NIH GUIDE, Volume 21, Number 34, September 25, 1992

PA NUMBER:  PA-92-111

P.T. 34, FF


  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

  Biomedical Research Training 

National Center for Research Resources

Application Receipt Date:  December 1, 1992


The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National Institutes

of Health (NIH), currently plans to continue and expand the Minority

High School Student Research Apprentice Program (MHSSRAP) in 1993.  The

purpose of the program is to provide minority high school students with

a meaningful experience in various aspects of health-related research

in order to stimulate their interest in careers in science.

In FY 1993, the program is expanding the science teacher initiative to

include not only in-service elementary, middle, junior, and senior high

school teachers, but also potential K-12 science teachers in

pre-service education programs.  Eligible teachers will still be those

who are members of a minority group or who teach a significant number

of minority students.  Teachers may participate in the program for a

second year.  The hands-on summer research project must be structured

to update the teachers' knowledge and skills in modern research tools

and techniques as well as to strengthen their teaching skills.  The

experience should provide teachers the opportunity to bring back to the

classroom a sense of the excitement of research that would stimulate

students to pursue scientific careers.  A longer range goal is to

establish year round linkages between pre-service and in-service

science teachers, elementary and secondary school students, and

biomedical researchers.

Please note, however, that expansion of the program in FY 1993 is

contingent on the availability of appropriated funds.  Thus,

allocations may be reduced below the amount requested in the

application.  Upon recommendation of the National Advisory Research

Resources Council, the NCRR will give preference in making awards to

those institutions that can support a summer program having a "critical

mass" of at least five or six students.


Eligible institutions are those that were eligible for a Biomedical

Research Support Grant award in FY 1992 or are awardees of the Minority

Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) Program.  ALL ELIGIBLE INSTITUTIONS,


ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.  Only one application for the

Apprentice Program may be submitted by a component of an institution

that is BRSG-eligible in FY 1992 and the recipient of an MBRS award.

Under-represented minority students and teachers are defined as

individuals who identify themselves as Black, Hispanic, Native

American, Pacific Islander, or any particular ethnic or racial group

which has been determined by the grantee institution to be

under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research.

Participants eligible for support must be U.S. citizens or have a

permanent visa.  Eligible students are those who are enrolled in high

school during the 1992-1993 academic year.  (Students who will graduate

from high school in 1993 are eligible, as is a student who participated

in a previous year provided he/she is still enrolled at the high school



The mechanism of support for this program will be the NIH grant-in-aid


Awards will be for one year beginning March 1, 1993, contingent upon

availability of appropriated funds.  Support will be provided at a

level of $2,000 for each student apprentice, $3,000 for each

pre-service teacher, and $5,000 for each in-service science teacher.

Applications may request both students and teachers or students only.

No indirect costs will be paid.  Direct support must be as salary;

stipends are not allowed.  Funds allocated may also be utilized for

supplies, extending the research experience, or if adequate funds

exist, for the addition of a student apprentice.  However, funds from

these grants may only be used for the costs of the apprentice program.

The Program Director is responsible for the recruitment and selection

of the apprentices and science teachers and assignment of each to an

appropriate investigator.

Students.  Recruitment and selection of students must emphasize factors

including the student's motivation, ability, scholastic aptitude, and

accomplishments.  In addition, consideration must be given to science

teachers' recommendations and, whenever possible, the degree of

parental commitment.  Assignments must be made to investigators

involved in health-related research who are committed to increasing the

high school student's understanding of research and the technical

skills needed.

Teachers.  Recruitment and selection criteria for in-service teachers

must include:  experience and teaching responsibilities, level of

interest in participating in a research program, expected impact on

their teaching programs, ability to stimulate minority students to

pursue scientific careers, and future plans for continued interaction

with the research institution.  Potential teachers should be enrolled

in pre-service programs and have an expressed interest in teaching life

sciences at the K-12 level.


The application consists of  (a) a letter stating the justification for

the number of student and teacher positions requested (preference will

be given to those institutions with a demonstrated commitment and a

documented history of encouraging students to pursue scientific

careers) and (b) the original and one signed and completed copy of the

face page, page 4 "Detailed Budget for First 12-Month Budget Period

Direct Costs Only," and checklist page of the grant application form

PHS 398 (rev. 9/91).  The required pages of the PHS 398 application

form must be completed according to instructions provided in the PHS

398 (rev. 9/91) kit except for the following:

Face Page

Item 1 - Leave blank.

Items 2a and 2b - Check the box marked "YES" and type in the number and

title of this Program Announcement.

Items 4 and 5 - Not applicable; do not complete.

Item 6, Dates of entire proposed project period - Enter 03-01-93

through 02-28-94.

Item 7 and 8 - Insert the total dollar amount of the request, which is

the sum, from application page 4, of the number of student positions

requested times $2,000 per student; the number of pre-service teachers

requested times $3,000; and the number of in-service teachers times

$5,000.  No indirect costs will be provided; thus the direct and total

costs will be the same.

Item 14, Organizational component to receive credit towards a

Biomedical Research Support Grant - Use this space to enter the code on

which eligibility for this MHSSRAP application is based (no credit will

be given for the S03 application).  Also use this space to enter the

BRSG and/or MBRS grant number(s) if available.

Page 4, "Detailed Budget for First 12-Month Budget Period Direct Costs

Only" - Using ONLY the Other Expenses category, enter on separate lines

the number of students requested at $2,000 per student; the number of

pre-service teachers requested at $3,000 per teacher; and the number of

in-service science teachers requested at $5,000 per teacher.

Enter the sum of the amounts requested for each under the "TOTALS"

column for the Other Expenses category and under "Total Direct Costs

for First 12-Month Budget Period" at the bottom of the page.

The original and one copy of the student and teacher report(s), signed

by the Program Director, must be submitted with the renewal application

by December 1 so that the data contained in these reports can be used

by NCRR to decide about policies and future funding for the MHSSRAP.

These reports must also be submitted at the same time even if renewal

support is not requested.  All reports, including the Financial Status

Report, must be submitted to the NIH by the grantee institution no

later than May 31, 1993, unless an extension of the budget period end

date has been authorized in writing.

Applications must be received by December 1, 1992 by:

Office of Grants and Contracts Management

National Center for Research Resources

Westwood Building, Room 849

5333 Westbard Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20892

(Do NOT mail the application to the Division of Research Grants, NIH.)


Written and telephone inquiries are encouraged.  The opportunity to

clarify any issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Marjorie A. Tingle, Ph.D.

Director, Biomedical Research Support Program

National Center for Research Resources

Westwood Building, Room 10A-11

5333 Westbard Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20982

Telephone:  (301) 496-6743.

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

Ms. Mary V. Niemiec

Office of Grants and Contracts Management

National Center for Research Resources

Westwood Building, Room 849

5333 Westbard Avenue

Bethesda, MD  20982

Telephone:  (301) 496-9840


This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic

Assistance, No. 93.337, Biomedical Research Support.  Grants will be

awarded under the authority of the Public Health Service Act, Section

301 (a)(3); Public Law 78-410 (42 USC 241) as amended, and administered

under PHS grants policies and Federal Regulations 45 CFR 74 and the

Guidelines for Minority High School Student Research Apprentice

Program.  This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review

requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review.


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