipping research professionals to improve IRBs.
  • Sharing knowledge and best practices throughout the research enterprise.
  • Standardizing processes for informed consent, IRB recordkeeping, and other critical IRB functions.
  • Bolstering efforts to create global standards for research ethics and protections.
  • Streamlining IRB review procedures for expanded access.
  • Advancing high-quality ethical research.
  • Helping treating physicians navigate the expanded access process.

Grants to Support Traveling, Lodging and Living Expenses – WCGF aims to protect research participants around the globe. As science becomes an increasingly international endeavor, there is a growing need for a global infrastructure to support discovery and innovation in virtually every discipline. For clinical research, that infrastructure must include institutional review boards (IRBs), established and managed by professionals with a solid educational foundation in research ethics, protections, and compliance.

Such education typically is not available overseas, and costs to travel and live in the U.S. often present an insurmountable burden. As a result, those who would benefit most from research ethics education tend to be the least able to obtain it.

WCGF seeks to address this issue by providing grants to individuals for traveling, lodging and daily expenses that enable research professionals from resource-poor countries to study research ethics and management in the U.S. Such support would:

  • Help build and sustain the infrastructure to support increasing global innovation in an array of scientific disciplines.
  • Equip international research professionals to establish and improve IRBs in their home countries.
  • Bolster efforts to create global standards for research ethics and protections.
  • Help ensure the quality of data from multisite studies. (As of 2008, 80 percent of Food and Drug Administration-approved applications for drugs and biologics contained data from foreign sites.)
  • Strengthen protections for research participants worldwide.

Eligible international healthcare professionals are individuals who have been accepted into a US-based training program and who have a visa or are in the process of obtaining a J1 visa. Interested professionals should inquire at to obtain an application. Grants are awarded on a need basis.  Application deadlines are January 31 and November 30 each year.

Grants to Support Salary – WCGF aims to assist faculty members in enhancing their level of understanding of research ethics and protections for research participants. As science becomes increasingly complicated, there is a growing need for those who are expert in conducting research to become expert in making ethical decisions about research. Yet, few academic institutions can release faculty from their daily responsibilities to obtain this much-desired training.

WCGF incentivizes deans of academic colleges through small salary grants (up to $10,000) to individuals to provide release time to faculty who wish to pursue education and training in research ethics and the IRB at their own institutions or another institution. Individuals design their own education/training program, including length and place of study. Serving as an IRB member or staff is a required component of study.

To apply, individuals must submit a description of their education/training plan, a plan for using what they learn in their research or other scholarly activities, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of support from their department chair or dean. Interested faculty should inquire at to obtain an application.  Application deadlines are January 31 and November 30 each.

Grants to Support Master’s Theses and Doctoral Dissertations –  WCGF encourages research on research ethics, protections for research participants, and regulatory compliance. Sound ethics are integrally intertwined with scientific merit. While there has been some research on research ethics, IRBs and other compliance processes, much remains to be learned. Discovering pathways to improving protections for research participants while advancing research at the same time is key to developing our future leaders.

We strive to motivate young scholars in any discipline to study research ethics and the IRB and other compliance processes. WCGF provides small grants to support graduate student research projects in these areas.

Students may submit a request for funding of up to $5,000 to cover the costs of conducting their research projects.  The request for funding must include a description of the research project, verification that the project has been approved as an acceptable master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation topic, and budget.  Funding requests are accepted between January 1 and March 31 each year.  Interested students should inquire at to obtain an application.

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