Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information
Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Funding Opportunity Title

Comprehensive Alcohol Research Centers (P60)

Activity Code

P60 Comprehensive Center

Announcement Type

Reissue of RFA-AA-13-002

Related Notices
  • October 17, 2014 - See Notice NOT-AA-14-014. Notice of Clarification of Instructions for the Description of the Program Advisory Committee in RFA-AA-15-002 "Specialized Alcohol Research Centers (P60)"
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-AA-15-002

Companion Funding Opportunity

RFA-AA-15-001, P50 Specialized Center

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.273

Funding Opportunity Purpose

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Comprehensive Alcohol Research Centers using the P60 mechanism that must include an information dissemination core to initiate and expand community education, related to the overall goal of the center.  The overall purpose of the NIAAA Alcohol Research Center program is to provide leadership in conducting and fostering interdisciplinary, collaborative research on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Institute’s mission.  These topics include, but are not limited to: the nature, etiology, genetics, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol use disorders and their biomedical, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan.  Centers also are regional or national resources that contribute to the development of new research methods, technologies and approaches that sustain innovative goal-directed research.

Key Dates
Posted Date

June 6, 2014

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

November 3, 2014

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

November 3, 2014

Application Due Date(s)

December 3, 2014, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

April-July 2015

Advisory Council Review

October 2015

Earliest Start Date

December 2015

Expiration Date

December 4, 2014

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

** ELECTRONIC APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIRED**

NIH’s new Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is available for the electronic preparation and submission of multi-project applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications to this FOA must be submitted electronically; paper applications will not be accepted. ASSIST replaces the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities and provides many features to enable electronic multi-project application submission and improve data quality, including: pre-population of organization and PD/PI data, pre-submission validation of many agency business rules and the generation of data summaries in the application image used for review.

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts) and where instructions in the Application Guide are directly related to the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities. Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.


You will be sent to ASSIST to prepare and submit your application. Problems accessing or using ASSIST should be directed to the eRA Commons Help Desk.
Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview Information
Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Section II. Award Information
Section III. Eligibility Information
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
Section V. Application Review Information
Section VI. Award Administration Information
Section VII. Agency Contacts
Section VIII. Other Information


Part 2. Full Text of Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports a broad based Alcohol Research Centers program to foster and conduct interdisciplinary, collaborative research on alcoholism, alcohol abuse and the impact of alcohol on health and disease.  The NIAAA Centers Program provides leadership in research, research methodology development and information dissemination on a wide variety of topics relevant to the Institute’s mission.  These topics include, but are not limited to, investigations into the nature, etiology, genetics, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of alcohol use disorders and their biomedical, psychosocial, and economic consequences across the lifespan.  Where applicable and of significant health concerns, comorbidity can be included.  Centers are also major contributors to the development of new research methods, technologies, and approaches that sustain innovative goal-directed research.

This FOA uses the NIH Comprehensive Research Center (P60) mechanism to support an integrated, broad-based multidisciplinary, multi-investigator, long-term program of research and research support activities planned around a specific major research theme.  In addition, a Comprehensive Alcohol Research Center (P60) is required to develop an effective research translation or information dissemination component to help accelerate the use of research findings for the benefit of public health. Outreach activities could be pursued in collaboration with other Centers, thereby optimizing the impact. Comprehensive Alcohol Research Centers are also expected to function as a regional and national resource in their particular area of expertise; to facilitate research training; to develop research collaborations with outside investigators; and to provide a means to develop new ideas and encourage new investigators via pilot projects. The Alcohol Research Centers program is interrelated with, and complementary to, all other research support mechanisms and scientific activities that comprise NIAAA programs. Center grants help to provide a stable environment for investigators to engage in alcohol research in a coordinated, integrated and synergistic effort.

The Alcohol Research Center grant provides a mechanism for fostering interdisciplinary cooperation within a group of established investigators conducting exceptional alcohol research. Therefore, existence of a strong research capability is fundamental to the establishment of a new Center or the continuation of an existing Center.  A Center should be an identifiable organizational unit within an institutional or organizational structure such as a university, medical center, or a consortium of affiliated cooperating institutions.  In addition to providing support for shared resources, this type of Center can support a full range of basic, developmental, clinical, and/or applied research components; allow for growth and development through pilot projects; and is intended to provide state-of-the-art leadership in the alcohol field. Unique scientific opportunities such as sharing of resources or expertise may warrant collaboration with investigators from other centers or from other institutions, domestic or foreign. The director of a component who proposes a collaborative activity with a foreign organization should be affiliated with a domestic institution.

Research Translation

The proposed research is expected to lead to the development of collaborative partnerships for the translation of insights and findings from basic and pre-clinical research to

  • treatment and prevention of alcohol disorders;
  • interventions with alcohol affected individuals in clinical practices, health care or community settings;
  • innovative interventions to study the effects of services for diverse populations in  disparate social, cultural and environmental contexts.
  • Dissemination of scientific knowledge through educational efforts must be directed to
  • the public, patient populations, policy makers, students, professionals and paraprofessionals;
  • educational institutions, the media and other appropriate organizations/groups;
  • educational programs for specific audiences, e.g., children, women, elderly etc. 

