Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information
Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)  

Components of Participating Organizations

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)   

Funding Opportunity Title

Child Health Research Career Development Award (CHRCDA) Program [K12]  

Activity Code

K12 Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA)  

Announcement Type

Reissue of RFA-HD-12-189

Related Notices

None

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-HD-13-011

Companion Funding Opportunity

None  

Number of Applications

See Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

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

93.865  

Funding Opportunity Purpose

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health, invites applications for institutional research career development (K12) programs from applicant organizations that propose to support a national program of mentored institutional career development programs for junior faculty investigators who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training in a subspecialty area of Pediatrics, and are committed to launching an independent research career. The program provides supervised research training to assist the transition into productive physician scientists.  

Key Dates
Posted Date

March 23, 2012

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

May 27, 2012 

Letter of Intent Due Date

May 27, 2012  

Application Due Date(s)

June 27, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable  

Scientific Merit Review

October/November 2012

Advisory Council Review

January 2013

Earliest Start Date(s)

April 2013   

Expiration Date

June 28, 2012

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide including the Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). 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.

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 overall goal of the NIH Research Career Development programs is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical needs.  More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.

Purpose

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) issued by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health, intends to provide  new clinical investigators with state of the art training in an academic research setting to stimulate pediatric research over a variety of disciplines.  The program provides supervised research career development opportunities to assist junior faculty in their transition into productive, physician scientists in pediatrics and its subspecialties.

The goal of the Child Health Research Career Development Award Program is to promote the performance of research and transfer of findings that will benefit the health of children. This will be accomplished by supporting research career development of new faculty-level pediatricians, to be known as CHRCDA Scholars. These K12 Program grant awards will ultimately result in a well-qualified cadre of pediatrician scientists who will help strengthen the research capacity and meet the need for highly skilled physician investigators who can take advantage of new technologies and respond to the increasing demands of pediatric research.

Background

The CHRCDA program was initiated by NICHD in 1990 in response to the need for greater numbers of physician-scientists in pediatric research. The CHRCDA Program supports research career development of pediatricians who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training and who are commencing basic or translational research relevant to the field of pediatrics. This funding opportunity is intended to address the need for basic science training at the postdoctoral level and provide a transition to independence. Support for junior investigators is designed to enhance their research skills, thereby providing a bridge between formal research training and the receipt of independent research grants. Applicants must propose a career development program that will maximize the use of relevant research and educational resources to foster education, training, mentoring, and professional development of scholars.  Senior investigators with established research programs covering a broad range of basic and applied biomedical science related to pediatrics, together with collaborating departments, form the intellectual and technical base for mentoring CHRCDA scholars. Although mentors from collaborating departments may provide the needed expertise and resources, the emphasis should be on research that is relevant to pediatrics. There is an expectation that the K12 Programs established in response to this announcement will provide the ideal environment for the development of independent researchers able to sustain viable research careers and to mentor those who follow them.

Types of Research and Experimental Approaches

The research scope encompasses all areas of pediatrics and its related subspecialties. Projects should be basic science with relevance to pediatrics and must be within the biomedical purview of the NIH. Scholars with minimal past research experience may devote the initial months of their program to didactics such as courses in proteomics, genomics, molecular biology techniques, newest options for DNA sequencing, and tools to analyze and manage the data.

The NIH encourages all proposed programs to foster the participation of individuals from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, individuals with disabilities, and women.

Organization

Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) -- The PD/PI must be a Chairperson of a Department of Pediatrics of an eligible institution. He/she should possess the leadership and administrative capabilities required to coordinate and supervise a career development program of this scope.

Training Director (TD) -- The TD must be an experienced investigator with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the Program.  The TD should possess the scientific background and leadership skills required to direct the career development program.  The experience and qualifications of the TD should complement those of the PD/PI, and the division of responsibility between the two individuals should be described clearly in the application. If appropriate, the PD/PI may serve a dual role as both the PD/PI and the TD.  The TD should have a record of accomplishment in mentoring successful investigators.

K12 Scholars -- Candidates for appointment to the K12 program are junior faculty who have recently completed postgraduate clinical training in Pediatrics, and are committed to launching an independent research career in basic or translational science. The program provides supervised research training to assist these faculty as they transition into productive, physician scientists in areas related to pediatrics and its subspecialties. 

