NIH GUIDE, Volume 23, Number 40, November 18, 1994

P.T. 34, 44


  Grants Administration/Policy+ 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Based on recommendations of its National Advisory Council, the

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is

announcing new award and application policies for (1) competitive

renewal investigator-initiated research grants and (2) institutional

National Research Service Award (NRSA) training grants.  In addition,

NIAID will no longer accept for review or award investigator-

initiated competing renewal program project grant applications unless

they are in response to an NIAID Program Announcement, Re-issuance of

an NIAID RFA, or have received specific approval from the Director,

NIAID or his designee before their submission.

1.  Award Limits for Competing Renewal Research Grants

Because of inordinate cost increases for competing renewal grants,

the direct costs awarded in the first year to a research project

grant (R01) resulting from a competing renewal application will be

limited to no more than a 10 percent increase over the direct costs

awarded in the last non-competing year of that grant.  This policy

will be implemented for competing renewal applications submitted on

or after the February 1, 1995 receipt date.

2.  Limits on Trainees for Institutional NRSA Training Grants; Single

Annual Receipt Date for Competing Applications

Current commitments for institutional NRSA training grants consume a

large proportion of the NIAID's training budget and have severely

constrained the NIAID's ability to award new outstanding training

grant applications.  As a result the following changes will be made

for Fiscal Year 1996:

a.  Training grants approved for five to six pre-doctoral trainees

per year will be reduced by one trainee per year; those with seven or

more will be reduced by two trainees.

b.  Training grants approved for four to six postdoctoral trainees

will be reduced by one trainee; those with seven or more will be

reduced by two trainees.

c.  For Fiscal Year 1996 funding, competing (new and continuation)

training grant applications will be accepted by NIAID on two future

receipt dates: January 10, 1995 and May 10, 1995.

Thereafter, NIAID will accept competing applications for

institutional training grants on one receipt date annually - January


3.  Competing renewal applications for RFA-based single and multi-

project research grants and cooperative agreements

The NIAID awards single research project grants (R01 and R29) and

cooperative agreements (U01s) and multi-project grants (P01) and

cooperative agreements (U19s) as well as other types of grants under

requests for applications (RFAs).  When the NIAID determines that an

RFA will not be reissued and does not announce the continuation of an

initiative under a Program Announcement, awardees should consult with

NIAID program staff about submitting their applications for

continuation of all or parts of their research program as regular

research grants (R01s).  Two or more related R01 applications may be

submitted as Interactive Research Project Grant (IRPG) applications

(see Program Announcement PA-94-086 Investigator-Initiated

Interactive Research Project Grants NIH Guide, Vol. 23, No. 28, July

29, 1994).

Under exceptional circumstances, the NIAID Director or his designee

may permit exceptions from these policies.


John J. McGowan, Ph.D.

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Solar Building, Room 3C20

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7291

FAX:  (301) 402-0369



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