Dissemination of scientific knowledge must be done through the establishment of research and research training collaborations for the purpose of expanding the capacity of other institutions, including minority serving institutions, in developing rigorous alcohol research programs.

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

Grant: A support mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity.

Application Types Allowed

New
Renewal

The OER Glossary and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

NIAAA intends to commit a combined $ 7.4 M in total costs to fund 3-4 applications in response to this FOA and the companion FOA RFA-AA-15-001.

Award Budget

Applications may not exceed $2.0 million in total costs per year.

Award Project Period

Applicants may request a project period of up to five years. 

NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made in response to this FOA.

Section III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
Eligible Organizations

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

For-Profit Organizations

  • Small Businesses
  • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

Governments

  • State Governments
  • County Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Other

  • Independent School Districts
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
  • Regional Organizations
Foreign Institutions

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant Organizations

Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible. The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.

  • Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) - All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
  • System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
  • NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM. 
  • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
  • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons.If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

2. Cost Sharing

This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

3. Additional Information on Eligibility
Number of Applications

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.  This means that the NIH will not accept:

  • A new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping new (A0) or resubmission (A1) application.
  • A resubmission (A1) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of the previous new (A0) application.
  • An application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see NOT-OD-11-101).

If the sentence above is not true, and the Number of Applications field in the first table states that only one application is allowed, IC must insert a comment to change the sentence above to “Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.”

In addition, the NIH will not accept a resubmission (A1) application that is submitted later than 37 months after submission of the new (A0) application that it follows.  The NIH will accept submission:

  • To an RFA of an application that was submitted previously as an investigator-initiated application but not paid;
  • Of an investigator-initiated application that was originally submitted to an RFA but not paid; or
  • Of an application with a changed grant activity code.
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Requesting an Application Package

Applicants can access the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this FOA or following the directions provided at Grants.gov.

Most applicants will use NIH’s ASSIST system to prepare and submit applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications prepared and submitted using applicant systems capable of submitting electronic multi-project applications to Grants.gov will also be accepted.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise and where instructions in the Application Guide are directly related to the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Letter of Intent

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

The letter of intent should be e-mailed to:

Dr. Abraham P. Bautista
Telephone: 301-443-9737
Fax: 301-443-6077
Email: abraham.bautista@nih.gov

Page Limitations

Component Types Available in ASSIST

Research Strategy/Program Plan Page Limits

Overall

12

Admin Core

12

Core (use for Resource Core, Pilot Project Core, and Information Dissemination Core)

12

Project (use for Research Projects)

12

Additional page limits described in the SF424 Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed with the following modification:

The Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key Person may not exceed five pages.

Instructions for the Submission of Multi-Component Applications

The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, and should be used for preparing a multi-component application.

The application should consist of the following components:

  • Overall: required
  • Administrative Core: required
  • Resource Cores: optional, maximum of 2
  • Pilot Project Core: optional, maximum of 1
  • Information Dissemination Core: required, 1
  • Research Projects: required, 3-5
Overall Component

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Overall’.

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Overall)

Complete entire form.

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement  (Overall)

Note: Human Embryonic Stem Cell lines from other components should be repeated in cell line table in Overall component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Overall)

Follow standard instructions.

Facilities and Other Resources: Provide a description of facilities available including major instruments and special program resources.  This information is used to assess the capability of the available organizational resources to perform the effort proposed. Describe how the scientific environment in which the research will be done contributes to the probability of success (e.g., institutional support, physical resources, and intellectual rapport).  In describing the scientific environment in which the work will be done, discuss ways in which the proposed studies will benefit from the unique features of the scientific environment or subject population or will employ useful collaborative arrangements. 

Other Attachments: The following information should be loaded as separate PDF attachments. The filename provided for each attachment will be the name used for the bookmark in the application image.

Filename, “Center Collaborations”: This table is organized alphabetically by Member (last name, first name). List all key Members. Provide primary Department Affiliation, including location of research space, key words for research interests, and names of any members who have served as training mentors or long time research associates of said Center member.

Project/Performance Site Location(s) (Overall)

Enter primary site only.

A summary of Project/Performance Sites in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons compiled from data collected in the other components will be generated upon submission.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Overall)

Include only the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and any multi-PDs/PIs (if applicable to this FOA) for the entire application.

Biographical sketch

NIAAA is piloting a proposed change to the SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch to allow applicants to this FOA to include a description of up to five contributions to their scientific field(s).

The Biographical Sketch Format page for the pilot is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_pilot-biosketch_VerC.docx.

Following the education section of the Biographical Sketch, complete sections A, B, C and D as indicated below:

NOTE: Applicants must follow the formats and instructions below.

A. Personal Statement: Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C).   Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project, provided that those publications do not appear in Section C.   If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

B. Positions and Honors:  List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

C. Contributions to Science:  Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science.   For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work.   For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that contribution.   The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including any figures.  Please also provide a link to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital data base such as PubMed, myBibliography, or SciENcv all of which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

D. Research Support:  List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

All other components of the Biographical Sketch remain as described in the SF424 (R&R) Instruction Guide.

A summary of Senior/Key Persons followed by their Biographical Sketches in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons will be generated upon submission.

