Department of Health and Human Services
Part 1. Overview Information

 

Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

Funding Opportunity Title

NIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP)(K12)

Activity Code

K12 Physician Scientist Award (Program) (PSA)

Announcement Type

New

Related Notices

None

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-DE-18-003

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Number of Applications

Only one application per institution is allowed, as defined in Section III Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

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

93.121

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP) FOA encourages applications for institutional research career development (K12) programs from organizations that propose to develop outstanding clinician scientists through an integrated program of advanced clinical training in a recognized dental specialty and supervised research training leading to a PhD in biomedical or behavioral science, or in another field applicable to dental, oral and craniofacial research. The program should accelerate the process of early career dentist scientists in achieving competencies in both clinical and research areas and facilitate the transition to an independent and productive research career dedicated to improving dental, oral and craniofacial health. 

Key Dates

 

Posted Date

March 21, 2017

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

June 3, 2017

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

June 3, 2017

Application Due Date(s)

July 3, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

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

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 2017

Advisory Council Review

January 2018

Earliest Start Date

May 1, 2018

Expiration Date

July 4, 2017

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. Go to Grants.gov to download an application package to complete the application forms offline or create a Workspace to complete the forms online; submit your application to Grants.gov; and track your application in eRA Commons.
Learn more about the various submission options.

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 Research Career Development programs 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.  More information about Career programs may be found at the NIH Extramural Training Mechanisms website.

This FOA encourages applications from organizations that propose creative and innovative institutional research career development programs in the mission area(s) of the NIDCR.

The proposed institutional research career development program may complement other ongoing research training and career development programs at the applicant institution, but the proposed career development experiences must be distinct from those career development programs currently receiving Federal support.

Purpose and Background

This K12 institutional career development program is intended to provide support for the research career development of early career stage dentist scientists (scholars) to facilitate their transition to careers as independent investigators and leaders in the full scope of dental, oral and craniofacial health research.  A goal of the program is to prepare scholars to lead vibrant and active research programs in basic, translational or clinical research, participate as expert investigators in multidisciplinary team science approaches, and provide leadership in biomedical, behavioral and social science research among academic partners, community practitioners and health professional organizations.

A pivotal point in the research career development of dentist scientists is the decision to pursue dental specialty training or research training after completing the dental degree. This program addresses the need for an established and structured pathway in dental schools that develops both clinical and research competencies of these early career dentists, especially those that aspire to leading academic research careers. The purpose of the NIDCR Dental Specialty and PhD Program (DSPP) is to encourage institutions to develop and sustain programs that provide combined and integrated PhD research training and clinical dental specialty training for dentists.  Dental schools are encouraged to create programs that will foster the recruitment, training, and retention of a robust dentist scientist research workforce.

Programs will provide intensive supervised research training and career development experiences leading to a PhD in a field relevant to dental, oral and craniofacial research, and advanced clinical knowledge and skills development in one of the nine dental specialty programs recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA). As such, programs should include the participation of program directors or faculty in the proposed dental specialty training who are experienced mentors and are committed to the scholars' successful completion of the specialty program(s).  Faculty for the PhD research training component of the program should be experienced mentors and established investigators who have active research funding to support the scholar's research activities.  All mentors must be committed to supporting the scholar's clinical and research activities throughout the proposed DSPP.

Program Characteristics

Applicant institutions must have well-established research, research career development, and clinical programs, and adequate numbers of highly qualified faculty in clinical departments and departments supporting graduate research training. The environment is expected to stimulate interactions among research scientists and clinical investigators. The Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and applicant institution are encouraged to develop innovative and multidisciplinary programs that maximize the research and educational resources of the institution and any collaborating institutions and organizations such as Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Departments of Chemistry, Engineering, Computational Biology and Bioinformatics, and not-for-profit and private organizations.

