Notice to Modify RFA-RM-13-007 "NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (DP2)" regarding Biographical Sketch and Research Strategy

Notice Number: NOT-RM-15-016

Key Dates
Release Date:   July 28, 2015

Related Announcements
RFA-RM-13-007

Issued by
Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)

Purpose

This Notice announces modifications to align with standard biographical sketch format that became effective May 25, 2015 (see NOT-OD-15-032). The new standard biographical sketch format will be adopted and the one page attachment for describing the Program Director/Principal Investigator's (PD/PD's) single most significant publication or research accomplishment will no longer be used. Additionally, the requirement for the applicant to include a statement indicating his/her commitment to devote a minimum of 25% research effort to the New Innovator Award has been moved to the Research Strategy section.

 

Current language

Part 2. Section IV.2 Instructions for Application Submission

SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

Profile – PD(s)/PI(s) – Attach Biographical Sketch: Attach PD(s)/PI(s) biographical sketch, two pages maximum, using the sample format on the Biographical Sketch Format Page shown in the Application Guide, omitting Section A (Personal Statement) and Section D (Research Support). No biographical sketches of potential collaborators or other key personnel are to be submitted and will not be accepted.  Information on potential collaborators is not required but may be included in the Essay.

Profile – PD(s)/PI(s) – Attach Current and Pending Support: Attach a list of Current and Pending Support from all sources, including current year direct costs and percent effort devoted to each project. Use the format for "Other Support" as shown in the Application Guide. A statement must be included that, if chosen to receive an award, the applicant will commit a minimum of 25% of his/her research effort to the project supported by the New Innovator Award.

Profile – Senior Key Person 1: DO NOT USE.  Submit information only for PD/PI. Information on collaborators or other key personnel is not required but may be included in the Essay.

 

Revised language

Part 2. Section IV.2 Instructions for Application Submission

SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

Profile - Project Director/Principal Investigator Field -  Current and Pending Support:  Attach a list of Current and Pending Support from all sources, including current year direct costs and percent effort devoted to each project.

Profile – Senior Key Person 1: DO NOT USE.  Submit information only for PD/PI. Information on collaborators or other key personnel is not required but may be included in the Essay.

 

Current language:

PHS 398 Research Plan

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

Introduction to Application: DO NOT USE

Specific Aims: DO NOT USE

Research Strategy: Upload Essay here. Submit an essay that addresses (1) the significance and potential impact of the project, (2) what makes the approaches exceptionally innovative and how the applicant will address risks and challenges, and (3) the applicant’s qualifications for this award. The description of the scientific plan should be written with a level of detail appropriate for reviewers who are broadly knowledgeable but who may not be directly involved in the proposed area of research. To focus the essay on the goals of the New Innovator Award program and the review criteria for applications, presentation of the proposed research as a series of specific aims is discouraged. Preliminary data are allowed but not required. The essay should include the following sections within the page limit, in the following order, with the headings shown:

Project science areas: Provide 1-digit code and abbreviation for primary and secondary science areas at beginning of essay. See "Agency Routing Identifier" information above for codes and format.

Project Description:  Describe the scientific problem that you propose to address, its importance, and how solving this problem would have a major impact on a broad area of biomedical/behavioral science. Why is the planned research uniquely suited to the New Innovator Award program, rather than a traditional grant mechanism? How is this project distinct from other research that may be supported in your laboratory?

Innovativeness: State clearly and concisely what makes your project unusually innovative. If the approaches entail a high degree of risk, what will you do if these approaches are not successful?

Investigator Qualifications:  Provide evidence to support your claim of innovativeness and creativity in your research. For example, which personal qualities and experiences demonstrate your inclination to challenge paradigms and take intellectual risks, develop unique collaborations, integrate diverse sources of information, or develop novel approaches when new challenges or opportunities arise?

Note: Bibliographic citations are not required but if included must fit within the page limit.  Figures and illustrations may be included but must also fit within the page limit.

Progress Report Publication List: DO NOT USE

Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan: DO NOT USE. Multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are not allowed.

Consortium/Contractual Arrangements: DO NOT USE

Letters of Support: DO NOT USE. Letters of Support are not allowed.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource
Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modifications:

  • Generally, Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and GWAS Sharing Plan) are expected, but for this FOA, the resource sharing plans will be requested as just-in-time information if an award is being considered.

Appendix: Appendix materials are not allowed.

 

Revised language:

PHS 398 Research Plan

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

Introduction to Application: DO NOT USE

Specific Aims: DO NOT USE

Research Strategy: Upload Essay here. Submit an essay that addresses (1) the significance and potential impact of the project, (2) what makes the approaches exceptionally innovative and how the applicant will address risks and challenges, and (3) the applicant’s qualifications for this award. The description of the scientific plan should be written with a level of detail appropriate for reviewers who are broadly knowledgeable but who may not be directly involved in the proposed area of research. To focus the essay on the goals of the New Innovator Award program and the review criteria for applications, presentation of the proposed research as a series of specific aims is discouraged. Preliminary data are allowed but not required. The essay should include the following sections within the page limit, in the following order, with the headings shown:

Project science areas: Provide 1-digit code and abbreviation for primary and secondary science areas at beginning of essay. See "Agency Routing Identifier" information above for codes and format.

Project Description:  Describe the scientific problem that you propose to address, its importance, and how solving this problem would have a major impact on a broad area of biomedical/behavioral science. Why is the planned research uniquely suited to the New Innovator Award program, rather than a traditional grant mechanism? How is this project distinct from other research that may be supported in your laboratory?

Innovativeness: State clearly and concisely what makes your project unusually innovative. If the approaches entail a high degree of risk, what will you do if these approaches are not successful?

Investigator Qualifications:  Provide evidence to support your claim of innovativeness and creativity in your research. For example, which personal qualities and experiences demonstrate your inclination to challenge paradigms and take intellectual risks, develop unique collaborations, integrate diverse sources of information, or develop novel approaches when new challenges or opportunities arise?
Statement of research effort commitment: A statement must be included that, if chosen to receive an award, the applicant will commit a minimum of 25% of his/her research effort to the project supported by the NIH Director's New Innovator Award.

Note: Bibliographic citations are not required but if included must fit within the page limit.  Figures and illustrations may be included but must also fit within the page limit.

Progress Report Publication List: DO NOT USE

Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan: DO NOT USE. Multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are not allowed.

Consortium/Contractual Arrangements: DO NOT USE

Letters of Support: DO NOT USE. Letters of Support are not allowed.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource
Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS)) as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modifications:

  • Generally, Resource Sharing Plans (Data Sharing Plan, Sharing Model Organisms, and GWAS Sharing Plan) are expected, but for this FOA, the resource sharing plans will be requested as just-in-time information if an award is being considered.

Appendix: Appendix materials are not allowed.

All other aspects of this FOA remain the same.

Inquiries

Please direct all inquiries to:

Ravi Basavappa, Ph.D.
Office of the Director (OD)
Telephone: 301-435-7204
Email: NewInnovatorAwards@mail.nih.gov