Department of Health and Human Services
Part 1. Overview Information
Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Funding Opportunity Title

Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Activity Code

P20 Exploratory Grants

Announcement Type

Reissue of PAR-16-084

Related Notices

None

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

PAR-18-911

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.398  

Funding Opportunity Purpose

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites P20 planning grant applications for developing collaborative partnership between institutions serving underserved health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS) and NCI- designated Cancer Centers (or Cancer Centers with highly integrated cancer research programs). This FOA is designed to facilitate the planning and execution of focused collaborations in cancer-related research, research experience, and research education. A major goal of the NCI P20 partnership programs is to provide support for investigators at ISUPS and Cancer Centers to conduct cancer research pilot projects and cancer research education program. The purpose of the pilot projects and education program is to allow awardees to obtain preliminary data that will lead to competitive grant applications for funding by the NIH/NCI and/or other Federal/Non-Federal agencies.

Key Dates
Posted Date

September 5, 2018

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

October 14, 2018

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

30 days prior to the application due date

Application Due Date(s)

November 14, 2018; November 13, 2019; November 13, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on .

Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

March/April 2019; March/April 2020; March/April 2021  

Advisory Council Review

May 2019; May 2020; May 2021

Earliest Start Date

July 2019; July 2020; July 2021

Expiration Date

November 14, 2020

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

** ELECTRONIC APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIRED**

NIH’s new Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is available for the electronic preparation and submission of multi-project applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications to this FOA must be submitted electronically using ASSIST or an institutional system-to-system solution; paper applications will not be accepted.

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the Multi-Project (M) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.


There are several options available to submit your application through Grants.gov to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners. You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.

  1. Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
  2. Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to Grants.gov and eRA Commons to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.

  3. Table of Contents

    Part 1. Overview Information
    Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement

    Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
    Section II. Award Information
    Section III. Eligibility Information
    Section IV. Application and Submission Information
    Section V. Application Review Information
    Section VI. Award Administration Information
    Section VII. Agency Contacts
    Section VIII. Other Information

    Part 2. Full Text of Announcement
    Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
    Purpose

    Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) invites P20 grant applications for the implementation of partnerships between institutions serving underserved populations and underrepresented students (ISUPS) and NCI-designated cancer centers or other institutions with highly integrated cancer research programs (CCs). This FOA is designed to facilitate the planning and implementation of focused collaborations in cancer-related research, cancer research experiences and cancer education.

    A major goal of the NCI P20 partnership program is to provide support for investigators at ISUPS and CCs to conduct joint cancer research pilot projects, and provide cancer research experiences and cancer research education programs.  The intent is for awardees:  to foster innovative collaborations and partnerships, as well as to plan and develop sustainable research capacity; to obtain preliminary data that will develop into independent investigator research applications to the NIH/NCI  and/or other funding support educational activities that will enhance cancer research education capacity at ISUPS and to increase the diversity of the cancer research workforce at the partner institutions); to increase the number of students and investigators from underrepresented populations engaged in cancer research; and to improve the effectiveness of CCs in developing and sustaining research programs focused on cancer health disparities and to increase the number of investigators conducting cancer health disparities research.

    The NCI Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20) initiative is part of the NCI Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) Program. The P20 partnerships will accomplish their goals by conducting the following:

    1) Collaborative pilot research projects in any area of cancer-related basic, clinical, translational, prevention, control, behavioral and/or population research; and

    2) Collaborative cancer research education program (C-REP) that must integrate all three of the following activities:

    • Research Experiences: For students (i.e., high school, undergraduate, graduate), post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members; new programs may be created to provide individuals in the ISUPS opportunities to fulfill their research training requirements in CC laboratories using state-of-the-art equipment; and,
    • Curriculum or Methods Development: Augment existing or create new curricula at the ISUPS and/or CC ; the development of curricula on emerging technologies (e.g., genomics, proteomics, imaging, bioinformatics, and nanotechnology) and their use in cancer research are encouraged; curricula may also be developed with a focus on bioethics,  cancer prevention, and/or cancer control with the goal of becoming institutionalized at ISUPs or CCs; other educational programs may focus on the biological and social determinants of cancer and cancer health disparities; and,
    • Outreach education:  Proposed outreach education at ISUPS is expected to include activities that increase the awareness, knowledge, and understanding of research and cancer-related concepts, processes, and careers among participants in C-REP. Outreach education should enhance C-REP participant’s understanding of the significance of cancer research and cancer health disparities. Outreach education activities at CC should enhance efforts to encourage established researchers to incorporate issues related to cancer disparity in their existing research.  The partnership, for example, could develop seminars or short courses on effective outreach methods as an introduction to cancer health disparities or courses that provide in-depth coursework on topics with a cancer and/or cancer health disparities focus.  Activities could also include identifying science-based educational materials related to cancer research, cancer prevention, and cancer control, and/or developing culturally appropriate, cancer-related educational materials.

    While the proposed research education program may complement ongoing research training and education occurring at the applicant institutions, the proposed educational experiences must be distinct from those research training and research education programs currently receiving federal support.

    A primary objective of the P20 partnership planning grants is gathering preliminary data for submission of grant applications to the NIH/NCI.

    As appropriate for a given partnership, such grants may be envisaged in various areas:

    • Research projects (e.g., R03, R21, R01, projects on P01, projects on P50 applications);
    • Training/career development grants (e.g., K01, K08, K22, K99/R00, T32, and K12 applications);
    • Individual predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowships (e.g., F30, F31, F32, F33, and F99/K00); and/or;
    • Stand-alone NIH/NCI cancer education grants (R25).
    Background

    Every facet of the United States scientific research enterprise- from basic laboratory research to clinical and translational research to policy formation- requires intellect, creativity and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints. NIH's ability to help ensure that the nation remains a global leader in scientific discovery and innovation is dependent upon a pool of highly talented scientists from diverse backgrounds who will help to further NIH's mission.

    The 2017 report (Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering) from the National Science Foundation (NSF) indicated certain racial/ethnic groups are represented only minimally in biomedical research. Of the nation’s scientific research faculty positions, 4% are African American, 4% are Hispanic, 0.2% are Native American, and 0.1% are Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. With at least 90% of the U.S. population growth between 2010 and 2050 expected to come from underrepresented groups (Workforce Diversity), the issue of workforce diversity is more urgent than ever. Recognizing the urgency of this issue, NIH has provided direction and recommendations in order to systematically evaluate effective strategies for increasing the diversity of the biomedical workforce (National Institutes of Health addresses the science of diversity).