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

Grant

Application Types Allowed

New
Renewal
Resubmission

The OER Glossary and the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The NICHD intends to award up to $2,592,000 in total costs [Direct plus Facilities and Administrative (F & A) costs] in FY 2013 to fund up to six new and/or renewal (formally known as competing continuation application) grants in response to this funding announcement.  

Award Budget

Applicants may request direct cost budgets of up to $400,000 per year.  Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.   

Award Project Period

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period.  The maximum period is 5 years. 

Other Award Budget Information
Personnel Costs

Salary and fringe benefits may be requested for the Training Director (TD) for up to 1.2 person months of effort. If the PD/PI serves a dual role (i.e., functions as both the PD/PI and the TD), up to 1.2 person months may be requested.

Partial salary for a dedicated recruiting officer may be requested (maximum 2.4 person months effort).  If the TD also functions as the recruiting officer, effort cannot exceed 2.4 person months for the combined roles.

Salary for a part-time Program Assistant with responsibilities directly associated with the institutional career development program can be requested, if applicable and justified.  Salaries must be commensurate with institutional policy for similar positions.

Items that may NOT be supported with K12 funds include:

  • Salaries and fringe benefits for the PD/PI or program mentors, unless the PD/PI also serves as TD (see above);
  • Direct support of the laboratories, salaries, fringe benefits, travel, and research projects of the established investigators serving as mentors beyond those expenses directly attributable to the scholar's project;
  • Salary and support for central institutional administrative personnel (e.g., budget officers, grant assistants, and building maintenance personnel), which are usually paid from institutional overhead charges;
  • Salary and support for administrative activities such as institutional public relations or health and educational services.
Participant (Scholar) Costs

Scholars are those individuals who benefit from the proposed activities and experiences involved in the career development program. Scholar costs must be justified as specifically required for the proposed career development program and based on institutional policies for salaries paid to individuals in similar positions, regardless of the source of funds. These expenses must be itemized in the proposed budget.

The program will support Scholars for periods of approximately two to five years consisting of consecutive 12-month appointments.

Each Scholar's award may be up to $100,000 per year, which includes $75,000 salary and fringe benefits.  Salaries can be adjusted according to grantee institutional policy to be consistent with the institution's salary scale for equivalent positions.  The total salary requested must be based on a full-time, 12-month staff appointment and requires Scholars to devote a minimum of 9 person months (equivalent to 75 percent) of full-time professional effort toward health-related research and career development activities, with the remaining effort being devoted to activities related to the development of a successful research career. For information regarding NIH policy on determining full-time professional effort for career awards, see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-056.html

The institution may supplement the NIH salary contribution up to a level that is consistent with the institution's salary scale; however, supplementation may not be from Federal funds unless specifically authorized by the Federal program from which such funds are derived. Institutional supplementation of salary must not require extra duties or responsibilities that would interfere with the purpose of the program.

Each Scholar award includes $25,000 annually for research and career development costs.  Allowable costs under this category may include: 1) research expenses such as supplies, equipment and technical personnel, including expenses generated in the laboratories of the established investigators who serve as mentors; 2) travel to receive training or attend scientific meetings where the scholar will be presenting CHRCDA-funded work (not to exceed $3,500 annually); 3) tuition, fees, or books; and 4) computer services. These research and development costs must be itemized for each individual candidate and related to the Scholar's research activities. They cannot be pooled and used for other programs unrelated or indirectly related to the research activities of individual Scholars.

Items that may NOT be supported with K12 funds include:

  • Travel of the PD/PI, TD, or program mentors to scientific meetings other than the yearly CHRCDA retreat;
  • Patient care costs such as inpatient bed days or outpatient visits, except for clinical laboratory analyses essential for the Scholars research;
  • Alterations and renovations.
Other Program Related Expenses

Consultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel for key persons, and other program-related expenses may be included in the proposed budget. These expenses must be justified as specifically required by the proposed program and must not duplicate items generally available at the applicant institution.

