Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information

Participating Organization(s)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Components of Participating Organizations

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Funding Opportunity Title
Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project Functional Genomics Consortium (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Activity Code
U01 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements
Announcement Type

New

Related Notices
  • May 14, 2020 - NIA Late Application Policy for NIA-Specific FOAs with Application Due Dates in May, June, and July 2020. See Notice NOT-AG-20-033.
  • July 26, 2019- Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research. See Notice NOT-OD-19-128

    August 23, 2019- Clarifying Competing Application Instructions and Notice of Publication of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research. See Notice NOT-OD-19-137

    Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number
    RFA-AG-21-006
    Companion Funding Opportunity

    None

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

    93.866

    Funding Opportunity Purpose

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports concerted efforts that take a multipronged, team-science strategy and apply high-throughput, genome-wide approaches to systematically discover and characterize functional genomic and epigenomic elements and elucidate and validate their functional roles and mechanisms of action underpinning the heterogeneity, pathogenesis, and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (AD/ADRD).

    Key Dates

    Posted Date

    February 25, 2020

    Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
    June 01, 2020
    Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

    June 1, 2020

    Application Due Date(s)

    July 1, 2020

    No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on the listed date(s).

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

    AIDS Application Due Date(s)

    Not Applicable

    Scientific Merit Review
    October/November 2020
    Advisory Council Review
    January 2021
    Earliest Start Date
    April 2021
    Expiration Date
    July 02, 2020
    Due Dates for E.O. 12372
    Not Applicable
    Required Application Instructions
    It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide,except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from 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. Use Grants.gov Workspace to prepare and submit your application and eRA Commons to track your application.


    4. Table of Contents

      Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

      Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

      Background

      This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is issued as an initiative tied to activities outlined in the National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease 2019 Update (See Strategy 1.B). The National Plan is updated on an annual basis in response to the National Alzheimer's Project Act (NAPA) Public Law 111-375. The NIA-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) aims at identifying genes and genetic variants associated with risk of and protection against Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The overarching goals of the ADSP are to: (1) identify new genes and variants involved in Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer's disease-related dementias (AD/ADRD), (2) identify gene alleles and allelic variants contributing to increased risk for or protection against the disease, (3) provide insight as to why individuals with known risk factors escape developing AD, and (4) identify potential avenues for therapeutic approaches to and prevention of the disease.

      Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) by the ADSP and the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project have identified more than fifty loci associated with Alzheimer’s disease. However, progress toward understanding disease mechanisms has been limited due to the difficulty in assigning molecular function to these GWAS loci. A single GWAS locus typically spans several genes and has multiple variants that are equally associated with the disease due to linkage disequilibrium. It is difficult to identify which is the causal gene/variant in the linkage region. Even after determining causal variants, understanding their functions and the cellular states and processes in which they operate is a major challenge. Moreover, the majority of the AD-associated genetic variants lie outside of the protein coding regions of the genome. These non-coding variants affect genetic and epigenetic regulation of gene expression that is highly dependent on cellular context. Decoding the function of noncoding variants further challenges the interpretation of GWAS loci.

      Recent genomic studies have identified a suite of structurally and functionally diverse non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) that are implicated in AD pathophysiology. A vast repertoire of ncRNAs displayed by the human genome has been discovered and classified, including microRNAs (miRNAs), long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), circular RNA, small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs), and piwi-interacting RNAs (piRNAs). Growing evidence demonstrates that ncRNAs play important roles in the pathophysiology of AD by epigenetic regulation of gene expression, messenger RNA (mRNA) translation, and protein production. However, the specific functions and mechanisms of action of the vast majority of AD-related ncRNAs remain to be discovered. Although there is a growing interest in exploring ncRNA-based therapeutics, their pertinence as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets remains uncertain because their roles in the pathophysiology of AD/ADRD are largely unknown. Obtaining a deeper understanding of these non-coding RNAs is a new area of interest for the genetics of AD/ADRD.

      AD is a complex polygenic disease with genetic, cellular, and pathologic heterogeneity. Recent studies using a variety of clinical and neuropathological measures indicate that the disease may be comprised of a spectrum of difficult-to-discern endophenotypes, each with its own genetic and clinical signatures. Endophenotypes reflect the way that a disease is manifest in subgroups of individuals. Each subgroup may have unique biomarkers, such as specific patterns of changes in tau or amyloid beta. It is highly likely that genomic variants are strongly associated with AD/ADRD-related endophenotypes in early disease stage, but the genetic drivers and the underlying mechanisms are largely undefined. Characterizing clinically relevant endophenotypes for subjects with AD/ADRD will help to deconvolute mechanistic complexity and cellular heterogeneity. Associating endophenotypes with the function of genes and variants may lead to a better understanding of disease subtypes, which is crucial to the identification of appropriate therapeutic targets for better treatment.

      Functional interpretation of genetic variations has been challenging historicallyand remains a persistent bottleneck in genetic studies of complex diseases. This is hindering the discovery of genetic-based targets for therapeutics. To connect genetic variants to downstream effectors and functions, a number of issues need to be addressed, including the need to: (1) pinpoint causal variants that affect disease susceptibility and/or progression, (2) characterize the molecular and biochemical effect of these variants and identify the target genes on which these variants act and the cell types and states in which these variants operate, (3) determine links to heterogeneous cellular and pathologic mechanisms, and (4) identify genetic drivers underlying AD endophenotypes that are clinically relevant but difficult to ascertain. In particular, understanding non-coding variants and elucidating their causal mechanisms remain a momentous challenge. As in many other complex diseases, functional studies in AD/ADRD aimed at delineating the causal genetic variants and biological mechanisms underpinning the observed statistical associations have lagged far behind the discovery of association signals.

      There is a pressing need for large-scale efforts at genome-wide perturbation followed by functional evaluation to identify causal variants and the contribution of these causal mechanisms to the pathogenesis of AD/ADRD. However, well-defined, scalable experimental approaches for functional interpretation of genetic variants are lacking. Emerging high-throughput sequencing-based assays and cellular assays have created the capability to perform comprehensive genomic measurements and functional readouts to dissect the function of genes and non-coding variants at the scale needed to follow up on the genetic association studies. A successful functional interpretation endeavor requires a multipronged approach that involves collaboration among scientists with expertise in genetics, genomics, and high-throughput screening technologies for large-scale, genome-wide investigation.

      NIA has supported a robust program of research and infrastructure to study the genetics of AD/ADRD. To capitalize on the investment already made in the ADSP, this FOA supports a concerted effort, as an arm of the ADSP, aimed at filling the gaps in our understanding of genetic variants by moving from the discovery of disease-associated loci to elucidating functional consequences and disease mechanisms underpinning the genetic heterogeneity of AD/ADRD. Determining the functions of coding and non-coding genomic elements will improve genome annotation, increase understanding of disease endophenotypes, and ultimately facilitate the transition of genetic knowledge to the identification and prioritization of potential targets for novel diagnostics and therapeutics for AD/ADRD.

      Research Objectives

      Through this FOA, NIA seeks to generate high-resolution, comprehensive maps of AD/ADRD-specific functional genomic elements and epigenomic signatures and characterize a broad range of functional elements, including ADSP-identified genes and loci and other AD/ADRD-specific non-coding variants, as well as non-coding RNAs. The goal of this FOA is to support concerted efforts that apply high-throughput genome-wide approaches to discover and characterize functional genomic and epigenomic elements and elucidate and validate their functional roles and mechanisms of action underpinning the heterogeneity, pathogenesis, and progression of AD/ADRD. Driven by the ADSP genetic discovery, studies funded under this FOA will take a multipronged, team-science approach that involves scientists with expertise in genetics, genomics, cell physiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, and high-throughput screening technologies to develop cross-cutting activities and workflows to carry out large-scale functional studies.

