NEW NICHD PROGRAM PROJECT GRANT (P01) POLICY

Release Date:  June 30, 1998

P.T.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Effective for applications submitted for the October 1, 1998 receipt date and
thereafter, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
(NICHD) announces the following changes and updates in NICHD policy regarding
program project (P01) grant application submission, review, and funding. 
Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NICHD program staff to
discuss their applications well in advance of the submission deadline (see
INQUIRIES, below).

FUNDING CAPS

Effective for the October 1, 1998 receipt date, NICHD is introducing funding
caps for its program project grants.  Applications requesting funding levels
beyond the established cap will not be accepted for review.

Note:   For the purpose of funding caps, the calculation of total direct costs
may exclude all facilities and administrative (indirect) costs, including
those reported as direct costs in subcontracts.

Unsolicited Applications:

o  For all unsolicited new (Type 1) program project applications, the first-
year cap is $750,000 direct costs, with a cumulative cap of $4,000,000 direct
costs over the 5-year award period.

o  For all unsolicited competing continuation (Type 2) program project
applications, the first-year direct cost cap is either $750,000 or the amount
representing an increase of 20% over that awarded in the last non-competing
year, whichever is greater.  In addition, there is a cumulative cap of
$5,000,000 directs costs over the 5-year award period.

Solicited Applications:

o  Caps for program project grants solicited through Requests for Applications
(RFAs) will be specified in the relevant RFA.

Supplemental Requests:

o  Requests to supplement more than one component project and/or core of a
program project grant, should be submitted as separate (Type 3) applications.

o  Competing applications for supplemental funding for a program project grant
that would raise the grantþs funding level above the established 5-year cap
will not be accepted for review without prior approval by the Institute.

o  Prior to submission of a supplemental application, appropriate NICHD
program staff should be consulted regarding scientific content and funding
levels.  Applications requesting supplements that are considered to be
inappropriate (e.g., for reasons of policy) are returned to applicants without
review.

REVIEW PROCEDURES

Site Visits/Applicant Interviews:

o  The review of new (Type 1) and competing continuation (Type 2) program
project applications may include a site visit to the applicant institution. 
However, a site visit is not a review requirement and should not be depended
upon to supplement an incompletely written application.

o  NICHD will no longer conduct applicant interviews as part of the review
process.  Revised applications will be taken directly to the appropriate NICHD
review committee for evaluation.  However, in certain cases, the modifications
to the original application may be significant enough to warrant a site visit. 
Determination of the need for a site visit will be made by NICHD.

Review Criteria:

Review criteria for the evaluation of program project applications have been
revised in accordance with the announcement by NIH of new review criteria for
all research grant applications (NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 22, June 27,
1997).  These criteria went into effect for all applications submitted on or
after October 1, 1997.  Copies of the revised NICHD Program Project (P01)
Guidelines, which include the new criteria as well as policy and procedural
guidelines for the submission and review of NICHD program project grant
applications, may be obtained through the NICHD Homepage
http://www.nih.gov/nichd/html/research.html or from the contact listed under
INQUIRIES.

INQUIRIES

Questions on program contacts and application preparation may be directed to:

Susan C. Streufert, Ph.D.
Office of the Deputy Director
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
9000 Rockville Pike, Room 2A03
Bethesda MD  20982
Telephone:  (301) 435-3440
Email:  ss149n@nih.gov

Questions on the review of applications may be directed to:

Scott Andres, Ph.D.
Division of Scientific Review
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5E03, MSC 7510
Bethesda MD  20892-7510
Telephone:  (301) 496-1485
Email:  andress@exchange.nih.gov

Questions on fiscal matters may be directed to:

Diane Watson
Grants Management Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8A01, MSC 7510
Bethesda MD  20892-7510
Telephone:  (301) 496-5001
Email:  watsond@exchange.nih.gov


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