Full Text PAR-95-048


NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 14, April 14, 1995




National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Receipt Dates:  February 1, June 1, October 1


The Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Branch of the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) administers research
training opportunities for faculty and students at four-year colleges
that have a substantial enrollment of students from underrepresented
minority groups.  As part of its ongoing commitment towards enhancing
the research and research training environment at these colleges,
NIGMS provides support for faculty at these institutions to sharpen
their research skills.  This program  announcement describes the
Faculty Development Award from the NIGMS Minority Opportunities for
Research (MORE) Division.  This new program provides support for
eligible faculty to spend the summer (or one academic term) every
year for two to five years in full-time research in a
research-intensive laboratory.  It replaces program announcement PAR-
94-034, published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Vol 23,
No. 7, February 18, 1994.


A candidate must:

o  be full-time, permanent faculty in a biomedically-related science,
including behavioral science, or mathematics at the home institution
for at least 3 years at the time of submission of the application;
(Note, permanent does not mean tenured or tenure-track but implies
the expectation of continued employment in the normal course of
events.  Adjunct or part-time faculty are not eligible.)

o  have received the Ph.D. or equivalent at least 5 years before the
date of the application;

o  intend to remain at the home institution at the end of the
training period;

o  demonstrate a commitment to research and teaching in a minority

o  plan to conduct research in a science (including mathematics)
related to biomedical or behavioral research;

o  be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the U.S., or have been
lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the U.S. at the time of

The home institution is the college or university where the candidate
is employed at the time of the application. The home institution

o  be a domestic private or public minority institution, that is, one
with a significant enrollment of underrepresented minorities.  For
purposes of this announcement, underrepresented minorities are
individuals belonging to racial/ethnic groups underrepresented in the
biomedical or behavioral sciences.  Nationally, these groups include
African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, and Pacific
Islanders.  Institutions must document eligibility by providing
appropriate enrollment data.

o  offer at least the baccalaureate degree in the biomedical or
behavioral sciences or mathematics;

o  support the candidate's plans; AND

o  guarantee and provide appropriate release time each year for the
candidate for full-time research and to take courses at the research

The research institution is the university or other institution at
which the candidate conducts his/her full- time summer or academic
term research and takes courses. It may be a public or  private,
domestic or foreign institution.  The research institution:

o  must offer a solid research environment as evidenced by a
high-level of faculty involvement in biomedical research and a high-
level of research support through competitive grants, such as Howard
Hughes Medical Institute support, or similar quality-based support;

o  may NOT be the candidate's home institution.

In addition, the sponsor, who will direct the candidate's research,
must be a faculty member (or equivalent) at the research institution
and should have a distinguished record of achievement in research
documented by high quality research publications and/or competitive
research grant support.


The purpose of the MORE Faculty Development Award Program is to
enhance the research and research training capabilities of the home
institution by offering faculty the opportunity to update or retool
their research skills through high quality research experiences.  The
candidate will also have the opportunity to enroll in one course per
academic term in fields directly related to the research in order to
update his/her theoretical background.  The expectation is that these
new skills will enhance the research and teaching environment of the
home institution.  Ideally, the experience would lead to long-term
collaborations between the candidate and the faculty of the research


Candidates must engage in full-time research at the research
institution for the summer (or other academic term) every year for at
least two and not more than five consecutive years.  Only ONE period
of full-time research in a SINGLE academic OR calendar year will be
supported. In addition, the candidate may enroll in one course per
academic term at the research institution provided that the course is
directly relevant to the candidate's research career development.
All research and course work must be done at a single research
institution unless an exception is granted by NIGMS in writing.

The application must contain a letter signed by appropriate officials
of the HOME INSTITUTION, including the candidate's department head,
(1) supporting the candidate's plans; (2) guaranteeing the necessary
release time for the candidate; (3) certifying the candidate's
eligibility for the program; and (4) establishing the institution's
eligibility as a minority institution through enrollment data.

At least three (3) sealed letters of reference must accompany the
application.  The references should address the candidate's
qualifications and the potential impact of this award on the
candidate's research and teaching potential. A list of individuals
submitting reference letters must be included at the end of the
research plan. The list should provide the name, title and
institutional affiliation for each individual who submits a reference

The application must also contain a statement, signed by the
appropriate authorizing official, that the RESEARCH INSTITUTION
agrees to the arrangements described in the application.  If an award
is made, the home institution and the research institution must
establish the appropriate formal agreements.

The PROPOSED RESEARCH SPONSOR is considered to be "key personnel" for
this project and should be listed on page 2 of the application.  The
application MUST include a biographical sketch (form page FF) and
description of grant support (form page GG) for the proposed research
sponsor. In addition, the application should contain a letter of
commitment from the sponsor describing his/her support for the
applicant's research plan.

