PUBLICATION GRANTS FOR PREPARATION OF SCHOLARLY DOCUMENTS Release Date: April 30, 2001 RFA: RFA-LM-01-003 (This RFA has been modified by PAR-05-025) National Library of Medicine (http://www.nlm.nih.gov) Letter of Intent Receipt Date: June 11, 2001 Application Receipt Date: July 11, 2001 PURPOSE The National Library of Medicine (NLM) plans to award small grants for up to three years to provide salary support and other assistance for the preparation of book-length manuscripts and other scholarly documents with information of value to U.S. health professionals. Grants are awarded for historical studies, major critical reviews, state-of-the-art summaries, and other useful organizations of knowledge in the biomedical field. Publication in formats other than print, (e.g. digital or film) is acceptable, as are innovative ways of presenting information. Publication grants do not support journals or other serials and are not suitable for operation of established databases. Work judged to have significant commercial viability will not be supported by these grants. HEALTHY PEOPLE 2010 The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2010," a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas. This Request for Applications (RFA), Publication Grants For Preparation Of Scholarly Documents , is related to one or more of the priority areas. Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at http://www.health.gov/healthypeople/. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS Applications may be submitted on behalf of principal investigators by domestic for-profit and non-profit organizations, public and private, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of State and local governments, and eligible agencies of the Federal Government. U.S citizens or legally-admitted foreigners unaffiliated with organizations are also eligible. Foreign institutions are not eligible for these grants. Racial/ethnic minority individuals, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply as Principal Investigators. MECHANISM OF SUPPORT This RFA will support awards through the National Library of Medicine publication grant (G13) award mechanisms. Responsibility for the planning, direction, and execution of the proposed project will be solely that of the applicant. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this RFA may not exceed 3 years. FUNDS AVAILABLE NLM intends to commit approximately $500,000 in FY 2001 to fund grants in response to this RFA. Awards are limited to $50,000 direct annual costs and a maximum duration of three years of support. Facilities and administrative (F&A) costs are provided in accordance with standard Federal rates. Although the financial plans of the NLM provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this RFA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. This RFA is a one-time solicitation. However, NLM expects to reissue this RFA in FY 2002 if funding is available. The RFA is complementary to the Publication Grants program previously announced by NLM, and to which applications can be submitted by the standard NIH deadlines for new applications. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/GrantPubsInstruct.html OBJECTIVES Background The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recognizes that the preparation of manuscripts and other scholarly documents requires time, materials, and sometimes travel for which support may be needed. This RFA, Publication Grants For Preparation Of Scholarly Documents, is intended to help defray such expenses. The program is authorized by the Medical Library Assistance Act and its extensions, and is administered by the Extramural Programs of NLM using the G13 mechanism. Publication in formats other than print, (e.g. digital or film) is acceptable, as are innovative ways of presenting information. Scope Types of Projects Supported o Analytical and comprehensive critical reviews which identify the present status of research and practice in various health fields, advances which have been made, problems requiring examination, and emerging trends for future development. o Scholarly works in the history of medicine and the life sciences, the history of the development of medical research and health services, and historical studies on the interrelationship of medicine and society. o Selected secondary literature tools in the health sciences, such as biomedical guides, atlases, handbooks, abstracts, dictionaries, indices, catalogs, directories, manuals, and other reference sources. o English-language translations of important current, foreign biomedical monographs, and foreign-language classics in the history of medicine. o Support for the editing and preparation for publication of scientifically significant and important symposia or conferences related to U.S. priority health care needs. o Creation of publically-accessible databases containing widely useful and unique material. NLM recommends that all hardcopy text sponsored in this program be published on acid-free permanent paper as set forth by the American National Standards Institute - Permanence of Paper for Publications and Documents in Libraries and Archives (ANSI/NISO Z39.48- 1992). EXCLUSIONS o The Publication Grant Program does not support: o Textbooks or the production of curriculum materials o The initial reporting of original scientific research findings o Coding system development o Proceedings of annual meetings o Projects of local interest only o Journals or other serials o Operation of established databases. o Work judged to have significant commercial viability o Free distribution of publications resulting from grants. INCLUSION OF WOMEN, MINORITIES, AND CHILDREN IN PUBLICATIONS INVOLVING HUMAN SUBJECTS Although NIH policy regarding inclusion of women, minorities, and children in research projects does not apply to publication grants, NLM urges all applicants to include such groups when appropriate and feasible in their approach to the proposed work. URLS IN NIH GRANT APPLICATIONS OR APPENDICES All applications and proposals for NIH funding must be self-contained within specified page limitations. Unless otherwise specified in an NIH solicitation, internet addresses (URLs) should not be used to provide information necessary to the review because reviewers are under no obligation to view the Internet sites. Reviewers are cautioned that their anonymity may be compromised when they directly access an Internet site. LETTER OF INTENT Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes a descriptive title of the proposed project, the name, address, and telephone number of the Principal Investigator, the identities of other key personnel and participating institutions, and the number and title of the RFA in response to which the application may be submitted. 