Allowable costs include:

  • Scholars, as well as the PD/PI and TD, are expected to attend an annual CHRCDA Program meeting.  The meeting allows scholars to present their research to peers and senior investigators.  Funds should be requested in the budget for this purpose.  Travel may also be requested for one additional training or scientific meeting per year for current Scholars.
  • Minimal costs can be allocated for advertising and recruitment in order to attract the best candidates nationally. Some laboratory costs may be provided to scholars to offset expenses of the scholar's research project related to K12 training. These costs may include partial salary support for technical assistants.
  • Administrative support services that are directly associated with and necessary for the CHRCDA program, and are not covered by institutional overhead charges, may be requested. Allowable costs include supplies, duplicating equipment, telephone, or maintenance contracts for equipment.

Items that may NOT be supported with K12 funds include:

  • Travel of the PD/PI, TD, or program mentors to scientific meetings other than the yearly CHRCDA retreat;
  • Patient care costs such as inpatient bed days or outpatient visits, except for clinical laboratory analyses essential for the Scholars research;
  • Alterations and renovations.
Indirect Costs

Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

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

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

Governments

An application may be submitted on behalf of a Department of Pediatrics (here understood to include a department providing care to children as its primary function, regardless of title) that has as a primary teaching site either a hospital for children or a pediatrics program with an identifiable organizational structure within a larger medical institution. The applicant institution must have an adequate pool of highly trained established investigators in research related to pediatrics and its subspecialty areas. Applicant institutions must have the clinical specialties and subspecialties and the basic science research facilities sufficient to meet the purposes of the CHRCDA Program. These institutions should also have the commitment and capability to provide career development guidance to promising candidates who aspire to become independent investigators. If multiple sites are involved in the institutional career development program, the need for and use of multiple sites must be justified.     

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

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 not allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant organizations must complete the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. Applicants must have a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to begin each of the following registrations.

All Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) must also work with their institutional officials to register with the eRA Commons or ensure their existing eRA Commons account is affiliated with the eRA Commons account of the applicant organization.

All registrations must be completed by the application due date. Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to start the registration process at least 4-6 weeks prior to the application due date.

Eligible Individuals (Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s))

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 PD(s)/PI(s), visit the Multiple Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.

The PD/PI must be capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required.

The CHRCDA Principal Investigator (PD/PI) must be the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.  The PD/PI makes the final decisions regarding appropriate recipients of the program funds for research and career development, taking into consideration recommendations from the CHRCDA Advisory Committee.  The PD/PI and the Training Director (TD), if different from the PD/PI, must possess the educational and scientific expertise, leadership, and administrative capabilities required to coordinate and supervise a multidisciplinary research and career development program of this scope.

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 programmatically distinct.

NIH will not accept any application in response to this FOA that is essentially the same as one currently pending initial peer review unless the applicant withdraws the pending application. NIH will not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed. Resubmission applications may be submitted, according to the NIH Policy on Resubmission Applications from the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Mentors

Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors. Mentors should have research expertise and experience relevant to the proposed program. Mentors must be committed to continue their involvement throughout the total period of the award.

Each Scholar appointed under the K12 award must be assigned a mentor based on the scholar’s research experience, intended project, and need for intensive supervision and support. The mentors should hold senior faculty positions, be supported by NIH or other competitively awarded grants, and be acknowledged experts in the application of new advances in basic science or translational research. Mentors with basic science expertise are most valued.  They will make available their laboratory facilities to be utilized by Scholars for research projects that will enhance their knowledge and skills. Mentors must have track records in mentoring and training, and must interact closely with the Scholar in order to develop a career development plan. Assigned mentors will provide guidance for the development of each Scholar appointed to the program. Mentors are not required to be members of the Department of Pediatrics. Although mentors from collaborating departments may provide needed expertise and resources, the emphasis of the CHRCDA Scholars' scientific projects should be on research relevant to pediatrics and its subspecialties.

Scholars

Scholars to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the career level for which the planned program is intended. Scholars are expected to devote a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) during the appointment on the K12 award.

Details on citizenship requirements are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

An institution receiving a CHRCDA Program award must recruit and select Scholars who have the potential to develop into independent investigators. At the time of appointment to the K-12 Program, candidates for CHRCDA Scholars must:

Support for Scholars should be provided through a minimum of two consecutive 12-month appointments, renewable in annual increments, for up to five years total. Support of Scholars is renewable at the discretion of the PD/PI, contingent upon presentation of evidence of satisfactory progress as determined by the Advisory Committee. The pool of potential Scholars and criteria for selecting CHRCDA Scholars must be described in the grant application. Institutions are encouraged to develop novel mechanisms for recruiting qualified pediatricians.

