NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 17, May 24, 1996


P.T. 34


  Health Services Delivery 


Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


The Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR) announces a

special emphasis area under its ongoing Small Project Grant Program.

AHCPR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) are entering a

one-time partnership to co-sponsor this special emphasis small grants

initiative for funding projects that involve collaboration between

medical and public health organizations.  (See PA: PAR-96-028

published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, February 23,



This activity is intended to advance and continue the work of the

national Medicine/Public Health Initiative.  The purpose is to create

an ongoing working partnership between the two professions to improve

the health and health care of the American people.  A conference held

in March 1996, "National Congress: Medicine and Public Health

Initiative," yielded recommendations for potential new collaborative

activities, such as this special emphasis area.  A copy of the

conference summary can be obtained by contacting Dr. Stanley J.

Reiser at 713-792-5140.


AHCPR's special program emphasis under this initiative is for

research and demonstration grants facilitating medicine and public

health collaboration in health services research or demonstrations.

Of particular interest are projects focused on addressing the health

needs of populations through enhanced cooperation between medical

practitioners, public health entities and health care delivery

organizations.  Meritorious applications will be funded under the

AHCPR Small Project Grant Program.


RWJ separately plans to fund small project and conference grants

under this initiative that facilitate convening key stakeholders

within a community to promote collaboration between medical and

public health organizations.


It should be noted that because of limited funding for these special

emphasis small grants, AHCPR expects to limit individual awards to up

to $25,000 for direct costs, with approximately four to five awards.

RWJ expects to limit awards to less than $20,000 total costs, with

approximately five to six awards.  For information on RWJ indirect

cost policies, applicants should contact RWJ's designated

representative for this initiative, Stanley J. Reiser, M.D., M.P.A.,

Ph.D.  See Inquiries.  (Note:  RWJ's funding of indirect costs is

different from the AHCPR/Department policies for funding indirect



To facilitate this partnership initiative, a single one-time receipt

date of July 31, 1996, has been established.


Applications for Research and Demonstration Grants under this

initiative involving medicine and public health collaboration in

health services research should be submitted to AHCPR no later than

July 31, at Office of Scientific Affairs, Attention: Medicine/Public

Health Initiative, Small Project Grants, Suite 400, 2101 East

Jefferson Street, Rockville, MD 20852.  Applications submitted to

AHCPR will be reviewed in accordance with ongoing AHCPR Small Project

Grant review criteria and procedures, and grants will be administered

in accordance with AHCPR and Department grants policies.


Applications for RWJ funding for Project and Conference Grants

addressing RWJ interests should be submitted no later than July 31,

to:  Attention: Stanley J. Reiser, M.D., M.P.A., Ph.D., Program on

Humanities and Technology in Health Care, University of Texas, 6431

Fannin, P.O. Box 20708, Houston, TX 77225.  Applications submitted

for RWJ funding will be reviewed in accordance with RWJ procedures

for grants review and will be administered in accordance with RWJ

grants policies and procedures.  While investigators may apply to

both AHCPR and RWJ, they are encouraged to focus on only one topic,

and select one or the other potential funding source, depending on

the topic selected.  Applications submitted for this initiative will

not be funded jointly by AHCPR and RWJ.  AHCPR and RWJ intend to

operate separate, parallel review processes and to share funding

decisions prior to awards to avoid duplicative funding.

Investigators will be asked to provide a signed statement

specifically authorizing the sharing of applications and, as

applicable, summary statements of initial reviews, between AHCPR and





For AHCPR application materials, contact:


Global Exchange, Inc.

7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 400

Bethesda, MD  20814-3015

Telephone:  (301) 656-3100

FAX:  (301) 652-5264


For specific questions and information about this initiative,

contact:  Carolyn M. Clancy, M.D.; Director, or Kelly Morgan, Program

Analyst, Center for Primary Care Research, AHCPR, telephone (301)

594-1357, email


For information about RWJ application procedures and specific

questions about this initiative, contact the RWJ designated

representative:  Stanley J. Reiser, M.D., M.P.A., Ph.D., at (713)




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