Budget (Overall)

The only budget information included in the Overall component is the Estimated Project Funding section of the SF424 (R&R) Cover.

A budget summary in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons compiled from detailed budget data collected in the other components will be generated upon submission.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Overall)

Specific Aims:  Describe the theme and goals of the Center and how they will advance research and impact the alcohol research community. Describe how the specific aims of the Center will achieve these goals.   

Research Strategy:  The overview describes the central theme, purpose and objectives of the entire project.  It gives the philosophy and general plan for the proposed grant period and how the Center will achieve its major objectives.  The reason a Center approach is needed for this work should be well articulated. The unique contribution for the Center and each component (including pilot project component if applicable) to the center should be described.  The significance of the overall research goal and research theme are described and the importance and relevance of these to the mission of the Center's program.  The introductory overview should provide a history of the Center and give a summary of major research accomplishments and progress toward achievement of goals since the last competitive application.  A brief description of opportunities for research training for persons from various disciplines and professions is relevant.

Renewal Applications: A comprehensive progress report is required for renewal applications. A statement describing the progress made by the Center as a regional or national research resource should be included. Collaborative activities, if any, with other NIAAA Alcohol Research Centers should be described along with a list of joint accomplishments.

Progress Reports for cores and projects that have been terminated are limited to 2 pages per component, and must be included in the Overall Section of the application.

This section must also describe the evidence of scientific and administrative integration of the proposed program, coordination, interrelationships, and synergy among the individual research projects and core components. The overview should also include a description of the thematic cohesion between the support cores and individual research projects and a justification for the proposed administrative and organization structure, including plans for internal quality control of ongoing research, and for fair and effective communication and cooperation among center members including resolution of disputes and allocation of resources. For renewal applications only, describe the evidence of productive collaborations during the current funding period.

Letters of Support: Letters of support for the Center as whole should be included in this section.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

Appendix: Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.   

Administrative Core

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Admin Core.’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Administrative Core)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Administrative Core)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Administrative Core)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Administrative Core)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Administrative Core)

  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used. 
  • The Center Director will have responsibility for planning and coordination of the Center program, preparation of the budget and oversight of expenditures, staff appointments, space allocation, and other aspects of management and operation of the Center.
  • The applicant also may designate a Scientific Director who will be responsible to the Center Director and provide direct supervision of the scientific and operational aspects of the research program. Such a person should be an individual who has established scientific credentials and who is capable of providing the leadership essential to the success of the center program.  The Scientific Director will be responsible for promoting interaction and collaboration among scientists conducting research within the Center in order to facilitate a concerted approach to the research goals of the Center.  The Scientific Director also will be responsible for the direct monitoring of ongoing research and for identifying (with the assistance of colleagues) research and educational activities to be expanded or decreased and the need for additional resources or reallocation of resources.  If the Center Director also serves as the Scientific Director, his or her functions as Scientific Director also should be described

Biographical Sketch: NIAAA is piloting a proposed change to the SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch to allow applicants to this FOA to include a description of up to five contributions to their scientific field(s).

The Biographical Sketch Format page for the pilot is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_pilot-biosketch_VerC.docx.

Following the education section of the Biographical Sketch, complete sections A, B, C and D as indicated below:

NOTE: Applicants must follow the formats and instructions below.

A. Personal Statement: Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C).   Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project, provided that those publications do not appear in Section C.   If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

B. Positions and Honors:  List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

C. Contributions to Science:  Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science.   For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work.   For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that contribution.   The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including any figures.  Please also provide a link to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital data base such as PubMed, myBibliography, or SciENcv all of which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

D. Research Support:  List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

All other components of the Biographical Sketch remain as described in the SF424 (R&R) Instruction Guide.

Budget (Administrative Core)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Administrative Core)

Specific Aims:   Describe the specific aims of the Administrative Core including the Training Program.

Research Strategy:  The Administrative Core provides the organizational framework for the management, direction, and coordination of the Center. This core should ensure that all proposed components and related activities will function in an optimal and synergistic manner. An important function of this core is also the administration of the budget. It may include funds for scientific enrichment activities such as lectures, symposia, seminars, and workshops for research faculty and staff.  This core should be described in sufficient detail to assure that all proposed components and related activities will function optimally.  In addition, day-to-day operations involving procurement, finances, personnel, planning, and budgeting should be detailed in the description of this core. A description of the individual development plan is included in this section for all NIH-supported graduate students and/or postdoctoral researchers (NOT-OD-13-093). 

A Program Advisory Committee shall be established and chaired by the Director. The application must include a list of at least five (5) members, selected by the Center Director from individuals outside the Center.  These members should be persons of recognized scientific standing who are generally familiar with the Center's activities and represent a cross-section of disciplines that are relevant to the work of the proposed Center.  It shall be the responsibility of this Committee to review and make recommendations to the Center Director on the conduct of all activities of the Center, including the management of pilot projects.  If committees other than the Program Advisory Committee are included in the application, specific plans regarding committee selection and function should be provided.

The Center Director(s) will establish a Steering Committee that will be composed of the Center Director(s) and Core/Research Component Directors. The function of the Steering Committee is to facilitate the collaboration by monitoring progress and outcomes of individual projects, develop new collaborations, and review the Center’s strategies for achieving its goals.

