Release Date:  September 10, 1998


National Institute of Dental Research

The National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) announces a change in policy
regarding program project grants (P01).  Currently, in order for a grant to be
funded as a P01 it must consist of a minimum of three research projects, not
including cores, and the first year total (i.e., direct plus indirect) costs
may not exceed $1.125 million.  Currently, P01 receipt dates are February 1,
June 1, and October 1.  For fiscal and scientific planning purposes, the NIDR
finds it more effective to set a common yearly receipt date for all new (Type
1) and competing (Type 2) program project applications.

Therefore, effective immediately, the NIDR modifies its policy and will accept
applications only once a year for all new (Type 1) program projects. 
Competing (Type 2) program projects will be handled on an individual basis
until all currently funded program projects are in alignment with the common
receipt date.  The single receipt date will be February 1 of each year with
applications receiving secondary review at the October meeting of the National
Advisory Dental Research Council.  Applications received after the receipt
date will be returned to the applicant or held for the next receipt date,
depending on the applicantþs wishes.  While the minimum number of fundable
research projects required for a P01 still remains at three, applicants are
strongly encouraged to plan research supported through P01s to include a
minimum of four projects of high scientific merit.  The total cost maximum of
$1.125 million remains in effect for all P01 applications.  Future budget
period escalations may not exceed a 3 percent increase over the previous
budget period.  The NIDR peer review of P01s may include a streamlined review
process and may or may not include applicant interviews.

Potential applicants are reminded of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
policy (NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, March 20, 1998) that requires that
all applicants receive prior written approval before submitting a formal
investigator-initiated Type 1 application whose direct costs in any year
equals or exceeds $500,000.  Prior to submitting a P01 or any other grant
application with annual direct costs above $500,000, applicants must contact
the extramural scientific program director responsible for the administration
of the scientific subject matter of the proposed research.  A full listing is
available through the NIDR Home Page (http://www.nidr.nih.gov) and applicants
are encouraged to review the information about extramural scientific program
interests and priorities listed there.  For projects of this size, applicants
should be prepared to discuss the following information to NIDR staff:

o  Overall objectives and goals of the P01 as a whole.
o  Specific aims of each research project as it relates to the objectives and
goals of the P01.
o  Overall and individual project/core budgets including any consortium costs.
o  Names and institutions/departments and affiliation of key personnel.

Following discussion with NIDR staff, a written response indicating whether or
not the application falls within the programmatic interests of the NIDR will
be forwarded to the applicant.


Additional information regarding these policies can be obtained from
extramural scientific program directors within the Division of Extramural
Research or from:

Dr. Norman S. Braveman
Assistant Director for Program Development
Division of Extramural Research
National Institute of Dental Research
Telephone:  (301) 594-2089
Email:  BravemanN@de45.nidr.nih.gov

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