Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information

Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Funding Opportunity Title
Consortium on Translational Research in Early Detection of Liver Cancer: Data Management and Coordinating Center (U24 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Activity Code

NOT-CA-22-121 - Notice of Pre-Application Webinar for RFA-CA-22-031 and RFA-CA-22-032 for Consortium on Translational Research in Early Detection of Liver Cancer

U24 Resource-Related Research Projects – Cooperative Agreements

Announcement Type
Reissue of RFA-CA-17-028
Related Notices

NOT-OD-22-190 - Adjustments to NIH and AHRQ Grant Application Due Dates Between September 22 and September 30, 2022

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number
RFA-CA-22-032
Companion Funding Opportunity
RFA-CA-22-031 , U01 Research Project (Cooperative Agreements)
Assistance Listing Number(s)
93.394
Funding Opportunity Purpose

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a part of an initiative designed to establish a Liver Cancer Consortium to advance translational research focused on early detection of liver cancer. The Consortium will consist of a Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC, to be supported by this U24 FOA) and several Translational Research Centers (TRCs, to be supported by the companion U01 FOA, RFA-CA-22-031).
 

The DMCC will support the TRCs and coordinate trans-Consortium activities with the following specific responsibilities:

  1. (1) Overall administrative and logistical coordination for the Liver Cancer Consortium;
  2. (2) Support for Consortium collaborative research studies and biospecimen collections, including protocol development, data processing, statistical support, and computational analysis; and
  3. (3) Consortium data management, including developing and maintaining an integrated database of research data generated by the consortium, as well as management of all data relevant to biospecimens used in TRC studies (including clinical data annotations, and specimen usage tracking).
     

To achieve these goals, the DMCC is expected to provide multi-disciplinary expertise in liver cancer research, biomarkers for cancer detection, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and the information technology infrastructure to support data management for the Consortium.

Key Dates

Posted Date
August 16, 2022
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
October 07, 2022
Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

October 7, 2022

Application Due Dates Review and Award Cycles
New Renewal / Resubmission / Revision (as allowed) AIDS Scientific Merit Review Advisory Council Review Earliest Start Date
November 07, 2022 November 07, 2022 Not Applicable March 2023 May 2023 July 2023

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

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

No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement.

Expiration Date
November 08, 2022
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

Purpose

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to establish a Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC).This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is a part of an initiative designed to establish a Liver Cancer Consortium to advance translational research focused on the early detection of liver cancer. The Consortium will consist of a Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC, to be supported by this U24 FOA) and several Translational Research Centers (TRCs, to be supported by the companion U01 FOA, RFA-CA-22-031). The TRCs will conduct studies to improve the surveillance of liver cancer in high-risk populations, increase the fraction of liver cancer detected at an early stage, and better stratify patients at risk of developing liver cancer.
 

The DMCC will support the TRCs and coordinate trans-Consortium activities with the following specific responsibilities:


(1) Overall administrative and logistical coordination for the Liver Cancer Consortium;
(2) Support for Consortium collaborative research studies and biospecimen collections, including protocol development, data processing, statistical support, and computational analysis; and
(3) Consortium data management, including developing and maintaining an integrated database of research data generated by the consortium, as well as management of all data relevant to biospecimens used in TRC studies (including clinical data annotations, and specimen usage tracking).
 

To achieve these goals, the DMCC is expected to provide multi-disciplinary expertise in liver cancer research, biomarkers for cancer detection, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and the information technology infrastructure to support data management for the Consortium.

Background

Worldwide, liver cancer is the second most common cause of cancer-related death, and it is a rising cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States (U.S.) The incidence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is three times higher in men than women, and there are racial and ethnic differences in liver cancer occurrence. The liver cancer burden is higher in African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. The etiological/risk factors for liver cancer include viral hepatitis (Hepatitis B virus and Hepatitis C virus), non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), and alcoholic liver disease (ALD). Approximately 80-90% of HCC occurs in patients with underlying liver cirrhosis. In patients with cirrhosis, the 5-year cumulative risk of liver cancer ranges from 5-30%, depending on the etiology, and patients with advanced cirrhosis represent a high-risk group for liver cancer and are recommended for surveillance.

