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-18-911
Related Notices
  • NOT-OD-23-012 Reminder: FORMS-H Grant Application Forms and Instructions Must be Used for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2023 - New Grant Application Instructions Now Available
  • November 1, 2022 - Notice of Correction to Application Types Allowed in PAR-22-239, Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). See Notice NOT-CA-23-010
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number
PAR-22-239
Companion Funding Opportunity
PAR-22-249 , U54 Specialized Center (Cooperative Agreements)
Assistance Listing 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 partnerships between institutions serving health disparity populations and underrepresented students (ISUPSs) 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 ISUPSs and Cancer Centers to conduct cancer research pilot projects and cancer research education programs. The purpose of the pilot projects and education programs 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
October 26, 2022
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
December 06, 2022
Letter of Intent Due Date(s)


30 days prior to the application due date

Application Due Dates Review and Award Cycles
New Renewal / Resubmission / Revision (as allowed) AIDS Scientific Merit Review Advisory Council Review Earliest Start Date
January 06, 2023 Not Applicable Not Applicable June 2023 August 2023 September 2023

All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 

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.

Expiration Date
January 07, 2023
Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

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 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 (ISUPSs) 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 experience and cancer education.

A major goal of the NCI P20 partnership program is to provide support for investigators at ISUPSs and CCs to conduct joint cancer research pilot projects and provide cancer research experiences and cancer research education programs.  The intent is for recipients to: foster innovative collaborations and partnerships, as well as plan and develop sustainable research capacity; obtain preliminary data that will develop into independent investigator research applications to the NIH/NCI and/or other Federal/Non-federal funding agencies; support educational activities that will enhance cancer research education capacity at ISUPS and promote the diversity of the cancer research workforce; and improve the effectiveness of CCs in developing and sustaining research programs focused on cancer health disparities and 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 CC; 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 disparities 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, P01, 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 2019 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, 5% are Hispanic, 0.1% 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 to systematically evaluate effective strategies for enhancing the diversity of the biomedical workforce (National Institutes of Health addresses the science of diversity). This program encourages institutions to diversify their student and faculty populations to enhance the participation of individuals from groups that are currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences research enterprise, such as those described in NOT-OD-20-031.

A cancer research workforce with investigators from diverse backgrounds and life experiences, 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 understudied 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 a historical commitment to educating individuals from underrepresented 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 CCs, including NCI-designated CCs and 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 racial and ethnic minority populations underserved rural populations, socio-economically disadvantaged populations, and sexual and gender minorities (SGM); 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 CCs 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 seeks to provide the CCs with unparalleled access to patients and scientists from these populations, as well as opportunities to observe whether the program promotesincreased 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. Each Partnership is 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 in 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, promote the diversity of the cancer research workforce, and increase the role of CC on augmenting cancer education related to underserved populations.

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.

Non-Responsive Applications

Applications with one or more of the characteristics listed below will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed:

  • Proposed applications that do not include a partnership between an ISUPS and an NCI-designated Cancer Center or other institution with highly integrated cancer research programs (CC).
  • Proposed applications that do not integrate all three activities into the collaborative C-REP: research experiences, curriculum or methods development, and outreach education.
  • Applications lacking a plan for instruction in responsible conduct of research will not be reviewed.

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
The OER Glossary and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types. Only those application types listed here are allowed for this FOA.
Clinical Trial?

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

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 for ISUPS and CC cannot exceed $375,000 in direct costs 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)

Local 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)

Federal Governments

  • 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

For this funding opportunity announcement, ISUPS are defined as institutions with a documented historical and current mission to serve health disparity populations and underrepresented students.

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.

  • System for Award Management (SAM) – 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.
    • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) - A UEI is issued as part of the SAM.gov registration process. The same UEI must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
  • eRA Commons - Once the unique organization identifier is established, organizations can register with eRA Commons in tandem with completing their full SAM and Grants.gov registrations; all registrations must be in place by time of submission. 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 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 diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support. See, Reminder: Notice of NIH's Encouragement of Applications Supporting Individuals from Underrepresented Ethnic and Racial Groups as well as Individuals with Disabilities, NOT-OD-22-019.

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, per 2.3.7.4 Submission of Resubmission Application. 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 2.3.9.4 Similar, Essentially Identical, or Identical Applications).

Program Faculty

Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and women who serve as faculty 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 (ESIs) and other less-experienced investigators.

Number of concurrent applications/awards. The PACHE Program includes the P20 grant mechanism (this FOA) and the U54 (PAR-22-249) 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 partnering institutions and different PDs/PIs.   

Section IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Requesting an Application Package

The application forms package specific to this opportunity must be accessed through ASSIST or an institutional system-to-system solution. A button to apply using ASSIST 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.

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.

