ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPLEMENTS FOR TECHNOLOGY ENHANCEMENT IN NEI-FUNDED LABORATORIES

Release Date:  August 29, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-EY-02-001

National Eye Institute

The NEI is announcing the availability of administrative supplements to NEI-
funded research projects (R01, R29, R37, U01, U10) for the development and 
expansion of technological capabilities that will enhance ongoing research.  
This announcement provides information regarding application procedures, 
submission deadlines, and review criteria.

PURPOSE

The purpose of these supplements is to introduce innovative technologies 
and/or to upgrade existing facilities that support NEI-funded research 
projects.  Requests are limited to the purchase of equipment, supplies, and 
technical personnel essential to facilities that are relevant to a critical 
number of NEI-supported projects.  Examples of requests that will be 
considered under this supplement program include, but are not limited to:  
updating protein sequencing technology, enhancing bioinformatics capacity, 
introducing state of the art imaging technology, upgrading proteomics tools, 
and establishing transgenic mouse facilities.  It is expected that the 
applicant institutions will support the establishment and operation of the 
facility and provide future year support.

This administrative supplement program is issued in response to 
recommendations 
developed by the National Advisory Eye Council.  Information regarding NEI 
programmatic interests is available in NEI's publication, “Vision Research, A 
National Plan: 1999-2003”, which is located at 
http://www.nei.nih.gov/resources/strategicplans/plan.htm.

ELIGIBILITY

All requests must meet the following criteria: (1) the project period of the 
grant to be supplemented must have at least two years remaining at the time 
of award and (2) the work proposed must be within the scope of the research 
originally recommended by peer-review for the grant to be supplemented.  NEI 
will give priority to administrative supplement requests that will benefit at 
least three NEI-funded research project grants (R01, R29, R37, U01, U10).

BUDGET INFORMATION

Applicants may request up to two years of support.  The requested budget for 
the first year should be between $100,000 and $400,000 direct costs.  The 
second year budget should not exceed $100,000 direct costs.

HOW TO APPLY

This is a one-time announcement with requests submitted on or before February 
1, 2002.  The following must be included in the application:

o  A description of the NEI-funded research projects that will benefit from 
the presence of this technology/facility, including how the technology will 
enhance ongoing research projects within the scope of the originally proposed 
specific aims.

o  Documentation of strong institutional commitment to the facility.  
Applicants must describe the resources and environment available at the 
institution to effectively operate the facility, including support for 
personnel, equipment, supplies, and availability of laboratory space.

o  A plan for continued support for the facility and the technology after the 
time period of the supplement.

o  A detailed budget and budget justification for the personnel, equipment, 
and supplies requested.

o  A description of the administration and management of the facility.  
Important consideration should be given to setting priorities for the 
facility and ensuring access by the vision researchers.

A request for an administrative supplement under this program should include 
a cover letter requesting the administrative supplement and identifying this 
program.  The application should be developed using the PHS Form 398 (revised 
5/01) Face Page, budget Form Pages 4 and 5, Biosketch of the Principal 
Investigator, and resources Form Page 8.  The Research Plan should address 
the five points described above and should not exceed five pages.

One copy of the request should be sent to:

Ellen S. Liberman, Ph.D.
Director, Lens and Cataract and Glaucoma Programs
National Eye Institute
Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
6120 Executive Blvd, MSC 7164
Bethesda, MD  20892-7164
Rockville, MD  20852 (for express/courier service)

REVIEW PROCEDURE

A committee composed of NIH extramural staff will evaluate the request for 
the administrative supplement.  Awards will be determined on the basis of 
scientific merit, program relevance, and the availability of funds.  The 
expected award date is June 1, 2002.  Funded applicants will be expected to 
provide a progress report based on the administrative supplement as part of 
the regular progress report of the parent grant.

INQUIRIES

Inquiries concerning this notice are strongly encouraged.  The opportunity to 
clarify any issue or questions from potential applicant is welcome.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Ellen S. Liberman, Ph.D.
Director, Lens and Cataract and Glaucoma Programs
National Eye Institute
Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
6120 Executive Blvd, MSC 7164
Bethesda, MD  20892-7164
Telephone:  (301) 496-0484
FAX:  (301) 402-0528
Email:  ellenliberman@nei.nih.gov

Direct fiscal inquiries to:

William W. Darby
Grants Management Branch, NEI
National Eye Institute
Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
6120 Executive Blvd, MSC 7164
Bethesda, MD  20892-7164
Telephone:  (301) 496-5884
FAX:  (301) 496-9997 
Email:  wwd@nei.nih.gov


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