The Scholar position is a faculty appointment, not a fellowship or extension of a fellowship position. Completion of subspecialty training is not required. Scholars may be appointed to the K12 program in the final research year of subspecialty fellowship training, if the fellowship provides basic science training similar to this K-12 program.

Some individuals who are interested in the K12 program may have had a career hiatus because of family responsibilities, uniformed service, or other circumstances.  For such individuals, the hiatus will not count against the 4-year limit specified above.  New Scholar appointments may be made any time during the year.

During the period of this award, Scholars may not accept or hold any other PHS award that duplicates the provisions of this career award. However, Scholars may remain eligible for other individual mentored career development awards (e.g., K01, K08, K22, K23, K25, K99) at the conclusion of the K12 appointment if additional training is needed to establish research independence. 

Combined support through the K12 and other mentored career development award programs must not exceed six years.  Scholars should contact NICHD staff if there are questions regarding eligibility.

K12 Scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for independent research grant support (e.g., R01, R21, R03) during the award. K12 Scholars in the last two years of career award support may reduce effort on the career award to a minimum of 50% and hold concurrent support from their career award and a competing NIH research grant if they are recognized as a Principal Investigator or Subproject Director (see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-007.html. Independent NIH research grant support must conform to all NIH policies and guidelines as described in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (NOT-OD-08-065).

Section IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Requesting an Application Package

Applicants must download 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.

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. 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:

The letter of intent should be sent to:

Karen Winer, M.D.
Endocrinology, Nutrition, Growth Branch
Center for Research for Mothers and Children
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 4B11, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Rockville, MD 20852 for courier/non-USPS service
Telephone: 301-435-6877
Fax: (301) 480-9791
Email: winerk@mail.nih.gov

Required and Optional Components

The forms package associated with this FOA includes all applicable components, mandatory and optional.  Please note that some components marked optional in the application package are required for submission of applications for this FOA. Follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide to ensure you complete all appropriate “optional” components.

Page Limitations

All page limitations described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed.   

SF424 (R&R) Other Project Information Component

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), with the following modifications:

Project Summary /Abstract

Provide an abstract of the entire application, including the long-term goals and objectives of the program. Include the rationale and design of the program, the planned duration of the program and the projected number of scholars, including their levels (i.e., predoctoral, postdoctoral, faculty).

Advisory Committee (Uploaded via the Other Attachments section)

A plan must be provided for the appointment of an Advisory Committee.  The Advisory Committee will be a group of scientists from the sponsoring department and other departments or institutions, as appropriate, with research interests relevant to the CHRCDA Program. The two major functions of the committee are to evaluate:  1) applications from potential Scholar candidates, and 2) the overall conduct of the Program. Specifically, the committee makes recommendations concerning Scholar appointments, evaluates ongoing research activities annually (including the interaction and integrated nature of the Scholars' research experience), and makes recommendations regarding their continuation. The committee may use institutional or outside consultants, if needed.

Describe how the Advisory Committee will function in providing oversight of the development, implementation, and evaluation of recruitment strategies, the recruitment and retention of candidates, and the evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the program.  Describe the composition of the Advisory Committee, identifying the role and the desired expertise of members. Note that proposed Advisory Committee members should not be named in the application, particularly if they include individuals from outside the institution. Renewal applications with Advisory Committees should include names of existing external advisors. Please name your file “Advisory_Committee.pdf”

The filename provided for each “Other Attachment” will be the name used for the bookmark in the electronic application in eRA Commons.

Research and Related (R&R) Budget Component

Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide with the following modifications:

PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan

All Supplemental Instructions to the SF424 (R&R) for Preparing Institutional Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Application must be followed, with the additional instructions described below:

PROGRAM PLAN

Program Administration (Component of Program Plan)

Describe the strengths, leadership and administrative skills, and scientific expertise of the PD/PI. Include the planned strategy and administrative structure to be used to oversee and monitor the program. For applications with multiple PDs/PIs, address the Leadership Plan and how the combined knowledge, skills and experience of the individual PDs/PIs will enhance the likelihood of success of the program. Describe the strengths, leadership and administrative skills, and scientific expertise of the Training Director (TD), if different from the PD/PI..