Training

While the primary function of each Center is the conduct of high-quality interdisciplinary research, an important secondary function is to enhance the training of more junior researchers. The applicant institution must therefore demonstrate or give reasonable assurances that it has: a) the capacity to train pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral students for careers in alcohol research; and b) the capacity to conduct programs of continuing education in the Center's designated research theme in the basic, behavioral, epidemiological, or health service fields.

While the Center does not have a formal training program of its own, there must be specific provision for coordination between the Center and the existing training programs of the applicant institution and/or affiliated institutions.  Center grant funds may not be used to pay stipends or other trainee costs; however, Center staff may participate in the development of existing training programs, and Center resources may be made available for use by trainees.

Renewal Applications:  A succinct account of the published and unpublished results must be provided, indicating progress toward achieving aims of the Administrative Core.  Ongoing or completed core activity that has enhanced or facilitated alcohol research should be described.  Past performance and accomplishments of cores should be described, and the effect of services provided by this core on investigators' productivity.

Progress Report Publications List: Provide a bibliography of publications credited to the Administrative Core. 

Letters of Support: Letters of support for the Administrative Core only should be included.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

Appendix: Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.   

Planned Enrollment Report  (Administrative Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Planned Enrollment Reports as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

PHS 398 Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report (Administrative Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Resource Core

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Core.’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Resource Core)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Resource Core)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Resource Core)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Resource Core)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Resource Core)

  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used. 

Biographical sketch

NIAAA is piloting a proposed change to the SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch to allow applicants to this FOA to include a description of up to five contributions to their scientific field(s).

The Biographical Sketch Format page for the pilot is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_pilot-biosketch_VerC.docx.

Following the education section of the Biographical Sketch, complete sections A, B, C and D as indicated below:

NOTE: Applicants must follow the formats and instructions below.

A. Personal Statement: Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C).   Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project, provided that those publications do not appear in Section C.   If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

B. Positions and Honors:  List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

C. Contributions to Science:  Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science.   For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work.   For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that contribution.   The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including any figures.  Please also provide a link to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital data base such as PubMed, myBibliography, or SciENcv all of which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

D. Research Support:  List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

All other components of the Biographical Sketch remain as described in the SF424 (R&R) Instruction Guide.

Budget (Resource Core)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Resource Core)

Specific Aims: Describe the specific aims of the Resource Core.     

Research Strategy: Cores are shared research resources that provide Center investigators with techniques, instrumentation, services, or resources that will enhance alcohol research to accomplish the common goals of the Center. A resource core is a laboratory, facility, service, or other resource that provides support for scientific research projects of the Center. A core should be used primarily to support projects which are part of the Center grant award. Each core is directed by an investigator with established expertise relevant to the support or service to be provided. Each shared scientific resource core should be clearly described in terms of the services and resources to be provided to investigators.  The description should include a discussion of the core's contributions to the research objectives of the Center.  Relevant aspects of cost effectiveness, timesaving, and increased efficiency attributable to the existence of the cores should also be addressed.  A core should support two or more of the Center’s scientific research components and may also support independently funded research project grants related to the Center's theme.  Each separately funded research project associated with the Center and utilizing core facilities should have a brief description that includes its research objectives and how the Center's core facility will impact those objectives.  The description of the organization and mode of operation of the shared resource core should include discussion of quality control for the service or resource, and the procedures for evaluating and selecting projects eligible to access the core facility.  Training in complex techniques and methods should be described if they are functions of the proposed cores. Cores are intended to enhance opportunities for investigators at the Center to utilize new technologies that broaden their research initiatives.  While research per se is not an essential part of a scientific core, quality assurance activities that evaluate its operations and are directed at problem identification and improvement of core functioning are appropriate.

Renewal Applications: A succinct account of the published and unpublished results must be provided, indicating progress toward achieving aims of the Resource Core (s).  Ongoing or completed core activity that has enhanced or facilitated alcohol research should be described.  Past performance and accomplishments of cores should be described, and the effect of services provided by the Resource Cores on investigators' productivity.

Progress Report Publications List: Provide a bibliography of publications credited to the Resource Cores.

Letters of Support: Letters of support for the specific Resource Core only should be included.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide with the following modification:

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

Appendix: Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.   

Planned Enrollment Report (Resource Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Planned Enrollment Reports as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

PHS 398 Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report (Resource Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Pilot Project Core

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Core’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Pilot Project Core)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Pilot Project Core)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Pilot Project Core)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Pilot Project Core)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Pilot Project Core)

  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used. 

Biographical sketch

NIAAA is piloting a proposed change to the SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch to allow applicants to this FOA to include a description of up to five contributions to their scientific field(s).

Following the education section of the Biographical Sketch, complete sections A, B, C and D as indicated below:

The Biographical Sketch Format page for the pilot is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_pilot-biosketch_VerC.docx.

NOTE: Applicants must follow the formats and instructions below.

A. Personal Statement: Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C).   Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project, provided that those publications do not appear in Section C.   If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

B. Positions and Honors:  List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

C. Contributions to Science:  Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science.   For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work.   For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that contribution.   The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including any figures.  Please also provide a link to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital data base such as PubMed, myBibliography, or SciENcv all of which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

D. Research Support:  List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

All other components of the Biographical Sketch remain as described in the SF424 (R&R) Instruction Guide.