Viral hepatitis is a major etiologic factor for liver cancer in the U.S. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects approximately 1% of the U.S. population and approximately 50-60% of the patients with HCC are infected with HCV. Direct acting antivirals are successful in the treatment of chronic HCV infections but the risk of developing HCC is not completely eliminated. Globally, Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is the most frequent underlying cause of liver cancer. In the United States, approximately 20% of the HCC cases are attributable to HBV. There is a need for effective surveillance, early detection, and improved screening technologies for HBV-associated liver cancer.

It is estimated that currently 25% of the U.S. population has NAFLD (Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) which can progress to NASH. Cirrhosis can develop in patients with NASH resulting in an increased risk for HCC. Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) is a burden in Western countries and is rising worldwide. Heavy alcohol abuse results in liver cirrhosis which greatly increases the risk for liver cancer. With the increase in obesity and metabolic syndrome, there is greater prevalence of these underlying liver diseases in the U.S. population and in future more HCC may be attributable to NASH.

The prognosis of patients with HCC largely depends on the tumor stage at the time of diagnosis. If detected early, liver cancer patients can undergo transplantation or resection and achieve 5-year survival of 70%. In contrast, patients with advanced stage HCC are only eligible for palliative treatments and have a median survival of less than one year. Unfortunately, current surveillance protocols do not detect many HCCs until they are late stage. In the U.S. and Europe, surveillance guidelines for patients with cirrhosis is hepatic ultrasound every 6 months. Ultrasound has a sensitivity of approximately 60% for early stage HCC and a specificity of approximately 85-90%. The performance of ultrasound is operator dependent, which reduces its reproducibility, and is less accurate in obese patients. Improved biomarkers and imaging methods are needed that can enhance surveillance, better stratify patients, and increase the fraction of HCC detected at an early stage.

The following aspects reflect major unmet clinical needs related to HCC and should be viewed as high priority areas for translational research.

  • A major unmet clinical need is the ability to differentiate whether an indeterminate nodule identified during HCC screening is benign or malignant. Indeterminate nodules (identified as LR3 or LR4 lesions) are found in approximately 20% of patients undergoing HCC screening. Current guidelines recommend these nodules to be evaluated by continual surveillance (CT or MRI) or biopsy until an HCC diagnosis. A study that will leverage the diverse (race/ethnicity and etiologies) population of cirrhosis patients is needed to address this clincial need. In addition, a combination of clinical paramenters, along with blood-based biomarkers, and image-based biomarkers can be combined to address the risk of HCC among patients with cirrhosis and indeterminate nodules found during HCC screening.
  • Access to large cohorts of patients with cirrhosis attributable to viral hepatitis [HBV or HCV], NASH, or ALD is a challenge that needs to be addressed to identify biomarkers and clinical parameters associated with the different etiologies for the early detection of HCC in these patients.
  • The liver cancer burden is higher in minority populations, i.e., African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians. The performance of biomarkers in different racial and ethnic populations needs to be better understood.

Specific Objectives and Requirements

The Overall Research Goals of the Consoritum and the Roles of Its Parts

The Consortium will be focused on advancing three main areas relevant to early detection of liver cancers:

  • Area 1: Improving the surveillance for liver cancers in patients with cirrhosis, including imaging approaches;
  • Area 2: Increasing the detectability of liver cancers at early stages, including imaging approaches; and/or
  • Area 3: Approaches to better stratify patients with cirrhosis, who are at risk of developing liver cancer.

Research efforts in all three areas are expected to include strong emphasis on biomarker-based approaches (specifically, biomarker development and validation phases) as a prominent element of all studies.

These research efforts will be the primary responsibility of the Translational Research Centersconducting individual research projects involving biomarker validation (with the focus on phases 2-3 of the process defined at https://edrn.nci.nih.gov/docs/EDRN5.pdf), collecting biospecimens, and engaging in trans-Consortium activities.