An institution receiving a K12 DSPP award is expected to recruit and select scholars who have the potential to develop into independent investigators. Institutions are encouraged to develop novel mechanisms for recruiting qualified dentists scholars to the DSPP. Networking and mentoring opportunities with other early career investigators and clinician scientists should be made available and are encouraged. Programs should consider leveraging resources available at the institution or among dental schools or other organizations such as national scientific or professional organizations to foster a robust DSPP experience for the scholars.

The program must include a dental specialty component and a PhD research component. Applicant institutions are expected to develop programs that can be individually tailored to meet the unique research and clinical development needs of each scholar and ensure that they complete the program with requisite competencies in both areas.

The clinical development component must ensure that the scholar acquires requisite advanced clinical knowledge and skills in a dental specialty currently recognized by the American Dental Association. A specialty certificate or Master's degree and a PhD degree are required to document successful completion of the combined DSPP program.. Activities associated with the advanced clinical specialty training are expected to be integrated with the PhD research training, but are not supported by the K12 award. 

The research component must be a doctoral level (PhD or equivalent) program that is consistent with the applicant institution's PhD degree requirements and the objectives of the DSPP.  Programs are expected to include both didactic training and supervised research experiences designed to accommodate scholars with varying levels of research experience. Scholars with limited research experience in a given field may engage in a structured, phased developmental program, including a designated period of didactic training followed by a period of supervised research experience. Although scholars with limited research experience can be appointed to the program, they should be prepared to apply for independent career development or research funding by completion of the program. The research experience may use a basic, translational science or clinical science approach to problems in dental, oral and craniofacial health research, and should prepare the scholar for an active research career. Instruction and participation in team science-based research approaches should be considered, depending upon the goals of the proposed DSPP. NIH also strongly encourages, but does not require, institutions to develop and use Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers supported by NIH awards, regardless of their position title (NOT-OD-14-113).

Programs should provide scholars with instruction and training in laboratory and project management, in oral and written presentations, and with skills needed to apply for NIH individual career development (K) awards or research project grant support.  All scholars should be expected to submit applications for individual career development awards (K) before they complete the DSPP.

The K12 will support one or two scholars per year, and will provide each scholar with three to five consecutive years of support. Scholars must devote at least three years at a minimum of 9 person months (equivalent to 75%) of full-time professional effort conducting research related to the PhD program. Scholars appointed for four or five consecutive years may devote one or two of those years, respectively, at a minimum of 6 person months (equivalent to 50%) of full-time professional effort conducting research related to the PhD program. The remaining effort must be devoted to activities related to the dental specialty component of the DSPP.  As long as these effort requirements are met, the structure and phasing of the DSPP is developed by the applicant institution.  Institutions may plan for an individual to begin or complete DSPP training outside of the duration of K12 support

The structure, phasing and level of effort devoted to the dental specialty vs PhD research training in each year of the DSPP should be described in the Training Program Plan.

An example of a six year DSPP program:

Year in DSPP

Specialty Training  Effort

PhD Research

Effort

Specialty Training

Support

PhD/K12 Appointment

Year 1

100%

  0%

Other source

Not appointed

Year 2

 50%

50%

Other source

12 month appt.

Year 3

 50%

50%

Other source

12 month appt.

Year 4

 25%

75%

Other source

12 month appt.

Year 5

 25%

75%

Other source

12 month appt.

Year 6

 20%

80%

Other source

12 month appt.


The K12 will provide support for the scholar's PhD research training component of the DSPP. The K12 will not support the clinical specialty training component. To maximize the likelihood of an early-career dentist completing both the dental specialty and the PhD research training, applicant institutions are strongly encouraged to complement the proposed K12 supported PhD research training with support for the development of the scholar's dental specialty skills and knowledge through non-federal or private sources. The complementary activities for dental specialty training would be supported by separate applicant-secured funding and would be independent of the K12 funding for the scholar's research career development.

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

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

Grant: A support mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity.

Application Types Allowed

New

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

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.

