RELEASE DATE:  November 20, 2002

PA NUMBER: PAR-03-032        

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATES: January 23, 2003 and August 22, 2003 

NOTICE OF INTENT RECEIPT DATES: December 20, 2002 and July 22, 2003

EXPIRATION DATE:  August 23, 2003, unless re-issued

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) 
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
National Eye Institute (NEI)
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)  
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) 
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)  
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)  
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)  
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) 
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)  
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) 
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)  
National Library of Medicine (NLM) 


o Purpose of the PA
o Research Objectives
o Mechanism of Support 
o Eligible Institutions
o Individuals Eligible to Become Principal Investigators
o Special Requirements
o Where to Send Inquiries
o Submitting an Application
o Peer Review Process
o Review Criteria
o Award Criteria
o Required Federal Citations


Participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of 
Health (NIH) invite applications for R01 awards to support Bioengineering 
Research Partnerships (BRPs) for basic and applied multi-disciplinary research 
that addresses important biological or medical research problems.  A BRP is a 
multi-disciplinary research team applying an integrative, systems approach to 
develop knowledge and/or methods to prevent, detect, diagnose, or treat 
disease or to understand health and behavior.  The partnership must include 
appropriate bioengineering or allied quantitative sciences in combination with 
biomedical and/or clinical investigators.  A BRP may propose design-directed, 
developmental, discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research at 
universities, national laboratories, medical schools, large or small 
businesses, or other public and private entities or combinations of these 

On October 11, 2001, NIH issued a related program announcement (PA) PA-02-011 
for Bioengineering Research Grants (BRGs).  The BRGs differ from the BRPs in 
that the BRG research will be performed in a single laboratory or by a small 
number of investigators.


Many of today's biomedical problems are best addressed using a multi-
disciplinary approach that extends beyond the traditional biological and 
clinical sciences.  Bioengineering integrates principles from a diversity of 
technical and biomedical fields and crosses the boundaries of many scientific 
disciplines represented throughout academia, laboratories, and industry.  The 
creativity of interdisciplinary teams is resulting in new basic 
understandings, novel products, and innovative technologies for addressing 
biomedical problems.  

Recognizing the importance of bioengineering in public health, the 
Bioengineering Consortium (BECON) was established in 1997 as a focus for 
bioengineering activities at the NIH.  To facilitate communication between the 
allied and biomedical disciplines and to provide input from the scientific 
community on research needs and directions, the BECON has held annual two-day 
symposia on emerging topics of interest related to bioengineering including 
bioengineering (1998), bioimaging, (1999), nanotechnology (2000), reparative 
medicine (2001), and biosensors (2002).   Summaries of the proceedings and 
recommendations of these symposia are available on the Internet at  

Discussions and recommendations of symposia participants aided the formulation 
of the BRP and BRG program announcements. Both the BRP and BRG PAs recognize 
that applications for bioengineering projects often focus on technology 
development rather than on proving or disproving scientific hypotheses.  
Therefore, the NIH review criteria for bioengineering applications submitted 
in response to these PAs have been modified to ensure that these proposals are 
evaluated appropriately and fairly.

One objective of this program announcement is to encourage basic and applied 
bioengineering research that could make a significant contribution to 
improving human health.   Bioengineering integrates physical, engineering, and 
computational science principles for the study of biology, medicine, behavior, 
or health.  It advances fundamental concepts, creates knowledge from the 
molecular to the organ systems level, and develops innovative biologicals, 
materials, processes, implants, devices, and informatics approaches for the 
prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, for patient rehabilitation, 
and for improving health.

A second objective is to encourage collaborations and partnerships among the 
allied quantitative and biomedical disciplines.  A BRP should bring together 
necessary physical, engineering, or computational science expertise with 
biological or clinical resources to address a significant area of 
bioengineering research within the mission of the NIH. In addition to the 
benefits to be derived from the research, the collaborations and partnerships 
can create opportunities for trans-disciplinary communication and training for 
a new generation of scientists capable of interacting across traditional 
technical boundaries. 
Applications for a BRP award should focus on an area of basic, applied, 
behavioral, or clinical research in bioengineering that supports the missions 
of the NIH institutes and centers and where progress is likely to make a 
significant contribution to improving human health. Some NIH institutes and 
centers have indicated that they will only consider BRP applications in 
specific focus areas.  These institutes and focus areas are available at 


The mechanism of support is the NIH R01 research grant. Responsibility for the 
planning, direction, and execution of the proposed project will be solely that 
of the applicant.  