      A variety of experimental approaches may be taken. It is expected that projects funded under this FOA will apply comprehensive genome-wide approaches, computational methods, and high-throughput screening assays to systematically determine the biochemical and physiological functions of AD/ADRD-specific genes/loci and genetic variants and to comprehensively characterize the regulatory landscape modulated by non-coding variants and non-coding RNAs through genome-wide examination of human brain regions, cell types, and disease time course. Validation studies must be conducted on prioritized ADSP-identified genes and loci and other key functional genomic elements using in vitro, ex vivo, or in vivo systems.

      It is expected that the awardees funded under this FOA will form the ADSP-Functional Genomics Consortium (ADSP-FGC) comprised of cross-linked, collaborative U01 applications with agreed-upon overarching goals and milestones. Each U01 application should have its own Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI), and the program must provide a mechanism for cross-site coordination that is parallel to that of the ADSP.

      The programmatic goals and funding priorities of the ADSP-FGC initiative are to ensure broad coverage of coding and non-coding genomic elements and to deliver high-resolution, comprehensive maps of functional elements. It is possible that multiple awardees may approach similar research questions, provided that their approaches and research emphasis are complementary.

      Projects proposed by applicants to this FOA should build upon the efforts and resources currently supported by the ADSP consortium, as well as other related consortia such as PsychENCODE, the Genotype-Tissue Expression Project (GTEx), the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE), Common Fund Epigenomics, the Roadmap Epigenome Mapping Consortium (REMC), and the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC).

      Projects awarded under this FOA will be supported by existing NIA-funded infrastructure, including the Genome Center for Alzheimer’s Disease (GCAD), the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS), and the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (NCRAD). Investigators will collaborate with NCRAD, where resources related to this study can be obtained. Access to data generated by the ADSP-FGC will be provided through NIAGADS, which will act as a central hub for data storage and sharing. Investigators will coordinate efforts through NIAGADS to generate data that are consistent in presentation to the research community and to support the harmonization of data across the consortium and with other NIA-funded studies. Subcontracts to existing infrastructure grantees will be needed to support their efforts. Development of new infrastructure, such as databases, is not allowed. Investigators are encouraged to contact the Program Official for this FOA before submitting an application.

      This FOA will support the development of robust high-throughput tools to ensure that large-scale, multi-modal functional data can be generated, analyzed, and interpreted in ways that are relevant to AD/ADRD pathophysiology to define causal mechanisms for the disease. This FOA will support the development of scalable functional assays, as well as disease-relevant cellular and tissue models, to aid mechanistic interpretation. Collectively as a research resource, the tools, reagents, and assays, along with the genomics data sets generated by the ADSP-FGC consortium, will be made rapidly available to the scientific community.

      Proposed projects will focus on the discovery, elucidation, and validation of the biological functions and mechanisms of action of ADSP-identified genes and loci and a broad range of functional genomic and epigenomic elements and their roles involved in AD/ADRD risk or protection, pathogenesis, disease progression and severity, and outcomes relevant to AD endophenotypes and pathophysiological mechanisms. Applicants are encouraged to propose studies that will achieve a deeper understanding of cell-type-specific physiological functions and molecular mechanisms underlying the genetic heterogeneity of AD/ADRD. Applicants are especially encouraged to propose studies that will explore classes of functional elements that are currently understudied, such as non-coding variants and non-coding RNAs. Applications that are primarily oriented on computational analyses and/or modeling of existing data sets, with limited effort on experimental characterization and validation, are considered not responsive to this FOA.

      Studies sought in this FOA include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