NIDCR intends to commit $1,000,000 in FY 2018 to the DSPP.

Award Budget

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

Award Project Period

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is five years.

Other Award Budget Information
Personnel Costs
 

Individuals designing, directing, and implementing the career development program may request salary and fringe benefits appropriate for the person months devoted to the program. Salaries requested may not exceed the levels commensurate with the institution's policy for similar positions and may not exceed the congressionally mandated cap. If mentoring interactions and other activities with scholars are considered a regular part of an individual's academic duties, then mentoring and other interactions with scholars are non-reimbursable from grant funds.

Limited program-related administrative and clerical salary costs associated distinctly with the program that are not normally provided by the applicant organization as F&A costs may be direct charges to the grant only when they are in accordance with applicable cost principles. For institutions covered by 45 CFR 75.413(c), this type of training program may qualify as a “major project” where administrative salaries are allowable as a direct cost. When specifically identified and justified, these expenses must be itemized in Sections A and B, as appropriate, of the R&R Budge

All personnel costs including PD(s)/PI(s), and administrative and clerical costs, or other staff with responsibilities directly associated with directing, coordinating, and administering the institutional DSPP may not exceed 10% of the total direct costs in any year of the K12 program.

Scholar Costs
 

Scholars are those individuals who benefit from the proposed activities and experiences involved in the career development program. Scholar costs must be justified as specifically required for the proposed career development program and based on institutional policies for salaries paid to individuals in similar positions, regardless of the source of funds. These expenses must be itemized in the proposed budget.

The K12 will support one or two scholars each year at each of the awarded sites. The K12 will support scholars for 3-5 years duration, consisting of consecutive years of 12 month appointments. The program will not support candidates seeking less than three years of support.

Scholars must devote three years at a minimum of 9 person months (equivalent to 75%) of full-time professional effort conducting research related to the PhD program. Scholars appointed for four or five consecutive years may devote one or two years, respectively, at a minimum of 6 person months (equivalent to 50%) of full time professional effort conducting research related to the PhD program.

Salary and Fringe Benefits:

Scholars may receive up to $100,000 per year for salary and fringe benefits, consistent with the institution's salary scale.

The total salary requested for each scholar must be based on a full-time, 12-month staff appointment. It must be consistent with the established salary structure at the institution and with salaries actually provided by the institution from its own funds to other staff members of equivalent qualifications, rank, and responsibilities in the institution.

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.

The scholar's institution may supplement the NIH salary contribution up to a level that is consistent with the institution's salary scale; however, supplementation may not be from federal funds unless specifically authorized by the federal program from which such funds are derived. Institutional supplementation of salary must not require extra duties or responsibilities that would interfere with the purpose of the Program.

Other Program Related Expenses
 

Research and Career Development Support:

NIDCR will award up to $25,000 per year for research and career development costs.

Allowable research related expenses include (a) supplies, equipment, and technical personnel; (b) tuition, fees and books related to the required PhD graduate program and activities; (c) travel to scientific meetings or to receive training that the institution determines to be necessary for the individual’s research career development experience; and (d) technical support for data analysis and statistical or computer services.

These research and development costs must be related to the scholar's research activities. They cannot be pooled and used for other programs unrelated or indirectly related to the research activities of individual scholars. It is expected that the K12 scholars will be working in a funded research environment and that support provided by the K12 grant will augment existing research support to the scholar. These expenses must be itemized in Section F of the R&R Budget.

Items that may NOT be supported with each scholar's Research and Career Development Support category include: Direct support of the laboratories, travel, and research projects of the investigators serving as mentors beyond those expenses directly attributable to the scholar's project, and any costs associated with the dental specialty training program.

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 in response to 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.

Applicant institutions are encouraged to develop creative partnerships with organizations that have interests in, and are committed to, developing the dentist-scientist research workforce.  The partnerships may extend opportunities, for example, for unique mentorship opportunities, or provide other resources, including non-federal support for the scholar during the dental specialty component of the DSPP.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential scholars and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing research career development or training programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

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) (formerly CCR) – 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 and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration. 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.

