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

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

Funding Opportunity Title

Limited Competition: Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training (T90/R90 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Activity Code

T90/R90 Interdisciplinary Research Training Award/Interdisciplinary Regular Research Training Award

Announcement Type

Reissue of PAR-13-065

Related Notices

None

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-AT-19-010

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Number of Applications

Only one application per partnership is allowed. A partnership is defined as one institution with a research-intensive environment (will provide the T90 Component) with one institution focused on clinical training of complementary health practice (will provide the R90 component). Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

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

93.213

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) seeks to support interdisciplinary clinical research training to improve the capacity of the integrative health field to carry out rigorous research. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) solicits renewal applications to support training partnerships between institutions with research intensive environments (e.g., institutions with a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) or T32 programs) to provide the T90 component for research training for individuals with clinical complementary and integrative health degrees, and institutions focused on clinical training of practitioners in complementary modalities and disciplines that have faculty with substantial interest in rigorous clinical research to provide the R90 component for research education and experience for individuals with research-intensive doctoral degrees. The program will support mentored research training with hands-on mentored experiences in clinical research within NCCIH's Strategic Plan and didactic activities in clinical research methodology and integrative health approaches. The funded training partnership is expected to generate a cadre of clinician scientists who participate in multi-disciplinary teams engaged in complementary and integrative health research.

This FOA does not allow appointed T90 Trainees or R90 Participants to lead an independent clinical trial but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

Key Dates
Posted Date

April 17, 2019

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

May 26, 2019

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

Not required

Application Due Date(s)

June 26, 2019, January 24, 2020, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

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, 2019; June-July, 2020

Advisory Council Review

January 2020; August 2020

Earliest Start Date

April 2020; September or December 2020

Expiration Date

January 25, 2020

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the Training (T) 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. Use Grants.gov Workspace to prepare and submit your application and eRA Commons to track your application.
  4. Table of Contents

    Part 1. Overview Information
    Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement
    Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
    Section II. Award Information
    Section III. Eligibility Information
    Section IV. Application and Submission Information
    Section V. Application Review Information
    Section VI. Award Administration Information
    Section VII. Agency Contacts
    Section VIII. Other Information

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

    The overall goal of the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.  In order to accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train individuals to conduct research and to prepare for research careers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) website.

    Purpose and Background Information

    The NRSA program has been the primary means of supporting predoctoral and postdoctoral research training programs since enactment of the NRSA legislation in 1974.  Research training activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, in behavioral or social sciences, in health services research, or in any other discipline relevant to the NIH mission.

    Institutional NRSA programs allow the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) to select the trainees and develop a program of coursework, research experiences, and technical and/or professional skills development appropriate for the selected trainees. Each program should provide high-quality research training and offer opportunities in addition to conducting mentored research. The grant offsets the cost of stipends, tuition and fees, and training related expenses, including health insurance, for the appointed trainees in accordance with agency-approved support levels.

    Program Objective

    The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) supports a variety of research training and career development opportunities aimed at increasing the number, quality, and diversity of investigators with knowledge and expertise in both complementary and integrative health and state-of-the-art research methods (https://nccih.nih.gov/training). The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Interdisciplinary Research Training Award (T90) and combined Research Education Grant (R90) supports comprehensive interdisciplinary research training that capitalizes on the infrastructure of existing multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research programs. This initiative aligns with NCCIH's Strategic Objective to "Enhance the Complementary and Integrative Health Research Workforce" by fostering interdisciplinary collaborations and partnerships. By supporting collaborations between complementary and integrative health institutions with research-intensive institutions, this initiative also directly responds to the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health Working Group Report on Clinician-Scientist Workforce Development, and in particular, its Recommendation #3 to develop programs to support the host environments at all types of institutions involved in research training in complementary and integrative health.

