MINORITY INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH TRAINING PROGRAM

NIH Guide, Volume 22, Number 14, April 9, 1993



PAR NUMBER:  PAR-93-072



P.T. 44, FF



Keywords:

  Biomedical Research Training 

  Blood Diseases 

  Cardiovascular Diseases 

  Pulmonary Diseases 



National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute



Application Receipt Date:  August 27, 1993



PURPOSE



The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) announces a

program to support full time research training for investigative

careers at minority schools in areas related to cardiovascular,

pulmonary, and hematologic* diseases.



* Within the NHLBI, the term "hematologic" covers research on

thrombosis and hemostasis, immunohematology, blood cell disorders,

sickle cell disease, blood resources, including blood component and

derivative therapy, blood substitutes and blood resource management,

aspects of AIDS products in AIDS prevention and treatment, and

AIDS-related bone marrow and hematologic disorders.  Other Institutes

of the NIH are responsible for research on disorders of white cells,

including the leukemias, and other blood malignancies, and basic

immunology related to the lymphoid system.  Therefore the NHLBI does

not provide support for such studies.



HEALTHY PEOPLE 2000



The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health

promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2000,"

a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas.  This program

announcement, Minority Institutional Research Training, is related to

the priority area of heart disease and stroke.  Potential applicants

may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No.

017-001-00474-0) or "Healthy People 2000" (Summary Report:  Stock No.

017-001-00473-1) through the Superintendent of Documents, Government

Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325 (telephone 202-783-3238).



ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS



Awards in this program will be made to minority institutions, each of

which will collaborate with a research center that has well-established

cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic research and research

training programs.  The applicant institution must be a domestic

medical or non-medical college, university or equivalent school in

which students of underrepresented minority groups, including Blacks,

Hispanics, American Indians, and Asian and Pacific Islanders, comprise

a majority or a significant proportion of the school enrollment.  The

program director at the minority school will be responsible for the

selection and appointment of trainees and the overall direction of the

training program.



The collaborating research center should be a medical school or

comparable institution that has strong, well-established

cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic research and research

training programs.  Cooperation between institutions is needed to

provide each trainee with a mentor who is recognized as an accomplished

investigator in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or hematologic research and

who will assist the advisor at the minority institution in the

trainee's development and research plan.  Trainees either must be

training at the post-baccalaureate level in a relevant biomedical or

behavioral science and have made a strong commitment to completing a

doctoral degree, be enrolled in a minority health professional school,

or have a doctoral degree or equivalent in a biomedical or behavioral

science.



MECHANISM OF SUPPORT



The mechanism of support is the Institutional National Research Service

Award (T32).  Institutions may request up to five years of support.

Training programs may support predoctoral students, postdoctoral

trainees, and short-term trainees in health professional schools.

Stipend levels for predoctoral and short-term trainees are $8,800 per

year and stipend levels for postdoctoral trainees range from $18,600 to

$32,300 per year.  Stipends may be supplemented from non-Federal

sources.  Training related expenses, tuition and fees, and travel

expenses may also be requested for trainees, although the levels may

vary depending on the type of training to be supported.  The trainees

may be appointed for 9-12 months (for short-term trainees, the period

of appointment may be of 2 to 3 months duration) at any time during the

course of the budget period after he/she has been accepted as a

full-time student.  A strong interest in a cardiovascular, pulmonary,

or hematologic research career must be evident.  Indirect costs will be

awarded based on eight percent of total direct costs with no exclusions

from the base for training-related expenses.



RESEARCH OBJECTIVES



The Minority Institutional Research Training Program is designed to

offer research training grant awards in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and

hematologic research to minority schools to enable qualified graduate

students, health professional students, and postdoctoral students to

participate in research programs.  It is expected to attract students

in the developmental stages, increase awareness of these diseases, and

to acquaint them with career opportunities in research.



The Minority Institutional Research Training Program is intended to:



o  Train graduate students, health professional students, and

postdoctoral students at minority schools that have the potential to

develop a meritorious program in cardiovascular, pulmonary, or

hematologic research for research careers in areas relevant to these

diseases.



o  Stimulate cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases and

hematologic resources research, prevention, control, and education by

offering minority school graduate students, health professional

students, and postdoctoral students the opportunity to enhance their

research capabilities in these areas.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES



Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS 398

(rev. 9/91).  Application kits are available at most institutional

offices of sponsored research and may be obtained from the Office of

Grants Inquiries, Division of Research Grants, National Institutes of

Health, Westwood Building, Room 449, Bethesda, MD 20892, telephone

(301) 435-0714.  The title and number of the announcement must be typed

in section 2a on the face page of the application.



The completed original application and three legible copies must be

sent or delivered to:



Division of Research Grants

National Institutes of Health

Westwood Building, Room 240

Bethesda, MD  20892**



Two additional copies of the application must be sent to:



Scientific Review Administrator

Division of Extramural Affairs

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Westwood Building, Room 550

Bethesda, MD  20892



Applications must be received by August 27, 1993.



REVIEW PROCEDURES



All applications responding to this announcement will be reviewed for

scientific and technical merit by the Research Training Review

Committee of the Division of Extramural Affairs, NHLBI, followed by a

second level review by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Advisory

Council.



The factors to be considered in the evaluation of the proposed training

program are:



o  Adequacy of faculty, facilities, and resources for the proposed

research training, both at the minority institution and the research

center;



o  Adequacy of the cooperative arrangements between the minority

institution and the research program;



o  Commitment of the relevant faculty and the two institutions to the

goals of the training program;



o  Procedures for evaluation of the impact of the program on the

trainees involved.



AWARD CRITERIA



Applications will compete for available funds with other approved

applications assigned to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

The following will be considered in making funding decisions:



o  Scientific and technical merit of the application as determined by

peer review

o  Availability of funds

o  Program balance among the research areas of the announcement



INQUIRIES



Written and telephone inquires are encouraged.  Guidelines for this

program may be obtained from any of the following:



John Fakunding, Ph.D.

Division of Heart and Vascular Diseases

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Federal Building, Room 3C04

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-1724



Fann Harding, Ph.D.

Division of Blood Diseases and Resources

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Federal Building, Room 5A08

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-1817



Mary Reilly, M.S.

Division of Lung Diseases

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Westwood Building, Room 640A

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 594-7466



For fiscal and administrative matters, contact:



Grants Operations Branch

Division of Extramural Affairs

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Westwood Building, Room 4A15C

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 594-7434



AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS



This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Nos. 93.837, 93.838, and 93.839.  Awards will be made under the

authority of the Public Health Service Act, Title III, Section 301

(Public Law 78-410, as amended; 42 USC 241) and administered under PHS

grants policies and Federal Regulations at 42 CFR Part 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.



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