Release Date:  January 29, 1999

PA NUMBER:  PAR-96-028


Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

The purpose of this addendum is to inform potential applicants of
clarification to the review process and changes in submission location and
receipt dates for PAR-96-028 (published in the NIH Guide for Grants and
Contracts, Vol. 25, No. 5, on February 23, 1996), "Small Project Grant
Program," administered by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research

This small grant program (R03) supports research and promotes improvements in
clinical practice and in the organization, financing, and delivery of health
care services.  The Program Announcement describes the small project grant
program which provides support for focused research projects, developmental
studies, and high risk projects.  High-risk projects might employ techniques
or theories from other fields not traditionally linked to health care
research, including qualitative as well as quantitative analyses.  The grant
program is particularly relevant for new investigators as a means of
encouraging individuals to enter the health services research field.  

Through the small project grant program AHCPR seeks to take advantage of time-
dependent opportunities; reduce the costs of developing applications for small
research projects, including demonstrations and evaluations; and shorten the
time and burden of the review process.

With respect to review considerations, AHCPR small project applications
typically will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit in accordance
with the criteria stated in the original program announcement.  Reviewers are
selected on the basis of knowledge and expertise in areas germane to the
application.  The review may be by field reader review or through standing
study sections convened in accordance with AHCPR peer review procedures.  All
other review considerations specified in the February 23, 1996, announcement
remain in effect.

The earliest possible date of award is 4.5 months after the receipt of the
application by AHCPR.  Potential applicants should consider priority program
areas identified in the AHCPR Program Announcement (PA-98-049), "AHCPR Health
Services Research," which was published in the NIH Guide for Grants and
Contracts on March 26, 1998.

The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) is to be used in
applying for these grants.  State and local government applicants may use form
PHS-5161-1, Application for Federal Assistance (rev. 5/96), and follow those
requirements for copy submission.

All applications submitted for AHCPR small project grant support must be
submitted to:

BETHESDA, MD 20892-7710
BETHESDA, MD 20817 (for express/courier service)

The dates for receipt of the original and four copies of small project
applications at the Center for Scientific Review are:

March 24
July 24
November 24

At the time of submission, one copy must also be sent to:

Small Project Program Coordinator
Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy
Scientific Review Division
2101 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 400W
Rockville, MD  20852-4908


Applicants should obtain copies of the grant application kit and the February
1996 and March 1998 program announcements from:

Equals Three Communications, Inc.
7910 Woodmont Avenue, Suite 200
Bethesda, MD  20814-3015
Telephone:  (301) 656-3100
FAX:  (301) 652-5264
Email:  mdl@equals3.com

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues, including the suitability of
research topics and information on the policy of inclusion of women,
minorities, and children in study populations to members of the AHCPR staff as

Improving Health Outcomes
Carolyn Clancy, M.D.
Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
Telephone:  (301) 594-1485
Email:  cclancy@ahcpr.gov

Quality of Care
Gregg Meyer, M.D.
Director, Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement
Telephone: (301) 594-1349
Email:  gmeyer@ahcpr.gov

Evidence-based Practice
Douglas B. Kamerow, M.D.
Director, Center for Practice and Technology Assessment
Telephone: (301) 594-4015
Email:  dkamerow@ahcpr.gov

Primary Care
David Lanier, M.D.
Acting Director, Center for Primary Care Research
Telephone: (301) 594-1357
Email: dlanier@ahcpr.gov

Cost and Financing
Ross H. Arnett, III
Director, Center for Cost and Financing Studies
Telephone:  (301) 594-1400
Email:  rarnett@ahcpr.gov

Organization, Delivery, and Markets
Irene Fraser, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Organization and Delivery Studies
Telephone:  (301) 594-1410
Email:  ifraser@ahcpr.gov

Priority Populations:
Morgan N. Jackson, M.D.
Director, Minority Health Program
Telephone:  (301) 594-0147
Email:  mjackson@ahcpr.gov

Marcy Gross
Director, Women's Health
Telephone:  (301) 594-2429
Email:  mgross@ahcpr.gov

Denise Dougherty, Ph.D.
Child Health Coordinator
Telephone:  (301) 594-2051
Email: ddougher@ahcpr.gov

Clinical Preventive Services
David Atkins, M.D.
Medical Officer, Center for Practice and Technology Assessment
Telephone:  (301) 594-4016
Email:  datkins@ahcpr.gov

Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Other Methodological Advances
Carolyn Clancy, M.D.
Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
Telephone: (301) 594-1485
Email:  cclancy@ahcpr.gov

For other program referral assistance, contact:

Kelly Morgan
Telephone:  (301) 594-1782
Email:  kmorgan@ahcpr.gov

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal and administrative matters to:

Carol Roache
Grants Management Staff
Agency for Health Care Policy and Research
2101 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 601
Rockville, MD  20852-4908
Telephone:  (301) 594-1840
FAX:  (301) 594-3210

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