    NCCIH Programmatic Requirements

    The Interdisciplinary Complementary and Integrative Health Clinical Research Training Award (T90/R90) program will support a coherent, cohesive and unified partnership between institutions with research intensive environments (e.g., Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) institutions and NRSA T32 award institutions) and institutions with curricula focused on clinical training of practitioners in complementary modalities and disciplines (e.g., ND, DAOM, DC, DO, DPT) that also have faculty with a substantial experience in rigorous clinical research. The T90/R90 partnership must provide evidence of successful collaborative efforts and demonstrated interinstitutional synergy. Participating institutions must be committed to creating a comprehensive interdisciplinary complementary and integrative health clinical research training program that builds on the existing strengths, expertise, and infrastructure at all partnering institutions. It is expected that the proposed partnership will create a clinical research workforce development exchange. The research intensive institution will host the T90 component for integrative health practitioners (e.g. ND, DAOM, DC, DO, DPT) to receive clinical research and methodological training and mentored clinical research experiences. The institution focused on integrative health clinical practice education will host the R90 component for clinical researchers (e.g., PhD or MD/PhD) to receive education on complementary and integrative health practices and hands-on research experiences with funding for pilot projects. The proposed program administration will use a team-science approach that creates and secures cross-talk, cross-training, and cross-activities between the T90 and R90 institutions. This initiative will support research training and education at the postdoctoral level.

    The T90/R90 program should provide:

    • A strong foundation in research design, methods, and analytic techniques appropriate for the proposed research area;
    • The enhancement of the trainees’ ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence;
    • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings;
    • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops; and
    • The enhancement of the trainees’ understanding of the complementary and integrative health-related sciences and the relationship of their research training to health and disease.

    It is expected that this program will result in sustainable long-term research collaborations between participating R90 and T90 institutions, and the creation of a cadre of biomedical researchers and complementary medicine practitioners with the training, expertise, and practice in complementary and integrative health who are qualified to lead clinical research projects and participate fully in multi-disciplinary research teams.

    Program Considerations

    The duration of training, the transition of trainees/participants to individual support mechanisms, and their transition to the next career stage are important considerations in institutional training programs.  Training PDs/PIs should limit appointments to individuals who are committed to a research career and who plan to remain in training for at least two years, whether that support comes from a training grant or some combination of NRSA and non-NRSA support programs.  Training PDs/PIs should encourage and make available appropriate skills training so that trainees are prepared to apply for subsequent independent support for their training or research program (e.g., an individual fellowship award, mentored career development award, or research project grant), as appropriate for their career stage. 

    Within the framework of the NRSA program’s longstanding commitment to excellence and the projected need for investigators in particular areas of research, attention must be given to recruiting trainees from racial or ethnic groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. See the Training (T) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for further background and instructions.

    Institutional research training grants must be used to support a program of full-time research training. Within the full-time training period, T90 research trainees who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research training and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research training experience. The program may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS, or other clinical, health-professional training except when those studies are part of a formal combined research degree program, such as the MD/PhD. Similarly, T90 trainees may not accept NRSA support for clinical training that is part of residency training leading to clinical certification in a medical or dental specialty or subspecialty. It is permissible and encouraged, however, for clinicians to engage in NRSA-supported, full-time postdoctoral research training even when that experience is creditable toward certification by a clinical specialty or subspecialty board.

    R90 participants should also have full-time appointments to gain education on complementary and integrative health practices and conduct hands-on research experiences. R90 participants who are also training as clinicians must devote their time to the proposed research education experience and must confine clinical duties to those that are an integral part of the research education experience.

    Short-term training is not intended, and may not be used, to support activities that would ordinarily be part of a research degree program, nor for any undergraduate-level training.

    This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed T90 Trainees or R90 Participants to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. NIH strongly supports training towards a career in clinically relevant research and so gaining experience in clinical trials under the guidance of a mentor or co-mentor is encouraged.

    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

    Renewal
    Resubmission

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

    Clinical Trial?

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

    Note: Appointed T90 Trainees and R90 Participants are permitted to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.

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    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.

    NCCIH intends commit up to $930,000 in FY 2020 to fund one linked T90/R90 award.

    Award Budget

    Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

    Grantees are expected to be familiar with and comply with applicable cost policies and the NRSA Guidelines (NIH Grants Policy Statement - Institutional Research Training Grants). Funds may be used only for those expenses that are directly related to and necessary for the research training and must be expended in conformance with OMB Cost Principles, the NIH Grants Policy Statement, and the NRSA regulations, policies, guidelines, and conditions set forth in this document..

    Award Project Period

    The maximum period is 5 years for the linked T90/R90 program.    

     
    Other Award Budget Information
    Stipends, Tuition, and Fees (T90) and Participant Costs (R90)
     

    Program-supported Trainees (T90) and Participants (R90) will be appointed to the program following the guidance provided in Section III. Item 3. Additional Information on Eligibility: T90/R90 Program-Supported Trainees/Participants.

