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NIH Guide: RESEARCH SUPPLEMENTS TO PROMOTE REENTRY INTO BIOMEDICAL AND BEHAVIORALRESEARCH CAREERS

RESEARCH SUPPLEMENTS TO PROMOTE REENTRY INTO BIOMEDICAL AND BEHAVIORALRESEARCH CAREERS



NIH GUIDE, Vol. 21, No. 25, July 10, 1992



P.T. 34, II



Keywords:

  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

  Grants Administration/Policy+ 



National Institutes of Health



Application Receipt Date:  August 15, 1992



PURPOSE



The Office of Research on Women's Health and the Office of Extramural

Research, National Institutes of Health (NIH), wish to announce the

initiation of a pilot program to encourage fully trained women and men

to reenter an active research career after taking time off to raise

children or to attend to other pressing personal or family needs.  This

program will provide administrative supplements to existing NIH

research grants for the purpose of supporting a full-time or part-time

research experience tailored to refresh existing research skills and

knowledge.



BACKGROUND



The NIH is concerned about the appropriate and adequate representation

of women and minorities in biomedical and behavioral research careers.

Adequate representation of diverse segments of the population is

essential to ensure a thorough consideration of research issues of

broadest interest to the populace of the United States.  Over the

years, the NIH has launched a number of special programs to encourage

individuals from ethnic minority groups to enter research careers.  No

comparable programs have been developed to encourage women to enter

research careers.  This has been, in part, because the portion of NIH

predoctoral and postdoctoral research training positions filled by

women has increased steadily over the past decade.  Currently, women

occupy more than 40 percent of the predoctoral and postdoctoral

research training positions supported by the NIH.



In spite of the increasing participation of women in research training,

women constitute only 19 percent of the pool of NIH Principal

Investigators.  It is believed that the low representation of women may

be in part related to the fact that women bear a preponderance of the

responsibilities surrounding child rearing and family care. The NIH is,

therefore, launching a new program specifically designed to offer

opportunities to women and men who have interrupted their research

careers to attend to family responsibilities such as child rearing.  It

is anticipated that the positions made available through this program

will enable individuals to reestablish careers in biomedical and

behavioral research.



GENERAL PROVISIONS



In all cases, the proposed research experience must be an integral part

of the approved ongoing research of the parent grant or cooperative

agreement.  The individual supported under this supplemental award,

hereafter called the candidate, must be given the opportunity to act as

a full participant in the research project and must be given an

opportunity to enhance and refresh her or his research capabilities to

assist the development as an independent, competitive research

investigator.  Supplemental awards will be consistent with the goal of

strengthening the existing research program and with the overall

programmatic balance and priorities of the funding component of the

NIH.  Awards will be made according to the policies and provisions

stated in this announcement.



Principal Investigators are encouraged to contact the appropriate NIH

staff identified in the INQUIRIES section prior to submission in order

to obtain specific information about application characteristics and

submission requirements.



Administrative supplements provided under this program may be for

either part-time or full-time support for the candidate provided all

supported time is spent updating and enhancing research skills in

preparation for an independent research career.  Generally, part-time

appointments may not be less than 20 hours per week.



Supplemental awards may not exceed $50,000 in direct costs per year.

A maximum of $40,000 may be requested for salary and fringe benefits

for the candidate.  The amount of salary requested must be consistent

with the policies of the grantee institution and must be related to the

percent effort requested for the supplement.  An additional amount up

to $10,000 may be requested for supplies and travel.  Equipment may not

be purchased except in unusual circumstances, and not without prior

approval of the NIH awarding component.



The Office of Research on Women's Health estimates that $1,000,000 will

be available for 10 to 15 supplemental awards in FY 1992.



ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS



Grants and Cooperative Agreements:  The following active NIH awards at

domestic institutions are eligible for Research Supplements to Promote

Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers:  R01, R10,

R35, R37, P01, P50, P60, and U01.  Principal Investigators on such

awards are invited to submit a request for an administrative supplement

to the awarding component of the parent grant to support an eligible

candidate interested in reestablishing a research career.  In all

cases, the parent grant must have at least two years of support

remaining at the time of a supplemental award.  Usually, a parent grant

would support only one administrative supplement including Research

Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities, Research Supplements to

Promote the Recruitment of Individuals with Disabilities into

Biomedical Research Careers, and the Research Supplement to Promote

Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers.



Candidates:  Candidates for support under this program must have

completed a doctoral degree, such as an M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D., or

equivalent, and must have interrupted her or his training or career

development to raise children or to attend to other family

responsibilities.  In most cases, candidates will have completed or

nearly completed postdoctoral research training and will have had

sufficient experience to be appointed at a staff or faculty level.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate the potential to establish an

independent research career by providing evidence of excellence prior

to the career hiatus.  It is expected that most of the applicants for

this program will be women, since women are more likely to interrupt

their careers to attend to family responsibilities, but men who satisfy

these criteria also are eligible to apply.



This pilot program is not designed to provide an opportunity for

additional postdoctoral research training.  Individuals interested in

further postdoctoral training are encouraged to consider National

Research Service Award research training grants and fellowships or NIH

research career awards.  Information about such awards may be obtained

from the Office of Grants Inquiries at telephone (301) 496-7441.



In most cases, the candidate will not have been an independent

Principal Investigator on a traditional research grant (R01, R29), a

project leader on a component of a program project or center grant

(e.g., P01, P50), or a Principal Investigator on an individual Research

Career Development Award (K04).  The candidate, however, may have

previously received NIH support for research training (e.g., T32, F32),

early career development (K08, K11, K12, K15, K16), or may have

received research support from Minority Biomedical Research Support

(S06) or a small grant (R03).



Candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United

States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in

possession of an Alien Registration Receipt Card) eligible for this

award.  It is recognized that individual circumstances vary, and for

unusual situations, NIH program administrators should be consulted for

a determination of eligibility.



APPLICATION PROCEDURES



A request for this supplement must be submitted by August 15, 1992.  In

making requests, the grantee institution, on behalf of the Principal

Investigator of the parent grant and in cooperation with the candidate,

must submit the request for supplemental funds directly to the awarding

component that supports the parent grant.  The request is not to be

submitted to the NIH Division of Research Grants.  Principal

Investigators are encouraged to obtain the address for submission from

the NIH program administrator of the parent grant.



The request for a supplemental award must include the following:

(1) a completed face page (with appropriate signatures) from Grant

Application Form PHS 398 (Rev. 9/91).  Include the title and grant

number of the parent grant and the type of supplement being requested

on line 1;



(2) a brief three to four page description, prepared by the Principal

Investigator of the parent grant that includes:



(a) a summary or abstract of the funded grant or project,



(b) a description of the research experience proposed for the

candidate,



(c) how the supplement will expand and foster the independent research

capabilities of the candidate, and

(d) how the proposed experience relates to the specific research goals

and objectives of the parent grant;



(3)  a signed statement from the candidate outlining her/his research

objectives, career goals, and a description including the length of and

the reason for the career hiatus;



(4)  the social security number and biographical sketch of the

candidate that includes a curriculum vitae, publications, and other

evidence of scientific achievement;



(5)  a signed statement from the Principal Investigator establishing

the eligibility of the candidate for support under this program

including information on citizenship, previous research experience, a

description of how the candidate will contribute to the goals of the

parent grant, and the plan to provide the necessary experience for the

candidate to reenter a productive research career;



(6)  a proposed budget entered on budget pages from the Grant

Application Form PHS 398, related to the percent effort (where

appropriate) for the research experience of the candidate during the

first and future years.  If the initial budget period requested is less

than 12 months, the budget must be prorated accordingly;



(7)  documentation, if applicable, that the proposed research

experience is approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use

Committee (IACUC) or human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) of

the grantee institution;



(8) if any of the research is to be conducted at a site other than the

grantee institution, an appropriately signed letter from the

institution where the research is to be conducted must also be -

submitted.



