NIMH CAREER OPPORTUNITIES IN RESEARCH AND TRAINING (COR) HONORS HIGH SCHOOL RESEARCH EDUCATION GRANT (R25) Release Date: October 31, 2000 (see amendment NOT-MH-03-003) PA NUMBER: PAR-01-009 National Institute of Mental Health (http://www.nimh.nih.gov) Application Receipt Date: May 10, Annually PURPOSE This revised program announcement (PA), with a once per year receipt date, replaces PAR-95-046. It encourages applications for training activities designed to stimulate interest among minority youth in research careers in biomedical and behavioral sciences relevant to mental health. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) established this Career Opportunities in Research (COR) Honors High School Research Education Grant program for honors high school students in conjunction with colleges and universities with a substantial minority enrollment. This program is specifically designed to increase the participation of groups that are underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral sciences, including African Americans, Hispanics, Native Indians and Alaska Natives, and Asians/Pacific Islanders. The program is intended to support activities that allow hands-on experiences in research or science education and encourage high school students to make the choice of a research career in a mental health-related field. This program provides an opportunity for institutions funded for an NIMH Career Opportunities in Research and Training (COR) Honors Undergraduate Research Training Grant (T34) to offer mentoring and role modeling to up to 6 high school students per year through interactions with both undergraduate college students who are COR Undergraduate Honors Students and faculty of institutions that have existing NIMH COR Honors Undergraduate Research Training grants. This program announcement expires 3 years from the release date shown directly above, unless reissued. HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010," a PHS- led national activity for setting priority areas. This program announcement, NIMH COR Honors High School Research Training Grant (R25), is related to the priority areas of mental health and mental disorders. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at http://www.health.gov/healthypeople. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Institutions Applicant institutions must have a currently funded NIMH Career Opportunities in Research Education and Training Program - Honors Undergraduate Research Training Grant (T34). Such institutions are baccalaureate granting, 4-year domestic, public or private, non-profit colleges, universities, or health professional schools with at least 50 percent minority students from one or more of the ethnically defined groups noted above. Foreign organizations are not eligible to apply. Racial/ethnic minority individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply as principal investigators. Students Student participants must be outstanding high school students who are in their junior or senior years and who have at least a 3.00 grade point average (on a scale of 4.00 or comparable grading system). Trainee candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or have been admitted lawfully to the United States for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I- 155 or some other legal evidence of admission for permanent residence) at the time of appointment to the training program. MECHANISM OF SUPPORT This PA will use the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Education Projects grant (R25) award mechanism. Responsibility for the planning, direction, and execution of the proposed project will be solely that of the applicant. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this PA may not exceed 5 years or the length of time remaining in the current project period of the NIMH COR Honors Undergraduate Training Grant (T34), which is described under a separate program announcement, PAR-01-008 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-01-008.html) Funds Available NIMH expects applications to request support ranging from $25,000-$35,000 direct costs annually supporting up to six high school students per year. In no case will the NIMH fund more than $38,000 direct costs per year for this program. Allowable Costs Student Support Annual salary support will be provided for each high school student at a level up to $2,000 for a full-time, 3-month educational experience. The salary must be based on institutional guidelines for wages to students in similar status. Support should be for a minimum of 3 months during any one year that may include a mixture of full-time summer experience and part-time experience during the school year. Students are expected to devote sufficient effort to the research project and related activities during the period of support to gain insight into the process of scientific discovery. High school students are expected to devote at least 2 years to this program (i.e., equivalent to two 3-month, full-time periods). Exceptions to the latter will be considered, depending on the circumstances of the individual applicant and the specific request. Research equipment may not be purchased using grant funds for high school students' projects. Additional funding for the following budget items may be requested. Each item of cost must be directly related to the proposed research education program and the application must include justification for each category o Personnel Limited salary and fringe benefit support may be requested for present and additional faculty, to the extent that they reflect the actual time or effort devoted to this specific program. Mentoring of students at the applicant institution is considered as part of the role of faculty and therefore not reimbursable from the grant. o Consultants Support may be requested to cover expenses such as seminar and colloquium speakers, etc. o Supplies Support may be requested for necessary supplies, e.g., glassware, chemicals, or animals for conducting student research. Other supplies may include general office and instructional supplies needed to conduct the education and research program that are not otherwise available at the grantee institution. o Travel Staff travel to off-campus training sites for purposes of consultation with participating off-campus staff/preceptors and evaluation of student progress is allowed. o Other Expenses The applicant may request other items necessary to the educational program, such as computer time, reference materials not available in the library, duplication costs, telephone, and costs related to publishing student research papers, etc. o Facilities and Administrative (F&A) Costs The applicant may request actual (F&A) costs, or 8 percent of allowable direct costs, whichever is less. This rate applies to both T34 (COR Undergraduate Program) and R25 (High School Program) components. RESEARCH TRAINING OBJECTIVES The principal objective of the COR Honors High School Research Education Grants program is to stimulate interest and motivation among high school students from racial/ethnic minority groups to pursue research careers in science disciplines related to mental health. Applications must provide information on the following: Institution Characteristics o A