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  • Distinction between interdisciplinary (resulting in the creation of new disciplines) and multidisciplinary (bringing together multiple disciplines) Director’s Innovator Award: - Supports individuals, not projects - May utilizes totally new peer review process - Provides $500K/year for five years - Encourages innovation, risk-taking - Expected to be highly competitive
  • The NIH Extramural Team consists of review, program, and grants management segments. The NIH seeks to ensure integrity and accountability in it grants administration processes by Relying on system of checks and balances separation of responsibilities None of these persons are responsible for or report to the other. Although these segments are separate and distinct, but do overlap in small but significant ways.

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  • AREA Recovery Act Limited Competition Linda Rueckert NEIU Office of Research Development This PowerPoint can be found at: http://www.neiu.edu/~ordev/ordevents.htm
    • Stimulate research at smaller schools that are not major recipients of NIH funding
    • Support meritorious scientific research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences
    • Expose students to meritorious research
    Objectives of the AREA (R15) Program
  • Eligibility of College/University/School
    • Domestic educational institution (public or private)
    • Institution granting baccalaureate or higher level degree in a health-related science, such as biology, chemistry, microbiology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, computational biology, etc.
    • In 4 or more of the last 7 years, no more than $6 Million in Total Costs (DC + F&A Costs) per year in NIH research support.
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  • Eligibility of the Principal Investigator
    • Tied to eligibility of applicant organization.
    • No other pending NIH application for the same project.
    • Eligible for only one AREA grant at a time.
    • Must be registered in eRA Commons.
    • Publications a plus but not required; expertise may be demonstrated by preliminary data.
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    • Up to $300,000 (direct + indirect) total
    • Up to 3 years.
    • Eligible for administrative supplements for under-represented minority students.
    • Majority of research must be done at the eligible, applicant organization.
    • Undergraduate research is encouraged, but this is not a training grant.
    • Details: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-OD-09-007.html
    Features of the AREA Recovery Act Program
  • Recovery Act RFA vs regular AREA
    • One-time only – no revisions
    • Higher limit ($300,000)
    • Limited competition
  • Submitting an Application
    • Electronic submission only.
    • Modular format up to $250,000.
    • Receipt date Sept. 24, 5 pm.
  • Components of the Application (SF424)
    • Cover page
    • Facilities & other resources (*note special instructions)
    • Senior/key person biographical sketch
    • Budget and Budget Justification
    • Research Plan (up to 12 pages)
    • Appendix materials
  • Components of the Research Plan
    • Specific Aims (1 p.; address health relevance; doesn’t count in 12 p limit)
    • Background and Significance
    • Preliminary Studies
    • Research Design and Methods (including analysis)
    • Human subjects components (if appropriate)
  • Review Criteria and Considerations
    • Standard NIH review criteria: Significance, Investigator, Innovation, Approach, Environment.
    • Human subjects considerations.
    • Reviewers to comment in the Overall Evaluation on whether the application addresses the goals of the AREA program.
    • Funding rate depends on total number of applications received.
  • The NIH Extramural Team Program Staff Review Staff Grants Management
  • Office of the Director National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases National Cancer Institute National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research National Institute on Drug Abuse National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences National Institute on Aging National Institute of Child Health and Human Development National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders National Eye Institute National Human Genome Research Institute National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute National Institute of Mental Health National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke National Institute of General Medical Sciences National Institute of Nursing Research National Library of Medicine Center for Scientific Review Center for Information Technology National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Fogarty International Center National Center for Research Resources National Institutes of Health Clinical Center National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • NICHD Organizational Chart
    • Center for Developmental Biology and Perinatal Medicine (CDBPM)
    • Center for Population Research (CPR)
    • National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)
    • Center for Research for Mothers and Children (CRMC)
  • Center for Research for Mothers and Children (CRMC)
    • The Center for Research for Mothers and Children (CRMC), serves as the principal NIH source of support for research and research training in maternal and child health. CRMC-supported scientists are advancing fundamental and clinical knowledge concerning maternal health and child development problems such as low birth weight, mental retardation and developmental disabilities, specific learning disabilities, congenital and genetic defects, growth retardation, HIV, and other congenital infections and diseases. The major goals of the Center are to ensure that mothers and families are healthy, and that all babies are born healthy and will reach adulthood and achieve their full potential.
    • Endocrinology, Nutrition and Growth Branch (ENG)
    • Child Development and Behavior Branch (CDB)
    • Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal AIDS Branch (PAMA)
    • Obstetric and Pediatric Pharmacology Branch (OPP)
    • Carefully read instructions before starting
    • Know and refer to the literature of your area
    • State strong rationale of proposed investigation
    • Include well-designed tables and figures
    • Present an organized, lucid write-up
    • Obtain pre-review from faculty at your institution
    • Never assume reviewers “will know what you mean.”
    Proposal Writing Tips
  • Grantsmanship
    • Remember, reviewers have a day job
    • Project a realistic amount of work
    • Be sure you have found key references
    • Know your reviewers/peers
    • Minimize typographical errors
  • NEIU Office of Research Development Pilot Grants
    • 1 year pilot projects
    • $20,000 limit
    • Compete only against other NEIU researchers
    • Proposals due in December
    • http://www.neiu.edu/~ordev/pilotgrants.html