 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: 240-276-6170Email: behrous.davani@nih.gov

Page Limitations

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

Component Component Type for Submission Page Limit Required/Optional Minimum Maximum
Overall Overall 12 Required 1 1
Admin Core Admin Core 12 Required 1 1
Pilot Research Projects Project 6 Required 2 2
Cancer Research Education Program (C-REP) [RL5]) Ca Res Edu Prog 12 Required 1 1

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; 12 pages
  • Administrative Core: required; 12 pages
  • Pilot Research Projects: required; minimum 2, maximum 2; 6 pages per Pilot Project
  • Cancer Research Education Program: required; maximum of 1; 12 pages

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 CC. For each partnership, two separate applications must be submitted: one from the ISUPS and one from the CC.

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 in the proposed partnership, including for each: 1) the PD(s)/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.

Overall Component

When preparing your application, 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.

For this funding opportunity announcement, ISUPS are defined as institutions with a documented historical and current mission to serve health disparity populations and underrepresented students.

Project/Performance Site Locations (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 and 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: Not Applicable

 

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

Research Strategy:

The Overall research strategy should be identical for both of the partnering ISUPS and the CC 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 CC 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 of the following areas of the P20 that bring synergy to the ISUPS and CC 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 the project and program area listed above.

A joint pilot research project may be in any area of cancer-related basic, clinical, translational, prevention, control, behavioral and/or population research. Joint research projects conducted primarily at the ISUPS may be in any area of cancer research. 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.

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 person months per year and the CC PD(s)/PI(s) are expected to commit at least 1.2 person 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.

The following modifications also apply:

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

Appendix:

Only 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 human subjects research, clinical research, and/or NIH-defined 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

Note: Delayed onset does NOT apply to a study that can be described but will not start immediately (i.e., delayed start).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: Not applicable

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) are 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 CC must be selected from the key personnel. PD(s)/PI(s) may not hold the position 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 ESI, the application of both the ISUPS and CC 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 be provided 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 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 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/Fellows Recruitment: Describe the process for recruiting and selecting students/fellows to participate in C-REP and the pilot projects. The plan should also include the process for selecting students/fellows 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: Not applicable

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) listed above. 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: Not Applicable.

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-REPmust represent true collaborations that function seamlessly across the ISUPS and the CC. 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, identify the target pool of potential participants including students (i.e., high school, undergraduate, graduate), post-doctoral fellows, 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 CC 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 CC. 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, ESIs 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-20-031). 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.

Despite tremendous advancements in scientific research, information, and education 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,  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 the OMB Revisions to the Standards for Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity (https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-1997-10-30/html/97-28653.htm).

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 those who meet two or more of the following criteria:

  1. Were or currently are homeless, as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Definition: https://nche.ed.gov/mckinney-vento/);
  2. Were or currently are in the foster care system, as defined by the Administration for Children and Families (Definition: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/focus-areas/foster-care);
  3. Were eligible for the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program for two or more years (Definition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/income-eligibility-guidelines);
  4. Have/had no parents or legal guardians who completed a bachelor’s degree (see https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2018/2018009.pdf);
  5. Were or currently are eligible for Federal Pell grants (Definition: https://www2.ed.gov/programs/fpg/eligibility.html);
  6. Received support from the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) as a parent or child (Definition: https://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/wic-eligibility-requirements).
  7. Grew up in one of the following areas: a) a U.S. rural area, as designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Rural Health Grants Eligibility Analyzer (https://data.hrsa.gov/tools/rural-health), or b) a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-designated Low-Income and Health Professional Shortage Areas  (qualifying zip codes are included in the file). Only one of the two possibilities in #7 can be used as a criterion for the disadvantaged background definition.

Students from low socioeconomic (SES) status backgrounds have been shown to obtain bachelor’s and advanced degrees at significantly lower rates than students from middle and high SES groups (see https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/spotlight-archive/), and are subsequently less likely to be represented in biomedical research. For background see Department of Education data at https://nces.ed.gov/; https://nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/spotlight-archive/; https://www2.ed.gov/rschstat/research/pubs/advancing-diversity-inclusion.pdf.

D. 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., From the NIH: A Systems Approach to Increasing the Diversity of Biomedical Research Workforce https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5008902/).

Women have been shown to be underrepresented in doctorate-granting research institutions at senior faculty levels in most biomedical-relevant disciplines, and may also be underrepresented at other faculty levels in some scientific disciplines (See data from the National Science Foundation National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics: Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, special report available at https://www.nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/, especially Table 9-23, describing science, engineering, and health doctorate holders employed in universities and 4-year colleges, by broad occupation, sex, years since doctorate, and faculty rank).

Upon review of NSF data, and scientific discipline or field related data, NIH encourages institutions to consider women for faculty-level, diversity-targeted programs to address faculty recruitment, appointment, retention or advancement.

Applications must include a Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity and may wish to include a description of past recruiting experiences. The plan should be appropriate and reasonable for the nature and duration of the proposed program.

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.