 

The role of the Data Management and Coordination Center will be to support and facilitate TRCs in their efforts as well as perform trans-Consortium integrating functions. Therefore, it is essential that the DMCC applicants are fully familiar with the companion FOA, RFA-CA-22-031, including the specific goals and requirements for the TRCs and other vital details of their functioning within the Consortium.

Main roles and responsibilities expected for DMCC include, but are not limited to:

1. ConsortiumCoordination

  • Provide logistical and administrative assistance, as needed, including arranging Steering Committee meeting and conference calls for the Consortium;
  • Develop and maintain all formal Network documents, including Manual of Operations and other procedure manuals; and
  • Provide other operational support for the Consortium, as needed.

2. Support Consortium Collaborative Research and Provide Statistical Support 

  • Participate in protocol development for biospecimen collection and collaborative biomarker research studies;
  • Provide advice and consultation to Consortium investigators on study design and protocol development of Consortium-collaborative studies;
  • Coordinate collaborative efforts for the establishment of a well-annotated repository of biospecimens (blood, other body fluids, and when feasible, liver tissue);
  • Develop and implement standard uniform protocols for specimen and data collection (e.g., Common Data Elements, CDE), as well as, specimen tracking in individual and multi-center Consortium studies; and
  • Provide statistical analysis of Consortium collaborative studies.

3. Data Management

  • Develop and maintain an integrated research database and biospecimen database for all consortium studies; and
  • Development/application of analytical tools for analyzing data (e.g. biomarker validation studies).

In this context, the proposed DMCC must have expertise and capabilities in liver cancer research as related to biorepositories, biostatistics, bioinformatics and information technology, study design, data management and analysis, protocol development, and logistical support. The DMCC team should also have expertise in the phased approach to biomarker development and validation, and be able to provide the appropriate statistical and analytic support in developing these types of studies (https://academic.oup.com/jnci/article/93/14/1054/2906203/Phases-of-Biomarker-Development-for-Early).

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
Renewal

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

Clinical Trial?

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

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

NCI intends commit $600,000 in fiscal year 2023 to fund one award.

Award Budget

Application budgets should not exceed $400,000 in direct costs and need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Award Project Period

A project period of 5 years is required.

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

Section III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

Eligible Organizations

Higher Education Institutions

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

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

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

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

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

For-Profit Organizations

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

Local Governments

  • State Governments
  • County Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)

Federal Governments

  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Other

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

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed. 

Required Registrations

Applicant Organizations

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

  • System for Award Management (SAM)– Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
    • NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM.
    • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)- A UEI is issued as part of the SAM.gov registration process. The same UEI must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
  • eRA Commons - Once the unique organization identifier is established, organizations can register with eRA Commons in tandem with completing their full SAM and Grants.gov registrations; all registrations must be in place by time of submission. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
  • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

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

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

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

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

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.

The FOA will be open to all qualified applicants, including new and early-stage investigators, who can establish and lead a Coordinating Center project. A multi-PI collaboration that can bring a new scientific expertise to program coordination is particularly encouraged.

2. Cost Sharing

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

3. Additional Information on Eligibility

Number of Applications

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

The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time, per 2.3.7.4 Submission of Resubmission Application. This means that the NIH will not accept:

  • A new (A0) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of an overlapping new (A0) or resubmission (A1) application.
  • A resubmission (A1) application that is submitted before issuance of the summary statement from the review of the previous new (A0) application.
  • An application that has substantial overlap with another application pending appeal of initial peer review (see 2.3.9.4 Similar, Essentially Identical, or Identical Applications).

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 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:


Guillermo Marquez, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-7035
Email: marquezg@mail.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) Project/Performance Site Locations

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

SF424(R&R) Cover

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.

SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

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

R&R Budget

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

a) The contact PD/PI must commit a minimum of 1.8 person-months effort per year to the U24 award. The commitment cannot be reduced in later years of the award. The other PD(s)/PI(s) (if designated) must devote a minimum of 1.2 person-months effort per year to their respective projects.

b) Applicants must budget for travel and per diem expenses for Steering Committee meetings. In the first year, applicants should plan for at least two senior investigators (all PDs/PIs, if desirable, or the PD/PI and a senior investigator if multi-PD(s)/PI(s) option is not used), to attend a Planning Meeting and one Steering Committee Meeting. In the second and subsequent years, applicants should plan for at least two senior investigators (all PDs/PIs, if desirable, or the PD/PI and a senior investigator if multi-PD(s)/PI(s) option is not used) to attend one Steering Committee meeting per year.

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:

Specific Aims: Outline the specific goals for the DMCC.

Research Strategy: Research Strategy must consist of the Sub-sections, A-C, as defined below. Applicants must address all aspects indicated but additional aspects may also be included.

Subsection A: Overview and Capabilities

  • Provide an overview of the proposed DMCC in the context of the DMCC's role in the Consortium and its primary responsibilities identified in Section I, indicating how DMCC can facilitate and enhance the research of TRCs and the entire Consortium.
  • Highlight any unique approaches of the proposed DMCC that reflect innovative ways of coordinating multi-institutional trans-disciplinary research.
  • Without repeating information in individual biosketches and Facilities and Other Resources, summarize the collective capabilities of the team, recent accomplishments, etc., in areas vital to the role of DMCC, including (but not limited to) all the aspects listed below:
  • Coordination/management/organizational support of collaborative research efforts/programs in translational cancer research with emphasis on the aspects of focus for this FOA (including, as applicable, liver cancer, early cancer detection and surveillance, development and validation of biomarkers, and imaging approaches for cancer detection);
  • Various aspects of statistical expertise pertinent to early cancer detection and surveillance and ranging from statistical study design to analyses and integration of study results;
  • Ability to handle large-scale bioinformatic data, including the use of cancer-relevant CDEs, standardized procedures for data collection, data quality control/quality assurance, etc.; and
  • Capability to design and analyze biomarker validation, preferably reflecting phase 2/3 studies according to the five-phase approach (see https://edrn.nci.nih.gov/docs/EDRN5.pdf; e.g., outline a design of such validation study conducted previously)

Subsection B: Plans and Approaches to Basic DMCC Functions

Describe a plan for the creation and maintenance of the DMCC that addresses all the aspects, attributes, and functions identified in Section I. The plan must address (but is not limited to) the following aspects:

1. Network Coordination activities including administrative coordination of Consortium activities and providing logistical/operational support, such as

  • Arranging Steering Committee meetings, other Consortium meetings, and conference calls, as needed.
  • Developing and maintaining various formal Network documents (e.g., Manual of Operations and other procedure manuals).
  • Providing other operational support for the Consortium, as needed.

2. Consortium Collaborative Research Support and Statistical Support, including:

  • Participating in protocol development for biospecimen collection and collaborative biomarker research studies
  • Providing advice and consultation to Consortium investigators in study design and protocol development of Consortium-collaborative studies.;
  • Coordinating collaborative efforts for the establishment of a well-annotated repository of biospecimens (blood, other body fluids, and when feasible, liver tissue).
  • Developing and implementing standard uniform protocols for specimen and data collection (e.g., Common Data Elements, CDE), as well as, specimen tracking in individual and multi-center Consortium studies.
  • Providing statistical analysis of Consortium collaborative studies.

3. Data Management activities, including:

  • Developing and maintaining an integrated research database and biospecimen database for all collaborative studies.
  • Developing/application of analytical tools for analyzing data (e.g., from biomarker validation studies).

Subsection C: Trans-Consortium Collaborative Research

Outline your perspective on the role of DMCC in promoting collaborative research, developing concepts for joint studies, prioritizing such studies, etc.:

  • Describe specific plans for activities that may lead to and/or facilitate collaborations among Consortium investigators; and
  • Describe plans for the DMCC to facilitate and logistically support pilot projects utilizing the Restricted Network Collaborative Fund (e.g., longitudinal collection and analysis of samples and/or images from cirrhotic patients with LR3/LR4 nodules to determine the likeihood of progression to liver cancer within a defined period of time [e.g., 1-2 years]).