      • Characterize physiological and biochemical functions of ADSP-identified genes and variants. Genetic alterations include single nucleotide polymorphisms, copy number variants, structural variants, etc. In this case, definition of the causal relationships between genetic variants and phenotypes/endophenotypes is essential.
      • Characterize AD-relevant biochemical, morphological, and physiological endophenotypes that the ADSP has studied. Identify the underlying genetic drivers and molecular mechanisms.
      • Obtain a mechanistic understanding of causal variants and how changes in the function of the causal variants impact AD/ADRD-specific pathophysiological processes, such as neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, anomalies of ß-amyloid or Tau, etc.
      • Apply high-throughput genetic and epigenetic screening technologies to interrogate the function of the non-coding genome in appropriate cell types to obtain meaningful, AD-relevant results.
      • Identify non-coding genomic elements, including enhancers, promoters, silencers, and transcription binding factors, and elucidate their functional roles. Define their targeted functional elements, such as messenger RNA (mRNA) and/or molecular hallmarks such as epigenetic state and chromatin accessibility. Identify the processes which they regulate, which may include regulation of gene expression, epigenetic control, alternative splicing, and their effects on AD/ADRD-specific endophenotypes. Non-coding variants identified by the ADSP are a high priority.
      • Identify, classify, map, and quantify AD/ADRD-relevant non-coding RNAs such as lncRNAs, miRNAs, and piRNAs. Characterize their functional roles in the epigenetic modulation of gene expression that drives critical neurobiological processes in AD/ADRD. Characterize molecular and cellular mechanisms by identifying their downstream effectors and/or processes on which ncRNAs regulate.
      • Conduct validation studies on prioritized ADSP-identified variants and other AD/ADRD-relevant candidate genomic elements in appropriate cellular or animal systems to decipher cell-type-specific causal mechanisms.
      • Develop new or improve existing molecular characterization and functional assays in disease-relevant cell types that can be deployed at scale to enable genome-wide functional screening and evaluation of coding and non-coding sequence elements. Assays may include CRISPR-based genome and epigenome editing, single-cell or single-nucleus DNA and RNA sequencing, genome-wide epigenomics sequencing, and massively parallel reporter assays.
      • Develop new or improve existing sophisticated cellular and tissue models that will better recapitulate the physiology, dynamics, and cell make up of the AD pathogenic cascade. These models may include cell -lines (e.g., induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)), organoids, and co-culture systems with multiple cell types, and should involve approaches to scale these up for high-throughput interrogation.
      • Develop novel analytical strategies for integrative multi-level analyses of multi-modal data sets (e.g., GWAS, genomic and epigenomic annotations, transcriptomics, epigenomics, chromatin architecture, etc.) that may span multiple disease time periods, brain regions, and/or cell types to facilitate the interpretation of results.
      • Identify convergent functional consequences and synergistic effects across multiple genomic and epigenomic elements and/or across different cell types to generate novel insights into the molecular genetic mechanisms involved in the causation of heterogeneity and etiology of AD/ADRD.

      The ADSP-FGC awardees will participate in collaborative, synergistic research activities that could enrich the original project by leveraging the expertise and/or research developed by other awardees or consortia. The ADSP-FGC will also collaborate with other NIA-funded programs. The ADSP-FGC may serve as a bridge between the ADSP and Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP-AD) in order to accelerate the identification of therapeutic targets for specific AD/ADRD endophenotypes. The consortium will work synergistically with both the ADSP and AMP-AD in order to facilitate and accelerate scientific progress through the coordination of parallelized research strategies, analytical methods, and sharing of data and other research resources.

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

      Section II. Award Information

      Funding Instrument
      Cooperative Agreement: A support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. Substantial involvement means that, after award, NIH scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities. See Section VI.2 for additional information about the substantial involvement for this FOA.
      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

      Need help determining whether you are doing a clinical trial?

      Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

      NIA intends to commit $5 million in FY 2021 to support up to 3 awards.

      Award Budget

      Direct costs should not exceed $1 million per year.

      Award Project Period

      The maximum project period is five years

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

      Section III. Eligibility Information

      1. Eligible Applicants

      Eligible Organizations

      Higher Education Institutions

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

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

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

      Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

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

      For-Profit Organizations

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

      Governments

      • State Governments
      • County Governments
      • City or Township Governments
      • Special District Governments
      • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
      • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
      • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
      • U.S. Territory or Possession
      Other
      • Independent School Districts
      • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
      • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
      • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
      • Regional Organizations
      Foreign Institutions
      Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed. 
      Required Registrations

      Applicant organizations

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

      • Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) - All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
      • System for Award Management (SAM) – 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.
      • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number to register in eRA Commons.Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration, but 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 DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

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

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

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

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

      2. Cost Sharing

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

      3. Additional Information on Eligibility

       

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

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

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

      Section IV. Application and Submission Information

      1. Requesting an Application Package

      The application forms package specific to this opportunity must be accessed through ASSIST, Grants.gov Workspace or an institutional system-to-system solution. Links to apply using ASSIST or Grants.gov Workspace are 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 instructions in the Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guideexcept where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. 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.

       

      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:

      Alison Yao, Ph.D.
      National Institute on Aging (NIA)
      Telephone: 301-827-7264
      Email:alison.yao@nih.gov

      Page Limitations
      All page limitations described in the SF424 Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed
      Instructions for Application Submission
      The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and should be used for preparing an application to this FOA.
      SF424(R&R) Cover
      All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
      SF424(R&R) Project/Performance Site Locations
      All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
      SF424(R&R) Other Project Information
      All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

      Facilities and Other Resources and/or Equipment

      Explain how the institutional environment(s) in which the ADSP-FGC project will operate will contribute to the probability of success in facilitating the AD research program it serves. As relevant, explain how the ADSP-FGC project will benefit from unique features of the institutional environment, infrastructure, or personnel? Describe any resources that are available within the scientific environment to support large-scale electronic information handling.

      SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

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

      It is expected that key personnel will have adequate training, experience, and expertise in genetics, genomics, molecular biology, analysis of genome-wide data, or high-throughput experimental methodologies, as well as adequate expertise in computational and bioinformatics methodologies, biochemistry, cell physiology, and/or other fields relevant to the project. Key personnel should have a thorough understanding of the genetic and mechanistic complexity of Alzheimer’s disease and endophenotypes. They should have demonstrated experience and an ongoing record of accomplishments in effectively managing large, multidisciplinary research projects on genetics and/or functional genomics for complex diseases. They should demonstrate significant experience with coordinating collaborative (basic or clinical) research. Key personnel should have expertise in the handling and analysis of complex data sets, such as genetic, genomic, clinical, population substructure, and endophenotypic data related to complex diseases.The PD(s)/PI(s) and other personnel should have appropriate experience and training for management of large-scale data, with expertise in archiving, processing, and distributing phenotypic/endophenotypic data for AD. Key personnel with expertise in AD genomics and large-scale screening technologies and previous collaboration with ADSP investigators are critical to the success of the ADSP-FGC. Key personnel should have complementary and integrated expertise and skills. The PD(s)/PI(s) should have experience overseeing selection and management of sub awards.

       

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

      R&R Subaward Budget
      All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
      PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement
      All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
      PHS 398 Research Plan
      All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

      Research Strategy: In addition to the strategy for achieving the scientific goals of the ADSP-FGC consortium, please address the following:

      • Describe how the project will interact and synergize with other projects in the ADSP-FGC consortium.
      • List unique strengths of your project and team that may be useful to other ADSP-FGC awardees. Do not describe any specific lines of experiments for the collaborative activities in the application. The collaborative projects will be defined based on collective input from the ADSP-FGC investigators and following review and recommendations by the Steering Committee.
      • Outline possible directions for trans-consortium collaborative efforts that can benefit your proposed project and achieve the overall goals of the ADSP-FGC, e.g., integrative analysis of multiple functional readouts from various high-throughput screens by the ADSP-FGC projects to enhance interpretation of the results.
      • Outline the leadership approach, governance, plans for conflict resolution, and organizational structure, highlighting how they are appropriate for the proposed project.
      • Describe any genome-wide approaches for data generation, processing, integration, and multi-level analyses of diverse data types proposed to characterize the biochemical, physiologic, and regulatory roles of functional genomic elements.
      • Explain how the project will utilize and/or develop robust and high-throughput genetic and epigenetic screening techniques and methods.
      • Outline the overall strategy, operational plan, organizational structure, workflow, and timeline, explaining how they are appropriate to accomplish the goals of the project.
      • Outline plans for experimental validation of functions and identification of underlying molecular mechanisms.
      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 should address a Data Sharing Plan that is compliant with the NIA AD Genomics Sharing Policy. It is NIA policy that all genomic data derived from NIA-funded studies of the genomics of Alzheimer's disease, including secondary analysis data, be deposited at NIAGADS, another NIA-approved site, or both whenever possible. As a resource, more information can be found at: https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/dn/alzheimers-disease-genomics-sharing-plan.
      Appendix:
      Only limited Appendix materials are allowed. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
      PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information
      When involving human subjects research, clinical research, and/or NIH-definedclinical trials (and when applicable, clinical trials research experience) 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 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

      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
      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). 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.

