The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
NIH’s mission is to help lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
NIH Budget Allocations
$30.6 Billion Allocated (FY 2009 Budget)
84% of the total NIH budget supports over 325,000 extramural scientists and research personnel at more than 3,000 institutions nationwide.
NIH is composed of 27 Institutes and Centers (IC) with distinct missions and objectives. It is important to fit your research goals with the mission of the IC.
OVERVIEW OF CHANGES TO NIH SCORING
OVERVIEW OF CHANGES TO NIH APPLICATIONS
Changes to NIH Grants Process
Major Changes to NIH Applicant Scoring
A new scoring system for applications submitted to NIH started in fiscal year 2009. All applications are scored on a 9-point scale.
The new scale has sufficient range to allow reviewers to make reliable distinctions among applications.
A score of 1 indicates an exceptionally strong application with essentially no weaknesses. A score of 9 indicates an application with serious and substantive weaknesses with very few strengths; 5 is considered an average score .
Major Changes to Applications
Shorter page limits and new instructions
Align the structure and content of the forms with review criteria
For ALL competing applications: New, Renewal, Revisions, and Resubmission with due dates on or after Jan. 25, 2010
Overview of Shorter Page Limits
Note: Follow Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) page limit requirements, if different
Current Page Limit (Section 2-5 of the Research Plan) New Page Limit (Research Strategy) <25 6 (R03) 25 12 (R01) >25 Follow FOA Instructions
ASSESS FOR SUITABILITY TO YOUR PROGRAM
DETERMINE YOUR ELIGIBILITY
ADDRESS THE TIMELINE FOR THE APPLICATION
DETERMINE THE PERSONNEL AND FINANCIAL IMPACT
ASSESS THE LIKELIHOOD OF RECEIVING AN AWARD
Dissect NIH Request for Application (RFA)
USING THE SAMPLE RFP COMPLETE PROPOSAL REVIEW QUESTIONNAIRE
Analyze Request for Proposal
Discussion of Exercise 1
Followed by a 10 Minute Break
DESCRIBES THE PROJECT OR THE BENEFITS TO BE DERIVED.
IT COMMUNICATES THE CAPABILITIES OF THE ORGANIZATION AND QUALIFICATIONS OF KEY PROJECT STAFF
JUSTIFIES THE FUNDS AND OTHER RESOURCES REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT THE PROJECT
Preparing the Application
Research Plan Components
Specific Aims (include impact of proposed research )
Background and Significance
Preliminary Studies/Progress Report
Research Design and Methods
Inclusion Enrollment Report
Bibliography and References Cited
Human Subjects Sections….
protections, women/minorities, enrollment, children
Other Research Plan Sections….
animals, select agents, multi PD/PI, consortium, support, resource sharing
New Biographical Sketch
Personal statement added:
“ Briefly describe why your experience and qualifications make you particularly well-suited for your role in the project”
Limit the list of publications or manuscripts to no more than 15
Applicant is encouraged to make selections based on recently issued, importance to the field, and/or relevance to the application
Changes to Resources and Facilities
Instructions added to Resources:
Provide a description of how the scientific environment will contribute to the probability of success of the project
For Early Stage Investigators (ESIs), describe the institutional investment in the success of the investigator
Application Alignment with Review Criteria: Scoring Criteria Application Significance Research Strategy a. Significance Investigator(s) Biosketch Innovation Research Strategy b. Innovation Approach Research Strategy c. Approach Environment Resources and Facilities
THE PURPOSE OF THE APPLICATION
THE PROJECT BUDGET
SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION
Preparing and Submitting Application
The Purpose of the Application
Identify the problem to be addressed by the project;
Convey the significance of the proposed project to the problem being addressed;
Explain the relevance of the project to the awarding agency’s overall mission and goals;
The Purpose of the Application (Cont’d)
Describe the project’s anticipated impact on the field of endeavor and provide a rationale for that assessment;
Establish the investigator’s familiarity and expertise with the topic and ability to accomplish the goals
The Project Budget
The budget should show the direct correlation between the cost and the work to be done.
The budget should recover the full cost, direct and indirect, of carrying out the project.
The budget should consider costs that are restricted or prohibited by the program announcement or regulation.
Ensuring Successful Submission
Remember, submission to Grants.gov is only the first step.
Upon successful submission to Grants.gov, you MUST check your application for errors and/or warnings in the eRA Commons. (Also, sent by e-mail)
Any eRA-identified issues must be promptly addressed in order for your application to be considered for review.
Applicants who inadvertently use the wrong forms, or otherwise fail to incorporate the new changes, will have a brief window during which they may be able to correct their application .
SCORE SUCCESSFUL PROPOSALS USING THE REVISED NIH RATING SCALE
Review of Successful Proposals
Discussion of Exercise 2
Followed by a 10 minute break
REQUIREMENTS 2 CFR PART 215
Administration of Grant
Allowable costs —if the goods or services can be directly associated to a cost objective or benefits the project and is determined by regulations to be allowable.
Allocable costs —a cost that is incurred specifically for the grant and is reasonable to the benefit received.
Reasonable costs —if the costs does not exceed that which would be incurred by a prudent person under the circumstances prevailing at the time.
Direct Costs —a cost that can be specifically identified with a particular objective of the project.
Indirect Costs —a cost that has been incurred for a common or joint objective of an organization and cannot be identified with a particular cost objective.
Treatment of Costs
Consistent treatment —a cost may not be assigned as a direct costs if the costs is incurred for the same purpose in like circumstances as an indirect costs.
Consistent application —apply policies and procedures uniformly to both federal financed and other activities of the organization.
Allowability and Treatment of Costs
Determine Allowable Cost
Discussion of Exercise 3
Followed by a 10 Minute Break
Uniform Administrative Requirements
In 1971, OMB issued Circular A-110 to set forth standards to achieve consistency and uniformity among the federal agencies in the administration of grants and agreements.
This move towards consistency has continued with the enactment of the current 2 CFR Part 215 which replaces OMB Circular A-110 in an attempt to standardize language (May 2004).