    The T90 Kirschstein-NRSA award component provides stipends as a subsistence allowance to help defray living expenses during the research training experience.

    NCCIH will contribute to the combined cost of T90 tuition and fees at the rate in place at the time of award.

    Stipend levels, as well as funding amounts for tuition and fees and the institutional allowance are announced annually in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and are also posted on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) webpage.

    The R90 award component provides salaries to help defray living expenses during the research education experience. The salary must be consistent both with the established salary structure at the institution and salary actually provided by the institution from its own funds to other staff members of equivalent qualifications, rank and responsibilities in the department concerned. If full-time, 12-month salaries are not currently paid to comparable staff members, the salary proposed must be appropriately related to the existing salary structure. Fringe benefits, based on the sponsoring institution’s rate, may be provided in addition to the salary. Allowable costs for each participant are based on a 12-month appointment period.

    Participants may also receive funds to defray partial tuition and other education-related expenses.

    Applicants should request the full amount of T90 and R90 tuition and fees in their application and describe any relevant details in the budget justification (e.g., differences between in-state and out-of-state tuition).   See NIH Grants Policy Statement - Institutional Research Training Grants the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for additional guidance.

    NCCIH will calculate the T90 and R90 budget according to the appropriate formula for stipends, tuition/fees and other budgetary levels that are in effect at the time of award.

    Trainee (T90) and Participant (R90) Travel

    Trainee/Participant travel to attend scientific meetings and workshops that the institution determines to be necessary for the individual’s research training or educational experience is an allowable trainee expense. 

    Training Related Expenses (T90) and Other Program Related Expenses (R90)

    T90 Component: NCCIH will provide funds to help defray other research training expenses, such as health insurance, staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, research supplies, and faculty/staff travel directly related to the research training program. The most recent levels of training related expenses are announced annually in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and are also posted on the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) webpage.

    R90 Component: NCCIH will provide up to $15,000 per year for each R90 participant to support complementary and integrative health clinical research pilot projects within NCCIH's priority areas. Consultant costs, equipment, supplies, travel for key persons, and other program-related expenses may be included in the proposed budget. These expenses must be justified as specifically required by the proposed program and must not duplicate items generally available at the applicant institution.

    Indirect Costs

    Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition and fees, consortium costs in excess of $25,000, and expenditures for equipment), rather than on the basis of a negotiated rate agreement.

    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)

    Governments

    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
    • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
    • U.S. Territory or Possession

    Other

    • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
    • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations

    The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

    Applicants must propose a T90/R90 partnership consisting of one institution with a research-intensive environment (e.g., CTSA and/or T32 institution) which will provide the T90 component and one institution focused on complementary health practice which will provide the R90 component. The proposed T90 and R90 institutions must have their own separate DUNS number or NIH IPF number. At the time of submission, the partnership must decide which institution will be the applicant institution that will submit a single application on behalf of the T90/R90 partnership. If selected for funding, linked T90 and R90 awards will be made to each institution. It is expected that both institutions have the appropriate management and financial infrastructure and support to comply with the management of federal funds.

    The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

    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.

    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.
    • NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM. 
    • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number 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 training program as the Training Program Director/Principal Investigator (Training PD/PI) 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 SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide.

    Because the T90/R90 program consists of a partnership and collaborative effort, applicants are strongly encouraged to use a team-science approach and include a multiple PD(s)/PI(s) administrative/management model. The PD(s)/PI(s) should be an established investigator(s) in the scientific area in which the application is targeted and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be responsible for the selection and appointment of trainees and participants to the approved research training and research education program, and for the overall direction, management, administration, and evaluation of the interdisciplinary program. The PD(s)/PI(s) will be expected to monitor and assess the program and submit all documents and reports as required. The PD(s)/PI(s) has responsibility for the day to day administration of the program and is responsible for appointing members of the Advisory Committee (when applicable), using their recommendations to determine the appropriate allotment of funds.

    The PD(s)/PI(s) should be part of the collaborative implementation team (CIT)  that will be responsible for the implementation of the proposed program.     

    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 programmatically 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).
    Preceptors/Mentors

    Program faculty should have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in the area of the proposed research training program.  Program faculty should also have a record of research training, including successful, former trainees who have established productive careers relevant to the NIH mission.  Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.