The initial period of support of a BRP award may be up to five years.  The 
award may be competitively renewed for a second period up to five years.  If 
competing segments of a BRP award are shorter than five years, grantees may 
apply for more than one renewal but for no more than ten years total of NIH 
funding.  Competing renewal and revised applications for BRP grants are to be 
received at the NIH on the same receipt dates as new BRP applications.

 Since it is expected that applications will request over $250,000 detailed 
budgets will need to be submitted.  


For new grants, the maximum total (direct plus facilities and administrative 
(F&A) costs)- cost to be awarded in any year is $2 million.  This limit does 
not apply to competing continuation applications.  The number of awards and 
level of support will depend on the number of applications of high scientific 
merit that are received and the availability of funds. Funding in subsequent 
years will be contingent upon satisfactory progress during the preceding 
year(s) and the availability of funds.  Applicants are encouraged to discuss 
budget requests with NIH scientific and financial contacts listed under WHERE 
TO SEND INQUIRIES prior to submission.   

Grantees have the authority to extend the duration of a BRP grant on a no-cost 
basis.  This extension provides additional time to use funds that remain 
available at the end of the project period to continue pursuing the aims of 
the grant.  Grantees should notify the Grants Management Officer of the 
awarding institute or center of the no-cost extension as early as possible and 
before the expiration of the grant.


You may submit (an) application(s) if your institution has any of the 
following characteristics:

o Domestic for-profit or non-profit organizations 
o Domestic public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges, 
hospitals, and national laboratories 
o Units of State and local governments
o Eligible agencies of the Federal government 
o Large or small businesses 
o Faith-based or community-based organizations 

Foreign institutions are not eligible to apply. However, BRP collaborative 
projects may include work at a foreign site when the expertise at the foreign 
site is not present in the United States.   Racial/ethnic minority 
individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply as 
principal investigators.


Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry 
out the proposed research is invited to work with their institution to 
develop an application for support.  Individuals from underrepresented racial 
and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always 
encouraged to apply for NIH programs.  


Applicants requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any year must 
receive permission to submit the application six weeks before the submittal 
deadline (December 11, 2002, and July 11, 2003, for this PA) and must 
identify the NIH staff member within one of NIH institutes or centers who has 
agreed to accept assignment in the cover letter that transmits the  

BRP applicants for projects with direct costs exceeding $500,000 in any year 
must carry out the following steps:

1)  At least six weeks before submitting the application (i.e., as you are 
developing plans for the study), contact a program staff member from an IC 
which may be appropriate for supporting the project based on its mission 
to request approval to submit the application.  A list of scientific 
program contacts for participating IC's is available on the Internet at, 
2)  Obtain agreement from the IC staff member that the IC will accept your
   application for consideration for award, and,
3)  Identify the staff member and IC who agreed to accept assignment of the
   application in the cover letter that transmits the application. 
This policy applies to all investigator-initiated new (type 1), competing 
continuation (type 2), competing supplement, or any amended or revised 
version of these grant application types. Additional information on this 
policy is available in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, October 19, 
2001, at

NOTICE OF INTENT: Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of 
intent that includes the following information:

o Descriptive title of the proposed research
o Name, address, and telephone number of the Principal Investigator
o Names of other key personnel 
o Participating institutions
o Number and title of this PAR

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not 
enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it 
contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan 
the review.
The letter of intent is to be sent by the date listed at the beginning of 
this document.  The letter of intent should be sent to:

Dr. Richard E. Swaja
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20892-5469
Telephone:  (301) 451-4779 
FAX:  (301) 480-4973

structure that clearly defines the partnership and justifies relationships 
among the various components must be developed and described in the 
application.  The BRP size, structure, and mode of operation should match the 
needs and scope of the proposed research.  The BRP Principal Investigator (PI) 
is responsible for management, staffing, and resource allocation and for 
administering the award in accordance with NIH policies.  The PI has the 
responsibility and authority to use BRP funds in the most productive way to 
achieve the goals defined at the time of the award.  To accomplish this task, 
the PI can adjust funding among BRP participants to support new partners or to 
reduce support to old partners as needed.

BRP PI MEETING:  BRP PIs will meet annually in Bethesda, Maryland, to share 
results, to ensure that the NIH has a coherent view of the advances in these 
fields, and to have an opportunity for collective problem solving among the 
PIs.  The cost of participating in this annual meeting should be included in 
the BRP budget.


We encourage inquiries concerning this PA and welcome the opportunity to 
answer questions from potential applicants.  

Inquiries or contacts concerning institute-specific scientific or financial 
issues should be directed to the NIH BECON scientific or financial contacts 
listed at the following Web site:  These scientific contacts can 
also be used to obtain permission to submit applications that request more the 
$500,000 of direct costs in any year.

Inquiries regarding general BRP programmatic issues should be directed to:
Dr. Richard E. Swaja
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering/NIH/DHHS
6707 Democracy Boulevard – Suite 200
Bethesda, MD  20892-5469
TEL: 301-451-4779
FAX: 301-480-4973

Inquiries concerning BRP review issues should be directed to:

Dr. Eileen Bradley
Center for Scientific Review/NIH/DHHS
6701 Rockledge Drive
Bethesda, MD  20892
TEL: 301-435-1179
FAX: 301-480-2241


Applicants are strongly advised to contact IC scientific program staff listed 
under WHERE TO SEND INQUIRIES to discuss the relevance of their proposed work 
to the institute's mission before preparing a detailed research application.  
Detailed information on research missions and programs for each NIH institute 
and center is available on the participating IC's Web sites which are listed 
at the beginning of this announcement. Some NIH institutes and centers have 
indicated that they will only consider BRP applications in specific focus 
areas.  These institutes and focus areas are available at
Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant application 
instructions and forms (rev. 5/2001).  The PHS 398 is available at in an interactive 
format.  For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, 

"Preparing Your Application" with the following modifications and additions:

The title and number of this program announcement must be typed on line 2 of 
the face page of the application form, and the YES box must be marked.  

1.  Page limitations have been increased to a maximum of 40 pages from the 
usual 25 page limit for sections A-D of the "Research Plan" of an application. 
This 40 page limit is an absolute maximum.  Applicants are encouraged to be 
concise and use fewer pages.

2.  Description Page - The institution leading the BRP and any other 
participating institutions must be identified. The description should provide 
a clear indication of the area of bioengineering research that will be the 
focus of the BRP, the planned multidisciplinary approach, the specific 
milestones to be achieved, and timelines for achievement for the first year 
and additional years of the grant.

3.  An organization chart (OC) that clearly defines the partnership and 
relationships among its various components must be included with the 
application. A program plan (PP) should accompany the OC and list major tasks 
with a timeline of expected milestones for the entire project period.  The OC 
and PP must not exceed one page each.  This information should be included in 
the Research, Design, and Methods section of the application.

4.  BRP Budget Items - A separate budget for each partner at a 
subcontract/consortium institution, and when appropriate for clarity, for each 
partner within the grantee institution must be included.  Include a summary 
budget for all BRP participants with partners at non-grantee institutions 
shown as consortium arrangements.

The NIH ICs will not provide annual support in excess of $2 million total cost 
for any year for new applications.  Direct cost inflationary increases 
following the first year may be included, but the total cost maximum request 
level of $2,000,000 per year must be observed.

The PI is expected to devote a minimum of 25% effort to the BRP.  The percent 
effort requested for other personnel should be limited to time devoted 
specifically to BRP Partner activities and not to other research activities.  

Information documenting the level of effort on BRP activities should be 
included in the application.  The need for all requested personnel costs 
should be thoroughly justified.  The percent effort of the BRP PI should be 
justified in the context of the PI's other responsibilities. Administrative 
support (a secretary or an administrative assistant) may be requested for the 
BRP office only for matters directly pertaining to the BRP.

There will be an annual BRP PI meeting at a date and location to be determined 
by NIH staff.  Applicants should include travel funds specifically for these 
meetings in the BRP budget request.  

Applicants may request and justify other travel funds in addition to the funds 
required for the annual PI meeting.  Travel funds could be used to promote 
collaboration among BRP partners at different institutions or at a distant 
site, be used for travel of external advisors to the BRP site, and/or be used 
for BRP partners to attend scientific meetings essential to the progress of 
the BRP and for which other funds are not available.

Other expenses can be requested including costs necessary for the central 
administration and fiscal management of the BRP including relevant and 
reasonable costs for reprints, graphics, and publications.

With regard to projected funding by source, some BRP applicants may anticipate 
or receive commitments for significant funding from other than NIH sources; 
e.g., from a collaborating company. In this case, applications should describe 
the source, annual amount, and use of the other funding.

5.  Biographical Sketch – Research Support - Provide a complete listing of 
current and pending support for the Principal Investigator, Co-
Investigator(s), and other key personnel for grantee and partnering 

6.  Resources - The application should describe the equipment and facilities 
available for the proposed BRP.

If the BRP entails an institutional commitment of resources across boundaries 
in the institution or anticipates the provision of institutional resources, 
include letters from appropriate senior-level individuals describing their 
agreements to support those commitments.

Where appropriate, describe the shared facilities to be established including 
specific major research instruments and plans for the development of 
instruments.  Describe plans for maintaining and operating the facilities 
including staffing, provisions for user fees, and plans for ensuring access to 
outside users.  Distinguish between existing facilities and those still to be 

7. Research Plan

   A.  Specific Aims – A BRP may propose design-directed, developmental, 
discovery-driven, or hypothesis-driven research.  Thus, the application should 
state the hypotheses, designs, problems, and/or needs that will drive the 
proposed research.  Describe the specific aims in the appropriate area of 
bioengineering research and the goals for the first year and for the long 
term. Describe the expected applications of the bioengineering research that 
will improve human health. One page is recommended.

   B.  Background and Significance - Briefly describe the area of 
bioengineering research that is the focus of the BRP.  Critically evaluate 
existing knowledge and approaches that have been or are being applied in the 
area and specifically describe how the proposed BRP approach will advance the 
field.  State concisely the importance and health relevance of the research 
proposed to achieve the Specific Aims.

   C.  Preliminary Studies and Rationale - Preliminary studies that support 
the proposed research should be described in the application.

   D.  Research Design and Methods - A BRP should focus on a systems approach 
in a significant area of bioengineering research.  Describe an overall 
research plan that is sufficiently long term (five to ten years) to justify 
organizing a BRP and adaptable enough to permit change as the research 
proceeds.  Clearly indicate current activities, why a BRP is necessary, and 
what unique opportunities will be provided by the proposed BRP.  Explain the 
integrative-engineering approach and why such an approach is essential to the 
proposed research.  If the proposed BRP research is closely related to ongoing 
research or an existing center, explain how the research activities of the BRP 
will complement but not overlap existing research.  Describe the contributions 
of each partner and how these will be integrated and organized to accomplish 
the specific aims of the project.  Provide a tentative sequence or timetable 
for the project.  If appropriate to the project, state quantitative milestones 
corresponding to timetable events. Include a description of how the data will 
be collected, analyzed, and interpreted.  Discuss major technical challenges 
and possible alternative approaches to achieve the aims.  Describe plans for 
enhancing the abilities and opportunities for investigators and trainees to 
work across disciplinary boundaries.  

8.  Applications should include a plan for making available to the research 
community any technologies developed or enhanced by work conducted as part of 
the program announcement.  This plan should be described in the Research 
Design and Methods section of the application.  Investigators using PHS funds 
are required to make unique research resources readily available for research 
purposes to qualified individuals within the scientific community when the 
results have been published.  The intent of this policy is not to discourage, 
impede, or prohibit the organization that develops the unique research 
resources or intellectual property from commercializing the products.  

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATES: Applications submitted in response to this program 
announcement will be accepted on January 23, 2003, and August 22, 2003.  
These are the dates that applications must be received at the NIH.

SENDING AN APPLICATION TO THE NIH: Submit a signed, typewritten original of 
the application, including the checklist, and five signed photocopies in one 
package to:

Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health/DHHS
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD  20892-7710
Bethesda, MD  20817 (for express/courier service)

APPLICATION PROCESSING: Applications must be received by the date listed on 
the first page.  If an application is received after that date, it will be 
returned to the applicant without review.

