Release Date:  July 13, 2000

NOTICE:  HS-00-001

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (formerly AHCPR)

The purpose of this addendum is to inform potential applicants that the budget 
limit on small project grant applications ("small project grants" or R03s) has 
been increased from $50,000 direct costs for the entire project period to 
$100,000 total costs (i.e., direct costs plus facilities and administrative 
costs) for the entire project period.  With this increase in small project 
budget, projects may not exceed $100,000 in total costs.

This small grant program (R03) supports research and promotes improvements in 
clinical practice and in the organization, financing, and delivery of health 
care services.  The "AHRQ Small Project Grant Program" PA, published in the 
NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (NIH Guide), February 23, 1996, describes 
the small research grant program which provides support for focused research 
projects, developmental studies, and high risk projects.  High-risk projects 
might employ techniques or theories from other fields not traditionally linked 
to health care research, including qualitative as well as quantitative 
analyses.  The grant program is particularly relevant for new investigators as 
a means of encouraging individuals to enter the health services research 
field.  Through the small project grant program AHRQ seeks to take advantage 
of time-dependent opportunities; reduce the costs of developing applications 
for small research projects, including demonstrations and evaluations; and 
shorten the time and burden of the review process.

Research applications requesting total costs of $100,000 or less should follow 
the application procedures in the "AHRQ Small Project Grant Program" PA, 
published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts (NIH Guide), February 23, 
1996 and AHRQ Small Project Grant Program - Addendum, published in the NIH 
Guide, January 29, 1999.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult the 
AHRQ Health Services Research Program Announcement, available at 
http://www.ahrq.gov, for a description of the Agency=s priority interests for 
extramural grants for research, demonstrations, dissemination, and evaluation 
projects.  AHRQ=s new legislative reauthorization AHealthcare Research and 
Quality Act of 1999," which provides more information on the Agency=s mission 
is available at http://www.ahrq.gov. 

The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) is to be used in 
applying for these grants.  State and local government applicants may use form 
PHS-5161-1, Application for Federal Assistance (rev. 5/96), and follow those 
requirements for copy submission.

All applications submitted for AHRQ small project grant support must be 
submitted to:

Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD 20892-7710

Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service)

The application receipt dates are:

November 24
March 24
July 24


Applicants should obtain copies of the grant application kit and the small 
research program announcement from:

AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse
P.O. Box 8547
Silver Spring, MD 20907-8547
Telephone: 1-800-358-9295
TDD Service: 1-888-586-6340
or from AHRQ=s web site - http://www.ahrq.gov (Funding Opportunities)

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues, including the suitability of 
research topics and information on the policy of inclusion of women, 
minorities, and children in study populations to members of the AHRQ staff as 

Improving Health Outcomes
Carolyn Clancy, M.D.
Director, Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research
Telephone:  (301) 594-1485
Email:  cclancy@ahrq.gov

Quality of Care
Gregg Meyer, M.D.
Director, Center for Quality Measurement and Improvement
Telephone: (301) 594-6672
Email: gmeyer@ahrq.gov 

Evidence-based Practice and Technology Assessment
Douglas B. Kamerow, M.D.
Director, Center for Practice and Technology Assessment
Telephone: (301) 594-4026
Email:  dkamerow@ahrq.gov 

Primary Care
Helen Burstin, M.D.
Director, Center for Primary Care Research

Telephone: (301) 594-1357
Email: hburstin@ahrq.gov

Cost and Financing
Steven B. Cohen, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Center for Cost and Financing Studies
Telephone:  (301) 594-6171
Email: scohen@ahrq.gov 

Organization, Delivery, and Markets
Irene Fraser, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Organization and Delivery Studies
Telephone:  (301) 594-6824
Email:  ifraser@ahrq.gov 

Minority Health
Francis Chesley, M.D.
Director, Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy 
Telephone:  (301) 594-6410
Email: fchesley@ahrq.gov

Women=s Health
Marcy Gross, Women=s Health Coordinator 
Telephone:  (301) 594-2429
Email:  mgross@ahrq.gov 

Children=s Health
Denise Dougherty, Ph.D., Child Health Coordinator
Telephone:  (301) 594-2051
Email: ddougher@ahrq.gov 

Clinical Preventive Services
David Atkins, M.D.
Medical Officer, Center for Practice and Technology Assessment
Telephone:  (301) 594-4016
Email:  datkins@ahrq.gov 

Cost-effectiveness Analysis and Other Methodological Advances
Joanna Siegel, Sc.D., R.N.
Telephone: (301) 594-0667
Email: jsiegel@ahrq.gov 

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal and administrative matters to:

Michelle Burr

Grants Management Specialist
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
2101 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 601
Rockville, MD  20852-4908
Telephone:  (301) 594-1840
FAX:  (301) 594-3210
Email, mburr@ahrq.gov 

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