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 investigators'/ESIs' 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 the 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 ESI with no prior independent funding; the application must include an IDP and a "Letter-of-Support" from institutional leadership or a senior member (e.g., Department Chair, Dean, CC Director) of the ISUPS or CC. In the letter, the senior member is expected to indicate their qualifications and willingness to provide guidance to the ESIs 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 How to Apply – Application Guide. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Dealing with System Issues guidance. 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 form. 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 unique entity identifier provided on the application is the same identifier used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the System for Award Management. Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

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Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and compliance with application instructions by the Center for Scientific Review and responsiveness by NCI, NIH. Applications that are incomplete, non-compliant and/or nonresponsive 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. Applications submitted to the NIH in support of the NIH mission 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 project 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 project 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 project that by its nature is not innovative may be essential to advance a field.

Significance

Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? Is the prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project rigorous? If the aims of the project 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: How well do the proposed partnership and research projects address cancer research including cancer health disparities research? To what extent does the proposed partnership foster collaborative relationships between ISUPS and CC in cancer research and cancer research education? To what extent will the partnership increase cancer research capacity at ISUPS and enhance cancer health disparities research at CC? Does the applicant describe how the project will promote the diversity of the cancer research workforce?

Investigator(s)

Are the PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the project? 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: To what extent does the application use a creative study design? In what ways are the proposed study design(s) already in existence but being applied to new underserved populations? How appropriately has the proposed design been culturally tailored for the population of interest?

Approach

Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Have the investigators included plans to address weaknesses in the rigor of prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project? 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?

In addition, specific to this FOA: To what extent are the methods for the Initial Planning Stage proposed by the ISUPS and the CC adequate to identify areas of research opportunities, and potential collaborations? In what ways do the proposed methods ensure highly interactive and integrated efforts between individual scientists and/or between faculty and scientists? How well does the partnership describe the plans for the pilot projects and cancer research education program, and in what ways are these plans appropriate for the goals of the partnership?

If the project 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 individuals of all ages (including children and older adults), justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?

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? How well is the proposal taking advantage of the available infrastructure and existing resources to help establish the proposed partnership? 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 collaboration?     

Additional Review Criteria - Cancer Research Education Program (C-REP) [RL5])

Review criteria for the C-REP are listed below. C-REP will receive adjectival rating 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 are the three activities (research experiences, curriculum or methods development, and outreach education) integrated? Are measures of progress (milestones) and success (benchmarks) defined in the application for each of the three areas?
  • How well developed is the process for recruiting and selecting students/fellows to participate in C-REP over the course of funding period?
  • 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 do the applicant(s) and other team members have prior experience in recruiting both new and ESIs 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 project 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 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 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 Individuals Across the Lifespan

When the proposed project 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 individuals of all ages (including children and older adults) 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

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable

Revisions

Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations - Overall

As applicable for the project 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.

 

Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity

Peer reviewers will separately evaluate the recruitment plan to enhance diversity after the overall score has been determined. Reviewers will examine the strategies to be used in the recruitment of prospective individuals from underrepresented groups. The plan will be rated as ACCEPTABLE or UNACCEPTABLE, and the consensus of the review committee will be included in an administrative note in the summary statement.

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 (GDS).

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, NIH, 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 will receive a written critique.

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.

Appeals of initial peer review will not be accepted for applications submitted in response to this FOA

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 submitted in response to this FOA. 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 theNIH 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 recipient's business official.

Recipients must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.6. 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.

Institutional Review Board or Independent Ethics Committee Approval: Grantee institutions must ensure that protocols are reviewed by their IRB or IEC. To help ensure the safety of participants enrolled in NIH-funded studies, the recipient must provide NIH copies of documents related to all major changes in the status of ongoing protocols.

Prior Approval of Pilot Projects

Recipient-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: Generaland Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Recipients, and Activities, including of note, but not limited to:

If a recipient is successful and receives a Notice of Award, in accepting the award, the recipient agrees that any activities under the award are subject to all provisions currently in effect or implemented during the period of the award, other Department regulations and policies in effect at the time of the award, and applicable statutory provisions.

Should the applicant organization successfully compete for an award, recipients of federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, conscience, and sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy). This includes ensuring programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency and persons with disabilities. The HHS Office for Civil Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/provider-obligations/index.html https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/nondiscrimination/index.html.

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.

Recipients of FFA must ensure that their programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency. For guidance on meeting the legal obligation to take reasonable steps to ensure meaningful access to programs or activities by limited English proficient individuals see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/limited-english-proficiency/fact-sheet-guidance/index.htmlandhttps://www.lep.gov.

Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/index.html or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697.

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 and 2 CFR Part 200.206 “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, recipients will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

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. NIH FOAs outline intended research goals and objectives. Post award, NIH will review and measure performance based on the details and outcomes that are shared within the RPPR, as described at 45 CFR Part 75.301 and 2 CFR Part 200.301.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later. All recipients 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 the threshold. See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement.

In accordance with the regulatory requirements provided at 45 CFR 75.113and 2 CFR Part 200.113 and Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 and 2 CFR Part 200, 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 75and 2 CFR Part 200 – Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

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 submission by the due date, 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 instructions, 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: 240-276-6170
Email: behrous.davani@nih.gov

Laritza M. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: (240) 276-5969
Email: laritza.rodriguez@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)

Crystal Wolfrey
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 301-496-8634
Email: wolfreyc@mail.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 and 2 CFR Part 200.

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