The CSR will not accept any application in response to this PA that is 
essentially the same as one currently pending initial review unless the 
applicant withdraws the pending application.  The CSR will not accept any 
application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed.  This does 
not preclude the submission of a substantial revision of an application 
already reviewed, but such application must include an Introduction 
addressing the previous critique.


Applications submitted for this PA will be assigned on the basis of 
established PHS referral guidelines.  An appropriate scientific review group 
convened in accordance with the standard NIH peer review procedures 
( will evaluate applications for scientific 
and technical merit.  

As part of the initial merit review, all applications will:

o Receive a written critique
o Undergo a selection process in which only those applications deemed to have 
the highest scientific merit, generally the top half of applications under 
review, will be discussed and assigned a priority score
o Receive a second level review by the appropriate national advisory council 
or board


The goals of NIH-supported research are to advance our understanding of 
biological systems, improve the control of disease, and enhance health.  In 
the written comments, reviewers will be asked to discuss the following 
aspects of your application in order to judge the likelihood that the 
proposed research will have a substantial impact on the pursuit of these 

o Significance 
o Approach 
o Innovation
o Investigator
o Environment
The NIH review criteria have been adapted to ensure that the BRP application 
is evaluated appropriately.  The score should reflect the overall impact that 
the BRP award could have on the selected area of bioengineering research based 
on consideration of the five criteria given below.  The emphasis on each 
criterion can vary from one application to another depending on the nature of 
the application and its relative strengths.  An application need not be strong 
in all categories to be judged likely to have major technical or scientific 
impact and thus deserve a high priority score.  For example, an investigative 
partnership may propose to perform important work that by its nature is not 
innovative but is essential to advance a field. 

A BRP may propose design-directed, developmental, discovery-driven, or 
hypothesis-driven research at universities, national laboratories, medical 
schools, large or small businesses, or other public and private entities.  The 
review criteria include:

1. Significance.  If the specific aims of the BRP are achieved, will they 
provide significant advances in the selected area of bioengineering research? 
Is the research likely to have a significant impact on other areas of 
research? Will the technological advances have a significant impact on human 

2. Approach. Are the BRP engineering, scientific and clinical approaches and 
methods adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the aims of 
the project?  Does the application address potential problem areas and 
consider alternative strategies?  Is a timetable with adequate research 
milestones proposed?  Are appropriate specifications and evaluation procedures 
provided for assessing technological progress? Is the proposed partnership 
adequate for the research?  Is the partnership strategy well-planned and 
documented?  Is there evidence that the partners from academia or industry can 
work together effectively, have an impact on achieving the research goals, and 
disseminate the technology developed (including through commercialization)?  
Is the plan for sharing or disseminating technologies developed or enhanced 
under this program announcement adequate?  Do they describe arrangements that 
facilitate the fruitful participation of a partner at a distant site?  If 
partnership with industry or small business is included, does this positively 
affect the research goals and technology dissemination?  

3. Innovation.  Does the BRP propose new approaches, explore new research 
paradigms, or represent new concepts that combine engineering, physical, and 
clinical sciences?  Will the proposed approaches or concepts solve current 
scientific or technical problems in novel ways?

4. Investigators.  Is the PI capable of coordinating and managing the proposed 
BRP? Are the investigators (partners) appropriately trained in their 
disciplines and capable of conducting the proposed interdisciplinary work? 

5. Environment.  Does the scientific and technological environment in which 
the work will be done contribute to the probability of success?  Does the 
proposed research take advantage of unique features of the scientific 
environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements within the 
partnership?  Is there evidence of institutional support?  Does the 
partnership create potential opportunities to foster trans-disciplinary 
communication and training across traditional scientific and technical 

ADDITIONAL REVIEW CRITERIA: In addition to the above criteria, your 
application will also be reviewed with respect to the following:

PROTECTIONS:  The adequacy of the proposed protection for humans, animals, or 
the environment, to the extent they may be adversely affected by the project 
proposed in the application.

INCLUSION:  The adequacy of plans to include subjects from both genders, all 
racial and ethnic groups (and subgroups), and children as appropriate for the 
scientific goals of the research.  Plans for the recruitment and retention of 
subjects will also be evaluated. (See Inclusion Criteria included in the 
section on Federal Citations, below)

DATA SHARING:  The adequacy of the proposed plan to share data. 

