Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Diversity Program Consortium Sponsored Programs Administration Development (SPAD) Program (G11)

Notice Number: NOT-RM-19-002

Key Dates

Release Date: November 26, 2018
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: March 01, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date: July 01, 2019
Earliest Estimated Award Date: April 01, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: April 01, 2020

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Issued by
Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)


The Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund) intends to publish a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for Phase II of the of the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce Program. This program, known as the Diversity Program Consortium (DPC), consists of three integrated initiatives: Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD), the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and the Center for Evaluation and Coordination (CEC).

This new initiative of the DPC will focus on developing the institutional infrastructure necessary to provide efficient, consistent, and responsive service for sponsored programs administration. NIH intends that institutions not currently part of the DPC will have the opportunity to apply for funds to establish Offices of Sponsored Programs (OSPs) or enhance the services of existing OSPs or similar entities at domestic institutions of higher learning. Domestic program priorities include emerging research institutions and primarily undergraduate institutions, including women's colleges, that have underrepresented student enrollment and that meet the eligibility requirements.

This Notice is being provided to allow the applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. The FOA will utilize the G11 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The Common Fund intends to provide resources needed to develop or enhance institutional administrative research support infrastructure with a focus on providing efficient, consistent, and responsive service to support research and research training. Potential activities may include those that (1) promote research development and sustainability; (2) develop collaborative and consortium arrangements with other academic institutions (e.g. community colleges) for the purpose of promoting biomedical research and research training; (3) enhance faculty opportunities to conduct biomedical research and engage in research training; (4) increase the knowledge of the NIH and related agencies' research and research training funding opportunities; and (5) develop skills in the fundamentals of preparing research grant applications, research contract proposals, training grant and fellowship applications.

It is anticipated that the individual(s) participating in the program activities will become the institutional focal point in promoting sponsored programs and research training activities among students and faculty at their institutions. It is also expected that these individual(s) will establish an Office of Sponsored Programs. The NIH encourages strategies and processes for attracting women and underrepresented students into research experiences that will lead to biomedical research careers (see NIH’s Interest in Diversity).

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding $1,750,000
Expected Number of Awards 10
Estimated Award Ceiling $150,000
Primary CFDA Numbers 93.310

Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education

Eligibility is limited to two- and four-year undergraduate institutions that receive less than $7.5M annually in NIH funding (total costs) through Research Project Grants and that have at least 25% of students supported by Pell grants. A year is defined as a federal fiscal year: from October 1 through September 30. Note that all activity codes are included in this calculation. To assist in determining eligibility, organizations are encouraged to use the NIH RePORT website under NIH Awards by Location & Organization. Previous awardees of EARDA, BRAD, BUILD, RCMI, SNRP, COBRE, INBRE, RIMI, BRIC, MBRS, and other NIH infrastructure development and/or research capacity programs are not eligible to apply. Awardee is the institution to whom the Notice of Award was issued to. A signed letter is required from the Provost or similar official with institution-wide responsibility verifying the eligibility of the applicant institution at the time of application submission according to the eligibility criteria indicated.

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Luis Cubano, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences