Full Text PA-97-088
NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 26, August 8, 1997
PA NUMBER:  PA-97-088
P.T. 34

  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reannounces a program for
administrative supplements to research grants to support individuals
with high potential to reenter an active research career after taking
time off to care for children or parents or to attend to other family
responsibilities.  The aim of these supplements is to encourage fully
trained individuals to reenter research careers within the missions
of all the program areas of NIH.  This program will provide
administrative supplements to existing NIH research grants for the
purpose of supporting full-time or part-time research by these
individuals in a program geared to bring their existing research
skills and knowledge up to date.  It is anticipated that at the
completion of the supplement, the reentry scientist will be in a
position to apply for a career development (K) award or for a
research (R or P) award.
The NIH recognizes the need to increase the number of women and
minorities and people with disabilities in basic, behavioral, and
clinical science research careers. Among the reasons for the low
representation of women may be the fact that women bear a majority of
the responsibilities surrounding child and family care.  To address
this issue, this program is designed to offer opportunities to women
and men who have interrupted their research careers to care for
children or parents or to attend to other family responsibilities.  A
second objective of the program is to mentor and guide those who
receive support to reestablish careers in biomedical or behavioral
Participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) include the National
Cancer Institute; National Eye Institute; National Heart, Lung, and
Blood Institute; National Institute on Aging; National Institute on
Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism; National Institute of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases; National Institute of Arthritis and
Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases; National Institute of Child Health
and Human Development; National Institute of Dental Research;
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases;
National Institute on  Drug Abuse; National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences; National Institute of General Medical
Sciences;  National Institute of Mental Health; National Institute on
Deafness and Other Communication Disorders; National Human Genome
Research Institute; and National Center for Research Resources.  The
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke previously
announced a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) for
scientists reentering the neurological sciences (NIH Guide, Vol. 21,
No. 33, 1992).
The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health
promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2000,"
a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas.  This program
announcement, Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and
Behavioral Research Careers, is related to the priority area of
women's health.  Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy
People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No. 017-001-00474-1) through the
Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington,
DC 20402-9325 (telephone 202-783-3238).
Grants and Cooperative Agreements:  Only the following active NIH
award mechanisms at domestic institutions are eligible for
Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and Behavioral
Research Careers:  R01, R10, R18, R24, R35, R37, P01, P40, P41, P50,
P51, P60, U01, U10, and G12. 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. The parent
grant should have at least two years of support remaining at the time
of the proposed beginning date of the supplemental funding.  The
rationale for this policy is to assure ample opportunity for the
candidate to develop further her or his research skills.  A maximum
of three years supplemental support can be awarded under this
program.  Usually, a parent grant would support only one
administrative supplement (Research Supplements for Underrepresented
Minorities, Research Supplements to Promote the Recruitment of
Individuals with Disabilities into Biomedical Research Careers, or
Research Supplements to Promote Reentry into Biomedical and
Behavioral Research Careers).  Grants most likely to support more
than a single administrative supplement are multicomponent awards.
Candidates must have a doctoral degree, such as M.D., D.D.S., Ph.D.,
O.D.,  D.V.M., or equivalent; at least two years of postdoctoral
research experience; and must have had sufficient prior research
experience to have qualified for a faculty appointment at the
assistant professor or equivalent level at the time of their leaving
active research.  Candidates who have begun the reentry process
through a fellowship or similar mechanism are not eligible for this
The following guidelines will generally be applied with discretion by
the individual ICs. In general, the duration of the career
interruption should be for at least two years and no more than eight
years.  Examples of qualifying interruptions would include child
rearing; an incapacitating illness or injury of the candidate,
spouse, partner, or a member of the immediate family; relocation to
accommodate a spouse, partner, or other close family member; pursuit
of nonresearch endeavors that would permit earlier retirement of debt
incurred in obtaining a doctoral degree; and military service.  The
program is not intended to support graduate or postdoctoral training
and is not intended to support career changes from nonresearch to
research careers for individuals without prior research training.
