EXPANSION OF THE NICHD MENTORED RESEARCH SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT AWARD (K01) 

Release Date:  June 28, 1999

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

This Notice announces the expansion of the Mentored Research Scientist
Development Award (MRSDA) program supported by the National Institute of Child
Health and Human Development (NICHD).  Support for the MRSDA (K01) currently
is provided through the NICHD National Center for Medical Rehabilitation
Research, as announced in the NIH Guide and available on the Internet at:   
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not96-301.html. 
The NICHD MRSDA program is being expanded to include the Center for Research
for Mothers and Children (CRMC).  The CRMC will utilize the K01 to support
career development in the area of child abuse and neglect.  

The information presented in this Notice must be used in conjunction with the
general description of the MRSDA issued in PA-95-049, NIH Guide, Volume 24,
No. 15, April 28, 1995, available on the Internet at:  
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-95-049.html

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the CRMC in utilizing the MRSDA are:

o     To develop the technical and scientific inquiry skills of doctoral-level
researchers in professions related to child abuse and neglect that will allow
them to pursue independent research careers and to conduct scientifically
sophisticated research in the field of child abuse and neglect;

o    To provide a mentored research experience in the area of child abuse and
neglect research for candidates who conduct research in related disciplines in
order to enhance their scientific careers and encourage the application of
novel or highly promising interdisciplinary approaches to the field of child
abuse and neglect.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the NICHD K01 in Child Abuse and Neglect Research must have a 
research or a health-professional doctorate or its equivalent, must be
committed to developing careers as independent investigators in child abuse
and neglect research, and must have demonstrated the capacity or potential for
highly productive independent research in the period after the doctorate. 
Candidates may undertake three to five years of advanced study and supervised
research with the goal of developing into independent investigators or, for
more experienced investigators, enhancing their scientific careers by 
gaining expertise in child abuse and neglect research.  Candidates may have
been Principal Investigators on PHS research grants and may have been
supported by a research career award in the past, provided the proposed
research experience is a fundamentally new field of study or there has been a
significant hiatus in their research career because of family or other
personal obligations.  Current Principal Investigators on PHS research grants
are not eligible.  Women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.

PROVISIONS OF THE AWARD

Each candidate must identify a mentor with extensive experience in child abuse
and neglect research.  A secondary mentor may also be proposed for guidance in
a special area of expertise, but the primary mentor must continue to be
involved throughout the award period.  Candidates may choose to propose both a
basic research mentor and a clinical research mentor, if appropriate.

An advisory committee composed of the mentor(s) and two or three other senior
faculty members should be identified.  This committee should meet at least
annually with the candidate to review the career development plan and research
project, to evaluate his or her progress, and to provide guidance for future
scientific career development.

The candidate must have a full-time appointment at the applicant institution. 
A minimum of 75 percent effort must be devoted to the research program. 
Individual compensation is based on the institution’s salary scale for
individuals at an equivalent experience level. Funding from this award for
salary may not exceed $75,000 per year plus commensurate fringe benefits for a
full-time employee with at least 75 percent effort devoted to the research
program.  NIH policy permits supplementation of salary from non-Federal
sources.  A maximum of $25,000 per year may be requested for research costs
such as technical personnel, supplies, small items of equipment, candidate
travel, telecommunications, publication costs, and tuition for necessary
courses.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

The K01 application process uses “Just-in-Time” procedures, as described in
the NIH Guide, Volume 25, Number 10, March 29, 1996 and Volume 25, Number 26,
May 17, 1996.  Information regarding these procedures can be found on the
Internet at:  
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/1996/96.03.29/notice-just-in-time-006.html and 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not96-130.html.

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

Applications for the NICHD/CRMC K01 will be evaluated for scientific and
technical merit by an appropriate scientific review group convened by NICHD,
in accordance with the review criteria stated below.  Following the initial
review, applications will undergo a second level review by the National
Advisory Child Health and Human Development Council.

Review Criteria

In addition to the standard NIH K01 review criteria, applications will be
evaluated for: 

o  The likelihood that the proposed career development plans will enable the
candidate to pursue an independent scientific career in child abuse and
neglect research ; and

o  The appropriateness of the advisory committee to meet the research career 
development needs of the candidate’s program.

INQUIRIES

Written, telephone, and electronic inquiries are encouraged.  The opportunity
to clarify any issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome.  

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

G. Reid Lyon, Ph.D.
Chief, Child Development and Behavior Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 4B05, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Telephone: (301) 496-9849
Fax: (301) 480-7773
Email: LyonR@exhange.nih.gov

Direct inquiries regarding financial or policy issues to:

E. Douglas Shawver
Grants Management Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Blvd., Room 8A01, MSC 7510 
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Phone: (301) 496-1303 
Fax: (301) 402-0915
Email: ds117g@nih.gov


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