Program Faculty (Component of Program Plan)

Describe in general terms the complementary expertise and experiences of the proposed mentors. Provide an overview of their active research and other scholarly activities, as well as track records of mentoring and training.

Proposed Training (Component of Program Plan)

Provide an overview of the proposed program: Describe the immediate and long-term objectives of the program, including activities that will be used to ensure that the objectives of the program are met. Include information about planned courses, curricula, seminars, workshops, or tutorials that will be incorporated into the training program and mentored research experiences and activities. Institutions with existing training or career development programs must explain what distinguishes this program from the others, how the programs will synergize, if applicable, and justify that the faculty, pool of potential trainees, and resources are robust enough to support additional programs. The description should include planned strategies to be used to ensure that the objectives are met. The PD/PI should also describe past research career development activities/experiences including those of mentors, documenting the success of former trainees in establishing independent productive scientific careers.

Program Evaluation (Component of Program Plan)

Describe an evaluation plan to review and determine the effectiveness of the program. This should include plans to obtain feedback from current and former scholars to help identify weaknesses and to provide suggestions for program improvements, as well as plans for assessing trainees’ career development and progression, including metrics such as degree completion (if applicable), publications, and subsequent positions. Specified evaluation metrics should be tied to the goals of the program. Evaluation results should be included in future competing continuation (renewal) applications and in the Final Progress Report.

Scholar Candidates (Component of Program Plan)

Describe in general terms the pool of potential candidates including information about the types of prior clinical and research training and the expected career level required for the program. Do not name prospective trainees. Describe plans to recruit candidates and explain how these plans will be implemented (see also section on Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity). Describe the evaluation criteria to be used in the selection of trainees. Provide brief summaries of training plans that the program will employ. The application should contain a description of how training plans will be tailored to the needs of the prospective candidates, taking into account their past experiences and competences.

Institutional Environment and Commitment to the Program (Component of Program Plan)

The application must include a statement from the applicant institution describing the commitment to the planned program. The institution must assure that essential time will be allowed for the PD(s)/PI(s), other faculty and mentors, and the required protected time for scholars (9 person months, equivalent to 75%) selected for the program.

Describe the research infrastructure and facilities that are available and accessible to this Program. This includes the existence of funded laboratories and research space and activities that will meet and sustain the needs of the Program.

Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity

Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity as provided in Chapter 8 of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research as provided in Chapter 8 of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

Progress Report (Renewal Applications Only)

Renewal applicants should provide a list or table of scholars who have participated in this K12 program over the past ten years.   Provide scholar statistics including name, years funded through the K12 program, department, name of mentor, current professional position (appointment type, department), and research grant awards (e.g., R21, R01).   Indicate which scholars belong to diversity categories as defined in the SF424 instruction guide.  Optional information may include peer reviewed journal publications based on CHRCDA-supported research and a description of the scholar's subspecialty area of research.  Standardized data tables are available to provide some of this information (see below).

Data Tables

Applications must include a description of pertinent research experience of the proposed mentors and their record of accomplishment in training junior investigators. In a table or other format, name up to five current or former students or fellows the faculty member has trained, with dates (month/year), where trained, title of project, academic level, and present position and institution.

Standardized data tables for institutional training programs (e.g., T32 and K12 programs) are located at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ funding/424/index.htm#datatables.  The data tables are designed to enable consistent entry and review of data for training program faculty and scholars.  The information provided in these data tables is not counted toward the 25 page limitation for the main body of the application (Items 2.2-2.4 in the SF424 instructions).   

Some or all of the tables may not be appropriate for any given K12 application.  Applicants are encouraged to use those tables that will be useful in describing important aspects of the program.  Additional tables may be included in the Research Training Program Plan.  However, such tables will count as part of the 25 page limit.

Please read the Introduction to the Data Tables linked on the above web site before starting to prepare the tables. The data tables should be numbered consecutively and titled as shown, even if some are not used.  Indicate by table number and title those tables that are intentionally omitted. Additional tables not specified in these instructions should be identified by letter, rather than number, to avoid confusion with the sequentially numbered required tables.

The information included in the data tables should be used to present a detailed documentation of the proposed K12 Training Program.  Please summarize the data in the body of the grant application and provide any explanatory notes at the bottom of the data tables themselves.  Use the data to support the presentation of your training program as described in the body of the application.

