Full Text PAR-96-005

SMALL GRANT PROGRAM FOR THE NIDCD

NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 38, October 27, 1995

PA NUMBER:  PAR-96-005

P.T. 34

Keywords: 
  Communicative Disorders, Hearing 
  Communicative Disorders, Speech 
  Hearing 
  0775017 


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Application Receipt Date:  December 20, April 19, August 16

PURPOSE

This program announcement (PA) supersedes all previous announcements
of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
Disorders (NIDCD) Small Grant (R03) Program for support of pilot
research that is likely to lead to a subsequent individual research
project grant (R01) or a First Independent Research Support and
Transition (FIRST) (R29) award application.  The research must be
focused on one or more of the areas within the biomedical and
behavioral scientific mission of the NIDCD: hearing,
balance/vestibular, smell, taste, voice, speech, or language.

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,
Small Grant Program for the NIDCD, is related to the priority area of
clinical prevention services.  Potential applicants may obtain a copy
of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No.017-001-11474-0 or
Summary Report:  Stock No.017-001-11473-1) through the Superintendent
of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325
(telephone 202-512-1800).

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Applications may be submitted by domestic for-profit and non-profit
organizations, public and private, such as universities, colleges,
hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local governments, and
eligible agencies of the Federal government.  Racial/ethnic minority
individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to
apply.  Foreign institutions are not eligible to apply.

Current and previous recipients of NIH research grants such as Small
Grant (R03), Research Project Grants (R01), or FIRST (R29) awards are
ineligible for this Small Grant Program, as are principal
investigators of research subprojects of Research Program Projects
(P01) and Centers (P50 and P60).  Individuals who have received
research support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as
Principal Investigators are ineligible.

Former recipients of NIH Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15)
or Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Awards (K08), formerly
called Clinical Investigator Development Awards, are eligible for
this Small Grant Program; however, an individual may not hold a K08
and an R03 award concurrently.  Former recipients of Individual or
Institutional (T32) National Research Service Award training support
are eligible to apply; however, the Small Grant award cannot be held
concurrently with this support.

Investigators who have questions about eligibility should contact one
of the program officials listed under INQUIRIES.

MECHANISM OF SUPPORT

This PAR will us the small grant (R03) mechanism.  The small grant
funds may not be used to supplement projects currently supported by
Federal or non-Federal funds, nor to provide interim support for
projects under review by the Public Health Service, nor to support
thesis or dissertation research.  Applicants may request up to
$35,000 (direct costs) per year through the small grant (R03)
mechanism.  The grant may not exceed two years and is not renewable.
Before completion of the R03, investigators are encouraged to seek
continuing support for research through a Research Project Grant
(R01) or FIRST (R29) award.

RESEARCH OBJECTIVES

The Small Grant Program is designed to support basic and clinical
research of scientists who are in the early stages of pursuing an
independent research career.

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 are
provided that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health
of the subjects of the purpose of the research.  This 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 policy.
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 also may obtain copies of the policy
from the program staff listed under INQUIRIES.  Program staff also
may provide additional relevant information concerning the policy.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Applications are to be submitted on the grant application form PHS
398 (rev. 5/95) and prepared according to the directions in the
application packet, with the exceptions noted below.  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, 6701
Rockledge Drive, Suite 3034, MSC-7762, Bethesda, MD 20892-7762,
telephone 301/435-0714, email dirg@drgpo.drg.nih.gov.

On the face page of the application:  Item 2, Type "Small Grant
Program NIDCD" in "Title" box.  Check the "YES" box.  Sections a-d:
Do not exceed a total of five pages for the following sections:
Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Preliminary
Studies/Progress Report, and Research Design and Methods.  Tables and
figures are included in the five page limitation.  For revised
applications, an additional introduction not to exceed one-half page
is allowed.  This introduction should respond to the comments and
concerns of the Initial Review Group delineated in the summary
statement.  Applications that exceed the page limitation or NIH
requirements for type size and margins (refer to PHS 398 application
for details) will be returned to the investigator.  The five page
limitation does not include Sections e-i (Human Subjects, Vertebrate
Animals, Consortia, Literature Cited, etc.). Appendix materials are
not allowed.