The PD/PI should be an established and active investigator in dental, oral and craniofacial research, have experience in research training, and should be capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed program. The PD/PI is expected to have active peer-reviewed research funding at the time of application and ongoing independent peer-reviewed research support at R01 or R01 equivalent levels in dental, oral and craniofacial research.

Multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are encouraged, such as a PD/PI who is an experienced investigator and has active peer reviewed research funding, and a PD/PI who is a clinician scientist and a director of a dental specialty program recognized by the American Dental Association. If multiple PD(s)/PI(s) are proposed, they must have complementary expertise and the potential to enhance multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary research training opportunities. At least one PD/PI must have active peer-reviewed research support and expected to have ongoing peer-reviewed research funding.

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

Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.  

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.

Each scholar appointed under the DSPP K12 should have minimum of two mentors: one for the dental specialty training component and a primary mentor for the PhD research training component. Additional mentors are optional. All mentors must be committed to working as a team to ensure the scholars' success in completing the DSPP.

Mentors for the graduate dental specialty program must be directly involved in the proposed clinical specialty training program, either as a Program Director or faculty member, and have the experience and expertise to develop the advanced knowledge and skills for competency in the specialty practice and to develop future leaders in the specialty on research and clinical aspects.

The PhD research mentors should be active investigators in dental, oral and craniofacial research, have a successful record of providing career development and research training activities, and have a successful record of mentoring as evidenced by former students’ research productivity, such as publications, transition to a research related position, and ability to obtain independent research funding. Proposed mentors should have independent NIH research funding (e.g., R01, R21) or equivalent at the time of the K12 award. Mentors are expected to make available their expertise, guidance, and laboratory facilities to support the scholars and their PhD dissertation research projects, and be committed to mentoring the scholars throughout their total period of career development in the DSPP.

Scholars

Scholars to be supported by the institutional career development program must be at the postdoctoral or junior faculty level. NIH encourages appointment of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities.

Scholars must be citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship requirements are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Scholars must have a DDS, DMD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Documentation by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution certifying all degree requirements have been met prior to the beginning date of the scholar appointment is acceptable.

Clinicians who have completed a PhD or equivalent research degree are not eligible. Individuals who have completed advanced clinical knowledge and skills development in an ADA recognized dental specialty are not eligible.

Candidates may not have had a previous mentored career development award, including institutional mentored career development support. Current and former PD/PIs on NIH research project grants or equivalent non-PHS peer-reviewed research grants over $100,000 direct costs per year are ineligible.

During the period of this award, scholars may not accept or hold any other PHS award that duplicates the provisions of this institutional career development award.  However, scholars are strongly encouraged to apply for individual mentored career development awards (e.g., K08, K23) during the K12 support, provided they meet the eligibility requirements of those programs.  NIDCR supports research training leading to a PhD and postdoctoral research training under these career development awards.  If a scholar competes successfully for an individual K award, the K12 appointment would be terminated and funding would be provided by the new individual K, and conform to individual K policies on level of effort.  Dentists who earn a PhD under an NIDCR institutional K12 and/or individual K award remain eligible for the NIDCR Pathway to Independence Award K99/R00 award. In addition, DSPP scholars may apply for independent research grant support (e.g., R03, R21, R01) during the K12 appointment period or during an individual K award to further support their research career trajectory.

Scholars should contact NIDCR staff if there are any questions regarding eligibility.

