NIH Guide, Volume 26, Number 39, December 5, 1997

PA NUMBER:  PAR-98-016


National Cancer Institute

Application Receipt Date:  March 1


The Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Section (CMBS) of the Cancer Training
Branch, Office of Centers, Training and Research Resources, Office of the Deputy
Director for Extramural Science, National Cancer Institute (NCI), invites
interested grantee institutions that have Minority Access to Research Careers
(MARC) grants to apply for CMBS support of MARC scholars in their junior/senior
year who are interested in obtaining laboratory research experience at the NCI.

The NCI, through a co-funding arrangement with the MARC program of the National
Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), provides support for research
training to minority individuals and institutions and conference grant support
to further address and enhance the mission of the National Cancer Program. The
NCI/MARC Summer Training Program is an extension of the co-funding process.


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, NCI/MARC Summer
Training Supplement, is related to the priority area of human resource
development in cancer research.  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:  202-512-1800).


All domestic institutions with active MARC research training grants are eligible
to apply.


Administrative supplements will be made to the MARC honors training grant (T34)
for the support of students selected for this training experience.  Unless
otherwise noted, all PHS and NIH grants policies apply to applications received
in response to this announcement.

NOTE: This Program Announcement will expire three years from the first receipt


The supplement will provide the following: (1) A subsistence of $300 per week
($3,000 for a maximum ten-week period), and (2) round-trip transportation (from
the MARC student's academic institution to the National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, Maryland and return to the student's academic institution).  Fiscal and
Administrative (F&A) costs may be awarded to the institution for up to a maximum
of eight percent of the direct costs.


The purpose of this award is to increase research training opportunities at the
NCI for underrepresented minority scholars and to increase the number of minority
scholars entering cancer-related research careers through the influence of short-
term laboratory training at the NCI.


In lieu of submitting a form PHS 398, the applicant must submit a letter,
countersigned by an authorized institutional official, requesting support for
short term training at the NCI.  This letter shall constitute an application and
must include or be accompanied by the following:

--The title of the announcement.

--A statement from the student that describes his/her research interests and
career objectives and a brief resume.

--Two letters of recommendation.

--A current official college/university  transcript.

--A copy of the face page of the active MARC grant including the grant number and
period of award.

--A description of the person to whom the student shall report his/her NCI
laboratory experience.

A list of NCI laboratory choices will be available to all applicants through the
CMBS office.

Application packages must be received by the CMBS no later than March 1.

The ten-week training period may be between May and August inclusive.  Under this
announcement funding is available for this period only.

More than one supplemental application may be submitted by each grantee

Supplemental applications to active MARC undergraduate training grants must be
submitted directly to the CMBS at the address listed below.


Applications found to be responsive to the announcement shall be considered;
those found non-responsive shall not be considered.  A letter from the CMBS MARC
Program Coordinator will be sent to the applicant stating the reason for the
outcome of the evaluation.

Applications in response to this announcement will be considered by NCI staff;
final selection of students for laboratory experience will be made by the
relevant laboratory directors.  Selection will be made on the following criteria:

--The strength of the interest in pursuing a laboratory experience in cancer
relevant biomedical sciences based on the statement from the student.

--The strength of the letters of recommendation.

--Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 based on 4.0 maximum.


Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Ms. Bobby Rosenfeld
Office of Centers, Training, and Research Resources
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, Suite 620
Bethesda, MD  20892-7405
Rockville, MD  20852 (for express/courier service)
Telephone:  (301) 496-7344
FAX:  (301) 402-4551

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

Ms. Joan Metcalfe
Grants Administration Branch
National Cancer Institute
6120 Executive Boulevard, Room 243
Bethesda, MD  20892-7150
Rockville, MD  20852 (for express/courier service)
Telephone:  (301) 496-7800, Ext. 228
FAX:  (301) 496-8601


This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, No.
93.398. 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, 45 CSR 92, 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.  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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