Budget (Pilot Project Core)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

A budget should be submitted for the pilot project core as a whole for each year in which pilots are proposed and for each individual project.  For years 01 and 02 the budget will reflect costs of pilots proposed in the application. Budget information provided for each project anticipated for the 03-05 years should reflect best estimate costs based on number and kind of pilot projects to be pursued. While the specific number of pilot projects to be proposed is at the discretion of the applicant, requested funding for pilot studies may not exceed $100,000 or 10 percent (whichever is larger) of the direct cost budget proposed for any one year.

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Pilot Project Core)

Specific Aims:  Describe the specific aims of the Pilot Project Core.    

Research Strategy: The purpose of the pilot projects is to provide the Center with a flexible means to develop and explore new research activities or directions and unique scientific opportunities that could evolve into independently funded research projects.  The investigators of pilot projects must have an expertise well suited to the project. The pilot project core should include the planned pilot studies as well as procedures for selecting new projects.  These pilot project funds are not intended to supplement ongoing research projects. The application must provide thorough and concise descriptions of the projects to be supported in the first two years. For years 03-05, the applicant must specify the number of pilots planned in each year and a brief description of the anticipated directions of these pilots. All proposed pilot projects need not be ongoing at any one time, but may be phased in at different points during the life of the proposed Center grant. It is recognized that the relative priority or need for specific pilot projects may change over the course of time. While the Center's framework for management of pilot funds and the mechanism for operating the program are left to the discretion of the Center, the application must provide sufficient information to enable adequate scientific evaluation by a peer review committee.  The application should include a full description of the management of the pilot project core , including a description of the process used to solicit and select pilot projects.  This includes the selection of new projects to replace those proposed in the application should it become necessary.  Each pilot study proposed in the first 2 years should be fully described, including its rationale, objectives, approach, investigators, and significance for the Center.  The research description of any individual pilot project may not exceed two pages. Also a brief description (up to 2 pages) and anticipated direction of individual pilot projects planned for the 03-05 years, and their potential significance to the Center should be included

Renewal Applications: A succinct account of the published and unpublished results must be provided, indicating progress toward achieving aims of the Pilot Projects.  Ongoing or completed activity that has enhanced or facilitated alcohol research should be described.  Past performance and accomplishments of the pilot project core should be described.

Progress Report Publications List: Provide a bibliography of publications credited to the Pilot Project Core.

Letters of Support: Letters of support for the Pilot Project Core only should be included.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

  • All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

Appendix: Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.   

Planned Enrollment Report (Pilot Project Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Planned Enrollment Reports as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

PHS 398 Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report (Pilot Project Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Information Dissemination Core

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Core.’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Information Dissemination Core)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Information Dissemination Core)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Information Dissemination Core)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Facilities and Other Resources: A description of the resources, facilities, agencies, and/or institutions with working arrangements to plan, implement and conduct the proposed activities should be fully elaborated.  Particular attention must be devoted to a description of necessary resources, including specialized expertise, and the target audience or participants who will derive benefit from the activity.  If core facilities or services are utilized, information on their use should be provided. 

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Information Dissemination Core)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Information Dissemination Core)

  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.

Biographical sketch

NIAAA is piloting a proposed change to the SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch to allow applicants to this FOA to include a description of up to five contributions to their scientific field(s).

The Biographical Sketch Format page for the pilot is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_pilot-biosketch_VerC.docx.

Following the education section of the Biographical Sketch, complete sections A, B, C and D as indicated below:

NOTE: Applicants must follow the formats and instructions below.

A. Personal Statement: Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C).   Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project, provided that those publications do not appear in Section C.   If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

B. Positions and Honors:  List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

C. Contributions to Science:  Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science.   For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work.   For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that contribution.   The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including any figures.  Please also provide a link to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital data base such as PubMed, myBibliography, or SciENcv all of which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

D. Research Support:  List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

All other components of the Biographical Sketch remain as described in the SF424 (R&R) Instruction Guide.

Budget (Information Dissemination Core)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

While the specific number of information dissemination projects within the Information Dissemination Core is at the discretion of the applicant, requested funding for information dissemination component activities may not exceed $100,000 or 10 percent (whichever is larger) of the direct cost budget proposed for any one year. 

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Information Dissemination Core)

Specific Aims:  Describe the specific aims of the Translational or Information Dissemination Core.     

Research Strategy: For each plan in the Research Translation or Information Dissemination Core, a clear description of its major goals and objectives should be provided as well as how it integrates with one or more research components and the overall center program. The specific number of information dissemination projects is at the discretion of the applicant. A staffing plan and rationale for organization of this component should be presented.  Methods, techniques, and technologies to be used for proposed activities should be defined as well as the targeted audience or participants.  Issues of cultural sensitivity with regard to the intended audience should be addressed.  When appropriate, activities should be designed to effectively reach underserved populations and/or subgroups based on age or gender.

The scientific knowledge base in which proposed translational activities will be developed should be identified and explained. 

