NHLBI MINORITY INSTITUTION FACULTY MENTORED RESEARCH SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT
AWARD

Release Date:  September 10, 1998

RFA:  HL-98-017

P.T.

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Letter of Intent Receipt Date:  August 3, 1998
Application Receipt Date:  September 23, 1998

The following addendum is for RFA HL-98-017, which was published in the NIH
Guide of July 16, 1998.

PROVISIONS OF THE AWARD

Salary

The awardee will receive salary support up to a maximum of $50,000 plus fringe
benefits per year for five years.  All funds must be used to support the
awardee.  The level of support will be based upon the candidateþs actual
salary and must be consistent with the established salary structure of the
minority institution for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience, and
rank.  The actual salary level will be determined by the proportion of effort
devoted to this program.  Awardees must commit 100 percent of effort during
summer and/or off quarter periods and at least 25 percent of effort during the
academic year.  Supplementation of the awardee's salary from non-Federal
sources is permissible.  Supplementation of the awardee's salary from other
Federal funds is not allowed unless explicitly authorized by both the program
from which funds are derived and the NHLBI.  In no case may other NIH funds be
used to supplement salary support of the awardee.

In addition to salary support for the candidate, support for up to 5 percent
of the mentor's salary during the summer experience may also be requested.  If
funds are to be transferred to the mentor's institution for the mentor's
salary, arrangements for the transfer of funds and the conduct of activities
should be formalized in a subcontract agreement with the mentor's institution. 
A letter of intent from each institution must be submitted with the
application. 

A maximum of $8.50 per hour plus fringe benefits may be requested for the
student research assistant(s).  Level of support and hours worked during the
academic year should reflect the institutionþs policy for student work-study
programs.  Students must commit 100% effort during the summer and off-quarter
periods and at least 25% effort during the academic year.  Students are
expected to participate in the program for a minimum of two years.  Students
must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or must have been lawfully
admitted to the United States for permanent residence (i.e. in possession of a
currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 or other legal
verification of such status.) 

Research Support

Up to $36,000 per year beyond that requested for the candidate's, mentorþs,
and studentsþ salaries will be provided for research support.  Details
regarding the apportionment of these funds between the minority institution
and the mentorþs institution must be worked out with the mentor and agreed to
by representatives of both institutions.  A statement of agreement must be
provided in the application.  (Consortium/Contractual Costs section in the
supplemental instructions contains additional instructions.)

These research support funds may be used for:

Personnel:  support for technical personnel;

Equipment:  limited to specialized research equipment essential to the
proposed program; in accordance with PHS policy, title to such equipment will
vest with the grantee institution;

Supplies:  consumable supplies essential to the proposed program;

Travel:  domestic travel for the awardee that is essential to the proposed
program; travel must include funds to attend a one-day granteesþ meeting to be
held annually in Bethesda; and

Other:  publication costs, computer costs, or other costs necessary for the
research program.

Student Housing and Travel

The applicant institution is encouraged to provide no-cost housing and meals
to the students during the summer or off quarter periods if the training will
be provided at a local institution, as a commitment to the studentþs
development and as an incentive to participate in the program.  If training is
not at a local institution, up to $500 per month per student during the summer
only may be requested for housing.  Funds to allow the student(s) to travel to
a scientific meeting should also be requested.

Indirect Costs

Facilities and administrative (indirect) costs will be provided at a rate of 8
percent of the total direct costs of each award, exclusive of equipment.  The
indirect cost rate on a subcontract with the mentor's institution may not
exceed 8 percent.

NIH POLICY AND GUIDELINES ON THE INCLUSION OF CHILDREN AS PARTICIPANTS IN
RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS

It is the policy of NIH that children (i.e., individuals under the age of 21)
must be included in all human subjects research, conducted or supported by the
NIH, unless there are scientific and ethical reasons not to include them. 
This policy applies to all initial (type 1) applications submitted for receipt
dates after October 1, 1998.

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read the
þNIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Children as Participants in
Research Involving Human Subjectsþ that was published in the NIH Guide for
Grants and Contracts, March 6, 1998, and is available at the following URL
address: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not98-024.html.

As part of the scientific and technical merit evaluation of the research plan,
reviewers will be instructed to address adequacy of plans for including
children as appropriate for the scientific goals of the research, or
justification for exclusion

INQUIRIES

ALL POTENTIAL APPLICANTS MUST OBTAIN THE SUPPLEMENTAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR
COMPLETING AND SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FROM THE STAFF LISTED BELOW.

Inquiries concerning this RFA are encouraged.  The opportunity to clarify any
issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Michael Commarato, Ph.D. or Beth Schucker, M.A.
Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7940
Bethesda, MD  20892-7940
Telephone:  (301) 435-0530
FAX: (301) 480-1454
Email: mc63a@nih.gov or bs77t@nih.gov

Mary Reilly, M.S. or Ann Rothgeb
Division of Lung Diseases
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7952
Bethesda, MD  20892-7952
Telephone:  (301) 435-0222
FAX: (301) 480-3557
Email:  mr50w@nih.gov or ar31t@nih.gov

LeeAnn Jensen, Ph.D.
Division of Blood Diseases and Resources
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7950
Bethesda, MD  20892-7950
Telephone:  (301) 435-0066
FAX:  (301) 480-1060
Email:  lj15x@nih.gov

Thomas Blaszkowski, Ph.D.
Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7938
Bethesda, MD  20892-7938
Telephone:  (301) 435-0433
FAX:  (301) 480-1864
Email:  tb33i@nih.gov

James Kiley, Ph.D.
National Center for Sleep Disorders Research
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7952
Bethesda, MD  20892-7952
Telephone:  (301) 435-0199
FAX:  (301) 480-3451
Email:  jk52u@nih.gov

For fiscal and administrative matters contact:

Marie Willett
Grants Operations Branch, Heart Section
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7926
Bethesda, MD  20892-7926
Telephone:  (301) 435-0177
FAX:  (301) 480-3310
Email:  mw48f@nih.gov

Raymond L. Zimmerman
Grants Operations Branch, Lung Section
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7926
Bethesda, MD  20892-7926
Telephone: (301) 435-0171
FAX:  (301) 480-3310
Email:  rz2x@nih.gov

Jane Davis
Grants Operations Branch, Blood Section
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7926
Bethesda, MD  20892-7926
Telephone:  (301) 435-0166
FAX:  (301) 480-3310
Email:  jd53j@nih.gov


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