      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) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH. See Section III of this FOA for information on registration requirements.

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

      See more tips for avoiding common errors.

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

      In order to expedite review, applicants are requested to notify the NIA Referral Office by email at ramesh.vemuri@nih.gov when the application has been submitted. Please include the FOA number and title, PD/PI name, and title of the application.

      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
      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
      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.

       

      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?

      How effectively will the project use high-throughput genome-wide approaches to expand our knowledge of the potential roles of various genomic and epigenomic elements implicated in the etiology of AD/ADRD? To what extent are the proposed plans sufficiently bold to establish a robust strategy to systematically characterize the functional genomic landscape of AD/ADRD and provide transformative insights and reveal novel mechanisms underlying the genetic heterogeneity of AD/ADRD? Is the proposed project needed to achieve the goals of the AD research programs it proposes to serve? How responsive and flexible is the proposed project, and is it likely to meet the evolving needs of the AD research community, including its ongoing collaborations and existing interactions with stakeholders? How likely is the proposed project to provide a means to better understand endophenotypes of AD/ADRD that may accelerate the discovery of therapeutic targets for AD/ADRD? Will coordinated receipt and distribution of genetic and genomic data facilitate or expedite AD research that would be delayed or infeasible if conducted as independent projects? How responsive is the proposed project to the need to serve as an interface between the ADSP and other consortia related to the genetics of AD?

       

      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?

      To what extent do the PD(s)/PI(s) and other key personnel have adequate expertise in genetics, genomics, computational and bioinformatics methodologies, molecular biology, biochemistry, cell physiology, analysis of genome-wide data, high-throughput experimental methodologies, and/or other fields relevant to the project, as well as expertise in and understanding of the mechanistic complexity of Alzheimer’s disease? Do they have appropriate experience and training, and have they demonstrated experience and an ongoing record of accomplishments in effectively managing large multidisciplinary research projects on genetics and/or functional genomics for complex diseases? Do the investigators demonstrate significant experience with coordinating collaborative (basic or clinical) research? Do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise and skills? Do the PD(s)/PI(s) have experience overseeing selection and management of sub awards, if needed? Do the PD(s)/PI(s) and other personnel have appropriate experience and training for management of large-scale data, with expertise in archiving, processing, and distributing phenotypic/endophenotypic data for AD? How facile are the PD(s)/PI(s) in curation of large data sets, including multiple layers of complex genomic data relevant to genetic analysis? How facile are the PD(s)/PI(s) in the understanding and management of functional genomics outcomes?

       

      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?

      Does the project propose genome-wide approaches for data generation, processing, integration, and multi-level analyses of diverse data types to characterize the biochemical, physiologic, and regulatory roles of functional genomic elements? Does the application propose novel organizational concepts in the field of AD functional genomics research or instrumentation in coordinating the AD research projects that the ADSP-FGC will serve? Are the proposed concepts, approaches, methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to the field of AD research? Are the concepts, strategies, or instrumentation novel to AD genetics or genomics research or novelin a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of organizational concepts, data management strategies, or instrumentation proposed?

       

      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?

      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?

      Are the overall strategy, operational plan, and organizational structure well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the goals of the project? Are the leadership approach, governance, plans for conflict resolution, and organizational structure appropriate for the proposed project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented that may impact AD research as a whole? Is an appropriate plan for workflow and a well-established timeline proposed? Does the application propose adequate and robust plans for experimental validation of functions and identification of underlying molecular mechanisms? Does the project adequately address issues of statistical power? Does the project adequately address the integration and collaboration with other projects of the ADSP-FGC and with other components of the ADSP Consortium including NIAGADS, NCRAD, and ADGC? Does the application utilize and/or develop robust and high-throughput genetic and epigenetic screening techniques and methods?

