Full Text PAR-95-037

ACADEMIC AWARD IN ENVIRONMENTAL/OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 7, February 24, 1995

PA NUMBER:  PAR-95-037

P.T. 34

Keywords: 
  Occupational Health and Safety 
  Environmental Health 


National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

PURPOSE

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
announces its sixth national competition for Environmental/
Occupational Medicine Academic Awards (E/OMAA), which last appeared
in the NIH Guide, Vol. 23, No. 9, March 4, 1994.  The award will have
the dual purpose of improving the quality of environmental/
occupational medicine curricula and of fostering graduate research
careers in environmental/occupational medicine.  For the purposes of
the E/OMAA, the term environmental/occupational medicine refers to
the area of medicine concerned with the development of knowledge and
the application of knowledge directed at the diagnosis, treatment,
and prevention of adverse human health effects from environmental/
occupational exposures to toxic agents.  This includes adverse health
effects in infants, children, and adults who are at risk of
developing such health problems and the reduction of preventable
complications or disability in persons of all ages who have already
developed such diseases.

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 PA,
Academic Award in Environmental/Occupational Medicine, is related to
the priority area of environmental health.  Potential applicants may
obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No.
017-001-00474-0 or 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

Only schools of medicine or osteopathy in the United States and its
possessions or territories are eligible to compete for E/OMAA for a
project period that does not exceed five years and, to receive the
Award once only.

Applications may be submitted by domestic, for-profit and non-profit
organizations, public and private.  Racial/ethnic minority
individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to
apply as Principal Investigators.

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

The mechanism of support for this activity will be for the research
career program (academic) (K07) award.

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

The NIEHS initiated the E/OMAA Program to provide a stimulus for
development of an environmental/occupational medicine curriculum in
those schools that do not have one and to strengthen and improve the
environmental/occupational medicine curriculum in schools that do.
Awards provide support to applicant faculty members for their
educational development and for implementation or expansion of the
curriculum in environmental/occupational medicine.

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 subpopulations must be included in all NIH supported
biomedical and behavioral research projects involving human subjects,
unless a clear and compelling rationale and justification is provided
that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health of the
subjects or the purpose of the research.  This new policy results
from the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 492B of Public Law
103-43) and supersedes and strengthens the previous policies
(Concerning the Inclusion of Women in Study Populations, and
Concerning the Inclusion of Minorities in Study Populations), which
have been in effect since 1990. The new policy contains some
provisions that are substantially different from the 1990 policies.

All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should
read the "NIH Guidelines For Inclusion of Women and Minorities as
Subjects in Clinical Research," which have been published in the
Federal Register of March 28, 1994 (FR 59 14508-14513), and reprinted
in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Volume 23, Number 11,
March 18, 1994.

Investigators may obtain copies of the policy 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. 9/91).  The application receipt date is June 1, 1995.
Application kits are available at most institutional offices of
sponsored research and may be obtained from the Office of Grants
Information, 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 program announcement must
be typed in Section 2a on the face page of the application.

The completed original application and five legible copies must be
sent or delivered to:

Division of Research Grants
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive - MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD  20892-7710
Bethesda, MD  20817 (for express mail)

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

Applications will be assigned on the basis of established PHS
referral guidelines.  Applications will be reviewed for scientific
and technical merit by study sections of the Division of Research
Grants, NIH in accordance with the standard NIH peer review
procedures.  Following scientific-technical review, the applications
will receive a second-level review by the appropriate national
advisory council.  Applications will be evaluated for evidence of
commitment by both the sponsoring institution and the sponsoring
department or division to the accomplishment of the objectives of the
award, as well as the qualification, interest, and commitment of the
candidate to undertake the responsibility for implementing a high
quality environmental/occupational medicine curriculum.  Additional
criteria and other important information are included in the program
guidelines available from NIEHS program staff.

Applications that are complete and responsive to the program
announcement will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by
an appropriate peer review group convened 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 appropriate national advisory council or
board.

AWARD CRITERIA

Applications will compete for available funds with all other approved
applications in the Career (K) category assigned to the NIEHS.  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.

INQUIRIES

Inquiries are encouraged.  The opportunity to clarify any issues or
questions from potential applicants is welcome.  Program Guidelines
for the E/OMAA are essential to develop a competitive application and
must be obtained.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Annette G. Kirshner, Ph.D.
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
P.O. Box 12233, MD 3-03
Research Triangle Park, NC  27709
Telephone:  (919) 541-0488
FAX:  (919) 541-2843
Email:  kirshner@niehs.nih.gov

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

David L. Mineo
Division of Extramural Research and Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC  27709
Telephone:  (919) 541-1373
FAX:  (919) 541-2860
Email:  mineo@niehs.nih.gov

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS

This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance No. 93.894.  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 285) and administered
under PHS 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 recipients to provide a
smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products.
This is consistent with the PHS mission to protect and advance the
physical and mental health of the American people.

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