A discussion of the design, plans and procedures to accomplish the specific aims of the project(s) including time lines should be described.

The potential impact and innovative aspects of the approach should be highlighted. 

A description of plans to evaluate the success and/or effectiveness of information dissemination or translational activities should include the impact on knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.

Renewal Applications:  A succinct account of the published and unpublished results must be provided, indicating progress toward achieving aims of the Translational Core.  Ongoing or completed core activity that has enhanced or facilitated alcohol research should be described.  Past performance and accomplishments of Translational Research Project should be described. 

Progress Report Publications List: Provide a bibliography of publications credited to the Information Dissemination Core.

Letters of Support: Letters of support for the Translation or Information Dissemination Core only should be included.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

Appendix: Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.   

Planned Enrollment Report (Information Dissemination Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Planned Enrollment Reports as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

PHS 398 Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report (Information Dissemination Core)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Research Project

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Project.’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Research Project)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Research Project)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Research Project)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Research Project)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Facilities and Other Resources: A description of the resources and working arrangements required to implement and conduct the proposed research should be fully elaborated with particular attention to a description of necessary resources, subjects, clinical populations, tissue resources, biological models, existing data sets, etc., which will be involved in the proposed studies.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Research Project)

  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Project Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.
  • The Research Component Director should be a qualified investigator and is responsible for the scientific direction and conduct of the individual research component.  A Center Director or Scientific Director may serve as a component Director on not more than one Research Component.    

Biographical sketch

NIAAA is piloting a proposed change to the SF424 (R&R) Biographical Sketch to allow applicants to this FOA to include a description of up to five contributions to their scientific field(s).

The Biographical Sketch Format page for the pilot is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/SF424R-R_pilot-biosketch_VerC.docx.

Following the education section of the Biographical Sketch, complete sections A, B, C and D as indicated below:

NOTE: Applicants must follow the formats and instructions below.

A. Personal Statement: Briefly describe why you are well-suited for your role in the project described in this application. The relevant factors may include aspects of your training; your previous experimental work on this specific topic or related topics; your technical expertise; your collaborators or scientific environment; and your past performance in this or related fields (you may mention specific contributions to science that are not included in Section C).   Also, you may identify up to four peer reviewed publications that specifically highlight your experience and qualifications for this project, provided that those publications do not appear in Section C.   If you wish to explain impediments to your past productivity, you may include a description of factors such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability, and active duty military service.

B. Positions and Honors:  List in chronological order previous positions, concluding with the present position. List any honors. Include present membership on any Federal Government public advisory committee.

C. Contributions to Science:  Briefly describe up to five of your most significant contributions to science.   For each contribution, indicate the historical background that frames the scientific problem; the central finding(s); the influence of the finding(s) on the progress of science or the application of those finding(s) to health or technology; and your specific role in the described work.   For each of these contributions, reference up to four peer-reviewed publications that are relevant to that contribution.   The description of each contribution should be no longer than one half page including any figures.  Please also provide a link to a full list of your published work as found in a publicly available digital data base such as PubMed, myBibliography, or SciENcv all of which are maintained by the National Library of Medicine.

D. Research Support:  List both selected ongoing and completed research projects for the past three years (Federal or non-Federally-supported). Begin with the projects that are most relevant to the research proposed in the application. Briefly indicate the overall goals of the projects and responsibilities of the key person identified on the Biographical Sketch. Do not include number of person months or direct costs.

All other components of the Biographical Sketch remain as described in the SF424 (R&R) Instruction Guide.

Budget (Research Project)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Research Project)

Specific Aims: Describe the specific aims of the Research Project.      

Research Strategy:  A Research Project must be integrated with  and contribute  to the overall goals of the Center program. Each proposed research component should provide a clear description of its major goals, objectives, and how it integrates with the other research components in relation to the overall Center program. The hypotheses to be tested should be focused and fully detailed. The design and procedures should describe the strategies proposed to accomplish the specific aims and the innovative aspects of the approach should be highlighted. If core facilities are utilized, information on their use should be provided.

All translational and educational projects should have specific objectives and include a method for monitoring the effectiveness of the effort.

Renewal Applications:  A succinct account of the published and unpublished. Past performance and accomplishments of the research projects should be described. 

Progress Report Publications List: Provide a bibliography of publications credited to the Research Project.   

Letters of Support: Letters of support for the specific Research Project only should be included.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

Appendix: Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.   

Planned Enrollment Report (Research Project)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Planned Enrollment Reports as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

PHS 398 Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report (Research Project)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing Cumulative Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

3. Submission Dates and Times

Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.

Organizations must submit applications to Grants.gov (the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies) using ASSIST or other electronic submission systems. Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration.

Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

Information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

4. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

5. Funding Restrictions

All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

6. Other Submission Requirements and Information

Applications must be submitted electronically following the instructions described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

For information on how your application will be automatically assembled for review and funding consideration after submission go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Electronic_Multi-project_Application_Image_Assembly.pdf.

Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit Applying Electronically.

Important reminders:
All PD(s)/PI(s) and component Project Leads must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH.

The applicant organization must ensure that the DUNS number it provides on the application is the same number used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the System for Award Management (SAM). Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

See more tips for avoiding common errors.

Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness by the Center for Scientific Review and responsiveness by NIAAA, NIH. Applications that are incomplete and/or nonresponsive will not be reviewed.  

In order to expedite review, applicants are requested to notify the NIAAAA Referral Office by email at abraham.bautista@nih.gov when the application has been submitted. Please include the FOA number and title, PD/PI name, and title of the application.

Applicants are required to follow the instructions for post-submission materials, as described in NOT-OD-13-030.

Section V. Application Review Information
1. Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the NIH mission, all applications submitted to the NIH in support of biomedical and behavioral research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.

Overall Impact - Overall

Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the center to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved, in consideration of the following review criteria and additional review criteria (as applicable for the center proposed).

Scored Review Criteria - Overall

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit, and give a separate score for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact. For example, a center that by its nature is not innovative may be essential to advance a field.

Significance

Does the center address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the center are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?   

Investigator(s)

Are the PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the center? If Early Stage Investigators or New Investigators, or in the early stages of independent careers, do they have appropriate experience and training? If established, have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s)? If the project is collaborative or multi-PD/PI , do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise; are their leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project?  

Innovation

Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?   

Approach

Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the center? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed? 

If the center involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, are the plans to address 1) the protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion or exclusion of children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?     

Environment

Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?   

Additional Review Criteria - Overall

As applicable for the center proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.

Integration  

Is there evidence of scientific and administrative integration of the proposed program? Is there evidence of coordination, interrelationships, and synergy among the individual research projects and core components? Are there clear advantages or value added by conducting the proposed research as a center rather than through separate research efforts? Is there thematic cohesion to the center? Is the interrelationship of individual projects and cores clear and scientifically well-justified? How will the administrative structure of the center contribute to its probability of success? Does the application clearly describe and justify the proposed administrative and organizational structure? Is the proposed structure adequate to support and encourage optimal interactions among participants of the overall center?  Does the administrative plan provide for internal quality control of ongoing research and for fair and effective communication and cooperation among center members including resolution of disputes and allocation of funds?

Protections for Human Subjects

For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Human Subjects.

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

When the proposed center involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of children to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed.  For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.

Vertebrate Animals

The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following five points: 1) proposed use of the animals, and species, strains, ages, sex, and numbers to be used; 2) justifications for the use of animals and for the appropriateness of the species and numbers proposed; 3) adequacy of veterinary care; 4) procedures for limiting discomfort, distress, pain and injury to that which is unavoidable in the conduct of scientifically sound research including the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs and/or comfortable restraining devices; and 5) methods of euthanasia and reason for selection if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

Biohazards

Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

Resubmissions

Not Applicable

Renewals

For Renewals, the committee will consider the progress made in the last funding period, and evidence of productive collaborations during the current funding period..

Revisions

Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations - Overall

As applicable for the center proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.

Applications from Foreign Organizations

Not Applicable

Select Agent Research

Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including 1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, 2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, 3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and 4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).

Resource Sharing Plans

Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable: 1) Data Sharing Plan; 2) Sharing Model Organisms; and 3) Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS).

Budget and Period of Support

Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

Scored Review Criteria - Individual Research Projects

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit, and give a separate score for each. The overall impact score will take into consideration:  the scored review criteria and any specified additional review criteria; the extent to which the individual project enhances the strength of the overall Center; and the importance of the individual project to the success of the Center.

Significance

Does the Research Project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? If the aims of the Research Project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?

Investigator(s)

Are the Project lead(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the Research Project? If Early Stage Investigators or New Investigators, or in the early stages of independent careers, do they have appropriate experience and training? If established, have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s)? Do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise; are their leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project?

Innovation

Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?

Approach

Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the Research Project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed? Is the coordination among the cores and the research components adequately explained?  Is there synergistic potential among the Center's research components?


If the Research Project involves clinical research, are the plans for 1) protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) inclusion of minorities and members of both sexes/genders, as well as the inclusion of children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?

Environment

Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?

Review Criteria for Administrative Core

The Administrative Core will receive a merit descriptor (outstanding, acceptable or unacceptable) that reflects:

  • Is there a clear, detailed plan for managing the Center's research, training, and administration, ensuring appropriate prioritization of research, needed course corrections and problem identification and resolution, and effective sharing of resources, that conveys a high likelihood of effective, productive management of the Center as whole?
  • Does the administrative plan provide for management of day-to-day program activities?
  • Are the core personnel qualified and experienced in the administration of a large, multi-component research program, and training of students and new investigators?
  • Is there an organizational structure that will facilitate coordination, integration and timely evaluation of activities and progress of the center’s research and training programs?
  • Are there innovative features in the organizational design and decision making process?
  • Is the coordination among the administrative core and the research components adequately explained and will it be able to support the training program?
Review Criteria for Resource Core(s)

