Notice of Availability of Administrative Supplements to NIBIB Grants: Technology Dissemination

Notice Number: NOT-EB-18-019

Key Dates
Release Date: June 11, 2018

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National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)


The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) announces an opportunity for NIBIB-supported investigators to request administrative supplements to facilitate rapid dissemination of technologies, tools and resources to the broader biomedical imaging and bioengineering research communities. Dissemination efforts supported by these supplements must be focused on technologies developed within the parent grant.

To maximize the impact of NIBIB-funded projects, this Administrative Supplement announcement aims to accelerate direct delivery of unique and cutting-edge hardware, software, or other technologies from researchers' labs to other users. Among other factors, reliability, reproducibility, scalability, broader applicability, and user friendliness are often critical for dissemination. In addition to replication of technologies for other users, potential outputs from this supplement activity may include improving the readiness of technologies for dissemination, providing in-person training for use of technologies, or developing standard operating procedures, manuals and videos. Other important components may include user-friendly interfaces and documentation that provide better visualization, operation and interaction for the broad use of NIBIB-supported technologies. Applicants should justify how the supplement efforts will allow end users not familiar with the technology to easily apply the technology for further research.

The following are representative, but non-exclusive, examples of potential supplement activities:

  • Investigation of the performance stability, cross-platform applicability of MRI or other imaging hardware or reconstruction methods.
  • Transforming a unique circuit design from "breadboarding" to a printed or integrated circuit board for enhanced performance, reproducibility or reduced costs.
  • Re-design and prototyping of an electronic device with emphasis on mechanical rigidity, thermal stability, and other factors that could affect the long-term performance for other users.
  • Creation of interactive visualization interfaces to facilitate use of computational models and analytical tools.
  • Creation of tutorials to explain the best use case for algorithmic methods and how to use them, or to compare simulations from multiple computational models for particular use cases.
  • Creation of manuals or SOPs for novel sensors or monitoring systems, home-use point-of-care devices, home or mobile therapy or rehabilitation tools, or information systems.

Administrative supplement requests should be submitted to PA-18-591, Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

Applicants should begin their Research Strategy by stating: "This application is being submitted in response to NOT-EB-18-019".

Supplements up to $100,000 direct costs for up to 12 months will be considered for research grants, career awards, non-center cooperative agreements and training grants. Supplements up to $200,000 direct costs for up to 12 months will be considered for research center grants or research center cooperative agreements. The project and budget periods of the supplement request must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award.

These administrative supplements are available to meet increased costs that are within the scientific scope of the parent grant but were unforeseen when the grant application was submitted. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss the aims of the proposed work with the NIBIB program officer assigned to the parent grant to assess suitability for this funding opportunity

Requests must be received by July 24, 2018.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Shumin Wang, Ph.D.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Telephone: 301-594-9001

Grace C.Y. Peng, Ph.D.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Telephone: 301-451-4778

Guoying Liu, Ph.D.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)
Telephone: 301-594-5220