Notice of Limited Competition - Cooperative Agreement for the Biennial Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Program Symposia

Notice Number: NOT-RR-05-004

Key Dates
Release Date: February 7, 2005

Issued by
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), (

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) is announcing a limited competition for a cooperative agreement (U13) application to support the biennial Institutional Development Award (IDeA) Symposia. The IDeA Symposia will feature scientific sessions highlighting research supported by the NIH's Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE), IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) and Biomedical Research Infrastructure Networks (BRIN) programs. The symposia will include keynote lectures, plenary lectures and poster presentations in each of the research areas supported by these programs. The NCRR will fund only one application for the biennial meetings for up to five years.

This competition is restricted to institutions awarded a COBRE, BRIN or INBRE grant in response to the Request for Applications (RFA) RR-00-003 (, RR-00-006 (, RR-01-005 (, RR-02-003 (, RR-02-007 (, RR-03-014 (, and in response to the Notice RR-03-008 ( Information on the funded centers can be found at and

The award made under this solicitation will use the cooperative agreement (U13) grant mechanism. The rules and regulations that apply to conference cooperative agreements (U13) are the same as those that apply to conference grants (R13) with one important distinction. After the award is issued, the NCRR staff will be substantially involved in the preparation and conduct of the scientific program-related meeting, and will guide, coordinate and participate in the planning of the meeting with the Principal Investigator according to the specific Terms and Conditions of the Award.

Eligible applicants should contact the Program official listed below regarding application procedures and format, which will generally follow the NIH Guide Program Announcement, PAR-03-176, "NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings", (, published September 26, 2003 in the NIH Guide.

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 15, 2005.


Prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Program official listed below for further information:

Dr. Lawrence N. Yager, Health Scientist Administrator
Division of Research Infrastructure
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Blvd., Room 930
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874
Telephone: 301-435-0760
Fax: 301-480-3770

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