       

      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?

      Will the institutional environment(s) in which the ADSP-FGC project will operate contribute to the probability of success in facilitating the AD research program it serves? Will the ADSP-FGC project benefit from unique features of the institutional environment, infrastructure, or personnel? Are resources available within the scientific environment to support large-scale electronic information handling?

      Additional Review Criteria
      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.

       

      For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of thecategories 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.

       

      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.

       

      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.

       

      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.

       

      Not Applicable

       

      Not Applicable

       

      Not Applicable

      Additional Review Considerations
      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.

       

      Not Applicable

       

      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).

       

      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).

       

      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.

       

      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 NIA, in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Assignment to a Scientific Review Group will be shown in the eRA Commons.

      As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:
      • May undergo a selection process in which only those applications deemed to have the highest scientific and technical merit (generally the top half of applications under review) will be discussed and assigned an overall impact score.
      • Will receive a written critique.
      Appeals of initial peer review will not be accepted for applications submitted in response to this FOA. Applications will be assigned 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 National Advisory Council on Aging. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:
      • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
      • Availability of funds.
      • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.

      3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

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

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

      Section VI. Award Administration Information

      1. Award Notices

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

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

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

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

      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 awardee must provide NIH copies of documents related to all major changes in the status of ongoing protocols.

      2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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

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

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

      For additional guidance regarding how the provisions apply to NIH grant programs, please contact the Scientific/Research Contact that is identified in Section VII under Agency Contacts of this FOA. HHS provides general guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English proficiency. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/limited-english-proficiency/index.html. The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/index.htmlhttps://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/laws-regulations-guidance/index.html. Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/disability/index.html. 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.htmlor call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697. Also note it is an HHS Departmental goal to ensure access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and supports, for vulnerable populations. For further guidance on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=53.

      Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

      The following special terms of award are in addition to, and not in lieu of, otherwise applicable U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) administrative guidelines, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) grant administration regulations at 45 CFR Part 75, and other HHS, PHS, and NIH grant administration policies.

      The administrative and funding instrument used for this program will be the cooperative agreement, an "assistance" mechanism (rather than an "acquisition" mechanism), in which substantial NIH programmatic involvement with the awardees is anticipated during the performance of the activities. Under the cooperative agreement, the NIH purpose is to support and stimulate the recipients' activities by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipients in a partnership role; it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activities. Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility resides with the awardees for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the awardees and the NIH as defined below.

      The PD(s)/PI(s) will have primary responsibility for:

      • Defining objectives, approaches, and data analyses, and for preparation of publications for their projects. The PD(s)/PI(s) will agree to accept the close coordination and participation of NIA program staff in the scientific and technical management of the projects.
      • Providing, in addition to standard annual progress reports (see Section VI.3. Reporting), progress on annual milestones and other relevant information to the NIH Project Scientist(s) or Program Officer, and coordinating and cooperating with NIH staff and other members of appropriate collaborating NIA and NIH programs.
      • Working directly with members of the Alzheimer's Disease Sequencing Project (ADSP) and its various components, such as the Data Harmonization Initiative and the Cognitive Systems Initiative funded under PAR-19-269, to use machine learning approaches for the analysis of ADSP genetic data. The PD(s)/PI(s) will work with components of ADSP infrastructure, including the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease (NCRAD), the NIA Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS), and the NIA Genome Center for Alzheimer's Disease (GCAD) (U54). PD(s)/PI(s) will work collaboratively with investigators funded under the Accelerated Medicines Partnership for AD (AMP-AD), other NIA-funded investigators, NIA, and other NIH Institutes and Centers.
      • Acting in consultation with the NIA Project Scientist to form the ADSP-FGC PI Executive Committee,a panel of external advisors composed of senior non-federal scientists who are not directly involved in the activities of the ADSP Consortium. The panel of external advisors will provide guidance on the progress of the consortium milestones, on the contributions of individual projects and/or project collaborations within the consortium, and on the progress and effectiveness of the consortium as a whole.
      • Working directly with the NIA Project Scientist(s) on the coordination of activities within the consortium and the integration of individual projects across the ADSP-FGC, as well as with other relevant NIA- and NIH-funded programs.
      • Engaging in collaborative activities through participation in meetings, working groups, and conference calls.
      • Transferring biological samples and reagents to the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease (NCRAD). Data generated from the projects will be deposited at NIAGADS or another NIA-approved data storage site and made available to the scientific community at large.