    Mentors in the proposed T90/R90 program should be established independent researchers with externally-funded research projects in areas aligned with NCCIH's Strategic Priorities.  

    T90/R90 Program-Supported Trainees (T90) and Participants (R90)

    The proposed T90/R90 program will provide support to Trainees (T90) and Participants (R90) actively engaged in research-training and education activities. The collaborative implementation team (CIT) will select and appoint individuals to each of the program components as follows: T90 Trainees – these are individuals appointed to the T90 component of the program and who receive a stipend following NRSA policy guidelines; and R90 Participants – these are individuals appointed to the R90 component of the program and who receive salary commensurate with their active participation in this component of the program.

    Training Appointment Duration: At least two years of training is strongly recommended, and a third year is encouraged if it would be beneficial (on either T90 or R90 component).

    All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Appointments are normally made in 12-month increments, and no trainee may be appointed for less than 9 months during the initial period of appointment, except with prior approval of the awarding unit.

    Academic Degree/Credentials: The interdisciplinary T90/R90 program is aimed at the postdoctoral level only, thus T90 trainees and R90 participants must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment to the program, a doctoral-level degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. T90 trainees should have a clinical complementary or integrative health doctoral degree (e.g., ND, DAOM, DC, DPT, DO). R90 participants should have a research-oriented doctoral degree (e.g., PhD, MD/PhD).  Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the training appointment is acceptable.

    Citizenship: Trainees (T90) must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    There are no citizenship requirements for R90 participants.

    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 Training (T) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide except 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.

    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:

    Martina Schmidt, PhD
    Telephone: 301-594-3456
    Email: SchmidMa@mail.nih.gov

    Page Limitations

    All page limitations described in the SF424 (R&R) 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

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. 

    SF424(R&R) Project/Performance Site Locations

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application.

    SF424 (R&R) Other Project Information

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application, with the following additional modifications:

    Delineate the R90 component and its elements accordingly by substituting all references to “trainees” in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide with “participants” and all references to “training” in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide with “participants' research-training development” as needed.

    Project Summary/Abstract. Provide an abstract of the entire application. Include the objectives, rationale and design of the research training program, as well as key activities in the training plan. Indicate the planned duration of appointments, the projected number of trainees/participants including their levels (i.e.,  postdoctoral,  faculty), and intended trainee/participant outcomes.

    Other Attachments.

    Use the "Other Attachments" to upload a single attachment called "Program Overseeing Committees.pdf" which is limited to 8 pages total. Applications missing the "Program Overseeing Committee" attachment will not be accepted for review.

    The "Program Overseeing Committees” must have three (3) overseeing components and comply with the page limits below:

    a) Advisory Board (limited to 2 pages).  The Advisory Board should include members with significant expertise in the areas related to the proposed program. Describe the composition of the advisory board, identifying the role and the desired expertise of members. Composition, responsibilities, frequency of meetings, and other relevant information should be included. Note that proposed advisory board members should NOT be named in the application, particularly if they include individuals from outside the institution. However, renewal applications with advisory board should include names of existing external advisors.

    b) Collaborative Implementation Team (CIT, limited to 3 pages). The Collaborative Implementation Team (CIT) should include equal representation from the participating institutions and their members should have the authority to make both institutional and programmatic decisions. The CIT will be responsible for the implementation phase of the proposed program including the selection of program-supported participants. Describe the composition of the CIT, include the names of the representatives of each institution, identifying the role and the desired expertise of members. Composition, responsibilities, frequency of meetings, and other relevant information should be included. A plan for CIT approval and selection of program-supported participants should be included. Describe how the CIT will function in providing oversight of the development, implementation, and evaluation of recruitment strategies, the recruitment and retention of candidates, and the evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the program.