    A cancer research workforce that reflects the communities being served, supported in an environment that nurtures their success, is essential for creating an environment that is truly conducive to advancing cancer and cancer health disparities research, and in turn, cancer health equity. ISUPS support a cadre of faculty and investigators who are culturally competent, and have unique expertise to conduct cancer and/or cancer health disparities research. In addition, this pool of faculty and investigators have the expertise to establish high quality educational programs for persons interested in working with underrepresented and underserved populations. However, investigators at these institutions must overcome barriers in developing and sustaining independent programs in cancer and/or cancer health disparities research. Specifically, while ISUPS have enhanced the education of underrepresented population groups, they often lack the research infrastructure and resources to support a highly competitive cancer research program. Many ISUPS have limited resources to maintain a state-of-the-art research environment, have a limited group of scientists with success in obtaining independent NIH funding, and are limited in achieving sufficient numbers of senior scientific leaders in cancer research. Through collaboration with the CCs, the PACHE Program aims to enhance research infrastructure, capabilities, and resources at ISUPS, by strengthening cancer research faculty, augmenting cancer research education, and improving institutional capacity to support and manage external research grant proposals and awards.

    Research intensive cancer centers, including NCI-designated Cancer Centers or other institutions with highly integrated cancer research programs should play a greater role in facilitating the following activities: 1) conducting research pertinent to cancer in underserved, rural, and socio-economically disadvantaged populations; 2) training scientists in the care and treatment of individuals from populations experiencing health disparities; 3) reaching out to and partnering with underserved populations in their communities; and 4) bringing the benefits of advances in cancer research to underserved communities and populations.

    NCI designated Cancer Centers and institutions with highly integrated cancer research programs are recognized for their outstanding resources and the depth and breadth of their cancer research programs in basic, clinical, translational and/or population science, as well as effective cancer training programs. Investigators at these institutions are highly successful in obtaining research funding from NCI and other agencies. Historically, however, there has been limited focus on cancer health disparities research, and access to and interactions with underserved communities is often lacking. While thousands of patients are enrolled in cancer clinical trials at the CCs each year, participation of underrepresented and underserved populations has been a longstanding problem. While, underrepresented and underserved groups comprise more than 30% of the U.S. population, they represent less than 18% of the clinical trial participants enrolled in NCI-funded Phase I-III cancer clinical trials. The disproportionate clinical trial participation not only limits the generalizability of research findings but also undermines equity in the provision of cancer-related health care in the U.S. Through collaboration with the ISUPS, the PACHE Program provides the CCs with unparalleled access to patients and scientists from these populations, and opportunities to observe whether concordance between researchers and clinical subjects increases participation in clinical trials and improves satisfaction and compliance with clinical regimens.

    Specific Requirements and Research Objectives

    The NCI Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE) Program aims to build and sustain excellence. As part of the PACHE Program, the P20 Program serves as a nurturing environment to allow for the development of new pilot projects and programs, and to obtain preliminary data that will lead to the submission of competitive grant applications. The P20 linked award applications must be focused on cancer research and appropriate supporting activities on research education and outreach education are also required.

    Areas of Focus: Cancer Research and Cancer Research Education  

    A joint pilot research project may be in any area of cancer-related basic, clinical, translational, prevention, control, behavioral and/or population research. Partnership investigators are encouraged to develop research applications in translational research as defined by the NCI, such as research utilizing emerging technologies (for example, nanotechnology, proteomics, genomics, and imaging), precision medicine, and/or therapeutic clinical trials accrual of individuals from underserved populations. Hypothesis-driven outreach pilot research projects are also appropriate. For example, pilot projects may include studies aimed at increasing the number and quality of clinically annotated biospecimens from underserved populations, or molecular and genetic epidemiological studies of cancer associated with diet, smoking, inflammation and/or other cancer risk factors. Joint research projects conducted primarily at the ISUPS may be in any area of cancer research. These projects may focus on cancer research topics that may include, but are not limited to general areas of cancer biology, cancer immunology, molecular epidemiology, environmental carcinogenesis, and/or population-based studies related to cancer prevention, treatment, and control. Joint research projects conducted primarily at the CC must specifically address areas of cancer disparity in underserved populations and/or socio-economically disadvantaged populations.

    Through C-REP, the partnership supports joint cancer research education programs that offer research experiences, curriculum or methods development, and outreach education. Such programs link the faculty and students of the partner institutions and are expected to enhance cancer research education capacity at ISUPS, increase the diversity of the cancer research workforce at the partner institutions, and increase the role of CC on augmenting cancer education related to underserved population.

    Planning for Evaluations of Partnerships

    The Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s)), should plan to evaluate their partnership in preparation for NIH requests for information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this P20 program.

    See Section VIII. Other Information for award authorities and regulations.

    Section II. Award Information
    Funding Instrument

    Grant: A support mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity.

    Application Types Allowed

    New
    Resubmission

    The OER Glossary and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types.

    Clinical Trial?

    Not Allowed: Only accepting applications that do not propose clinical trials

    Need help determining whether you are doing a clinical trial?

    Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

    The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

    Award Budget

    The combined budget of direct costs for ISUPS and CC cannot exceed $375,000 per year.

    Award Project Period

    Applicants may apply for up to 4 years of support.   

    NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made from this FOA.

    Section III. Eligibility Information
    1. Eligible Applicants
    Eligible Organizations

    Higher Education Institutions

    • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
    • Private Institutions of Higher Education

    The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

    • Hispanic-serving Institutions
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
    • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
    • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
    • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

    Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

    • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
    • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

    For-Profit Organizations

    • Small Businesses
    • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

    Governments

    • State Governments
    • County Governments
    • City or Township Governments
    • Special District Governments
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
    • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
    • U.S. Territory or Possession

    Other

    • Independent School Districts
    • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
    • Regional Organizations
    Foreign Institutions

    Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
    Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
    Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

    Required Registrations

    Applicant Organizations

    Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible. The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.

    • Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) - All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
    • System for Award Management (SAM) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
    • NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM. 
    • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
    • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

    Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

    All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons.If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

    Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

    Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

    For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    2. Cost Sharing

    This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    3. Additional Information on Eligibility
    Number of Applications

    Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct.

    The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.  This means that the NIH will not accept:

    • A new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping new (A0) or resubmission (A1) application.
    • A resubmission (A1) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of the previous new (A0) application.
    • An application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see NOT-OD-11-101).

    Program Faculty

    Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to apply. Faculty should have research expertise and experience relevant to the proposed program and demonstrate a history of, or the potential for, their intended roles.

    Participants

    Unless strongly justified on the basis of exceptional relevance to NIH, research education programs should be used primarily for the education of U.S. citizens and permanent residents. Participants supported through the C-REP may include students (i.e., high school, undergraduate, graduate), post-doctoral fellows, early stage investigators and other less experienced investigators.