Section IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Requesting an Application Package

Buttons to access the online ASSIST system or to download application forms 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 including Supplemental Grant Application Instructions 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.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

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:

Yasaman Shirazi, PhD
Telephone: 301-594-5593
Fax: 301-480-8303
Email: yasaman.shirazi@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:

Substitute the term “scholars” for all references to “trainees” in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, and substitute the term “career development” for all references to “training” in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

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

Other Attachments. A Program Advisory Committee is not a required component of a K12 career development program.  However, if a Program Advisory Committee is intended, provide a plan for the appointment of a Program Advisory Committee to monitor progress of the K12 DSPP career development program. The composition, roles, responsibilities, and desired expertise of committee members, frequency of committee meetings, and other relevant information should be included. Describe how the Program Advisory Committee will evaluate the overall effectiveness of the K12 program. Proposed Program Advisory Committee members should be named in the application if they have been invited to participate at the time the application is submitted.

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, with the following additional modifications:

Research and Related (R&R) Budget

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

  • Include all personnel other than the Training PD(s)/PI(s) in the Other Personnel section, including clerical and administrative staff. Also include proposed salary costs for planned scholars.
  • Do not complete the section on Participant/Trainee Support Costs.
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

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

Particular attention must be given to the Training Data Tables required for this K12 application. Applicants should summarize, in the body of the application, key data from the tables that highlight the characteristics of the faculty mentors and the educational and career outcomes of individuals with similar experiences in pursuing dental specialty training and PhD research training in a combined and integrated program, and other factors that contribute to the overall environment of the program.

Tables 2, 4, and 8C are required.  Table 8C should include outcomes of dentist scientists in programs similar to the DSPP, regardless of citizenship status

Substitute the term “scholars” for all references to “trainees” in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, and substitute the term “career development” for all references to “training” in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

Training Program

Program Plan

Program Administration

Describe the acknowledged strengths, leadership and administrative skills, mentoring experience, scientific expertise, and active research of the PD(s)/PI(s). Relate these strengths to the proposed management of the K12 career development DSPP. Describe the respective roles of those in leadership positions and the planned strategy and administrative structure to be used to oversee and monitor the program. Include milestones to be used to oversee and monitor the dental specialty component, the PhD component, and the coordination in monitoring the overall DSPP program. If there are multiple PDs/PIs, then the plan for Program Administration is expected to synergize with the “Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan” section of the application.

Institutions must provide evidence of the ability to establish or successfully implement an integrated specialty and PhD training program for dentist scientists, including coordination among participating schools and departments within the dental, medical and other graduate schools.

Describe recruitment plans and criteria for selecting dentists to participate in the DSPP and to be appointed as K12 scholars.  A timeline of activities for the DSPP, including recruitment activities, selection and appointment of scholars may be useful.

Program Faculty

Provide information about the program faculty who will serve as mentors for the dental specialty training and for the PhD research training components of the DSPP, and who can provide guidance and expertise appropriate to the experiences of the DSPP scholars intended to be supported by the K12. Describe mentor training programs or other resources for mentor development that are available to program faculty to ensure effective mentoring experiences.

Each scholar must have two mentors, one with expertise in the scholar’s dental specialty training and a primary mentor for research career development, who will work together to provide mentored supervision and support of the integrated specialty training and research training. These mentors must be supportive of the scholar's activities and progress in achieving the goals of the DSPP. Additional mentors are optional. The process of selecting mentors, assessing the mentoring relationships with the scholar and among program faculty, and mediating any challenges should be provided.

Proposed Career Development Program

Describe the proposed DSPP program, including the dental specialty training and the PhD graduate research areas offered under the DSPP. Detail the structure, phasing, and duration of the program, along with the level of effort devoted to the dental specialty or PhD research training in each year of the DSPP. Clearly identify the years the scholar will be appointed to the K12.

Describe how program activities will foster the career development of clinician scientists, and develop the working knowledge needed for scholars to select among and prepare for the next step in research career options available in the biomedical, behavior or social science research workforce. Consider team science-based research approaches, depending upon the goals of the proposed DSPP.  Identify activities that will foster the research career development of the scholars, including instruction and training in laboratory and project management, in oral and written presentations, and skills needed to apply for NIH individual career development (K) awards or research grant support.  All scholars should be expected to submit applications for individual career development awards (K) before they complete the DSPP. 

Institutions with existing research training or career development programs must explain what distinguishes this K12 program from the others, how their programs will synergize with one another, if applicable, and make it clear that the pool of faculty, potential scholars, and resources are robust enough to support an additional K12 program.

Program Evaluation

Describe a plan to review and evaluate the quality and effectiveness of the DSPP and the specialty training and PhD research career development components of the program. This plan should include the metrics to be evaluated, including program activities completed, certificate and/or completion of masters and PhD degrees, publications, fellowships/honors, and subsequent positions and career activities of DSPP trainees

Scholars

Describe the size and qualifications of the pool of potential DSPP scholars, including information about their prior clinical and research training. Describe the nomination and selection process for scholars who will be offered admission to the program and appointed to the K12. Include criteria for scholar's reappointment to the program. Present any novel strategies for recruiting qualified dentist scholars.

Institutional Environment and Commitment to the Program.

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed K12 program including assurance that sufficient time will be allowed for the PDs/PIs and other Program Faculty to contribute to the proposed program, and that there will be protected time for scholars appointed to the K12 that matches the structure and phasing of the proposed DSPP.

Appropriate institutional commitment to the program also includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program. This commitment may include features such as PD/PI salary, stipend or tuition support for individuals involved in the DSPP, or other commitments essential to a successful career development program. Plans and a description of commitment to support DSPP scholars in the event that continued K12 funding from NIDCR is not available must be included.

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. 

Faculty, Trainees, and Training Record Section

Participating Faculty Biosketches:  Highlight the relevant experiences of the proposed program faculty according their role(s) and participation in the DSPP.

Letters of Support:  Include letters of support from participating dental specialty program directors, graduate schools, departments or organizations involved in the DSPP, and any Senior/Key Persons.

If the applicant institution has negotiated non-federal support from other partner organizations to support clinicians during the dental specialty training phase of the DSPP, letters describing this commitment should be provided.

Appendix

Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  

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 Applying Electronically. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Guidelines for Applicants Experiencing System Issues. 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 NIDCR, NIH. Applications that are incomplete, non-compliant and/or nonresponsive will not be reviewed.  

In order to expedite review, applicants are requested to notify the NIDCR Chief of the Scientific Review Branch by email at yasaman.shirazi@nih.gov when the application has been submitted. Please include the FOA number and title, PD/PI name, and title of the application.

Post Submission Materials

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

Section V. Application Review Information
1. Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the NIH mission, all applications submitted to the NIH in support of biomedical and behavioral research 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.

Career Development Program and Environment

  • Does the proposed program clearly outline a plan to recruit and develop well-qualified junior investigators for successful careers as biomedical or clinical researchers?
  • Is there evidence of an adequate pool of potential scholars who could benefit from receiving career development support?
  • Are the content, phasing, and duration of any proposed didactic, training-related, and research-related activities of the program appropriate?
  • Are appropriate timelines indicated for career progression and transition to independence?
  • Does the institutional environment (e.g., research facilities and other relevant resources) in which the program will be conducted contribute to the probability of success?
  • Does the proposed career development program benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or employ useful collaborative arrangements?
  • Is the institutional commitment to the proposed program appropriate?
  • If multiple sites are participating, is this adequately justified in terms of the career development and research experiences provided?
  • Is there sufficient assurance that the required effort of the PD/PI, mentors and scholars will be devoted directly to the research training, career development, and related activities?
  • When applicable, is there adequate documentation describing the responsibilities of the program advisory committee with regard to the provision of input, guidance and oversight of the program?
  • Are the plans for identifying and recruiting dentists likely to ensure the selection and matriculation of qualified individuals who are committed to completing the DSPP and pursuing independent research careers?
  • Do the structure and content of the DSPP incorporate the unique research development and clinical specialty training needs of DSPP scholars that will enable these individuals to complete the dental specialty and PhD research programs with requisite competencies in both?
  • Are the timeline, phasing and integration of the research development and dental specialty training experiences feasible to accomplish the goals of the DSPP?
  • Is the proposed DSPP and research development program likely to ensure scholars will be well prepared for academic and/or research careers? 
  • Does the program encourage and provide grant writing training for scholars to compete for individual NIH career development awards or independent research support?