The request must be signed by the Principal Investigator, the

candidate, and the appropriate institutional business official.



REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS



The staff of the particular awarding component will review requests for

supplements using the following general criteria:



o the qualifications of the candidate including career goals, prior

research training and experience, and potential to enter an independent

research career;



o the plan for the proposed research experience in the supplemental

request and its relationship to the parent grant;



o evidence from the Principal Investigator that the experience will

enhance the research potential, knowledge, and/or skills of the

candidate;



o evidence from the Principal Investigator that the activities of the

candidate will be an integral part of the project.



FUNDING



The decision to fund a supplement will take six weeks from the time all

the necessary information is received.  In most cases during the first

budget period, funds will be provided as an administrative supplement

to the parent grant.  In subsequent years, continued funding for the

supplement is contingent on funding of the parent grant and cannot

extend beyond the current competitive segment of the parent grant.



The continuation of support for the candidate in the remaining years of

the competitive segment of the grant will depend upon satisfactory

review by the NIH awarding component of progress for both the parent

grant and the supplemental project, the research proposed for the next

budget period, and the appropriateness of the proposed budget to the

proposed effort.



For non-competing continuation applications, the progress report for

the supplement must be clearly delineated from the progress report for

the parent grant.  The progress report in both non-competing and

competing applications must include information about the research

activities supported by the supplement even if support for future years

is not requested.



INQUIRIES



Principal Investigators interested in participating in these programs

are encouraged to contact NIH staff administering the parent grant.

For general information about the research supplements, contact the

following staff person of the appropriate awarding component:



NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING



Deputy Associate Director

Office of Extramural Affairs

Building 31, Room 5C02

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-9322



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES



Assistant Director, Division of Extramural Activities

Solar Building, Room 4C03

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 402-0159



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ARTHRITIS AND MUSCULOSKELETAL AND SKIN DISEASES



Director, Extramural Program

Building 31, Room 4C32

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-0802



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT



Special Assistant to the Deputy Director

Building 31, Room 2A03

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-0104



NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DEAFNESS AND OTHER COMMUNICATION DISORDERS



Director, Division of Extramural Activities

6120 Executive Boulevard, EPS-400B

Rockville, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-8693



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DENTAL RESEARCH



Director, Extramural Program

Westwood Building, Room 503

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7723



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF DIABETES AND DIGESTIVE AND KIDNEY DISEASES



Assistant Director for Grants and Contracts

Division of Extramural Activities

Westwood Building, Room 657

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7793



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES



Director, Division of Extramural Research and Training

Building 3, Room 301A

P.O. Box 12233

Research Triangle Park, NC  27709

Telephone:  (919) 541-7723



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES



Assistant Director, Referral and Liaison

Westwood Building, Room 925

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 402-0593



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE



Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Activities

Federal Building, Room 1016

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-4188



NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE



Director, Division of Extramural Activities

Building 31, Room 10A03

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-5147



NATIONAL EYE INSTITUTE



Research Training and Resources Officer

Building 31, Room 6A49

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-5983



NATIONAL HEART, LUNG, AND BLOOD INSTITUTE



Director, Division of Extramural Affairs

Westwood Building, Room 7A17B

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7416



NATIONAL CENTER FOR NURSING RESEARCH



Director, Extramural Programs

Building 31, Room 5B03

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-0523



NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE



Acting Associate Director, Division of Extramural Programs

Building 38A, Room 5N505

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-4621



NATIONAL CENTER FOR RESEARCH RESOURCES



Acting Deputy Director for Extramural Research Resources

Building 12A, Room 4011

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-6023



NATIONAL CENTER FOR HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH



Chief, Research Grants Branch

Building 38A, Room 612

Bethesda, MD  20892

Telephone:  (301) 496-7531



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