    Number of concurrent applications/awards. The NCI PACHE Program includes the P20 grant mechanism and the U54 cooperative agreement mechanism (PAR-18-767), Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity [CPACHE]). Each ISUPS and Cancer Center may not have more than one P20 award and one U54 award simultaneously with the same partnering institutions. However, the partnering institutions can establish and apply for P20 partnerships with different partner institutions and different PDs/PIs.   

    Section IV. Application and Submission Information
    1. Requesting an Application Package

    A button to access the online ASSIST system is available in Part 1 of this FOA. See your administrative office for instructions if you plan to use an institutional system-to-system solution.

    Most applicants will use NIH’s ASSIST system to prepare and submit applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications prepared and submitted using applicant systems capable of submitting electronic multi-project applications to Grants.gov will also be accepted.

    2. Content and Form of Application Submission

    It is critical that applicants follow the Multi-Project (M) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise and where instructions in the Application Guide are directly related to the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

    For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

    Letter of Intent

    Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

    By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

    • Descriptive title of proposed activity
    • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
    • Names of other key personnel
    • Participating institution(s)
    • Number and title of this funding opportunity

    The letter of intent should be sent to:

    Behrous Davani, Ph.D.
    Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD)
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Telephone: 240-276-6098
    Email: behrous.davani@nih.gov

    Page Limitations

    Available Component Types

    Research Strategy/Program Plan Page Limits

    Overall

    12

    Admin Core

    12

    Project (use for Pilot Research Projects)

    6 (per pilot project)

    Can Res Edu Prog (use for Cancer Research Education Program (C-REP) [RL5])

    12

    Additional page limits described in the SF424 Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed.

    Instructions for the Submission of Multi-Component Applications

    The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, and should be used for preparing a multi-component application.

    The application should consist of the following components:

    • Overall: required
    • Administrative Core: required
    • Pilot Research Projects: required; minimum 2, maximum 2
    • Cancer Research Education Program: required; maximum of 1

    Special Requirement: As stated in Section I of this FOA, each P20 application must be submitted as a clearly documented partnership between the ISUPS and Cancer Center. For each partnership, two separate applications must be submitted: one from the ISUPS and one from the Cancer Center.

    Overall Component

    When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Overall’.

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

    SF424 (R&R) Cover (Overall)

    Complete entire form.

    Descriptive Title of Applicant's Project: To allow NIH to identify the set of two collaborative P20 applications, the titles for each application in the set must have the following format: a “1/2” or "2/2" indicator + identical title. Titles may not exceed 80 characters in length, including the tag (i.e., 1/2 or 2/2) at the beginning of the title.

    Cover Letter: The Cover Letter is one pdf file only. Therefore, it must include the information requested below on the collaborative applications from the ISUPS and CC. The Cover Letter must include a listing of BOTH applications that are a part of the set of collaborative P20 applications being submitted, including for each: 1) the PD/PI(s) name(s), 2) the Title (including the tag (i.e., “1/2” or "2/2"), and 3) the Applicant Institution. Each partnering institution should submit an identical list.

    PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement  (Overall)

    Note: Human Embryonic Stem Cell lines from other components should be repeated in cell line table in Overall component.

    Research & Related Other Project Information (Overall)

    Follow standard instructions.

    Other Attachments: The following "Other Attachment" should be included with the overall component. Name this attachment "Certification Letter". Any institution applying as ISUPS must include a letter signed by the designated institutional officials certifying it is eligible as ISUPS in the application

    Project/Performance Site Location(s) (Overall)

    Enter primary site only.

    A summary of Project/Performance Sites in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons compiled from data collected in the other components will be generated upon submission.

    Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Overall)

    Include only the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and any multi-PDs/PIs (if applicable to this FOA) for the entire application.

    A summary of Senior/Key Persons followed by their Biographical Sketches in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons will be generated upon submission.

    Budget (Overall)

    The only budget information included in the Overall component is the Estimated Project Funding section of the SF424 (R&R) Cover.  

    A budget summary in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons compiled from detailed budget data collected in the other components will be generated upon submission.

    PHS 398 Research Plan (Overall)

    Introduction to Application: Introduction to Application: For Resubmission, an Introduction to Application is required in the Overall component. The Introduction to the Application should be identical for both the Institution and Cancer Center applications.

    Specific Aims: State the overarching goal of the collaboration. Outline the overall objectives relevant to providing support for investigators at both the ISUPS and Cancer Center to conduct cancer pilot projects, research experience and education programs. Specific Aims must be identical for both partnered applications.     

    Research Strategy: The Overall research strategy should be identical for both the ISUPS and the Cancer Center partnership applications. Although the overall objectives of the two applications must be the same, the actual activities proposed for the two applications should demonstrate how the ISUPS and the Cancer Center efforts both differ and complement each other in achieving their common objectives.

    The research strategy should clearly denote the nature of the interactions and deliberations that occurred between the ISUPS and the Cancer Center during the preparation of these applications (and identify the individuals involved).

    The Research Strategy for the overall component is limited to a brief description on the following areas of the P20 that bring synergy to the ISUPS and Cancer Center partnership:

    • Overall Objectives and Partnership Integration;
    • Scientific and Administrative Leadership, and Administrative Core;
    • Each pilot research project;
    • Cancer Research Education Program; and
    • Planning and Evaluation.

    The Pilot Research Project and Education Program sections of this FOA require a more detailed description of project and program area listed above.

    Letters of Support: Each application must include written "Letters-of-Commitment" from the respective leadership of both institutions to demonstrate support of the partnership and commitment to additional resources necessary to ensure that these partnerships will have the maximum sustainability. In addition, if members of federally or state recognized tribes are involved, a Letter of Commitment from the Tribal Nation Leader is also required.

    Complete and specific descriptions of these additional resources in the “Letters of Support” should include the following items:

    • A statement detailing the effort of commitment of the designated PD(s)/PI(s) -- The expected effort commitment for the contact PD(s)/PI(s) at the ISUPS is a minimum of 3 months per year and the CC PD(s)/PI(s) is expected to commit at least 1.2 months effort per year;
    • Statement of the activities that each faculty listed as Key Personnel is being released from (e.g., teaching, clinical, administrative duties), including a statement as to whether the costs of this “released time” are shared or not between the institutions;
    • Provisions for recruitment of new faculty members (if applicable);
    • Statement about space and facility availability for proposed projects/programs.

    Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification:

    All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

    Appendix:

    Limited items are allowed in the Appendix. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide; any instructions provided here are in addition to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide instructions.   

    PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information (Overall)

    When involving NIH-defined human subjects research, clinical research, and/or clinical trials follow all instructions for the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following additional instructions:

    If you answered “Yes” to the question “Are Human Subjects Involved?” on the R&R Other Project Information form, there must be at least one human subjects study record using the Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or a Delayed Onset Study record within the application. The study record(s) must be included in the component(s) where the work is being done, unless the same study spans multiple components. To avoid the creation of duplicate study records, a single study record with sufficient information for all involved components must be included in the Overall component when the same study spans multiple components.

    Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Delayed Onset Study

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    PHS Assignment Request Form (Overall)

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed. 

    Administrative Core

    When preparing your application, use Component Type ‘Admin Core.’

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

    SF424 (R&R) Cover (Administrative Core)

    Complete only the following fields:

    • Applicant Information
    • Type of Applicant (optional)
    • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
    • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates
    PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Administrative Core)

    Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

    Research & Related Other Project Information (Administrative Core)

    Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

    Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

    Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

    Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Administrative Core)

    List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

    Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

    Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Administrative Core)
    • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
    • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
    • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
    • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.
    Budget (Administrative Core)

    Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package. The P20 program provides limited (not to exceed three years) support for pilot research projects.

    Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

    PHS 398 Research Plan (Administrative Core)

    Introduction to Application: For Resubmission applications, an Introduction to Application is allowed for each component.

    Specific Aims: Identify the specific goals of the Administrative Core     

    Research Strategy: Succinctly address the following items

    Leadership:

    Detail the plans for the organizational, administrative, and scientific management (both basic and clinical research) of the partnership. Describe and/or diagram the chain of authority for decision-making and administration within the program. Leadership with respect to initiating, facilitating, and implementing successful research collaborations should be discussed in the Administrative Core.

    Administrative Management:

    Describe the plans for the fiscal management, clerical support, manuscript preparation and compliance to NIH public access policy (PMCID), and meeting organizations. Quality control and communication aspects of the grant should be discussed. A succession plan should be included which describes the process by which new leadership will be selected in the event that the PACHE PD(s)/PI(s) is no longer willing or able to lead the partnership. A statement of commitment to attend PACHE-related, NCI sponsored meetings/workshops and other activities should also be included.

    Internal Advisory Committee (IAC):

    The PD(s)/PI(s) from both partnering components should convene a common Internal Advisory Committee (IAC). The IAC must have equal numerical representation of members from the ISUPS and Cancer Center. A co-chair representing the ISUPS and a co-chair representing the Cancer Center must be selected among the key personnel. PD(s)/PI(s) may not hold the positions of co-chair. The IAC may include community stakeholders with relevant interest and expertise of the partnership objectives. Each proposed pilot project should be evaluated for scientific merit, relevance to the partnership objectives, potential to generate publishable data for peer-reviewed journals, and potential to develop into a competitive grant application to be submitted to NIH/NCI or other equivalent funding agencies. When a pilot project or C-REP co-leader is an early stage investigator, the application of both the ISUPS and Cancer Center must be evaluated for the appropriateness of the institutional support and commitment to the individual. In addition to reviewing and prioritizing proposed pilot projects/ C-REP, the IAC will also evaluate ongoing pilot projects/ C-REP and advise the PD(s)/PI(s) from both partnering components as to the general activities of the partnership and how they may contribute effectively to achieving high priority goals and objectives.

    Specific additional items to provide in this section (under indicated headings):

    • (i) Estimated Timeline for Initial Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Stages. This section should be identical for both the ISUPS and the CC applications. Based on prior experience, interactions, and progress in planning, the two applications must clearly describe a collaborative planning process that includes the Initial Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation Stages. PD(s)/PI(s) should include a chronological narrative or table listing the specific first year, second year, third year, and fourth year objectives that are expected to be achieved. For each objective, a brief statement should be made about the separate contributions of the ISUPS and the CC in order to achieve success. The intent of these P20 partnership awards is to provide support for up to 4 years to perform feasibility studies and obtain preliminary data that will lead to the submission of competitively funded grant applications to NCI and/or other Federal/Non-Federal agencies.
    • (ii) Initial Planning Stage. This section should be identical for both the ISUPS and the CC applications. The applicants should clearly describe each planning activity proposed by the ISUPS and the CC to ensure a highly interactive and integrated effort between their faculty and scientists. PD(s)/PI(s) should describe the planning process prior to submission and development of the partnership. The roles and activities of the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) should be clearly described (see IAC above). The applicants should also relate each planning activity (e.g., workshop, retreat, executive meeting) to specific objectives and name the specific faculty and interests (e.g., training, clinical oncology researchers, research in prostate cancer, establishing new curriculum in cancer health disparities, nutrition) involved in each activity. The applicants must select the areas of greatest promise for implementation targeting specific pilot projects or pilot programs based on merit and potential to result in a successful grant application (the PD(s)/PI(s) from both partnering institutions. The Initial Planning should be completed in the first year of the grant.
    • (iii) Implementation Stage. This section should be identical for both the ISUPS and the CC applications. The applicants must provide a brief description of joint pilot cancer research projects and a joint cancer research education program to acquire preliminary data for submitting specific competitive grant applications.
    • (iv) Evaluation Stage. This section should be identical for both the ISUPS and the CC applications. The Administrative Core is responsible for evaluation of the partnership activities. Evaluation is an ongoing process and, as such, the applicants must provide a description of how the Administrative Core will monitor the progress of the partnership in the following areas:

    *Pilot projects – Describe how the Administrative Core intends to monitor the progress of the pilot projects. Provide in detail how the Administrative Core will specifically and effectively monitor, evaluate and support the day-to-day activities of the partnership to coordinate the necessary administrative and logistical support required to successfully meet the completion of the stated goals and objectives of the pilot projects;

    *C-REP – Evaluate the progress of the activities related to research experiences, curriculum/methods development, and outreach education. Applicants should describe the process for determining if the partnership is meeting the objectives of C-REP in each of the three areas, and how they are integrated. Measures of progress (milestones) and success (benchmarks) should be defined in the application for each of the three areas, with the goal of successfully meeting the objectives of C-REP, and receiving additional funding to support curriculum development or courses related to research experiences (e.g., R25);

    *Student/Trainee Recruitment – Describe the process for recruiting and selecting students/trainees to participate in C-REP and the pilot projects. The plan should also include the process for selecting students/trainees in each funding year and following student progress and career progression over the course of the funding period and beyond (i.e. tracking), if possible

    Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.,:

    All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

    Appendix:

    Limited items are allowed in the Appendix.Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide; any instructions provided here are in addition to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide instructions.

    PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information (Administrative Core)

    When involving NIH-defined human subjects research, clinical research, and/or clinical trials follow all instructions for the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following additional instructions:

    If you answered “Yes” to the question “Are Human Subjects Involved?” on the R&R Other Project Information form, you must include at least one human subjects study record using the Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or a Delayed Onset Study record.

    Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Delayed Onset Study

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Pilot Research Project

    When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Project.’

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

    SF424 (R&R) Cover (Pilot Research Project)

    Complete only the following fields:

    • Applicant Information
    • Type of Applicant (optional)
    • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
    • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

    PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Pilot Research Project)

    Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

    Research & Related Other Project Information (Pilot Research Project)

    Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

    Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

    Project Narrative: Provide a short description of the proposed research goals

    Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Pilot Research Project)

    List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

    Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

    Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Pilot Research Project)

    • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Project Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
    • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
    • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
    • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.   

    Budget (Pilot Research Project)

    Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

    Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

    PHS 398 Research Plan (Pilot Research Project)

    Introduction to Application: For Resubmission applications, an Introduction to Application is allowed for each component.

    Specific Aims:  State the hypothesis of the proposed pilot research project and its specific aims   

    • Research Strategy: Describe how this pilot research project relates to the overall priorities of the partnership and the target area(s). Include any preliminary data (if available).
    • Describe, as appropriate for the nature of the pilot research project, the study design and experimental methods. Identify students, post-doctoral fellows, ESIs or other less experienced investigators involved in the project.
    • Describe the roles played by the ISUPS and Cancer Center collaborators/mentors. Identify which aspects of the pilot project will be conducted primarily at the ISUPS and which will be conducted at the Cancer Center.

    All variations in the Research Strategy between sites, no matter how minor, should be highlighted in a subsection of the Research Strategy with the heading "Elements Unique to This Site." In this subsection, PDs/PIs should describe, for example, how the research site has a unique role in the collaboration, such as data coordination, statistical analyses, (etc.).

    Letters of Support: Letters indicating institutional commitment as well as any letter of support for the proposed research project should be included. For Project Lead from the ISUPS or CC with no prior experience as a PD/PI on a peer reviewed grant or Early Stage Investigators (ESI) with no prior independent funding; the application must include an Individual Development Plan (IDP) and a written "Letter of Support" from institutional leadership or a senior member (e.g., Department Chair, Dean, Cancer Center Director) of the ISUPS or CC. The IDP should clearly outline how the role of Project Lead on the Pilot Project strengthens the individual's overall IDP. In the letter of support, the senior member is expected to indicate his/her qualifications and the willingness to provide guidance to the ESI or other less experienced investigators involved as Project Lead on the pilot project.  The letter must also provide detailed statements of the long-term commitment and list specific resources, space and protected time that will be made available to the ESI.

    Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    Appendix: Limited items are allowed in the Appendix. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide; any instructions provided here are in addition to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide instructions.   

    PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information (Research Project)

    When involving NIH-defined human subjects research, clinical research, and/or clinical trials follow all instructions for the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following additional instructions:

    If you answered “Yes” to the question “Are Human Subjects Involved?” on the R&R Other Project Information form, you must include at least one human subjects study record using the Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or a Delayed Onset Study record.

    Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Delayed Onset Study 

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

    Cancer Research Education Program (C-REP) (RL5)

    When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Can Res Edu Prog.’

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

    SF424 (R&R) Cover (Cancer Research Education Program)

    Complete only the following fields:

    • Applicant Information
    • Type of Applicant (optional)
    • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
    • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates

    PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Cancer Research Education Program)

    Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

    Research & Related Other Project Information (Cancer Research Education Program)

    Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

    Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

    Project Narrative:  Provide a short description of the proposed research goals.

    Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Cancer Research Education Program)

    List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

    Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

    Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Cancer Research Education Program)

    • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Project Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
    • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
    • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
    • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.   

    Budget (Cancer Research Education Program)

    Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

    Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

    PHS 398 Research Plan (Cancer Research Education Program)

    Introduction to Application: For Resubmission applications, an Introduction to Application is allowed for each component.

    Specific Aims: State the rationale of the proposed Research Education Program and its specific aims. Describe the contribution of Research Education Program to the Partnership's overall goal.

    Research Strategy: The Research Strategy must include the following subsections:

    1. Proposed Cancer Research Education Program. A Cancer Research Education Program (C-REP) must represent true collaborations that function seamlessly across the ISUPS and the Cancer Center. When research training programs are ongoing in the same department, the applicant organization should clearly distinguish between the activities in the proposed research education program and the research training supported by the training program. The description should include the educational and/or career level(s) of the planned participants.

    Applicants must include plans for tracking of participants.

    The partnership applications are to focus on specific project goals relevant to building research capacity at the ISUPS. The research strategy must describe, as appropriate, the nature of the education program, experimental methods/study design, or the education plans and objectives. For example, include the identification of the target pool (students (i.e., high school, undergraduate, graduate), post-doctoral fellows, Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) or other less experienced investigators, and the method of the program evaluation plan and tracking procedures. Describe the role played by the ISUPS and Cancer Center collaborators/mentors. Explain how the three activities (research experiences, curriculum or methods development, and outreach education) are integrated. Identify which aspects of the program will be conducted primarily at the ISUPS and which will be conducted at the Cancer Center. Education Programs conducted primarily at the ISUPS may be in any area of cancer research, but Education Programs conducted primarily at the CC must specifically address cancer health disparities research. The outreach education component should clearly describe how this component is integrated in the research experiences and methods/curriculum development.

    Efforts invested in the C-REP should yield institutional commitments to integrate these curricula into their educational systems. If science-based educational materials related to cancer research, cancer prevention, and cancer control were identified, or culturally appropriate, cancer-related educational materials were developed, these should be incorporated into the partnerships’ libraries of materials for educational outreach to underserved populations.

    Successful programs should lead to the submission of competitive grant applications (e.g., R25, T32, P20, and K12) as well as applications for individual pre-doctoral fellowships (F31), career development awards (e.g., K01, K07, K08, K22, K99/R00) and research supplements for participants.

    2. Program Leader(s). Describe arrangements for administration of the program. Provide evidence that the Program Leader(s) are actively engaged in research and/or teaching in an area related to the overall goal of partnership and can organize, administer, monitor, and evaluate the research education program.

    3. Program Participants. Students (i.e., high school, undergraduate, graduate), post-doctoral fellows, early stage investigators and other less experienced investigators will be supported through this program. Joint research education programs are required to include ESIs or other less experienced investigators from both the ISUPS and CC. The C-REP should describe the plan for recruiting, selecting, mentoring, and monitoring the progress of individuals who participate in the program and describe the skills that participants will be expected to acquire.