Letters of Support

Provide any applicable letters of support indicating an established record of collaborations with liver cancer investigators for ongoing studies.

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

The following modifications also apply:

  • All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.
  • Data Sharing Plans are expected to ensure that experimental data, analytical algorithms, computational models, visualizations, and other bioinformatics tools resulting from this FOA are shared across the Consortium and, as appropriate, made available for sharing with the scientific community at large.

Appendix:

Only limited Appendix materials are allowed. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

  • No publications or other material, with the exception of blank questionnaires or blank surveys, may be included in the Appendix.

PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

When involving human subjects research, clinical research, and/or NIH-defined clinical 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 form. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH. See Section III of this FOA for information on registration requirements.

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

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

Post Submission Materials

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

Section V. Application Review Information

1. Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process.  Applications submitted to the NIH in support of the NIH mission are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.

Overall Impact

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 proposed Center address the needs of the research consortium that it will coordinate? Is the scope of activities proposed for the Center appropriate to meet those needs? Will successful completion of the aims bring unique advantages or capabilities to the research consortium?

 

Are the PD(s)/PI(s) and other personnel well suited to their roles in the Center? Do they have appropriate experience and training, and have they demonstrated experience and an ongoing record of accomplishments in managing liver cancer research? Do the investigators demonstrate significant experience with coordinating collaborative clinical research? If the Center is multi-PD/PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise and skills; are their leadership approach and organizational structure appropriate for the Center? Does the applicant have experience overseeing selection and management of subawards, if needed?

 

Does the application propose novel organizational concepts and management strategies in coordinating the research consortium the Center will serve? Are the concepts, strategies, or instrumentation novel to one type of research program or applicable in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of organizational concepts or management strategies proposed?

 

Are the overall strategy, operational plan, and organizational structure well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the goals of the research ? Are an appropriate plan for work-flow and a well-established timeline proposed? Have the investigators presented adequate plans to ensure consideration of relevant biological variables, such as sex, for studies of vertebrate animals or human subjects?

 

Will the institutional environment in which the Center will operate contribute to the probability of success in facilitating the research consortium it serves? Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the Center proposed? Will the Center benefit from unique features of the institutional environment, infrastructure, or personnel? Are resources available within the scientific environment to support 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 the  categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

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

 

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.

 

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.

 

For Renewals, the committee will consider the progress made in the last funding period.

 

For Revisions, the committee will consider the appropriateness of the proposed expansion of the scope of the project. If the Revision application relates to a specific line of investigation presented in the original application that was not recommended for approval by the committee, then the committee will consider whether the responses to comments from the previous scientific review group are adequate and whether substantial changes are clearly evident.

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.

 

Reviewers will assess whether the project presents special opportunities for furthering research programs through the use of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions that exist in other countries and either are not readily available in the United States or augment existing U.S. resources.

 

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

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

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications will receive a written critique.

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

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

Applications will be assigned 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 NCI national Advisory Council or Board. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:

  • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
  • Availability of funds.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.
  • Compliance with resource sharing policies.

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 recipient's business official.

Recipients must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.6. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.

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

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

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

All NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: Generaland Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Recipients, and Activities, including of note, but not limited to:

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

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

HHS recognizes that research projects are often limited in scope for many reasons that are nondiscriminatory, such as the principal investigator’s scientific interest, funding limitations, recruitment requirements, and other considerations. Thus, criteria in research protocols that target or exclude certain populations are warranted where nondiscriminatory justifications establish that such criteria are appropriate with respect to the health or safety of the subjects, the scientific study design, or the purpose of the research. For additional guidance regarding how the provisions apply to NIH grant programs, please contact the Scientific/Research Contact that is identified in Section VII under Agency Contacts of this FOA.

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

In accordance with the statutory provisions contained in Section 872 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417), NIH awards will be subject to the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) requirements. FAPIIS requires Federal award making officials to review and consider information about an applicant in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS) prior to making an award. An applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through FAPIIS and comment on any information about itself that a Federal agency previously entered and is currently in FAPIIS. The Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to other information in FAPIIS, in making a judgement about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR Part 75.205 and 2 CFR Part 200.206 “Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.” This provision will apply to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements except fellowships.