Applicants should include the data table attachment (Item 13. Data Tables) even if none of the standardized data tables will be used.  List the data tables by title and indicate that the table is “Not Applicable”.

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.  

3. Submission Dates and Times

Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.

Organizations must submit applications via Grants.gov, the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies. 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 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 SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

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) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF 424(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 Central Contractor Registration (CCR). Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

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

Career development award-supported research reported in peer review journals or at scientific meetings must acknowledge the support received through the CHRCDA K12 Program.  

Post Submission Materials

Applicants are required to follow the instructions for post-submission materials, as described in NOT-OD-10-115.

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

Reviewers will provide an overall impact/priority score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the program 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 project proposed).

Scored Review Criteria

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.

Career Development Program and Environment

Does the proposed program clearly outline a plan to recruit and develop well-qualified junior investigators for successful careers as biomedical or clinical researchers? Is there evidence of an adequate pool of potential scholars who could benefit from receiving career development support? Are the content and duration of any proposed didactic, training-related, and research-related activities of the program appropriate? Are appropriate timelines indicated for career progression and transition to independence? Does the institutional environment (e.g., research facilities and other relevant resources) in which the program will be conducted contribute to the probability of success? Does the proposed career development program benefit from unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is the institutional commitment to the proposed program appropriate? If multiple sites are participating, is this adequately justified in terms of the career development and research experiences provided? Is there sufficient assurance that the required effort of the PD/PI, mentors and scholars will be devoted directly to the research training, career development, and related activities? When applicable, is there adequate documentation describing the responsibilities of the advisory committee with regard to the provision of input, guidance and oversight of the program?

For institutions with other K12 programs, is there justification for an additional program and will there be synergistic relationships among the programs? What is the probable impact of the CHRCDA on enhancing the capacity of the grantee institution to develop well-qualified new pediatric investigators, thereby advancing pediatric research locally and nationally, especially with regard to the application of basic research developments to clinical problems in pediatrics?  If there are NIH-supported Centers or other large research projects at the applicant institution, are there plans to take advantage of the resources provided for the benefit of the proposed CHRCDA Program?  Does the institution provide assurances that it intends the Program to be an integral part of its research endeavor?

Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s))

Do the PD/PI and Training Director, have the experience to develop, direct and administer the proposed program?  Does the leadership team bring complementary and integrated expertise to the program? Is there evidence that an appropriate level of effort will be devoted by the program leadership to ensure program objectives? Are the research qualifications, scientific stature, previous leadership and mentoring experience, and track record(s) appropriate for the proposed career development program? Is the Training Director currently engaged in research relevant to the scientific area of the proposed program?

Mentors

Do the mentors have expertise and experience, as well as track records of past mentoring and training? Are the quality and extent of the mentors’ roles in providing guidance and scientific advice to the scholars acceptable? Are the mentors currently engaged in relevant research?

Are the mentors established investigators supported by NIH or other competitively awarded grants and acknowledged experts in basic science methodology?  Are the mentors' research interests relevant to the overall mission of the CHRCDA?  Are the aggregate interests of established investigators broadly based and not too narrowly defined by a specific disease category or organ system? Is the number of proposed established investigators who will serve as mentors adequate?

Candidates/Scholars 

Is a recruitment plan proposed with strategies likely to attract high quality scholar candidates? Are there well-defined and well justified recruitment and selection strategies? Is there evidence of a sufficiently large, competitive scholar pool to warrant the proposed size of career development program?   Is there an appropriate plan for the proposed duration of the career development plan for achieving scientific independence for the prospective candidates? What is the likelihood that the career development plan will contribute significantly to the scientific development of the scholars? Does the plan for selection of the scholars include all of the eligibility criteria stated in the FOA?  Is the career development plan tailored to the needs of the prospective candidates?

Does the application demonstrate an adequate pool of prospective junior investigators, trained locally or recruited from elsewhere, who could benefit from receiving career development support from the CHRCDA Program at this site?  Is there evidence of a scientifically sound and equitable system for evaluating candidates for scholar positions and providing internal quality control of ongoing research?

Training Record 

Does the program have a rigorous evaluation plan to assess the quality and effectiveness of the training?  