    4. Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity. Fostering diversity in the scientific research workforce is a key component of the NIH strategy to identify, develop, support and maintain the quality of our scientific human capital (NOT-OD-15-053). Every facet of the United States scientific research enterprise—from basic laboratory research to clinical and translational research to policy formation–requires superior intellect, creativity and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints. NIH’s ability to help ensure that the nation remains a global leader in scientific discovery and innovation is dependent upon a pool of highly talented scientists from diverse backgrounds who will help to further NIH's mission.

    Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise

    to address complex scientific problems. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse NIH­ supported scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the researchers, advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in, and benefit from health research, and enhancing public trust.

    In spite of tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, educational and research opportunities are not equally available to all. NIH encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as nationally underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences.  For the purposes of this announcement, institutions must identify candidates who will enhance diversity in the cancer research workforce, such as:

    A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27, and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. In addition, it is recognized that underrepresentation can vary from setting to setting; individuals from racial or ethnic groups that can be demonstrated convincingly to be underrepresented by the grantee institution should be encouraged to participate in this program.  For more information on racial and ethnic categories and definitions, see NOT-OD-18-210.

    B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended. See NSF data at, http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdf.

    C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:

    A. Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis (see data at http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/showpub.cfm?TopID=2&SubID=27) and the report Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering). The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

    B. Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended.  See NSF data at, http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/wmpd/2013/pdf/tab7-5_updated_2014_10.pdf.

    C. Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as:

    1. Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml.

    2. Individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

    The disadvantaged background category (C1 and C2) is applicable to programs focused on high school and undergraduate candidates.

    Literature shows that women from the above backgrounds (categories A, B, and C) face particular challenges at the graduate level and beyond in scientific fields. (See, e.g., Inside the Double Bind: A Synthesis of Empirical Research on Undergraduate and Graduate Women of Color in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).

    Applications must include a plan to enhance recruitment of a diverse participant pool and may wish to include data in support of past accomplishments. The plan should be appropriate and reasonable for the nature and duration of the proposed program.

    Additional information on the required Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity is available at Frequently Asked Questions: Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity (Diversity FAQs).

    Applications lacking a diversity recruitment plan will not be reviewed.

    5. Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research. All applications must include a plan to fulfill NIH requirements for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR). The plan must address the five, required instructional components outlined in the NIH policy:

    1) Format - the required format of instruction, i.e., face-to-face lectures, coursework, and/or real-time discussion groups (a plan with only on­line instruction is not acceptable) ;

    2) Subject Matter ­ the breadth of subject matter, e.g., conflict of interest, authorship, data management, human subjects and animal use, laboratory safety, research misconduct, research ethics;

    3) Faculty Participation ­ the role of the program faculty in the instruction;

    4) Duration of Instruction ­ the number of contact hours of instruction, taking into consideration the duration of the program; and

    5) Frequency of Instruction – instruction must occur during each career stage and at least once every four years. See also NOT-OD-10-019. The plan should be appropriate and reasonable for the nature and duration of the proposed program. Renewal (Type 2) applications must, in addition, describe any changes in formal instruction over the past project period and plans to address any weaknesses in the current instruction plan. All participating faculty who served as course directors, speakers, lecturers, and/or discussion leaders during the past project period must be named in the application.

    Applications lacking a plan for instruction in responsible conduct of research will not be reviewed.

    6. Evaluation Plan. Applications must include a plan for evaluating the activities supported by the research education program. The application must specify baseline metrics (e.g., numbers, educational levels, and demographic characteristics of participants), as well as measures to gauge the short or long-term success of the research education program in achieving its objectives. For example, the evaluation plan must assess various aspects of participating high school, undergraduate, and graduate students' rates of graduation, entry into academic biomedical and behavioral science programs, publications and presentations, post-doctoral fellows and new/early stage investigators' employment histories, publications support from research grants or contracts, etc. In addition, an evaluation plan should assess the C-REP, which includes research experiences, curriculum development, and outreach education activities.

    Wherever appropriate, applicants are encouraged to obtain feedback from participants to help identify weaknesses and to provide suggestions for improvements. Specified evaluation metrics should be tied to the goals of research education program as well as the overall goals of the partnership.

    Letters of Support: Letters indicating institutional commitment and any letter of support for the proposed cancer research education program should be included. For Program Lead from the ISUPS or CC with no prior experience as a PD/PI on a peer reviewed grant or Early Stage Investigators (ESI) with no prior independent funding; the application must include an IDP a "Letter-of-Support" from institutional leadership or a senior member (e.g., Department Chair, Dean, Cancer Center Director) of the ISUPS or CC. In the letter, the senior member is expected to indicate his/her qualifications and the willingness to provide guidance to the ESI or other less experienced investigators involved as Project Lead on the application components. The letter must also provide detailed statements of the long-term commitment and list specific resources, space and protected time that will be made available to the ESI.

    Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    Appendix:

    Limited items are allowed in the Appendix. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide; any instructions provided here are in addition to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide instructions.   

    PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information (Cancer Research Education Program)

    When involving NIH-defined human subjects research, clinical research, and/or clinical trials follow all instructions for the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following additional instructions:

    If you answered “Yes” to the question “Are Human Subjects Involved?” on the R&R Other Project Information form, there must be at least one human subjects study record using the Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or a Delayed Onset Study record within the application. The study record(s) must be included in the component(s) where the work is being done, unless the same study spans multiple components. To avoid the creation of duplicate study records, a single study record with sufficient information for all involved components must be included in the Overall component when the same study spans multiple components.

    Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed. 

    Delayed Onset Study

    All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed. 

    3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

    See Part 1. Section III.1 for information regarding the requirement for obtaining a unique entity identifier and for completing and maintaining active registrations in System for Award Management (SAM), NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code (if applicable), eRA Commons, and Grants.gov.

    4. Submission Dates and Times

    Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates and times. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission. When a submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

    Organizations must submit applications to Grants.gov (the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies) using ASSIST or other electronic submission systems. Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration. NIH and Grants.gov systems check the application against many of the application instructions upon submission. Errors must be corrected and a changed/corrected application must be submitted to Grants.gov on or before the application due date and time.  If a Changed/Corrected application is submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late. Applications that miss the due date and time are subjected to the NIH Policy on Late Application Submission.

    Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

    Information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    5. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

    This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

    6. Funding Restrictions

    All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    7. Other Submission Requirements and Information

    Applications must be submitted electronically following the instructions described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  Paper applications will not be accepted.

    For information on how your application will be automatically assembled for review and funding consideration after submission go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Electronic_Multi-project_Application_Image_Assembly.pdf.

    Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

    For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit Applying Electronically. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Guidelines for Applicants Experiencing System Issues. For assistance with application submission, contact the Application Submission Contacts in Section VII.

    Important reminders:

    All PD(s)/PI(s) and component Project Leads must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH.

    The applicant organization must ensure that the DUNS number it provides on the application is the same number used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the System for Award Management (SAM). Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    See more tips for avoiding common errors.

    Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and compliance with application instructions by the Center for Scientific Review, NIH. Applications that are incomplete or non-compliant will not be reviewed.

    Post Submission Materials

    Applicants are required to follow the instructions for post-submission materials, as described in the policy. Any instructions provided here are in addition to the instructions in the policy.

    Section V. Application Review Information
    1. Criteria

    Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the NIH mission, all applications submitted to the NIH in support of biomedical and behavioral research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.

    Overall Impact - Overall

    Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the partnership to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved, in consideration of the following review criteria and additional review criteria (as applicable for the partnership proposed).

    Scored Review Criteria - Overall

    Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit,and give a separate score for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact. For example, a program that by its nature is not innovative may be essential to advance a field.

    Significance

    Does the partnership program address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? Is there a strong scientific premise for the project? If the aims of the partnership program are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field? 

    In addition, specific to this FOA: Do the proposed partnership and research projects address cancer research including cancer health disparities research?   

    Investigator(s)

    Are the PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the partnership and projects?? If Early Stage Investigators or those in the early stages of independent careers, do they have appropriate experience and training? If established, have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s)? If the project is collaborative or multi-PD/PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise; are their leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project?  

    Innovation

    Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?

    In addition, specific to this FOA: Does the application use a creative study design? Is the study design being proposed already in existence but being applied to new underserved populations? Will the proposed design be culturally tailored for the population of interest? Will plans be made available and flexible enough for modification, if found to be beneficial?

    Approach

    Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project/program? Have the investigators presented strategies to ensure a robust and unbiased approach, as appropriate for the work proposed?  Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed? Have the investigators presented adequate plans to address relevant biological variables, such as sex, for studies in vertebrate animals or human subjects?

    If the partnership program involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, are the plans to address 1) the protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion or exclusion of children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?  

    In addition, specific to this FOA: Are the methods for the Initial Planning Stage proposed by the ISUPS and the CC to explore areas of research opportunities adequate to ensure highly interactive and integrated efforts between individual scientists and/or between faculty and scientists? Is the duration of the initial planning stage needed to identify areas of potential collaboration adequate?

    Environment

    Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?

    In addition, specific to this FOA: What is the strength of the evidence that the researchers and faculty of the ISUPS and the CC worked closely together in the preparation of the application? To what degree do the letters-of-support from senior faculty and/or ISUPS/Center leaders address the need for mentoring of less experienced PDs/PIs or for specific ISUPS/Center commitments to ensure the success of the collaboration?     

     Additional Review Criteria C-REP (RL5)

    Review criteria for the C-REP are listed below. C-REP will receive merit descriptor rather than numeric scores; individual criterion scores are not provided.

    • To what extent does the proposed education program address cancer research, including cancer health disparities research? If the aims of the research education program are achieved, will they contribute to the skills development of highly trained cancer scientists?
    • How well the three activities (research experiences, curriculum or methods development, and outreach education) are integrated? Are measures of progress (milestones) and success (benchmarks) defined in the application for each of the three areas?
    • How well the process for recruiting and selecting students/trainees to participate in C-REP over the course of funding period is developed?
    • How convincing is the evidence that the investigator(s) have prior training and experience in designing and implementing new education programs that are culturally appropriate? To what extent the applicant(s) and other team members have prior experience in recruiting new and early stage investigators or other less experienced investigators and providing them with cancer research experience? 
    • Does the application utilize a creative study design? Is the study design being proposed already in existence but being applied to new underserved populations? Will the proposed design be culturally tailored for the population of interest? Will plans be made available and flexible enough for modification, if found to be beneficial?
    • Are the methods for the Initial Planning Stage proposed by the ISUPS and the CC to explore areas of education opportunities adequate to ensure highly interactive and integrated efforts between individual scientists and/or between faculty and scientists? Is the duration of the initial planning stage needed to identify areas of potential collaboration adequate?
    • What is the strength of the evidence that the researchers and faculty of the ISUPS and the CC worked closely together in the preparation of the application and its education program? To what degree do the letters-of-support from senior faculty and/or ISUPS/CC leaders address the need for mentoring of less experienced PDs/PIs or for specific ISUPS/CC commitments to ensure the success of the education program?
    Additional Review Criteria - Overall

    As applicable for the projects proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.

    Protections for Human Subjects

    For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

    For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Human Subjects.

    Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

    When the proposed projects and program involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of children to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed.  For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.

    Vertebrate Animals

    The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following criteria: (1) description of proposed procedures involving animals, including species, strains, ages, sex, and total number to be used; (2) justifications for the use of animals versus alternative models and for the appropriateness of the species proposed; (3) interventions to minimize discomfort, distress, pain and injury; and (4) justification for euthanasia method if NOT consistent with the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. Reviewers will assess the use of chimpanzees as they would any other application proposing the use of vertebrate animals. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

    Biohazards

    Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

    Resubmissions

    For Resubmissions, the committee will evaluate the application as now presented, taking into consideration the responses to comments from the previous scientific review group and changes made to the project.

    Renewals

    Not Applicable

    Revisions

    Not Applicable

    Additional Review Considerations - Overall

    As applicable for the projects and program proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.

    Applications from Foreign Organizations

    Not Applicable.

    Select Agent Research

    Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including 1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, 2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, 3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and 4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).

    Resource Sharing Plans

    Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable: 1) Data Sharing Plan; 2) Sharing Model Organisms; and 3) Genomic Data Sharing Plan .

    Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources

    For projects involving key biological and/or chemical resources, reviewers will comment on the brief plans proposed for identifying and ensuring the validity of those resources.

    Budget and Period of Support

    Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

    2. Review and Selection Process

    Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by (an) appropriate Scientific Review Group(s), convened by NCI  in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Assignment to a Scientific Review Group will be shown in the eRA Commons.

    As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

    • May undergo a selection process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific and technical merit (generally the top half of applications under review) will be discussed and assigned an overall impact score.
    • Will receive a written critique.

    Applications will be assigned on the basis of established PHS referral guidelines to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the appropriate national Advisory Council or Board. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

    • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
    • Availability of funds.
    • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.
    3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

    After the peer review of the application is completed, the PD/PI will be able to access his or her Summary Statement (written critique) via the eRA Commons. Refer to Part 1 for dates for peer review, advisory council review, and earliest start date.

