NIH GUIDE, Volume 22, Number 35, October 1, 1993

PA NUMBER:  PAR-94-001

P.T. 44, FF


  Biomedical Research, Multidiscipl 

  Biomedical Research Training 

National Center for Research Resources

Application Receipt Date:  December 1, 1993


The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), National

Institutes of Health (NIH), plans to continue the Minority High

School Student Research Apprentice Program (MHSSRAP) in 1994.  The

purpose of the program is to provide minority high school students

with a meaningful experience in various aspects of health-related

research in order to stimulate their interest in careers in science.

The program has recently been expanded to include not only in-service

elementary, middle, junior, and senior high school teachers, but also

potential K-12 science teachers in pre-service education programs.

Eligible teachers will still be those who are members of a minority

group or who teach a significant number of minority students.

Teachers may participate in the program for a second year.  The

hands-on summer research project must be structured to update the

teachers' knowledge and skills in modern research tools and

techniques as well as to strengthen their teaching skills.  The

experience should provide teachers the opportunity to bring back to

the classroom a sense of the excitement of research that would

stimulate students to pursue scientific careers.  A longer range goal

is to establish year round linkages between pre-service and

in-service science teachers, elementary and secondary school

students, and biomedical researchers.

Awards are contingent on the availability of appropriated funds.

Thus, allocations may be reduced below the amount requested in the

application.  Upon recommendation of the National Advisory Research

Resources Council, the NCRR will give preference in making awards to

those institutions that can support a summer program having a

"critical mass" of at least five or six students.


Eligible organizations or organizational components are those

domestic, non-profit organizations that at the time of application,

received at least three NIH research grants in the research grants

base (defined below) totaling $200,000 in FY 1993, and have this

minimum threshold of active NIH research grant support, excluding no

cost extensions, at time of award.  (For purposes of this program,

the "research grants base" is defined as those grants awarded with

the following activity codes:  K01, K02, K04, K05, K06, K08, K11,

K12, K14, K15, K16, K20, K21, P01, P40, P41, P42, P50, P60, R01, R03,

R10, R21, R24, R29, R35, R37, R55, S06, S14, U01, U10, U19, U24, U42,

and U54.) Recipients of an active Minority Biomedical Research

Support (MBRS) Grant are also eligible.

Underrepresented minority students and teachers are defined as

individuals who identify themselves as Black, Hispanic, Native

American, Pacific Islander, or any particular ethnic or racial group

that has been determined by the grantee institution to be

underrepresented in biomedical or behavioral research.

Participants eligible for support must be U.S. citizens or have a

permanent visa.  Eligible students are those who are enrolled in high

school during the 1993-1994 academic year.  (Students who will

graduate from high school in 1994 are eligible, as is a student who

participated in a previous year provided he/she is still enrolled at

the high school level.)


The mechanism of support for this program will be the NIH supplement


Awards will be for one year beginning March 1, 1994, contingent upon

availability of appropriated funds.  Support will be provided at a

level of $2,000 for each student apprentice, $3,000 for each

pre-service teacher, and $5,000 for each in-service science teacher.

Applications may request both students and teachers or students only.

No indirect costs will be paid.  Direct support must be as salary;

stipends are not allowed.  Funds allocated may also be utilized for

supplies, extending the research experience, or if adequate funds

exist, for the addition of a student apprentice.  However, funds from

these grants may only be used for the costs of the apprentice

program. The Program Director is responsible for the recruitment and

selection of the apprentices and science teachers and assignment of

each to an appropriate investigator.  Because the nature and scope of

the proposed activities submitted in response to this announcement

may vary, it is anticipated that the size of an award will vary also.

Students.  Recruitment and selection of students must emphasize

factors including the student's motivation, ability, scholastic

aptitude, and accomplishments.  In addition, consideration must be

given to science teachers' recommendations and, whenever possible,

the degree of parental commitment.  Assignments must be made to

investigators involved in health-related research who are committed

to increasing the high school student's understanding of research and

the technical skills needed.

Teachers.  Recruitment and selection criteria for in-service teachers

must include:  experience and teaching responsibilities, level of

interest in participating in a research program, expected impact on

their teaching programs, ability to stimulate minority students to

pursue scientific careers, and future plans for continued interaction

with the research institution.  Potential teachers should be enrolled

in pre-service programs and have an expressed interest in teaching

life sciences at the K-12 level.


The application consists of (a) a letter stating the justification

for the number of student and teacher positions requested (preference

will be given to those institutions with a demonstrated commitment

and a documented history of encouraging students to pursue scientific

careers) and (b) the original and one signed and completed copy of

the face page, page 4 "Detailed Budget for First 12-Month Budget

Period Direct Costs Only," and checklist pages of the grant

application form PHS 398 (rev. 9/91).  The required pages of the PHS

398 application form must be completed according to instructions

provided in the PHS 398 (rev. 9/91) kit except for the following:

Face Page

Item 1 - Leave blank.

Items 2a and 2b - Check the box marked "YES" and type in the number

and title of this Program Announcement.

Items 4 and 5 - Not applicable; do not complete.

Item 6, Dates of entire proposed project period - Enter 03-01-94

through 02-28-95.

Item 7 and 8 - Insert the total dollar amount of the request, which

is the sum, from application page 4, of the number of student

positions requested times $2,000 per student; the number of

pre-service teachers requested times $3,000; and the number of

in-service teachers times $5,000. No indirect costs will be provided;

thus the direct and total costs will be the same.

Item 14 - Enter the appropriate organizational code (see descriptive

information provided on page 15 of the PHS-398 form).  Note that no

credit will be given for the S03 application.

Page 4, "Detailed Budget for First 12-Month Budget Period Direct

Costs Only" - Using ONLY the Other Expenses category, enter on

separate lines the number of students requested at $2,000 per

student; the number of pre-service teachers requested at $3,000 per

teacher; and the number of in-service science teachers requested at

$5,000 per teacher.

Enter the sum of the amounts requested for each under the "TOTALS"

column for the Other Expenses category and under "Total Direct Costs

for First 12-Month Budget Period" at the bottom of the page.

The original and one copy of the student and teacher report(s),

signed by the Program Director, must be submitted with the renewal

application by December 1 so that the data contained in these reports

can be used by NCRR to decide about policies and future funding for


These reports must also be submitted at the same time even if renewal

support is not requested.  All reports, including the Financial

Status Report, must be submitted to the NIH by the grantee

institution no later than May 31, 1994, unless an extension of the

budget period end date has been authorized in writing.

Applications must be received by December 1, 1993 by:

Office of Grants and Contracts Management

National Center for Research Resources

Westwood Building, Room 849

Bethesda, MD  20892

Do NOT mail the application to the Division of Research Grants, NIH.


Written and telephone inquiries are encouraged.  The opportunity to

clarify any issues or questions from potential applicants is welcome.

Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:

Marjorie A. Tingle, Ph.D.

Biomedical Research Support Program

National Center for Research Resources

Westwood Building, Room 10A-11

Bethesda, MD  20982

Telephone:  (301) 594-7947

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:

Ms. Mary V. Niemiec

Office of Grants and Contracts Management

National Center for Research Resources

Westwood Building, Room 849

Bethesda, MD  20982

Telephone:  (301) 594-7955


This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic

Assistance, No. 93.337, Biomedical Research Support.  Grants will be

awarded under the authority of the Public Health Service Act, Section

301 (a)(3); Public Law 78-410 (42 USC 241) as amended, and

administered under PHS grants policies and Federal Regulations 45 CFR

74 and the Guidelines for Minority High School Student Research

Apprentice Program.  This program is not subject to the

intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or

Health Systems Agency review.


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