NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 12, April 19, 1996


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  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is

increasing the use of Program Announcements (PAs) to inform the

scientific community of its current areas of research emphasis.

Research emphasis areas warrant expanded support based on scientific

need and opportunity, public health importance, and/or legislative

mandate.  These emphasis areas are developed jointly with the

scientific, medical, and public health communities and with the

concurrence of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Council.  In addition, fewer Requests for Applications (RFAs) will be

issued.  As a result, more funds will be devoted to support of

investigator-initiated research projects.  Program Announcements

offer the advantages of multiple receipt dates with fewer

administrative requirements for applicants.


A specific amount of funds will not be set-aside for award of grants

under each PA.  This is being done for two reasons:  (1) NIAID does

not know what its appropriations (budget) will be in Fiscal Years

1997 and beyond; and (2) NIAID cannot accurately predict the number

of applications that will be submitted in response to each PA or the

scientific merit of those applications.  Scientifically meritorious

applications determined by NIAID to be responsive to our Program

Announcements will be given special consideration for funding

including the award of grants beyond the established NIAID percentile

or priority score paylines.


Each NIAID Program Announcement identifies staff contacts who can

answer questions from potential applicants concerning their

eligibility to apply and the types of research responsive to the

purpose and scope of the Program Announcement.  POTENTIAL APPLICANTS




This action results from recommendations of the National Advisory

Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council and advice from broad cross-

sections of the scientific community.




NIAID's Program Announcements are published in the NIH Guide for

Grants and Contracts and are available via the Internet through the

NIH Home Page at  NIAID's Program Announcements

are also available from NIAID staff and from the NIAID Division of

Extramural Activities at:


Office of the Director

Division of Extramural Activities

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Solar Building, Room 3C20

Bethesda, MD  20892-7610

Telephone:  (301) 496-7291

FAX:  (301) 402-0369




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