Generally, at the time of application, a candidate should not be
engaged in full-time paid research activities.  Because Ics may have
varying degrees of flexibility in interpreting and implementing the
reentry program, potential applicants should consult with the IC
contact at the earliest possible stage to discuss his or her unique
In all cases, the proposed research must be directly related to the
funded approved ongoing research of the parent grant or cooperative
agreement.  The individual supported under this supplemental award,
hereafter called the reentry candidate, must be afforded the
opportunity to act as a full participant in the research project and
must be given an opportunity to update and enhance her or his
research capabilities.  This will allow the candidate to begin the
process of establishing or reestablishing a career as an independent,
competitive research investigator.  Supplemental awards will be
consistent with the goals of strengthening the existing research
program and with the overall programmatic balance and priorities of
the funding program of the NIH.  Awards will be made according to the
policies and provisions stated in this announcement and in the PHS
Grants Policy Statement (rev. 4/94).
Administrative supplements (S1) provided under this program may be
for either part-time or full-time support for the candidate, and all
supported time is to be spent updating and enhancing research skills.
Proposed part-time appointments may not be less than 50% effort per
Supplemental awards may be made for up to three years and may not
exceed $50,000 in direct costs per year.  A maximum of $40,000 may be
requested for the combination of full-time salary and fringe benefits
for the reentry candidate.  The amount of salary requested must be
consistent with the policies of the grantee institution for
individuals occupying similar positions and must be related to the
percent effort requested for the supplement and the number of months
requested for the supplement.  An additional amount up to $10,000 may
be requested for supplies, domestic travel, and publication costs
relevant to the proposed research.  Equipment may not be purchased as
a part of this supplement without justification and specific prior
approval of the NIH.
The decision to fund a supplement will take six to eight weeks from
the time the necessary information is received by the awarding IC.
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.
A request for a supplement may be made at any time during the funding
year, providing there will be two full years of funding remaining for
the parent grant at the time of funding. In making requests, the
grantee institution, on behalf of the Principal Investigator, should
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 on the parent grant.
The request for a supplemental award must include the following:
1.  A complete face page (with appropriate signatures) from grant
application form PHS 398 (rev. 5/95), including the title and grant
number of the parent grant and "Reentry Supplement" on line 1.
2.  A brief, three- or 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 proposed for the candidate
c.  How the supplement will expand and foster the independent
research capabilities of the candidate
d.  How the proposed research relates to the specific research goals
and objectives of the parent grant
e.  A description of the scope and nature of the mentoring
relationship between the Principal Investigator and the candidate
3.  A brief description, prepared by the candidate, that includes:
a.  Research objectives and career goals
b.  Length of and reason for career hiatus
c.  Description of how the candidate has kept current or attempted to
keep current in her/his field
d.  Identification of steps taken toward reentry (if any, such as
attending scientific meetings)
4.  A biographical sketch of the candidate that includes:
a.  Curriculum vitae
b.  Social Security number
c.  Citizenship status
d.  Publications
e.  Other evidence of scientific achievement
5.  A proposed budget entered on budget pages from the grant
application form PHS 398 (rev. 5/95), related to the percent effort
for the research proposed for the reentry candidate during the first
and future budget period(s).  (The amount requested for the
supplement must coincide with  the current period of support.  Thus,
if the initial budget period requested is less than 12 months, the
budget must be prorated accordingly.)
6.  Documentation, if applicable, that the proposed research is
approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
or human subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the grantee
7.  Under unusual circumstances where the applicant and mentor would
be 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 reentry
candidate, and the appropriate institution business official.
The program staff of the individual ICs will review requests for
supplements using the following general criteria:
o  the qualifications of the reentry candidate, including career
goals, prior research training,
research potential, and any relevant experience
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
reentry candidate
o  evidence from the Principal Investigator that the activities of
the reentry candidate are an integral part of the project
o  evidence of effort by the reentry candidate to initiate the
reentry process, such as attending scientific meetings, keeping
current with journals
o  evidence that proposed research will achieve the stated objectives
of the reentry supplements
o  evidence that the Principal Investigator understands the
importance of the mentoring component of this supplement and has
prepared a mentoring plan
In noncompeting continuation applications, the progress report for
the reentry supplement should be clearly delineated from the progress
report for the parent grant.  The progress report should include
information about the research activities supported by the
supplement, even if support for future years is not requested. Since
these applications will undergo administrative review, summary
statements will not be produced.  This is consistent with NIH
practice for other similar programs, such as those referenced in the
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS section of this program announcement.
