SMALL RESEARCH GRANTS - NIAID 

NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 9, March 22, 1996

 

P.T. 34



Keywords:

  Grants Administration/Policy+ 

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

 

PURPOSE

 

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

announces that it will accept applications for small research grants

(R03) in limited circumstances.  R03 applications will be accepted by

the NIAID only when such applications are in response to NIAID

Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs) that

specifically identify the small research grant (R03) as an award

mechanism.

 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

 

Applications may be submitted by any organization identified as

eligible in the specific RFA or PA for which the response is being

prepared.  Because of the nature of research to be supported as R03

grants, amended (revised) applications may not be submitted.

 

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

 

The small research grant (R03) provides research support specifically

limited in time and amount.  R03 grants provide flexibility for

initiating studies that are generally for short-term or pilot

projects.  Furthermore, the time interval from application to funding

of R03 grants is shortened, thus allowing new ideas to be

investigated or pursued in a more expeditious manner.

 

Terms and Conditions of Award

 

Applicants may request up to $50,000 (direct costs) per year for the

grant period(s) specified in an RFA or PA; in no instance will the

period of support exceed three years. Large equipment purchases are

not allowed.  Travel expenses to professional meetings are also not

allowed.  R03 grants are not renewable.

 

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

 

Review Procedures

 

Upon receipt, an application will be evaluated by NIAID staff to

determine whether it is responsive to the RFA or PA.  An application

that is judged non-responsive will be returned to the applicant

without further consideration.  Questions concerning the

responsiveness of potential research should be directed to NIAID

staff identified in the RFA or PA.  A review committee convened by

the Division of Extramural Affairs, NIAID, will conduct the initial

scientific merit review of applications.  Second level review will be

conducted by NIAID senior program staff.

 

Review Criteria

 

The review criteria for applications will be those stated in the RFA

or PA in response to which the application is submitted.

 

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

 

Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS

398 (rev. 5/95) and will be accepted on the receipt dates indicated

in the RFA or PA.  Application kits are available at most

institutional offices of sponsored research and may be obtained from

the Office of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, Office

of Extramural Programs, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge

Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone 301/435-0714,

email: girg@drgpo.drg.nih.gov.  Applicants must follow any special

instructions for application preparation and submission that appear

in the RFA or PA.

 

Send or deliver the original signed application and three exact

photocopies in one package to the Division of Research Grants, using

the mailing label enclosed in the application kit, as specified in

the General Instructions.

 

At the time of submission, two additional exact copies of the grant

application and all five sets of any appendix will also be sent to

the Scientific Review Program, DEA, NIAID at the address listed in

the RFA or PA.  The process for the review of the application will be

initiated with the receipt of these copies.

 

The following supplemental instructions will be used for completing

R03 applications; this information will be available for any NIAID

RFA or PA that identifies the small research grants (R03) as a

funding mechanism.

 

Supplemental Instructions for the NIAID Small Grants Program

 

Applications are to be submitted on the research grant application

form PHS 398 (rev. 5/95) following the instructions supplied with

those forms EXCEPT for the items listed below:

 

FACE PAGE, Item 2:

 

o  Mark "YES"

o  Number:  Enter RFA or PA number

o  Title:  Enter "R03" and Title of PA or RFA

 

FACE PAGE, Item 6:  A maximum of 3 years of support may be requested;

 

FORM PAGE 4:  Do not complete this Detailed Budget Page

 

FORM PAGE 5:

 

BUDGET TABLE.  Completion of the year by year table is not required.

However, requested total direct costs for each year must be shown.

Applicants may request a maximum of $50,000 direct costs per year.

If consortium/contractual costs are requested, then the "subtotal

direct costs" line should be completed, and the

"consortium/contractual costs" section should indicate the

subcontract's direct and indirect costs (based on the subcontract

institution's current indirect cost rate applied to the direct cost

request, taking into account any indirect cost exclusions).

 

BUDGET JUSTIFICATION

 

List the name, role on project, and percent effort for all project

personnel (salaried or unsalaried) and provide a very brief narrative

justification for each person based on their role on the project and

proposed level of effort.

 

Identify all consultants by name and organizational affiliation and

describe the services to be performed.

 

Provide a narrative justification for any major budget items, other

than personnel, that are requested for the conduct of the project

that would be considered unusual for the scope of research.  No

specific costs for items or categories should be shown.

 

Indirect costs will be calculated at the time of the award using the

institution's actual indirect cost rate.  Applicants will be asked to

identify the indirect cost exclusions prior to award.

 

If consortium/contractual costs are requested, the subcontract budget

justification should be prepared following the instructions provided

above.

 

FORM PAGE 6.  Biographical Sketch.  A biographical sketch is required

for all key personnel, following the modified instructions below:

 

o  complete the education block at the top of the form page;

o  list current position(s) and those previous positions directly

relevant to the application;

o  list selected peer-reviewed publications directly relevant to the

proposed project, with full citation;

o  provide information on research projects completed and/or research

grants participated in during the last five years that are relevant

to the proposed project.  Title, principal investigator, funding

source, and role on project must be provided.

 

FORM PAGE 7.  Other Support

 

The other support pages should not be completed at the time of

application.  Information on active support will be requested prior

to award.

 

RESEARCH PLAN.  Sections a - d may not exceed 15 pages.

 

a.  Specific Aims:  Should not exceed one page.

 

b.  Background and Significance:  Established by RFA or PA;

additional information should not exceed one page.

 

c. - d.  Use the balance of the 15 page limit for these sections.

 

h.  Consortium/Contractual Arrangements:  Do not to exceed one page.

 

CHECKLIST

 

The checklist should not be submitted at the time of application.  A

completed checklist will be requested prior to award.

 

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