    c) Assessment and Evaluation Team (limited to 3 pages). The Assessment and Evaluation Team will be responsible for the evaluation component that must use quantitative and qualitative methods to assess program outcomes at the participant and the institutional levels. Applications without an evaluation plan will not be reviewed. The proposed program must select either an individual or a team to complete this task. Describe how evaluator(s) will function in implementing the proposed program evaluation/assessment plan and the evaluation of the overall effectiveness of the program. In general, evaluators must have formal training and experience in evaluation methodology and statistics demonstrated by publications and/or reports in the field. Responsibilities usually include preparing reports and recommendations for the PD(s)/PI(s) and institutional administrators; interacting with program staff and staff from other campus-wide student academic preparation and educational collaboration and research training programs; making recommendations of new administrative structures, policies and procedures; establishing and maintaining contact with institutional officials for the collection and exchange of information; gathering data and information; finding and evaluating alternative solutions; and making recommendations for program direction. The evaluator(s) may also provide the conceptual framework for institutional change and suggest ways of reducing the resistance to change. He/she/they will provide training and technical assistance, as necessary, to staff and to collaborators to insure integrity and adequacy of data capture and reporting.

    The filename provided for each “Other Attachment” will be the name used for the bookmark in the electronic application in eRA Commons.

    SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile Expanded

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application.

    PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application.

    PHS 398 Training Subaward Budget Attachment(s)

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide

    Training and Research & Related (R&R) Budget

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide with the following additional modifications:

    • Both the Training Budget Component (for the T90 component) and the R&R Budget Component (for the R90 component) are required for a complete application.
    • Include all personnel other than the Training PD(s)/PI(s) in the Other Personnel section, including clerical and administrative staff.
    • Use the section on Participant/Trainee Support Costs to include all allowable categories of funds requested to support participants in the program.
    PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan

    The PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan Form is comprised of the following sections:

    • Training Program
    • Faculty, Trainees, and Training Record
    • Other Training Program Sections
    • Appendix- Note that the Appendix should only be used in circumstances covered in the NIH policy on appendix materials or if the FOA specifically instructs applicants to do so.

    Follow all instructions provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide with the following additional modifications:

    Particular attention must be given to the required Training Data Tables. Applicants should summarize, in the body of the application, key data from the tables that highlight the characteristics of the applicant pool, faculty mentors, the educational and career outcomes of participants, and other factors that contribute to the overall environment of the program.

    Applicants are strongly encouraged to clearly delineate each T90/R90 component and its elements accordingly. For the R90 component, please substitute all references to “trainees” in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide with “participants” and all references to “training” in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide with “participants' research-training development” as needed.

    Training Program

    Program Plan

    Proposed Training.

    Provide an overview of the proposed program and describe the immediate and long-term objectives of the proposed T90/R90 program.

    The activities supported by the T90 component of the program will occur at the institutions with research-intensive environments using the NRSA Training guidelines for trainees with clinical complementary and integrative health doctoral degrees. It must include a clinical research training postdoctoral practicum consisting of:

    a) Training in mentored clinical research methodologies;

    b) career development and scientific activities in clinical research (e.g., technical workshops, research seminar series, grantsmanship); and

    c) hands-on mentored experiences in clinical research leading to research products (e.g., scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications).

    The R90 component of the program will occur at the institutions with demonstrated expertise in training complementary medicine practitioners for participants with research-oriented doctoral degrees. It must be focused on participants' development in interdisciplinary complementary and integrative health clinical research. This component must include:

    a) didactic activities in complementary and integrative health clinical research methodology;

    b) career development and scientific activities (e.g., technical workshops, research seminar series, grantsmanship);

    c)  integrative health scientific development activities; and

    d)  complementary and integrative health clinical research pilot projects within NCCIH's Priority Areas. R90 participants may propose secondary data analyses, observational or epidemiological clinical research projects, or a research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. R90 participants are not allowed to conduct independent clinical trials. R90 participants may receive up to $15,000 per year in seed funds to support their pilot research projects.

    T90/R90 applicants may include additional activities in any of the components that they deem appropriate to address trainee/participant-specific academic and research needs and that will significantly contribute to their development as successful independent investigators. In addition, applicants may include didactic and curricular development activities designed to improve the institutional capacity and participants' skills in clinical research such as courses and/or certifications in integrative health clinical research. Include information about planned courses, curricula, seminars, workshops, or tutorials that will be incorporated into the T90/R90 program and mentored research experiences and activities. In order for the trainees and participants to fully benefit from the proposed program, applicants are strongly encouraged to design and develop programs where trainees and participants experience activities implemented at each of the partnering institutions. Institutional program-supported activities (i.e., seminars, conferences, workshops) should not be confined to trainees or participants of the T90/R90 programs, but rather should be open to anyone interested.