For general information about the reentry supplements, candidates and
Principal Investigators should contact the program official of the
appropriate awarding Institute or Center.  Candidates who have not
yet made contact with a Principal Investigator are encouraged to
contact the program official whose institute or center is specific to
the research interest.  To discuss business aspects of the parent
grant or the supplement, Principal Investigators should contact their
grants  management official.  Program officials and grants management
contacts and the respective awarding institutes or centers are listed
National Cancer Institute
Toby Friedberg, Referral Officer
Executive Plaza North, Room 636
6130 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-3428
FAX:  (301) 402-0275
National Eye Institute
Ralph J. Helmsen, Ph.D., Program Official
Executive Plaza South, Suite 350
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-5301
FAX:  (301) 402-0528
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Ronald G. Geller, Ph.D., Director of Extramural Affairs
Rockledge Building, Room 7100
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 435-0260
FAX:  (301) 594-7424
National Human Genome Research Institute
Jane Peterson, Ph.D., Program Official
Building 38A, Room 610
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-6023
FAX:  (301) 480-2770
National Institute on Aging
Miriam Kelty, Ph.D., Associate Director of Extramural Affairs
Gateway Building, Suite 2C218
7201 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-9322
FAX:  (301) 402-2945
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Tina Vanderveen, Ph.D., Program Official or
Linda Hilley, Grants Management Official
Willco Building, Suite 402
6000 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD  20892-7003
Telephone:  (301) 443-1274 or (301) 443-3885
FAX:  (301) 594-0673
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease
Milton Hernandez, Ph.D., Program Official
Solar Building, Room 4C10
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-7291
FAX:  (301) 402-0369
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Julia Freeman, Ph.D., Centers Program Director
Director, Women and Minority Health Issues
Natcher Building, Room 525-19F
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD  20892-6500
Telephone:  (301) 594-5052
FAX:  (301) 480-4543
National Institute of Child Health  and Human Development
Darlene Levenson
Building 31, Room 2A49
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-1971
FAX:  (301) 496-0588
National Institute of Dental Research
Patricia S. Bryant, Ph.D., Program Official or
Teresa Ringler, Grants Management Official
Natcher Building, Room 4AN-24
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD  20892-6402
Telephone:  (301) 594-7710
FAX:  (301) 480-9318
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Walter Stolz, Ph.D.
Director, Division of Extramural Activities
Natcher Building, Room 6AS-25C
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 594-8834
FAX: (301) 480-3505
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Cora Lee Wetherington
Women~s Health Coordinator
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD  20857
Telephone:  (301) 443-1263
FAX:  (301) 443-6043
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Anne P. Sassaman, Ph.D., Program Official or
David Mineo, Grants Management Official
P.O. Box 12233
Research Triangle Park, NC  27709
Telephone:  (919) 541-7723 or (919) 541-7628
FAX:  (919) 541-2843
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
Anthony A. Rene, Ph.D., Program Official or
Carol Tippery, Grants Management Official
Westwood Building, Room 925
5333 Westbard Avenue
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 594-3833
FAX:  (301) 594-7701
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
Craig A. Jordan, Ph.D., Program Official
Acting Director, Division of Extramural Activities
6120 Executive Boulevard
Executive Plaza South, Room 400C
Rockville, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 496-8693
FAX:  (301) 402-6250
National Institute of Mental Health
Delores L. Parron, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Special Populations
Parklawn Building, Room 17C-14
5600 Fisher Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2847
FAX: (301) 443-8552
National Center for Research Resources
Louise E. Ramm, Ph.D., Program Official or
Lacey J. Durham, Grants Management Official
Westwood Building, Room 854
Bethesda, MD  20892
Telephone:  (301) 594-7906 or (301) 594-7955
FAX:  (301) 594-9121

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