BUDGET:  The reasonableness of the proposed budget and the requested period 
of support in relation to the proposed research.


Applications submitted in response to a PA will compete for available funds 
with all other recommended applications.  The following will be considered in 
making funding decisions:  

o Scientific merit of the proposed project as determined by peer review
o Availability of funds 
o Relevance to program priorities


involving Phase I and II clinical trials must include provisions for 
assessment of patient eligibility and status, rigorous data management, 
quality assurance, and auditing procedures.  In addition, it is NIH policy 
that all clinical trials require data and safety monitoring, with the method 
and degree of monitoring being commensurate with the risks (NIH Policy for 
Data Safety and Monitoring, NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, June 12, 

the NIH that women and members of minority groups and their sub-populations 
must be included in all NIH-supported clinical research projects unless a 
clear and compelling justification is 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 clinical research should read the AMENDMENT "NIH 
Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in Clinical 
Research - Amended, October, 2001," published in the NIH Guide for Grants and 
Contracts on October 9, 2001
a complete copy of the updated Guidelines are available at
The amended policy incorporates: the use of an NIH definition of clinical 
research; updated racial and ethnic categories in compliance with the new OMB 
standards; clarification of language governing NIH-defined Phase III clinical 
trials consistent with the new PHS Form 398; and updated roles and 
responsibilities of NIH staff and the extramural community.  The policy 
continues to require for all NIH-defined Phase III clinical trials that: a) 
all applications or proposals and/or protocols must 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) investigators must report annual accrual and progress in conducting 
analyses, as appropriate, by sex/gender and/or racial/ethnic group 

The NIH maintains a policy 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 is available at 

policy requires education on the protection of human subject participants for 
all investigators submitting NIH proposals for research involving human 
subjects.  You will find this policy announcement in the NIH Guide for Grants 
and Contracts Announcement, dated June 5, 2000, at

HUMAN EMBRYONIC STEM CELLS (hESC): Criteria for federal funding of research on 
hESCs can be found at and at  Only 
research using hESC lines that are registered in the NIH Human Embryonic Stem 
Cell Registry will be eligible for Federal funding (see   
It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the official NIH 
identifier(s)for the hESC line(s)to be used in the proposed research.  
Applications that do not provide this information will be returned without 

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 has been revised to 
provide public access to research data through the Freedom of Information Act 
(FOIA) under some circumstances.  Data that are (1) first produced in a 
project that is supported in whole or in part with Federal funds and (2) 
cited publicly and officially by a Federal agency in support of an action 
that has the force and effect of law (i.e., a regulation) may be accessed 
through FOIA.  It is important for applicants to understand the basic scope 
of this amendment.  NIH has provided guidance at

Applicants may wish to place data collected under this PA in a public 
archive, which can provide protections for the data and manage the 
distribution for an indefinite period of time.  If so, the application should 
include a description of the archiving plan in the study design and include 
information about this in the budget justification section of the 
application. In addition, applicants should think about how to structure 
informed consent statements and other human subjects procedures given the 
potential for wider use of data collected under this award.

URLs IN NIH GRANT APPLICATIONS OR APPENDICES: All applications and proposals 
for NIH funding must be self-contained within specified page limitations. 
Unless otherwise specified in an NIH solicitation, Internet addresses (URLs) 
should not be used to provide information necessary to the review because 
reviewers are under no obligation to view the Internet sites.   Furthermore, 
we caution reviewers that their anonymity may be compromised when they 
directly access an Internet site.

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 PA 
is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential applicants may 
obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS: This program is described in the Catalog of 
Federal Domestic Assistance Nos. 93.286, 93.287, 93.394, 93.395, 93.396, 
93.306, 93.867, 93.172, 93.837, 93.838, 93.839, 93.866, 93.273, 93.855, 
93.856, 93.846, 93.864, 93.865, 93.929, 93.279, 93.173, 93.121, 93.847, 
93.848, 93.849, 93.113, 93.821, 93.859, 93.862, 93.242, 93.853, 93.361, and 
93.879.  Awards are made under authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the 
Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and administered 
under NIH grants policies described at and Federal Regulations 42 CFR 
52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.  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 recipients to provide a smoke-free 
workplace and discourage the 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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