Notice of Change to Award Information and Application and Submission Instructions for RFA-DK-21-019, National Program for the Career Development Of Physician Scientists in Diabetes Research (Diabetes - Docs) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional)
Notice Number:
NOT-DK-21-027

Key Dates

Release Date:

September 20, 2021

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NOT-DK-21-030 - Notice of Extension of Application Due Date for RFA-DK-21-019, National Program for the Career Development Of Physician Scientists in Diabetes Research (Diabetes - Docs) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional)

RFA-DK-21-019 - National Program for the Career Development Of Physician Scientists in Diabetes Research (Diabetes - Docs) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional)

Issued by

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Purpose

This Notice is to inform the applicant community of corrections to the Award Information and Application and Submission Instructions within RFA-DK-21-019: National Program for the Career Development Of Physician Scientists in Diabetes Research (Diabetes - Docs) (K12 Clinical Trial Optional). The Award Information section has been updated to more accurately reflect funds available for the award and the level of effort allowed under this FOA. This FOA has also been updated to reflect that an Advisory Committee is a required component of the FOA and applicants should submit the relevant attachment under the Other Project Information form. The following sections have been modified as follows:
 

Section II. Award Information (changes in bolded italics):

Under Section II. Award Information, Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards (changes in bolded italics):

Currently reads:

he NIDDK intends to commit up to $2 million to fund 1 award in FY 2022..

Modified to read:

NIDDK expects to commit up to $2.6 million to fund 1 award in FY 2022.
 

Under Section II. Award Information, Award Budgets, (changes in bolded italics):

Currently reads:

Application budgets are limited to $1.3 million direct costs, exclusive of indirect costs on subcontracts, per year, with variable costs across years allowed to accomodate Scholar appointments. Budgets are expected to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Modified to read:

Variable costs across years are allowed to accommodate establishment of the program and variable Scholar appointments, with an upper direct cost limit of $2.4 million. Budgets are expected to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.


Under Other Budget Information, Personnel costs (changes in bolded italics):

Currently reads:

For this FOA, NIDDK will provide up to 2.5 person months total (combined) effort for the PD/PI(s) and/or faculty with significant program responsibilities. Funds may be requested for honoraria for Advisory Committee Members who are not also receiving salary support from this grant. Total for dedicated administrative services may not exceed 0.8 calendar months of effort.

Modified to read:

For this FOA, NIDDK will provide up to 4.5 person months total (combined) effort for the PD/PI(s) and/or faculty with significant program responsibilities. Funds may be requested for honoraria for Advisory Committee Members who are not also receiving salary support from this grant. Total for dedicated administrative services including accounting for this program may not exceed 6.0 calendar months total (combined) effort.


Under Other Budget Information, Scholar Costs (changes in bolded italics):

Currently reads:

It is expected that approximately 56 Scholar-slots will be available over 5 years, based on 28 individual Scholars, each typically receiving 2 years of support. The program as a whole should be primarily focused on T1D research, but up to a maximum of 5 Scholars overall may be appointed to pursue T2D research projects.

Modified to read:

It is expected that approximately 52-54 Scholar-slots will be available over 5 years, based on 25-27 individual Scholars, each typically receiving 2 years of support. The program as a whole should be primarily focused on T1D research, but up to a maximum of 5 Scholars overall may be appointed to pursue T2D research projects.


Section IV. Application and Submission Information, SF424 (R&R) Other Project Information, Other Attachments, An Advisory Committee

An Advisory Committee is required and an attachment must be included. The instructions for preparing the attachment are contained in the second paragraph below.

Currently reads:

Other Attachments. An Advisory Committee is not a required component of a training program. However, if an Advisory Committee is intended, provide a plan for the appointment of an Advisory Committee to monitor progress of the trainingprogram. The composition, roles, responsibilities, and desired expertise of committee members, frequency of committee meetings, and other relevant information should be included. Describe how the Advisory Committee will evaluate the overall effectiveness of the program. Proposed Advisory Committee members should be named in the application if they have been invited to participate at the time the application is submitted. Renewal applications with Advisory Committees should include the names of all committee members during the past project period. Please name your file “Advisory_Committee.pdf”. (This paragraph is deleted).

An Advisory Committee is a required component of this career development program. Provide a plan to recruit an Advisory Committee for the overall programwhose members have established records of research and research training of physician-scientists, and are diverse with respect to scientific interests, geographic location and prior training affiliations. Please provide a plan to ensure that the Advisory Committee has appropriate representation of women and individuals from groups under-represented in science. See, e.g., NIH's Notice of Interest in Diversity. The composition, roles, responsibilities, and desired expertise of committee members, frequency of committee meetings, and other relevant information should be included.Describe how the Advisory Committee and co-directors will evaluate all Scholar applicants to the program (evaluation of written applications and conducting interviews), monitor progress of current scholars and provide feedback to the Mentors, Program PD/PI(s), co-directors and scholars as appropriate. Describe whether Advisory Committee members may be required to perform site visits at Scholar institutions. Describe how Advisory Committee members will be supported for attendance and participation in annual retreats. Describe how the duration of service of Advisory Committee members will be negotiated to ensure a minimum of 3 years. If Advisory Committee members will be allowed to be primary mentors or co-mentors to Scholars, describe how any conflict-of-interest in the Scholar selection process will be managed. Proposed Advisory Committee members need not be named in the application, but if they have been already invited to participate at the time the application is submitted, they should be named to avoid conflicts in review.

Plans for administrative support for the committee’s work should be described, including conflict resolution procedures and a process for managing conflict of interest and turnover within the committee itself. Please name your file “Advisory_Committee.pdf”.

The filename provided for each #147;Other Attachment” will be the name used for the bookmark in the electronic application in eRA Commons.


Modified to read:

An Advisory Committee is a required component of this career development program. Provide a plan to recruit an Advisory Committee for the overall programwhose members have established records of research and research training of physician-scientists, and are diverse with respect to scientific interests, geographic location and prior training affiliations. Please provide a plan to ensure that the Advisory Committee has appropriate representation of women and individuals from groups under-represented in science. See, e.g., NIH's Notice of Interest in Diversity. The composition, roles, responsibilities, and desired expertise of committee members, frequency of committee meetings, and other relevant information should be included.Describe how the Advisory Committee and co-directors will evaluate all Scholar applicants to the program (evaluation of written applications and conducting interviews), monitor progress of current scholars and provide feedback to the Mentors, Program PD/PI(s), co-directors and scholars as appropriate. Describe whether Advisory Committee members may be required to perform site visits at Scholar institutions. Describe how Advisory Committee members will be supported for attendance and participation in annual retreats. Describe how the duration of service of Advisory Committee members will be negotiated to ensure a minimum of 3 years. If Advisory Committee members will be allowed to be primary mentors or co-mentors to Scholars, describe how any conflict-of-interest in the Scholar selection process will be managed. Proposed Advisory Committee members need not be named in the application, but if they have been already invited to participate at the time the application is submitted, they should be named to avoid conflicts in review.

Plans for administrative support for the committee’s work should be described, including conflict resolution procedures and a process for managing conflict of interest and turnover within the committee itself. Please name your file “Advisory_Committee.pdf”.

The filename provided for each #147;Other Attachment” will be the name used for the bookmark in the electronic application in eRA Commons.


All other aspects of this FOA remain unchanged.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Lisa Spain, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Telephone: 301-451-9871
Email: Lisa.Spain@nih.gov


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