Mechanism of Support

Awards under this program will use the Minority School Faculty
Development Award (K01).  The applicant must request at least two
years but not more than five consecutive years of support.  The
awards are renewable.

Allowable Costs

An applicant may request a salary equal to the candidate's actual
annual salary and appropriate fringe benefits prorated for the period
of time during which the candidate is engaged in full-time research
at the research institution; salary support will not be provided for
the time the candidate is enrolled in an academic course.  The
applicant may also request up to $3000 per year for supplies,
equipment and other expenses, which may include travel to scientific
meetings and/or the research site, provided that these costs are
DIRECTLY related to the candidate's full-time research experiences.
In addition, an applicant may request  funds to pay tuition and fees
for one course per academic term to be taken at the research
institution.  No funds will be provided for housing at the research
site.  Direct costs requested may not exceed $50,000 in any year.
Indirect costs will be provided at 8% of allowable direct costs.

During the period of full-time research at the research institution,
the candidate's salary may be supplemented by either the home
institution or the research institution using non-Federal sources of
funds only.


Applicants for the MORE Faculty Development Award (K01) must use the
regular research grant application form (PHS 398, rev.  9/91).  These
forms are available in many institutional business offices; from the
Office of Grants Information, Division of Research Grants, NIH, 5333
Westbard Avenue, Room 449, Bethesda, MD 20892, telephone (301)
435-0714; and from the NIGMS MARC Program Office, Room 2AS-43C, 45
Center Drive MSC 6200, Bethesda, MD 20892-6200, telephone (301)

In Item 2a, the candidate should give the PAR number, PAR-95-048, and
type the title "MORE FACULTY DEVELOPMENT AWARD."  In item 2b, the
candidate should type "K01."

The HOME INSTITUTION will serve as the grantee institution.

Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including
the Checklist, reference letters and other required supporting
material, and five photocopies of the signed application and any
appendices in one package to:

BETHESDA  MD  20892-7710

BETHESDA  MD  20817 (for courier service)

The entire address should appear in UPPER CASE letters without
punctuation to allow optical scanners to read and sort mail.

Applications will be accepted for the following research application
receipt dates: February 1, June 1 and October


Applications will be evaluated for eligibility by staff in NIGMS
before review.  Only those found to be eligible will be reviewed for
technical merit; others will be returned without review.

Applications will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria stated
below for scientific and technical merit by peer review groups in the
Division of Research Grants. The second level of review will be
provided by the senior staff in NIGMS.  It is critical that the
application contain sufficient information about each of these
elements to enable the reviewers to make a reasoned evaluation.

Review criteria:

o  the applicant's qualifications and potential for a successful
career as a researcher and teacher at a minority institution assessed
in terms of research and teaching experience; professional honors and
awards; scientific publications and/or presentations; references;
training and career goals; and plans for using research experiences
to enhance the research and teaching capability of the home
institution.  Possession of research funding is not considered a
necessary criteria.

o  quality and appropriateness of the proposed research and, if
applicable, the associated course work;

o  quality of the research environment at the research institution,
including, but not limited to, the qualifications and grant support
of the sponsor;


Awards will be made on the basis of the technical merit of the
application.  In addition, among highly qualified candidates,
preference may be given to those who demonstrate a strong commitment
to research and teaching at a minority institution and who present
evidence of strong support from the home and the research
institutions, including the research sponsor.

Receipt Dates           Feb 1       Jun 1       Oct 1
Initial Review          Jun/Jul     Oct/Nov     Feb/Mar
Secondary Review        August      January     May
Earliest Start          September   February    June


Inquiries about the Faculty Development Award are welcome.

Questions concerning programmatic issues, including institutional
eligibility, should be addressed to:

Dr. Adolphus Toliver
Minority Access to Research Careers Program
National Institute of General Medical Sciences, NIH
Room 2AS-43C
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD  20892-6200
Telephone: (301) 594-3900

Questions concerning fiscal matters should be addressed to:

Ms. Toni Holland
Grants Management Specialist
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Room 2AN-50B
45 Center Drive MSC 6200
Bethesda, MD  20892-6200
telephone: (301) 594-5132


Awards are authorized by sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health
Service Act, as amended and administered under PHS grants policies
and Federal Regulations 45 CFR Part 74 and CFR Part 92.  This program
is not subject to the intergovernmental review requirements of the
Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review.  This program
is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No.
93.960, Special Minority Initiatives Program.

The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to
provide a smoke-free work place 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 routing
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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