      Awardees will retain custody of and have primary rights to the data and software developed under these awards, subject to Government rights of access consistent with current DHHS, PHS, and NIH policies.

      NIH staff have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards, as described below:

      For NIH staff, the designated NIA Project Scientist will have substantial scientific/programmatic involvement during conduct of this activity through technical assistance, advice, and coordination above and beyond normal program stewardship of grants, assisting in those aspects of the consortium described below. Project Officials (the NIA Project Scientist and Program Officer) will be ex-officio members of the committees that execute policy on behalf of the consortium. Awardees agree to accept the following assistance from the designated NIA Project Scientist:

      • Providing technical assistance and advice to the awardee as appropriate to achieve the goals of the ADSP Functional Genomics Consortium.
      • Participating in the monitoring of issues relating to the scientific and technical aspects of the project.
      • Assisting in the development and coordination of study design.
      • Working directly with the awardee to facilitate their interactions with the ADSP-FGC.
      • Promoting and facilitating synergistic and collaborative efforts across the ADSP-FGC, as well as with other relevant NIA- and NIH-funded programs.
      • Providing overall program stewardship, assessing progress toward the accomplishment of specified milestones, and recommending release of additional funds to the project.
      • Establishing the ADSP-FGC PI Executive Committee. The PI EC will serve as the main decision-making body for the collaborative aspects of the consortium. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be the voting members. The designated NIA Project Officials will be non-voting ex-officio members.

      Additionally, an agency program official or IC program director will be responsible for the normal scientific and programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the award notice.

      Areas of Joint Responsibility include:

      • Establishing working groups (WG) and coordinating WG conference calls to discuss strategies, assess progress, establish priorities, and foster collaboration across the consortium.
      • Establishing synergistic, integrative, and collaborative joint projects across the ADSP-FGC to work towards developing comprehensive maps of functional genomic and epigenomic elements.
      • Organizing and conducting regular meetings and/or conference calls to coordinate the integration of the ADSP-FGC projects with other NIA- and NIH-funded programs.
      • Organizing and participating in person, along with other key personnel of the project, in the annual program review meeting of the ADSP-FGC.

      Dispute Resolution:

      Any disagreements that may arise in scientific or programmatic matters (within the scope of the award) between award recipients and the NIH may be brought to Dispute Resolution. A Dispute Resolution Panel composed of three members will be convened. It will have three members: a designee of the Steering Committee chosen without NIH staff voting, one NIH designee, and a third designee with expertise in the relevant area who is chosen by the other two; in the case of individual disagreement, the first member may be chosen by the individual awardee. This special dispute resolution procedure does not alter the awardee's right to appeal an adverse action that is otherwise appealable in accordance with PHS regulation 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart D and DHHS regulation 45 CFR Part 16.

      3. Reporting

      When multiple years are involved, awardees will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. A final RPPR, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

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

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

      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 threatensubmission 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)

      Alison Yao, Ph.D.
      National Institute on Aging (NIA)
      Telephone: 301-827-7264
      Email:alison.yao@nih.gov

      Marilyn Miller, Ph.D.
      National Institute on Aging
      Telephone: 301-496-9350
      Email: millerm@nia.nih.gov

      Peer Review Contact(s)

      Ramesh Vemuri, Ph.D.
      National Institute on Aging (NIA)
      Telephone: 301-402-7700
      Email: ramesh.vemuri@nih.gov

      Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

      Jillian Morris
      National Institute on Aging (NIA)
      Telephone: 301-496-8986
      Email: morrisjil@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.


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