    Both participating institutions must have a strong and high quality curriculum and research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program.

    Applicants should provide detailed plans to transition Trainees /Participants to other research and/or career opportunities.

    Trainee (T90) and Participant (R90) Candidates.

    Describe in general terms the pool of potential candidates including information about the types of prior clinical and research training and the expected career level required for the program. Do not name prospective Trainees and Participants. Describe plans to recruit and select candidates and explain how these plans will be implemented (see also section on Recruitment  Plan to Enhance Diversity). Describe the evaluation criteria to be used in the selection of Trainees and Participants. Provide brief summaries of training plans that the program will employ. The application should contain a description of how training plans will be tailored to the needs of the prospective candidates, taking into account their past experiences and competences. Training Plans should include specific goals for research involvement each year, including publication submissions, research presentations, grant applications, etc.

    For renewal applications, highlight how the training program has evolved in response to changes in relevant scientific and technical knowledge, educational practices, and to evaluation of the training program.      

    Letters of Support

    Include letters of support for all members of the Collaborative Implementation Team or Committee (CIT) and the Assessment and Evaluation Team. 

    Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research

    Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research 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 theSF424 (R&R) Application Guide instructions.  

    PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

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

    Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

    DO NOT USE. Attempts to submit a full, detailed study record will result in a validation error.

    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. The National Research Service Award (NRSA) policies apply to this program. An T90 appointment may not be held concurrently with another Federally sponsored fellowship, traineeship, or similar Federal award that provides a stipend or otherwise duplicates provisions of the NRSA.

    Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Note, however, that pre-award costs are not allowable charges for stipends or tuition/fees on institutional training grants because these costs may not be charged to the grant until a trainee has actually been appointed and the appropriate paperwork submitted to the NIH awarding component. Any additional costs associated with the decision to allow research elective credit for short-term research training are not allowable charges on an institutional training grant.

    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.

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

    See more tips for avoiding common errors.

    Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and compliance with application instructions by the Center for Scientific Review and responsiveness by components of participating organizations, 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

    Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood that the proposed training program will prepare individuals for successful, productive scientific research careers and thereby exert a sustained 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 the merit of the training program, and give a separate score for each. When applicable, the reviewers will consider relevant questions in the context of proposed short-term training. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.

    Training Program and Environment

    • Partnership: Are the partnership arrangements reasonable for the scope of the proposed program? Have the participating institutions established a cohesive, coherent and unified partnership that will secure strong, stable, sustainable, and long-lasting research and research-training collaborations? Are the research facilities and research environment conducive to preparing Trainees/Participants for successful careers as biomedical scientists? How well and in what ways does this program interact with other research education and research training programs at the participating institutions?
    • Program Design: Are the objectives, design and direction of the proposed research training program likely to ensure effective training? Do the courses, where relevant, and research experiences provide opportunities for trainees to acquire state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, methods, and tools that are relevant to the goals of the training program? Does the program provide appropriate inter- or multidisciplinary research training opportunities? Is the proposed training program likely to ensure trainees/participants will be well prepared for research-intensive and research-related careers? Does the proposed program clearly outline a plan to recruit and develop well-qualified Trainees/Participants for successful careers as biomedical or clinical researchers? Does the application include a detailed plan to transition Trainees/Participants to other research and/or career opportunities after participation in the proposed program? Is it clear for the proposed training program is not duplicative to other externally funded training programs at the institutions?
    • Institutional Commitment: Is the level of institutional commitment to the training program, including administrative and research training support, sufficient to ensure the success of the program? Is there sufficient assurance that the required effort of the PD(s)/PI(s), mentors, Trainees (T90) and Participants (R90) will be devoted directly to the research training, career development, and related activities?
    • Program Management: Is there adequate documentation describing the responsibilities of the advisory committee, collaborative implementation team or committee (CIT), and, assessment and evaluation team with regard to the provision of input, guidance and oversight of the program?

    Training Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s))

    • Does the PD/PI have the scientific background, expertise, and administrative and training experience to provide strong leadership, direction, management, and administration of the proposed research training program?
    • Does the PD/PI plan to commit sufficient effort to ensure the program’s success?
    • Is the PD/PI currently engaged in research relevant to the scientific area of the proposed program?
    • For applications designating multiple PDs/PIs:
    • Is a strong justification provided that the multiple PD/PI leadership approach will benefit the training program and the trainees?
    • Is a strong and compelling leadership approach evident, including the designated roles and responsibilities, governance, and organizational structure consistent with and justified by the aims of the training program and the complementary expertise of the PDs/PIs?
    • Does the leadership team bring complementary and integrated expertise to the program?