brief overview of the applicant institution (i.e., when it was founded, its status as a private or State-supported institution, and other pertinent information) o A description of the research infrastructure (i.e., facilities, laboratories, participating departments, computer services, and any other resources to be used in the conduct of the high school education program) o Evidence of institutional commitment and support for the proposed program o Where applicable, a description of plans for collaborating with nearby institutions and laboratories for purposes of exchange, consolidation, and sharing of resources, including faculty, equipment, and facilities (Letters of agreement or memoranda indicating intended cooperation must be included with the application.) o Letters of agreement or memoranda indicating intended cooperation with participating high schools Description of the Research Education Program o A plan for summer and year-round research experiences with COR faculty and/or scientists conducting research at the COR-grantee institution for up to 6 minority high school students who are juniors or seniors o Evidence of involvement of a wide variety of research departments from the biomedical and behavioral sciences, emphasizing mental health related science o A plan for career counseling in science and research, mentorships, and opportunities for high school students to interact with COR Honors undergraduates and faculty o A plan for facilitating the successful transition from high-school into undergraduate schools and science programs relevant to research in mental health o A plan for recruitment and retention of students o Evidence of support/cooperation from local high school administrators and science teachers o Evidence of undergraduate COR institution's commitment to the goals and objectives of the high school training component (providing access to facilities, libraries, laboratories, computers, equipment) o Detailed budget justification for all project expenditures related to the high school research education component Program Director o Evidence that the Program Director is actively engaged in research and/or scholarship in an area related to mental health o Evidence that the Program Director can organize and administer the research education program o Advisory Committee to the Program Director with a role in selecting and supervising students, and in evaluating the research training program (This committee should be representative of faculty and departments participating in the program and be chaired by the Program Director.) o The Program Director is responsible for serving as liaison between participating high schools and the applicant institution, recruiting and selecting high school students, and assigning each to an appropriate mentor. Faculty/Preceptors o Evidence that a high percentage of the participating faculty hold a Ph.D. or other doctoral-level degree o Evidence that participating faculty and preceptors are actively engaged in research or other scholarly activities related to mental health o Evidence that faculty and preceptors publish in research areas related to mental health o Evidence that sufficient time is committed by preceptors and faculty to conduct a high-quality program (A staffing chart that details percent-of-time allotted for each staff member is recommended.) Students o Evidence that students will be selected for their potential to continue their education at higher levels and ultimately pursue careers successfully in mental health-relevant sciences, including behavioral, biomedical, epidemiological, neurosciences, prevention, treatment, and related fields o Evidence that students will be selected for their expressed interests in pursuing programs related to mental health o Documentation of number of high schools and number of students eligible to participate in high school program Evaluation o Describe an evaluation plan for determining success of the program in achieving goals and objectives, including: (1) entry and completion dates for each student; (2) departments of students' experiences; (3) summer internships (locations and research areas); (4) colleges, universities, and other institutions where students pursue post-high school studies; (5) areas of students' career choices; (6) research accomplishments; and (7) awards. o Describe a plan for tracking students after completion of COR high school program and provisions for follow-up support and consultations for pursuing mental health science careers, including assistance in locating financial support. o Provide statistics on numbers of students entering the college programs and the areas of specialization. For Competing Continuation Applicants Only The following information about the previous research education grant period must be provided for renewal applications: o Number of high school students who participated in the research education program o Research activities of all students subsequent to the COR research education program o Present information of continued career development and employment of former COR high school participants (i.e., whether in biomedical and behavioral research areas related to goals of the program) o Attrition rate of student participants INCLUSION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS It is the policy of the NIH that women and members of minority groups and their sub-populations must be included in all NIH-supported biomedical and behavioral research projects involving human subjects, unless a clear and compelling rationale and justification are provided indicating that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health of the subjects or the purpose of the research. This policy results from the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 492B of Public Law 103-43). All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should read the UPDATED "NIH Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical Research," published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on August 2, 2000 (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-00-048.html); a complete copy of the updated Guidelines are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/women_min/guidelines_update.htm. The revisions relate to NIH defined Phase III clinical trials and require: a) all applications or proposals and/or protocols to provide a description of plans to conduct analyses, as appropriate, to address differences by sex/gender and/or racial/ethnic groups, including subgroups if applicable; and b) all investigators to report accrual, and to conduct and report analyses, as appropriate, by sex/gender and/or racial/ethnic group differences. 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 "NIH Policy and Guidelines on the Inclusion of Children as Participants in Research Involving Human Subjects" 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 Investigators also may obtain copies of these policies from the program staff listed under INQUIRIES. Program staff may also provide additional relevant information concerning the policy. APPLICATION PROCEDURES Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) and will be accepted at one receipt date, May 10, annually. Application kits are available at most institutional offices of sponsored research and may be obtained from the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone (301) 435-0714, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov. The application form is also available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html. The title and number of the program announcement must be typed on line 2 of the face page of the application form and the YES box must be marked. Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including the Checklist, and 5 signed photocopies in one package to: CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH 6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, ROOM 1040, MSC 7710 BETHESDA, MD 20892-7710 BETHESDA, MD 20817 (for express/courier service) Receipt and Review Schedule Applications for the COR Honors High School Education Program are submitted on the single receipt date of June 1 and reviewed on the following schedule: Receipt Initial Review Council Earliest Date Group Meeting Meeting Start Date May 10, Annually Oct/Nov Jan/Feb April 1 REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS Applications will be assigned on the basis of established PHS referral guidelines. Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate scientific review group convened by NIMH in accordance with the standard NIH peer review procedures. As part of the initial merit review, all applications will receive a written critique and undergo a process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific merit, generally the top half of applications under review, will be discussed, assigned a priority score, and receive a second-level review by the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC). Review Criteria Applications will be assessed for: Quality of Research Education Program for COR High School Students o Scientific and educational merit of the proposed research training plans o Quality of the applicant institution's training record and training potential o Strength of institution's commitment to the goals and objectives of attracting talented minority high school youth to careers in mental health science fields o Comprehensiveness of the proposed plan to offer opportunities in a broad range of disciplinary areas related to mental health, methods for fostering interest, and feasibility of plans for short-term (summer) and long-term (summer and part-time during school year) participation o Adequacy and appropriateness of plans for recruitment, selection, retention, mentoring/counseling and facilitating the successful transition into undergraduate research training programs o Appropriateness of educational program, including decision criteria for pairing each student with only one mentor for the research experience, choice of participating COR faculty for this component of the program, provisions for student career counseling, and overall plan for supervising the students' research and research experiences o Appropriateness of timetable for completing planned activities for each student o Adequacy of design of proposed ancillary activities: science day activities convened on campus or at high schools; visits to research institutions or plans for adopt-a-high school programs (These elements should emphasize ways in which the program extends beyond the participating students and reaches a broader number of students.) Methods of Selection, Monitoring, and Follow-up of Students o Availability of student candidates of high potential o Adequacy of plans for selecting students o Methods for monitoring student progress, early identification and remedy of student problems, and provision of support and supervision o Provision of enrichment experiences, professional socialization, and interaction beyond those in the local setting o Knowledge of available post-high school training programs and a plan for career advising and choice-assistance of students o Adequacy of plans for tracking students after graduation and post- graduation guidance related to entry into a college curriculum targeted toward research and science education Program Leadership o Qualifications and experience of Program Director o Relevant research experience of COR faculty and mentors o Plans for effective program administration and coordination among faculty and advisory committee by Program Director Institutional Commitment and Resources It is the intent of this program to foster interactions across disciplines and departments within institutions. There should be evidence of institutional commitment to the goals and objectives of the COR Honors High School Research Education Grant program as it has an impact on students' academic preparation, research education, and interactions with faculty and undergraduate students, as evidenced by the following: o Access to research facilities and related resources, including laboratory space, computer time, equipment, and research samples for use by students o Plans for linkages with collaborating institutions where necessary o Plans for evaluating the effectiveness of the program o Evidence of involvement of a wide variety of research areas in disciplines such as biology, chemistry, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, and behavioral sciences Budget o Appropriateness of budget in relation to scope of proposed educational program Program Evaluation o Adequacy of plans for evaluating the COR High School Program on an annual basis, including methods for assessing the extent to which the COR High School Program increases recruitment, science education, and placement of minority students in careers in mental health fields INQUIRIES Inquiries are encouraged. The opportunity to clarify any issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome. Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to: Carolyn Strete, Ph.D. Office for Special Populations National Institute of Mental Health 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8125, MSC 9659 Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9659 Telephone: 301-443-2847 Fax: 301-443-8552 Email: email@example.com Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to: Diana S. Trunnell Grants Management Branch National Institute of Mental Health 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6115, MSC 9605 Bethesda, MD 20892-9605 Telephone: 301-443-2805 FAX: 301-443-6885 Email: Diana_Trunnell@nih.gov AWARD CRITERIA Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications assigned to the Institute. The following will be considered in making funding decisions: Quality of the proposed project as determined by peer review; availability of funds; and, program priority. AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No. 93.242. Awards are made under authorization of the Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Part A (Public Law 78-410, as amended by Public Law 99-158, 42 USC 241) and administered under NIH grants policies and Federal Regulations 42 CFR 52 and 45 CFR Part 74. This program is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review. The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of a facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care, or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people.
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