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

The following special terms of award are in addition to, and not in lieu of, otherwise applicable OMB administrative guidelines, HHS grant administration regulations at 45 CFR Part 75, 2 CFR Part 200 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 recipientsis anticipated during the performance of the activities. Under the cooperative agreement, the NIH's 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 reside with the recipientsfor the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the recipientsand the NIH as defined below.

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

The PD/PI (or multiple PDs/PIs, if applicable) under the Consortium auspices will have primary responsibilities in the following areas:

  • Defining objectives and approaches, overseeing the planning and conducting of experiments, analyzing and interpreting results, and publishing reports of studies conducted under this award.
  • Assuming responsibility and accountability to the applicant organization and to the NCI for the performance and proper conduct of the research in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award;
  • Serving as voting members of the Consortium Steering Committee. In accordance with this cooperative agreement, the PD/PI and another senior investigator (or two PD(s)/PI(s) for multi-PD/PI awards) from each Consortium award (U01) and U24 Data Management and Coordinating Center will be required to attend Steering Committee meetings once a year;
  • Accepting and implementing the goals, priorities, procedures, and policies agreed upon by the Steering Committee to the extent consistent with applicable grant regulations;
  • Coordinating efforts and cooperating with the other components of the Consortium and with NCI Program staff, including participation in collaborative Consortium research activities; and
  • Implementing the approved research resource sharing plan.

In addition:

  • All institutions/organizations participating in the Consortium will be expected to share with each other knowledge, data, research materials, and any other resources necessary and relevant to the Consortium; and
  • Each Consortium recipientand the entire Consortium programmatic initiative will be subject to external evaluation (coordinated by the NIH). Consortium Awardees will be expected to participate in such evaluations.

Additional Responsibilities of U24 Recipients

  • Supporting the development of collaborative studies;
  • Coordinating collaborative efforts to establish a repository of well-annotated biospecimens;
  • Coordination of validation studies;
  • Statistical and data analyses support;
  • Overseeing the implementation of the approved data sharing plan;
  • Centralized management of data generated by all Network recipients;
  • Ensuring that experimental data and their format, analytical algorithms, computational modeling and visualizations, and other bioinformatics tools resulting from this FOA are compatible with the NIH-approved bioinformatics platforms, such as those designed and implemented by the NCI Center for Bioinformatics (CBIIT, http://cbiit.nci.nih.gov);
  • Monitoring Consortium protocol adherence, ensuring timely data submission to the DMCC by the Translational Research Centers; and
  • Operational and logistical support of various other Network activities.

Recipients 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 HHS, PHS, and NIH policies.

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

Designated NCI Program Directors serving as a Project Scientist(s) and a Project Coordinator(s) will be involved in assisting and coordinating interactions and collaborations among the various investigators.

Additionally, an NCI Program Director acting as Program Official will be responsible for the normal scientific and programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the award notice.

Specific activities of substantially involved NCI Project Scientist will include:

  • Advising the recipientson specific scientific issues as well as programmatic priorities;
  • Facilitating access to NCI resources, expertise, etc.;
  • Serving as the liaison between the Consortium investigators and NCI staff members;
  • Monitoring the scientific progress of the entire Consortium and the entire program;
  • Promoting collaborative research efforts that involve interactions with other NCI-sponsored programs, projects, and centers;
  • In cooperation with the NCI Center for Bioinformatics, ensuring that there are effective mechanisms to enable the transfer of network-generated data from the Consortium Units to the NCI;
  • Coordinating external evaluation of the Consortium;
  • Assisting the Steering Committee in developing and drafting operating policies and policies for dealing with recurring situations that require coordinated action;
  • To facilitate communications among the participants in the Consortium and between the Consortium and the NCI, the NCI will establish and maintain an internet-based information technology solution for rapid data and document transmission and electronic communications for the Consortium; and
  • Developing working groups and trans-project efforts as needed.