    Mentors

    • Are sufficient numbers of experienced mentors with appropriate expertise and funding available to support the number and level of trainees/participants proposed in the application?
    • Do the T90 mentors have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in areas directly related to the proposed research training program? Is there evidence that the R90 mentors are currently engaged in research, including recent publications in collaborations on externally funded research in areas directly related to the proposed research training program?
    • Do the mentors have strong records of training individuals at the level of trainees/participants proposed in the program, including the success of former trainees/participants in seeking independent support and establishing productive research careers?
    • Are the mentors currently engaged in relevant research?
    • If the program will support clinical trial research experience for the Trainees/Participants, do the mentor(s) who will supervise the Trainee(s) have the expertise, experience, resources, and ability to provide appropriate guidance and help the Trainee(s) to meet the timelines?

    Trainees/Participants

    • Is a recruitment plan proposed with strategies likely to attract well-qualified trainees/participants for the training program?
    • Is there a competitive applicant pool of sufficient size and quality to ensure a successful training program?
    • Are there well-defined and justified selection and re-appointment criteria as well as retention strategies?

    Training Record

    • How successful are the trainees/participants in completing the program?
    • Has the training program ensured that trainees/participants are productive  in terms of research accomplishments, publication of research conducted during the training period, and subsequent training appointments and fellowship or career development awards?
    • How successful are the trainees/participants  in achieving productive scientific careers as evidenced by successful competition for research science positions in industry, academia, government or other research venues; grants; receipt of honors, awards, or patents; high-impact publications; promotion to scientific leadership positions; and/or other such measures of success?
    • Does the program propose a rigorous evaluation plan to assess the quality and effectiveness of the training?  Are effective mechanisms in place for obtaining feedback from current and former trainees?
    • Is there record of retaining trainees/participants in research training or other research activities for at least two years?
    • Are plans presented to follow the careers of trainees/participants and to assess the effect of the training program on subsequent career choices?
    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.

    Protections for Human Subjects

    Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.  

    Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

    Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

    Vertebrate Animals

    Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

    Biohazards

    Generally not applicable. Reviewers should bring any concerns to the attention of the Scientific Review Officer.

    Resubmissions

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

    Renewals

    For Renewals, the committee will consider the progress made in the last funding period, including on the Recruitment Plan to Enhance Diversity, and Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. Does the application describe the program’s accomplishments over the past funding period(s)? Is the program achieving its training objectives? Has the program evaluated the quality and effectiveness of the training experience (and when applicable, short-term training experience), and is there evidence that the evaluation outcomes and feedback from trainees have been acted upon? Are changes proposed that are likely to improve or strengthen the research training experience during the next project period (may not be applicable to short-term training)? Does the program continue to evolve and reflect changes in the research area in which the training occurs?

    Revisions

    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.

    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 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.

    Training in the Responsible Conduct of Research

    All applications for support under this FOA must include a plan to fulfill NIH requirements for instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR).  Taking into account the specific characteristics of the training program, the level of trainee experience, and the particular circumstances of the trainees, the reviewers will evaluate the adequacy of the proposed RCR training in relation to the following five required components: 1) Format - Does the plan satisfactorily address the format of instruction, e.g., lectures, coursework and/or real-time discussion groups, including face-to-face interaction?  (A plan involving only on-line instruction is not acceptable.); 2) Subject Matter – Does the plan include a sufficiently broad selection of subject matter, such as conflict of interest, authorship, data management, human subjects and animal use, laboratory safety, research misconduct, research ethics? 3) Faculty Participation - Does the plan adequately describe how faculty will participate in the instruction?  For renewal applications, are all training faculty who served as course directors, speakers, lecturers, and/or discussion leaders during the past project period named in the application?  4) Duration of Instruction - Does the plan meet the minimum requirements for RCR, i.e., at least eight contact hours of instruction? 5) Frequency of Instruction – Does the plan meet the minimum requirements for RCR, i.e., at least once during each career stage (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, predoctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels) and at a frequency of no less than once every four years? 

