CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE FOR PATIENT SAFETY RESEARCH AND PRACTICE - CLARIFICATION 
TO RFA-HS-01-002

Release Date:  January 19, 2001

NOTICE:  NOT-HS-01-006

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

This Notice refers to the RFA-HS-01-002 “Centers of Excellence for Patient 
Safety Research and Practice” published in the NIH Guide October 24, 2000.  
With this Notice, AHRQ clarifies a section of the RFA APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

Centers of Excellence for Patient Safety Research and Practice, RFA-HS-01-002, 
Page limits for describing each project and the cores within the 
application:  Per the RFA, the APPLICATION PROCEDURES section states in 
paragraph 7 that there is a 25 page limit for the full program narrative.  
There is a maximum of 5 additional pages per project to describe each 
discrete research project.  The RFA is silent on the number of pages 
specifically identified for the core(s).  However, the “Special Instructions 
for Preparation of Research Program Project (P01) Applications” refers the 
applicant to the RFA and notes that “For each core component, follow the 
specific instructions for the individual Research Project, Item I of the 
Special Instructions...”  This means that each core has a limit of 5 pages.  
For example, a project with two cores and three projects could have 25 pages 
for the full program narrative, an additional 10 pages for the cores  (i.e., 
5 pages per core), and an additional 15 pages for the individual projects 
(i.e., 5 pages per project).  AHRQ’s Special Instructions for Preparation of 
Research Program Project (P01) Applications (page 4, item 1.7.b) also notes 
that program aspects descriptions are limited to 1 page.  This is part of the 
5 pages that may be used to describe individual projects.


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