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 NLM staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review. The letter of intent is to be mailed, faxed, or emailed to Dr. Susan Sparks, listed below under INQUIRIES, by June 1, 2001. APPLICATION PROCEDURES The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) is to be used in applying for these grants. These forms are available at most institutional offices of sponsored research and from the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone 301/710-0267, E-mail: GrantsInfo@nih.gov. Publication grant applications require use the of the standard budget format. The RFA label available in the PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) application form must be affixed to the bottom of the face page of the application. Type the RFA number on the label. Failure to use this label could result in delayed processing of the application such that it may not reach the review committee in time for review. In addition, the RFA title and number must be typed on line 2 of the face page of the application form and the YES box must be marked. The sample RFA label available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/label-bk.pdf has been modified to allow for this change. Please note this is in pdf format. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICATION Applicants should not feel daunted by the emphasis on research in the language used in the standard NIH form and narrative instructions. It may be useful for an applicant to think "project" whenever the form and instructions refer to "research". NLM understands that developmental work or scholarly research that may be called for by publication grants differs from that of biomedical investigation, and will evaluate the applications in that spirit. SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including the Checklist, and three signed photocopies in one package to: CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC REVIEW NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH 6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, ROOM 1040, MSC 7710 BETHESDA, MD 20892-7710 BETHESDA, MD 20817 (for express/courier service) At the time of submission, two additional copies of the application must be sent to: Merlyn Rodrigues, M.D., Ph.D. Office of Scientific Review Division of Extramural Programs National Library of Medicine Rockledge One Building, Suite 301 6705 Rockledge Drive Bethesda, MD 20892 Applications must be received by the application receipt date listed in the heading of this RFA. If an application is received after that date, it will be returned to the applicant without review. The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) will not accept any application in response to this RFA that is essentially the same as one currently pending initial review, unless the applicant withdraws the pending application. The CSR will not accept any application that is essentially the same as one already reviewed. This does not preclude the submission of substantial revisions of applications already reviewed, but such applications must include an introduction addressing the previous critique. REVIEW CONSIDERATIONS Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed for completeness by the Center for Scientific Review (CSR) and for responsiveness by the NLM. Incomplete or unresponsive applications will be returned to the applicant without further consideration. Applications that are complete and responsive to the RFA will be evaluated for merit by an appropriate peer review group convened by NLM in accordance with the review criteria stated below. As part of the initial merit review, all applications will be discussed, assigned a priority score, and receive a written critique. Second level review will be by NLM’s Board of Regents. REVIEW CRITERIA (1) Significance: Does this project address an important and useful issue? (2) Approach: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and analyses adequately developed, well-integrated, and appropriate to the aims of the project? (3) Innovation: Does the project propose novel point-of-view, approaches or method? (4) Investigator: Is the investigator appropriately trained and well suited to carry out this work? (5) Environment: Does the environment contribute to the probability of success? To complement the above standard NIH criteria, applications will also be reviewed with respect to the following: o Who is the intended audience? o Is relevant work by others appropriately referenced? o Are the required expertise and information resources delineated and available? o Are letters of agreement by co-workers, translators, consultants provided? o Are the associated costs reasonable? o Are samples or early versions of the proposed work (e.g. a chapter, videotape, WWW files) included? o How will the publication be organized (e.g. chapter listing, outline, map of content, diagram of site)? o If applicable, is there evidence that the proposed work would be considered for publication by a university press, an Internet WWW host, media distribution system, or other publisher? o If maintenance beyond the grant period is required, how will this be done? Schedule: Letter of Intent Receipt Date: June 11, 2001 Application Receipt Date: July 11, 2001 Peer Review Date: July/August, 2001 Council Review: September 2001 Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 28, 2001 AWARD CRITERIA Award criteria that will be used to make funding decisions include: o merit (as determined by peer review) o availability of funds o programmatic priorities. INQUIRIES Potential applicants are encouraged to discuss projects early with Program Staff, who will discuss program priorities, provide additional information in response to specific application plans, and review draft proposals for completeness if desired. Direct inquiries regarding applications under this RFA to: Susan M. Sparks, RN, PhD, FAAN Division of Extramural Programs National Library of Medicine Rockledge One Building, Suite 301 6705 Rockledge Drive Bethesda, MD 20892 Phone: (301) 594-4882 Fax: (301) 402-2952 Email: sparkss@mail.nlm.nih.gov Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to: Ms. Arnita Miles Grants Management Specialist Division of Extramural Programs National Library of Medicine Rockledge One Building, Suite 301 6705 Rockledge Drive Bethesda, MD 20892 Telephone: (301) 496-4221 FAX: (301) 402-0421 Email: milesa@mail.nlm.nih.gov AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS The Resource Grant Program is described in the "Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance" under Medical Library Assistance, Chapter 93.879. Grants will be awarded under the authority of the Public Health Service Act, Section 474(42 USC 286b-5) and administered under PHS grant policies and Federal Regulations, most specifically at 42 CFR Part 59a and 45 CFR Part 74. This program is not subject to the inter- governmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency review. The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all tobacco products. In addition, Public Law 103-227, the Pro-Children Act of 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any portion of a facility) in which regular or routine education, library, day care, health care or early childhood development services are provided to children. This is consistent with the PHS mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American people.


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