Notice of Correction to Application Instruction in PAR-16-437 "Support of Competitive Research Enhancement Award (SC3)"

Notice Number: NOT-GM-17-004

Key Dates
Release Date:   March 17, 2017

Related Announcements
PAR-16-437

Issued by
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Purpose

The purpose of this Notice is to correct the instructions for an attachment required in the application.  As clarified below, the "Institutional Information and Research Enhancement Plan" attachment consists of two sections: A. Institutional Information and B. PD/PI's Research Enhancement Objectives and Plan.

Part 2. Section IV.2. Content and Form of Application Submission

SF424(R&R) Other Project Information

Current Language:
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

Other Attachments: The application must include a single attachment titled "Institutional Information and Research Enhancement Plan".

A) Institutional information must include:

1) Description and evidence of the institution's explicit historical mission to educate students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research, and efforts to provide services to the underserved community.

  • For institutions whose historical mission explicitly states that it was founded to educate students from nationally underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research (i.e., underrepresented racial and ethnic groups [African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders, and individuals with disabilities] and/or students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined in NOT-OD-15-053) provide the institution's original mission statement and any other information that justified the institution's creation and describes its main functions and services provided. 
  • For institutions whose mission statement does not explicitly state that they were founded to educate any of the underrepresented groups mentioned above but have a demonstrable historical track record of recruiting, retaining, training, and graduating underrepresented students, the institution must provide information and current figures compared to baseline data from ten years ago that show how the institution's historical track record of training and graduating underrepresented students in biomedical and behavioral-related sciences has improved significantly and how much it has contributed to a substantial increase in the national pool of graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who have pursued or are pursuing biomedical research careers.

2) Institutional data. Provide the following numerical information in tabular form:
Demographics of student body in the sciences in the last two academic years, i.e., total, undergraduate (BS/BA) and graduate (MS/PhD) science student enrollment and graduation numbers as well as percentages of the different groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research.

  • Number of underrepresented students graduating from the applicant institution who have completed the Ph.D. in biomedical or behavioral sciences in the past ten years (this information may be retrieved from NSF WebCaspar at https://webcaspar.nsf.gov/).
  • Total faculty in the biomedical and behavioral-related sciences and number and percentages from each of the underrepresented groups.

3) NIH R01 support (total costs) calculated from data retrieved from NIH RePORTER at http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm) for each of the two last fiscal years.

4) Institutional letter certifying from a department chair or dean certifying that the time and effort requested by the PD/PI for the proposed project will be provided. This letter must explain also the institution's commitment to the PD/PI's proposed research development during the duration of the award.

2) PD/PI's Research Enhancement Objectives and Plan:
These objectives and plan must explain in detail how the PD/PI's SC3 and research career enhancement objectives will be achieved as a logical progression from the applicant's past training and track record as a researcher and how SC3 support will allow the PD/PI to increase his/her research productivity. The plan must justify the PD/PI's need for development via the SC3 mechanism and provide an explanation of how the proposed project, the time devoted to it and the participation of domestic collaborators/consultants (if applicable) will help the PD/PI further his/her research competitiveness and significantly improve his/her productivity to allow him/her to compete eventually for other external support. The career enhancement plan must provide also the steps to be followed to achieve the PD/PI's objectives, include specific milestones and a detailed timeline for publications. Applications lacking this information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Revised Language:
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

Other Attachments: The application must include a single attachment titled "Institutional Information and Research Enhancement Plan".

A) Institutional Information must include:

1) Description and evidence of the institution's explicit historical mission to educate students from backgrounds nationally underrepresented in biomedical research, and efforts to provide services to the underserved community.

  • For institutions whose historical mission explicitly states that it was founded to educate students from nationally underrepresented backgrounds in biomedical research (i.e., underrepresented racial and ethnic groups [African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, U.S. Pacific Islanders, and individuals with disabilities] and/or students from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined in NOT-OD-15-053) provide the institution's original mission statement and any other information that justified the institution's creation and describes its main functions and services provided. 
  • For institutions whose mission statement does not explicitly state that they were founded to educate any of the underrepresented groups mentioned above but have a demonstrable historical track record of recruiting, retaining, training, and graduating underrepresented students, the institution must provide information and current figures compared to baseline data from ten years ago that show how the institution's historical track record of training and graduating underrepresented students in biomedical and behavioral-related sciences has improved significantly and how much it has contributed to a substantial increase in the national pool of graduates from underrepresented backgrounds who have pursued or are pursuing biomedical research careers.

2) Institutional data. Provide the following numerical information in tabular form:

  • Demographics of student body in the sciences in the last two academic years, i.e., total, undergraduate (BS/BA) and graduate (MS/PhD) science student enrollment and graduation numbers as well as percentages of the different groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research.
  • Number of underrepresented students graduating from the applicant institution who have completed the Ph.D. in biomedical or behavioral sciences in the past ten years (this information may be retrieved from NSF WebCaspar at https://webcaspar.nsf.gov/).
  • Total faculty in the biomedical and behavioral-related sciences and number and percentages from each of the underrepresented groups.

3) NIH R01 support (total costs) calculated from data retrieved from NIH RePORTER at http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm) for each of the two last fiscal years.

4) Institutional letter certifying from a department chair or dean certifying that the time and effort requested by the PD/PI for the proposed project will be provided. This letter must explain also the institution's commitment to the PD/PI's proposed research development during the duration of the award.

B) PD/PI's Research Enhancement Objectives and Plan:
These objectives and plan must explain in detail how the PD/PI's SC3 and research career enhancement objectives will be achieved as a logical progression from the applicant's past training and track record as a researcher and how SC3 support will allow the PD/PI to increase his/her research productivity. The plan must justify the PD/PI's need for development via the SC3 mechanism and provide an explanation of how the proposed project, the time devoted to it and the participation of domestic collaborators/consultants (if applicable) will help the PD/PI further his/her research competitiveness and significantly improve his/her productivity to allow him/her to compete eventually for other external support. The career enhancement plan must provide also the steps to be followed to achieve the PD/PI's objectives, include specific milestones and a detailed timeline for publications.

Applications lacking this information will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

No other changes are being made to this FOA.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Hinda Zlotnik, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Telephone: 301-594-3900
Email: zlotnikh@nigms.nih.gov