Use the mailing label in the application kit to mail the original and
three copies of the application to:

DIVISION OF RESEARCH GRANTS
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, SUITE 1040 - MSC-7710
BETHESDA, MD  20892-7710
BETHESDA, MD  20817 (for express/courier service)

To ensure that the application is received in sufficient time for the
review, send two copies of the application to:

Acting Chief, Scientific Review Branch
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Executive Plaza South, Room 400-C
6120 Executive Boulevard MSC 7180
Bethesda, MD  20892-7180

The submission, review, and award schedule for the Small Grant
Program for FY 96 (these dates likely will differ for FY 97) is:

Application Receipt Dates for FY 96:  Dec 20      Apr 19      Aug 16
NIDCD Committee Review:               Feb/Mar     Jun/Jul     Oct/Nov
Council Review:                       May         Oct         Jan
Earliest Funding:                     Aug         Jan         May

Only one Small Grant application may be submitted by a principal
investigator per receipt date.  Applicants may not submit R01 or R29
applications on the same topic concurrently (to be considered at the
same National Advisory Council cycle) with the submission of a Small
Grant application.

REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS

A review committee of the NIDCD will evaluate each Small Grant
application in accordance with the usual NIH peer review procedures
and criteria.

o  Scientific, technical, or clinical significance and originality of
the proposed research.
o  Appropriateness and adequacy of the experimental approach and
methodology proposed to carry out the research.
o  Appropriateness of the statistical methods proposed to analyze the
results.
o  Potential of the proposed studies to lead to more extensive
research.
o  Qualifications and research experience of the principal
investigator.
o  Availability of resources necessary to conduct the research,
including information beyond what is requested in the submitted
budget (such as support for salaries, equipment and supplies).
o  Appropriateness of the proposed budget, resources, and timetable
in relation to the scope of the proposed research.
o  The adequacy of the proposed means for protecting against or
minimizing potential adverse effects upon humans, animals, or the
environment.
o  Adequacy of adherence to guidelines for including gender and
minority representation in any study population involving humans.

Applications will be subsequently reviewed by the National Deafness
and Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council.

AWARD CRITERIA

The award of grants is contingent on (1) the receipt of applications
of high scientific merit; (2) responsiveness to this program
announcement, including the eligibility of investigators; (3)
relevance to the mission of the NIDCD; and (4) the availability of
appropriated funds.

INQUIRIES

Inquiries are encouraged.  The opportunity to clarify any issues or
questions from potential applicants is welcome.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Hearing
Dr. Kenneth Gruber
Telephone:  (301) 402-3458
Email:  Kenneth_Gruber@NIH.GOV

Balance/Vestibular
Dr. Daniel Sklare
Telephone:  (301) 496-1804
Email:  Daniel_Sklare@NIH.GOV

Smell/Taste
Dr. Jack Pearl
Telephone:  (301) 402-3464
Email:  Jack_Pearl@NIH.GOV

Smell/Taste
Dr. Rochelle Small
Telephone:  (301) 402-3464
Email:  Rochelle_Small@NIH.GOV

Voice/Speech
Dr. Beth Ansel
Telephone:  (301) 402-3461
Email:  Beth_Ansel@NIH.GOV

Language
Dr. Judith Cooper
Telephone:  (301) 496-5061
Email:  Judith_Cooper@NIH.GOV

The address and FAX number for the above named persons are:

Division of Human Communication
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Executive Plaza South, Room 400-C
6120 Executive Boulevard MSC-7180
Bethesda, MD  20892-7180
FAX:  (301)402-6251

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

Sharon Hunt
Grants Management Office
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Executive Plaza South, Room 400-B
6120 Executive Boulevard MSC-7180
Bethesda, MD  20892-7180
Telephone:  (301) 402-0909

AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS

This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic
Assistance No. 93.173.  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 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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