Is there evidence of a successful past training record of the TD and mentors, including the success of former scholars in seeking independent support and establishing productive scientific careers?

Additional Review Criteria

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

Protections for Human Subjects

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.  

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

Vertebrate Animals

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

Biohazards

Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

Resubmissions

For Resubmissions, the committee will evaluate the application as now presented, taking into consideration the responses to comments from the previous scientific review group and changes made to the project.

Renewals

For Renewals, the committee will consider the progress made in the last funding period, including on the Recruitment and Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity, and Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research.  Does the application describe the program’s accomplishments over the past funding period(s)?  Are changes proposed that would improve or strengthen the career development experience?

Has the program been adequately evaluated and has the level of success been satisfactory?  Do the results of the evaluation document a continued need for support for this program?  Has the program been innovative in the past and does it continue to demonstrate innovation?  Does the past performance demonstrate superior mentoring capabilities?  Has the program been effective in training and producing independent pediatrician scientists?  Have scholars who participated in the program been successful in finding quality academic positions?  Have scholars who participated in the program been active in applying for independent research grants, and have those applications been successful?

Revisions

Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations

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/priority score.

Recruitment & Retention Plan to Enhance Diversity

Peer reviewers will separately evaluate the recruitment and retention plan to enhance diversity after the overall score has been determined. Reviewers will examine the strategies to be used in the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented groups. The review panel’s evaluation will be included in an administrative note in the summary statement. Plans and past record will be rated as acceptable or unacceptable, and the summary statement will provide the consensus of the review committee.

Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

Taking into account the specific characteristics of the career development program, level of scholar experience, and the particular circumstances of the scholars, the reviewers will address the following questions.  Does the plan satisfactorily address the format of instruction, e.g., lectures, coursework and/or real-time discussion groups?  Do plans include a sufficiently broad selection of subject matter, such as conflict of interest, authorship, data management, human subjects and animal use, laboratory safety?  Do the plans adequately describe how faculty will participate in the instruction?  Does the plan meet the minimum requirements for RCR, i.e., eight contact hours of instruction every four years?

 Plans and past record will be rated as acceptable or unacceptable, and the summary statement will provide the consensus of the review committee.

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).

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 the NICHD, in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Review assignments will be shown in the eRA Commons.

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

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 Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) Council. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

After the peer review of the application is completed, the PD(s)/PI(s) 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, CCR Registration, and Transparency Act requirements as noted on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.

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

The Non-Competing Continuation Grant Progress Report (PHS 2590) and financial statements as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement are required annually. Continuation support will not be provided until the required forms are submitted and accepted. Chapter 8 of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, Additional Instructions for Preparing a Progress Report for an Institutional Research Training Grant, Including Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards, must be followed.

Failure by the grantee institution to submit required forms in a timely, complete, and accurate manner may result in an expenditure disallowance or a delay in any continuation funding for the award.

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. 

Other Reporting Requirements

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. Evaluation results should be included as part of the final Progress Report.

4. Evaluation

In carrying out its stewardship of human resource-related programs, the NIH may request information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this program from databases and from Scholars themselves. Scholars may be contacted after the completion of this award for periodic updates on various aspects of their employment history, publications, support from research grants or contracts, honors and awards, professional activities, and other information helpful in evaluating the impact of the program.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

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

Application Submission Contacts

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading or navigating forms)
Contact Center Phone: 800-518-4726
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

eRA Commons Help Desk (Questions regarding eRA Commons registration, tracking application status, post submission issues)
Phone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
TTY: 301-451-5939
Email: commons@od.nih.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Karen Winer, M.D.
Endocrinology, Nutrition, Growth Branch
Center for Research for Mothers and Children
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 4B11, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Rockville, MD 20852 for courier/non-USPS service
Telephone: 301-435-6877
Fax: (301) 480-9791
Email: winerk@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Sherry Dupere, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Scientific Review
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 5B01, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Rockville, MD 20852 for courier/non-USPS service
Telephone:  301-496-1485
Email:  duperes@mail.nih.gov

Examine your eRA Commons account for review assignment and contact information (information appears two weeks after the submission due date).

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Rehana Chowdhury
Grants Management Specialist
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8A01
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Rockville, MD 20852 for courier/non-USPS service
Telephone:  301-435-7007
Email:  chowdhu@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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