Areas of Joint Responsibility include:

Steering Committee: The Steering Committee will be the main governing body for the Consortium. The Steering Committee will be composed of the following voting members:

  • Two representatives from each Consortium U01 Translational Research Center and U24 Data Management and Coordinating Center award (the PD(s)/PI(s) or a PD/PI and a designated senior investigator) who will have one vote each; and
  • NCI Project Coordinator and Project Scientists (who will collectively have one vote).

Additional NCI or NIH staff members, serving in an advisory capacity, may participate in these meetings as non-voting members. These non-voting members may include representatives from NCI extramural divisions and a representative from the NCI CBIIT.

The Chair of the Steering Committee will be selected from the representatives of all recipients.

In addition, Chairs of other NIH programs may serve on the Consortium Steering Committee as ex officio members.

The Steering Committee will meet once every year, at locations selected by the Steering Committee in consultation with the NCI.

The Steering Committee may decide to establish sub-committees for specific purposes. The NCI Project Coordinator and the NCI Project Scientist will serve on such sub-committees, as they deem appropriate.

Primary responsibilities of the Steering Committee include, but are not limited to, the following activities:

  • Setting the overall research priorities for the Consortium and identifying emerging research opportunities which can be best explored through a joint collaborative effort via the Consortium;
  • Establishing general Consortium policies and procedures;
  • Establishing policies and procedures for collaborative projects, protocols, and Consortium-defined projects, including defining how such collaborative activities/ studies (to be supported by the restricted set-aside funds on each award) will be initiated, formulated, and presented to the Steering Committee for recommendations regarding collaborative execution;
  • Reviewing (with the help of external reviewers if needed), prioritizing, and recommending for activation trans-Network collaborative activities to be supported by these restricted set aside funds; and
  • Developing guidelines for the collection and distribution of specimen reference sets for collaborative research.

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 recipient. This special dispute resolution procedure does not alter the recipient'sright to appeal an adverse action that is otherwise appealable in accordance with PHS regulations 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart D and HHS regulations 45 CFR Part 16.

3. Reporting

When multiple years are involved, recipients will be required to submit the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) annually and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

A final RPPR, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement. NIH FOAs outline intended research goals and objectives. Post award, NIH will review and measure performance based on the details and outcomes that are shared within the RPPR, as described at 45 CFR Part 75.301 and 2 CFR Part 200.301.

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

In accordance with the regulatory requirements provided at 45 CFR 75.113 and 2 CFR Part 200.113 and Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 and 2 CFR Part 200, recipients that have currently active Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from all Federal awarding agencies with a cumulative total value greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of a Federal award, must report and maintain the currency of information reported in the System for Award Management (SAM) about civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings in connection with the award or performance of a Federal award that reached final disposition within the most recent five-year period.  The recipient must also make semiannual disclosures regarding such proceedings. Proceedings information will be made publicly available in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS).  This is a statutory requirement under section 872 of Public Law 110-417, as amended (41 U.S.C. 2313).  As required by section 3010 of Public Law 111-212, all information posted in the designated integrity and performance system on or after April 15, 2011, except past performance reviews required for Federal procurement contracts, will be publicly available.  Full reporting requirements and procedures are found in Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 and 2 CFR Part 200 – Award Term and Condition for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

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

Application Submission Contacts

eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons, application errors and warnings, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, and post-submission issues)

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

General Grants Information (Questions regarding application instructions, application processes, and NIH grant resources)
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-637-3015

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)

For scientific inquiries, address questions to:

Sudhir Srivastava, M.P.H., Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Telephone: 240-276-7028
Email: srivasts@mail.nih.gov

Jo Ann Rinaudo, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Telephone: 240-276-7133
Email:rinaudoj@mail.nih.gov

For administrative, letter of intent and FOA-related inquiries, address your questions to:

Guillermo Marquez, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute
Telephone: 240-276-7035
Email: marquezg@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

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

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Amy Bartosch
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-6375
Email: amy.bartosch@nih.gov

Section VIII. Other Information

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

Authority and Regulations

Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 75 and 2 CFR Part 200.

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