    Information regarding the disposition of applications is available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    Section VI. Award Administration Information
    1. Award Notices

    If the application is under consideration for funding, NIH will request "just-in-time" information from the applicant as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

    Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.

    Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to terms and conditions found on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.  This includes any recent legislation and policy applicable to awards that is highlighted on this website.

    Prior Approval of Pilot Projects

    Awardee-selected projects that involve clinical trials or studies involving greater than minimal risk to human subjects require prior approval by NIH prior to initiation. 

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

    All NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: General  and Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Grantees, and Activities. More information is provided at Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants.

    Recipients of federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights law. This means that recipients of HHS funds must ensure equal access to their programs without regard to a person’s race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, sex and religion. This includes ensuring your programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency.  HHS recognizes that research projects are often limited in scope for many reasons that are nondiscriminatory, such as the principal investigator’s scientific interest, funding limitations, recruitment requirements, and other considerations. Thus, criteria in research protocols that target or exclude certain populations are warranted where nondiscriminatory justifications establish that such criteria are appropriate with respect to the health or safety of the subjects, the scientific study design, or the purpose of the research.

    For additional guidance regarding how the provisions apply to NIH grant programs, please contact the Scientific/Research Contact that is identified in Section VII under Agency Contacts of this FOA. HHS provides general guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English proficiency. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/resources/laws/revisedlep.html. The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/section1557/index.html; and http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/index.html. Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/disability/index.html. Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/about/rgn-hqaddresses.html or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697. Also note it is an HHS Departmental goal to ensure access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and supports, for vulnerable populations. For further guidance on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=53.

    In accordance with the statutory provisions contained in Section 872 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417), NIH awards will be subject to the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) requirements.  FAPIIS requires Federal award making officials to review and consider information about an applicant in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS) prior to making an award.  An applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through FAPIIS and comment on any information about itself that a Federal agency previously entered and is currently in FAPIIS.  The Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to other information in FAPIIS, in making a judgement about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR Part 75.205 “Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.”  This provision will apply to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements except fellowships.

    Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

    Not Applicable

    3. Reporting

    When multiple years are involved, awardees will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Progress reports should briefly describe status of pilot projects, including data and safety monitoring, and should notify NIH of serious adverse events and unanticipated problems.

    A final RPPR, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later.  All awardees of applicable NIH grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at www.fsrs.gov on all subawards over $25,000.  See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement. 

    In accordance with the regulatory requirements provided at 45 CFR 75.113 and Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75, recipients that have currently active Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from all Federal awarding agencies with a cumulative total value greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of a Federal award, must report and maintain the currency of information reported in the System for Award Management (SAM) about civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings in connection with the award or performance of a Federal award that reached final disposition within the most recent five-year period.  The recipient must also make semiannual disclosures regarding such proceedings. Proceedings information will be made publicly available in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS).  This is a statutory requirement under section 872 of Public Law 110-417, as amended (41 U.S.C. 2313).  As required by section 3010 of Public Law 111-212, all information posted in the designated integrity and performance system on or after April 15, 2011, except past performance reviews required for Federal procurement contracts, will be publicly available.  Full reporting requirements and procedures are found in Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 – Award Term and Conditions for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

    4. Evaluation

    In carrying out its stewardship of human resource-related programs, the NIH or its Institutes and Centers will periodically evaluate their research education programs, employing the measures identified below. In assessing the effectiveness of its research education investments, NIH may request information from databases, PD/PIs, and from participants themselves. Where necessary, PD/PIs and participants may be contacted after the completion of a research education experience for periodic updates on participants’ subsequent educational or employment history and professional activities.

    Upon the completion of a program evaluation, NIH will determine whether to (a) continue a program as currently configured, (b) continue a program with modifications, or (c) discontinue a program.

    In evaluating this research education program NCI expects to use the following evaluation measures:

    • Aggregate number and demographic characteristics of participants in the Research Experiences
    • Aggregate number and demographic characteristics of participants exposed to the new curricula
    • Aggregate number and demographic characteristics of individuals reached
    • Educational level of participants
    • Participants’ feedback on the program
    • Content of the research experience
    • New knowledge or skills acquired
    • Effectiveness of the new curricula assessed by skills/competencies gained compared to existing curricula
    • Dissemination and/or adoption of the new curricula
    • Number and Topics/ foci of educational outreach activities conducted;
    • Number and types of partnerships formed by the Cancer Center (CC) with community-based organizations (CBOs);
    • Types and amounts of contributions of partners/ CBOs to each outreach educational activity;
    • Number and types of educational materials and tools developed for outreach education purposes; and;
    • Types/ cadre of personnel who conducted the educational outreach activities (nurses, physicians, CHEs, cancer survivors, etc.)

    For Education Programs Involving the Following Groups:

    Undergraduate Students:

    • Subsequent educational/career progress, including:
    • Successful completion of an undergraduate degree in a STEM field
    • Enrollment in an advanced degree program in a STEM field

    Graduate Students:

    • Subsequent educational/career progress of participants, including:
    • Successful completion of a STEM graduate program
    • Subsequent participation in a formal research training or career development program in a STEM field
    • Subsequent employment in a research or research-related field
    • Subsequent authorship of scientific publications in a STEM field
    • Subsequent independent research grant support from NIH or another source

    Postdoctorates and Early Career Investigators:

    • Subsequent educational/career progress of participants, including:
    • Subsequent employment in a research or research-related field
    • Subsequent authorship of scientific publications in a STEM field
    • Subsequent independent research grant support from NIH or another source
    Section VII. Agency Contacts

    We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

    Application Submission Contacts

    eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons, application errors and warnings, documenting system problems that threaten on-time submission, and post-submission issues)

    Finding Help Online: http://grants.nih.gov/support/ (preferred method of contact)
    Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

    General Grants Information (Questions regarding application processes and NIH grant resources)
    Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)
    Telephone: 301-945-7573

    Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and Workspace)
    Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
    Email: support@grants.gov

    Scientific/Research Contact(s)

    Behrous Davani, Ph.D.
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Telephone: 240-276-6098
    Email: behrous.davani@nih.gov

    Nicole McNeil Ford, Ph.D.
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Telephone: 240-276-6674
    Email: mcneiln@mail.nih.gov

    Peer Review Contact(s)

    Referral Officer
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Telephone: 240-276-6390
    Email: ncirefof@dea.nci.nih.gov

    Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

    Candace M. Cofie
    National Cancer Institute (NCI)
    Telephone: 240-276-6317
    Email: candace.cofie@nih.gov

    Section VIII. Other Information

    Recently issued trans-NIH policy notices may affect your application submission. A full list of policy notices published by NIH is provided in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    Authority and Regulations

    Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 75.    

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