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

  • Do the PD/PI and Research Administrator (if applicable) have the experience to develop, direct and administer the proposed program? 
  • Does the leadership team bring complementary and integrated expertise to the program? Is there evidence that an appropriate level of effort will be devoted by the program leadership to ensure program objectives?
  • Are the research qualifications, scientific stature, previous leadership and mentoring experience, and track record(s) appropriate for the proposed career development program?
  • Are the PD(s)/PI(s) 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 career development program and the scholars?
  • 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 career development program and the complementary expertise of the PDs/PIs?

Mentors

  • Do the mentors have appropriate expertise and experience, as well as track records of past mentoring and training in PhD research training and/or dental specialty training?
  • Are the quality and extent of the mentors’ roles in providing guidance and scientific and/or clinical advice to the scholars acceptable? Are the mentors currently engaged in research?
  • Do the mentors have relevant experience as directors of dental specialty program or participating faculty of dental specialty programs?
  • Are appropriate plans in place to ensure effective co-mentoring to ensure a scholar's successful and timely completion of the DSPP?

Scholars

  • Is a recruitment plan proposed with strategies likely to attract high quality scholars?
  • Are there well-defined and well justified recruitment and selection strategies?
  • Is there evidence of a sufficiently large, competitive scholar pool to warrant the size of the DSPP career development program?  
  • Are the content, phasing, and proposed duration of the career development plan appropriate for achieving scientific independence of the scholars?
  • What is the likelihood that the career development plan will contribute significantly to the scientific and clinical development of the scholars?
  • Does the plan for selection of the scholars include all of the eligibility criteria stated in the FOA?

Training Record

Is there evidence of a successful past training record of the PD/PI and mentors, including the success of former scholars in seeking independent research support and establishing productive scientific careers? Does the program have a rigorous evaluation plan to assess the quality and effectiveness of the training?

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

Not Applicable

Renewals

Not Applicable

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 career development program, the level of scholar experience, and the particular circumstances of the scholars, 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? 

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 NIDCR 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 response to this FOA.

Applications will be assigned to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications submitted in response to this FOA. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research 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 http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/resources/laws/revisedlep.html. The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/section1557/index.html; and http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/index.html. Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/disability/index.html. Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/about/rgn-hqaddresses.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.

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 scholar appointed or reappointed for eight 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.
  • A notarized statement verifying possession of permanent residency documentation must be submitted with the 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 scholar appointed for eight weeks or more.

A final progress report, 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 Progress Report.

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.

The overall evaluation of the program will be based on metrics that will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Completion of both components of the DSPP: Dental Specialty training that results in an MS degree or certificate, and awarding of a PhD research doctoral degree, or equivalent.
  2. Peer reviewed publications with clinical or basic dental, oral and craniofacial research focus.
  3. Continuation in a research intensive or research related career in academia, government, or other research organization.  
  4. Successful competition for NIH peer reviewed individual career development awards.
  5. Successful competition for research project grants, other federal grants, or private sources of research funding such as foundation or industry support as Principal Investigator, co-investigator, or other Key Personnel.
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 eRA Commons registration, submitting and tracking an application, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, 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)

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources)
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-945-7573

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Lynn Mertens King, Ph.D.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Telephone: 301-594-5006
Email: lynn.king@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Yasaman Shirazi, Ph.D.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Telephone: 301-594-5593
Email: yasaman.shirazi@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Diana Rutberg, M.B.A.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Telephone: 301-594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

Section VIII. Other Information

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

Authority and Regulations

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

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