    For renewal applications, does the progress report document acceptable RCR instruction in the five components described above? Does the plan describe how participation in RCR instruction is being monitored? Are appropriate changes in the plan for RCR instruction proposed in response to feedback and in response to evolving issues related to responsible conduct of research?

    Plans and past record will be rated as ACCEPTABLE or UNACCEPTABLE, and the summary statement will provide the consensus of the review committee.

    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).

    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 NCCIH 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 on the basis of established PHS referral guidelines to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications . Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Advisory Council . 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.

    2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

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

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

    For additional guidance regarding how the provisions apply to NIH grant programs, please contact the Scientific/Research Contact that is identified in Section VII under Agency Contacts of this FOA. HHS provides general guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English proficiency. Please see 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.html; and https://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.html or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697. Also note it is an HHS Departmental goal to ensure access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and supports, for vulnerable populations. For further guidance on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=53.

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

    Institutional NRSA training grants must be administered in accordance with the current NRSA section of the NIH Grants Policy Statement - Institutional Research Training Grants.

    The taxability of stipends is described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. Policies regarding the Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA payback obligation are explained in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    As specified in the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, Kirschstein-NRSA recipients incur a service payback obligation for the first 12 months of postdoctoral support. Policies regarding the Ruth L. Kirschstein-NRSA payback obligation are explained in the NIH Grants Policy Statement; and more details are in the Frequently Asked Questions. Officials at the grantee institution have the responsibility of explaining the terms of the payback requirements to all prospective trainees before appointment to the training grant. Additionally, all trainees recruited into the training program should be provided with information related to the career options that might be available when they complete the program. The suitability of such career options as methods to satisfy the NRSA service payback obligation should be discussed.

    Inventions and Copyrights

    Awards made primarily for educational purposes are exempted from the PHS invention requirements and thus invention reporting is not required, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

    Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

    Not Applicable

    3. Reporting

    When multiple years are involved, awardees will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually. Continuation support will not be provided until the required forms are submitted and accepted.

    Failure by the grantee institution to submit required forms in a timely, complete, and accurate manner may result in an expenditure disallowance or a delay in any continuation funding for the award.

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

    Other Reporting Requirements
    • The institution must submit a completed Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271) for each trainee appointed or reappointed to the training grant for 8 weeks or more. Grantees must submit the PHS 2271 data electronically using the xTrain system. More information on xTrain is available at xTrain (eRA Commons). An appointment or reappointment may begin any time during the budget period, but not before the budget period start date of the grant year.  This reporting requirement applies to T90 trainees and R90 participants.
    • Additionally, a completed Payback Agreement Form (PHS Form 6031) must be submitted for each T90 postdoctoral trainee in his or her first 12 months of support.  
    • A notarized statement verifying possession of permanent residency documentation must be submitted with the T90 Statement of Appointment (PHS Form 2271). Individuals with a Conditional Permanent Resident status must first meet full (non-conditional) Permanent Residency requirements before receiving support.
    • Termination Notice: Within 30 days of the end of the total support period, the institution must submit a Termination Notice (PHS Form 416-7) via xTrain for each T90 trainee or R90 participant appointed for eight weeks or more. Trainees with service payback requirements must notify the NIH of any change in address and submit Annual Payback Activities Certification Forms (PHS Form 6031-1) until the payback service obligation is satisfied.

    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. Evaluation results should be included as part of the final RPPR.

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

    4. Evaluation

    In carrying out its stewardship of human resource-related programs, the NIH may request information essential to an assessment of the effectiveness of this program from databases and from participants themselves. Participants may be contacted after the completion of this award for periodic updates on various aspects of their employment history, publications, support from research grants or contracts, honors and awards, professional activities, and other information helpful in evaluating the impact of the program.

    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 Commons Help 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)

    Lanay M. Mudd, Ph.D.
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
    Telephone: 301-594-9346
    Email: lanay.mudd@nih.gov

    Peer Review Contact(s)

    Martina Schmidt, Ph.D.
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
    Telephone: 301-594-3456 
    Email: SchmidMa@mail.nih.gov

    Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

    Shelley Carow
    National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
    Telephone: 301-594-3788
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    Section VIII. Other Information

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    Authority and Regulations

    Awards are made under the authorization of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 288) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR 66.

    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 63A and 45 CFR Part 75.


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