Each Research Core must provide essential functions or services for at least two projects. Each Resource Core will receive a merit descriptor (outstanding, acceptable or unacceptable). The merit of each Research Core will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Is the proposed Research Core well matched to the needs of the overall program? Does it provide essential facilities or services for two or more research projects?
  • What is the overall quality of the proposed core services? Are adequate quality control processes proposed for the facilities or services provided by the Research Core (including procedures, techniques, and quality control)? What are the criteria for prioritization and usage of Research Core products and/or services?
  • Are the qualifications, experience, and commitment of the leader of the Research Core and other key personnel adequate and appropriate for providing the proposed facilities or services?
  • Will the proposed Research Core provide cost effective services to the Program?
  • Is the environment for the Research Core adequate to support the program as proposed?
  • Is the coordination among the resource cores and the research components adequately explained?
  • Are the resources and environment for the projects adequate?
Review Criteria for Pilot Projects Core

The Pilot Projects Core will receive a merit descriptor (outstanding, acceptable or unacceptable). The Pilot projects core must provide a management plan in the evaluation and selection of pilot projects. The merit of the Pilot Projects Core will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Are the PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the pilot project?  
  • Is there an adequate selection process for new and replacement projects? 
  • Are procedures for monitoring oversight and project continuation explained?
  • Are pilot research topics important?
  • Does the pilot have the potential to develop into a full scale independent project?
  • Are the qualifications of the Pilot Project core director and the individual pilot project leaders appropriate for the proposed research?
  • Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success?
  • Are the resources and environment for the projects adequate? 
  • Will the project benefit from the unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations or collaborative arrangements?
Review Criteria for Information Dissemination Core

The Information Dissemination Core will receive a merit descriptor (outstanding, acceptable or unacceptable). The merit of the Translation or Information Dissemination core will be assessed based on the following criteria:

  • Are the major goals and objectives of the dissemination plan provided and how it integrates with one or more research component and the overall Center program?
  • Are the PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the component?  
  • Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the component? 
  • Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success addressed?  
  • If the component is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed?
  • Evaluate the method(s) for monitoring the effectiveness of the effort.
  • Is there synergistic potential among the Center's research components?
  • Will the information core benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?
Additional Review Criteria - Cores and Projects

As applicable for the Cores and Projects, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.

Protections for Human Subjects

For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Human Subjects.

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

When the proposed Center involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of children to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed.  For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.

Vertebrate Animals

The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following five points: 1) proposed use of the animals, and species, strains, ages, sex, and numbers to be used; 2) justifications for the use of animals and for the appropriateness of the species and numbers proposed; 3) adequacy of veterinary care; 4) procedures for limiting discomfort, distress, pain and injury to that which is unavoidable in the conduct of scientifically sound research including the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs and/or comfortable restraining devices; and 5) methods of euthanasia and reason for selection if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

Biohazards

Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

Resubmissions

 Not Applicable

Renewals

For Renewals, the committee will consider the progress made in the last funding period.

Revisions

Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations - Cores and Projects

As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.

Applications from Foreign Organizations

Not Applicable

Select Agent Research

Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including 1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, 2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, 3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and 4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).

Resource Sharing Plans

Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable: 1) Data Sharing Plan; 2) Sharing Model Organisms; and 3) Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS).

Budget and Period of Support

Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by (an) appropriate Scientific Review Group(s), convened by NIAAA in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Assignment to a Scientific Review Group will be shown in the eRA Commons.

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

  • Will receive a written critique.

Appeals of initial peer review will not be accepted for applications submitted in response to this FOA.

Applications will be assigned to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications submitted in response to this FOA. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the  National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
  • Availability of funds.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.
3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

After the peer review of the application is completed, the PD/PI will be able to access his or her Summary Statement (written critique) via the eRA Commons

Information regarding the disposition of applications is available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Section VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices

If the application is under consideration for funding, NIH will request "just-in-time" information from the applicant as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.      

Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to the DUNS, SAM Registration, and Transparency Act requirements as noted on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.

Prior Approval of Pilot Projects

Awardee-selected projects that involve {clinical trials or studies involving greater than minimal risk to human subjects} require prior approval by NIH prior to initiation. 

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

All NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: General  and Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Grantees, and Activities. More information is provided at Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants.

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

Not Applicable

3. Reporting

When multiple years are involved, awardees will be required to submit the Non-Competing Continuation Grant Progress Report (PHS 2590 or RPPR) annually and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

A final progress report, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later.  All awardees of applicable NIH grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at www.fsrs.gov on all subawards over $25,000.  See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement. 

Section VII. Agency Contacts

We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

Application Submission Contacts

eRA Commons Help Desk (Questions regarding eRA Commons registration, submitting and tracking an application, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, post submission issues)
Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
Finding Help Online: http://grants.nih.gov/support/index.html
TTY: 301-451-5939
Email: commons@od.nih.gov

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
Web ticketing system: https://grants-portal.psc.gov/ContactUs.aspx
Email: support@grants.gov

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources)
Telephone: 301-435-0714
TTY 301-451-5936
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Lindsey Grandison, Ph.D.
National institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 301-443-0606
Email: lgrandis@mail.nih.gov

Kathy Jung, Ph.D.
National institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 301-443-8744
Email: jungma@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Ranga Srinivas, Ph.D.
National institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 301-451-2067
Email: srinivar@mail.nih.gov  

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Judy Fox
National institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 301-443-4704
Email: jfox@mail.nih.gov

Section VIII. Other Information

Recently issued trans-NIH policy notices may affect your application submission. A full list of policy notices published by NIH is provided in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Authority and Regulations

Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.

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