EXCELLENCE IN PARTNERSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY OUTREACH, RESEARCH ON HEALTH
DISPARITIES AND TRAINING (PROJECT EXPORT - ESTABLISHING EXPLORATORY CENTERS)
RELEASE DATE: February 21, 2003
RFA: MD-03-002 (This RFA has been modified, see RFA-MD-05-003)
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)
CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE NUMBER(S): 93.307
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: March 28, 2003
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: April 22, 2003
THIS RFA CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
o Purpose of this RFA
o Research Objectives
o Mechanism(s) of Support
o Funds Available
o Eligible Institutions
o Individuals Eligible to Become Principal Investigators
o Special Requirements
o Where to Send Inquiries
o Letter of Intent
o Submitting an Application
o Peer Review Process
o Review Criteria
o Receipt and Review Schedule
o Award Criteria
o Required Federal Citations
The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)
invites applications for establishing exploratory centers (P20) under a
continuing program for Project EXPORT: Centers of Excellence,
Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach and Research on
Disparities in Health and Training. This Centers of Excellence Program
was authorized by the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research
and Education Act of 2000 and is in support of the Department of Health
and Human Services initiatives to address and ultimately eliminate
health disparities. These P20 grant applications will focus on health
disparities research, community outreach, and training.
Two other announcements inviting applications for Project EXPORT using
the (P60) Comprehensive Centers (RFA MD-03-003) and the (R24) Resource-
Related Research Project (RFA MD-03-001) award mechanisms are presently
available. A comparison of the requirements for submitting, and the
unique characteristics for R24, P20 and P60 applications, can be found
The P20 center grant awards will provide a mechanism by which
institutions can strengthen their research and training. For further
information, refer to the section on eligibility.
These exploratory grants will assist the institution in their
development of infrastructure for minority health and other health
disparities research and training, can provide resources for successful
applicants to assist them in the development of innovative partnership
models. In addition, the P-20 is intended to help facilitate single or
multi-site research projects in areas of research relevant to specific
populations of interest. Research that explores a broad array of
determinants of disparities in minority health and health disparities
is encouraged, as well as that which addresses a full range of health
promotion approaches with the prevention or reduction of health
The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to solicit
applications for EXPORT Center programs that would establish centers of
excellence with a focus on community outreach, research on health
disparities, and training. These P20 centers may be established
independently by eligible institutions, through partnerships between
minority serving and other designated institutions, or between
designated and non-designated institutions with substantial existing
federal research support and/or research infrastructure as reflected in
a 2002 report on research institutions:
NON-DESIGNATED INSTITUTIONS MUST BE INVOLVED, HOWEVER, IN PARTNERSHIPS
WITH DESIGNATED INSTITUTIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN PROJECT EXPORT.
Definitions for designated and non-designated institutions are provided
in a later section of this RFA.
A predominantly minority serving institution is an academic, health
care or research institution with an enrollment and/or faculty that
consists predominantly of racial and ethnic minorities. Designated
institutions are eligible based on the requirements as described in the
section SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS.
Non-designated institutions are those that do not meet the criteria as
outlined. All partnerships must demonstrate a clear mutual benefit
with respect to developing research programs and/or research training
and career development programs. While partnerships among institutions
are strongly encouraged, involvement in a partnership is not an
absolute requirement for participation in Project EXPORT.
The objectives of Project EXPORT include but are not limited to: 1)
promotion of the conduct of minority health and/or other health
disparities research aimed at reducing disparities in health status, 2)
building research capacity for health disparities research in minority
serving and other institutions, and 3) promotion of the participation
of health disparity groups in biomedical and behavioral research, and
prevention and intervention activities.
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORKSHOPS
The NCMHD will conduct one technical assistance and information-sharing
workshop, in Washington, DC (March 27, 2003). This workshop will allow
applicants and NIH staff to discuss and clarify any issues or questions
related to this application.
Please inform NCMHD staff of the anticipated numbers of attendees by
contacting Dr. Teresa Chapa via email (email@example.com), or by
telephone (301-402-0050). To accommodate individuals who cannot attend,
a summary workshop will be posted on the NCMHD home page at:
The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health
Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead,
coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately
eliminate health disparities. In this effort, the NCMHD supports
basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research; promotes research
infrastructure and training; fosters emerging programs; disseminates
information; and, reaches out to minority and other health disparity
Although the diversity of the population in contemporary America is one
of its greatest assets, the richness of this feature is overshadowed by
the reality of the disproportionate burden of disease and illness that
is borne by racial and ethnic minority populations and the rural and
urban poor. Compelling evidence of the disparate health status of
America's racial and ethnic minority populations and the economically
disadvantaged is documented in the form of shorter life expectancies
and higher rates of cancer, birth defects, infant mortality, asthma,
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and stroke. Other areas in which
racial and ethnic minorities and the medically underserved suffer a
disproportionate burden of morbidity and mortality include: HIV
Infection/AIDS, autoimmune diseases such as lupus and scleroderma, oral
health, sexually transmitted diseases, disease burden associated with
mental disorders, drug use associated mortality, and viral borne
diseases such as hepatitis C. While studies cannot delineate with
certainty why health disparities exist, data suggests that differential
incidences of disease and health outcomes result from the interaction
of a plethora of factors in complex and unsuspecting ways.
Observations and anecdotes provide clues about the etiology of the
disproportionate burden of disease and illness, but it has only been
through rigorous population and epidemiologic research that the medical
community has been able to reasonably discern the extent of the
healthcare crisis. We are now poised to more completely define the
scope of the problem and begin the process of identifying and
evaluating new approaches to mitigating disparities in health.
Clearly, the soundest investment that can be made for the present and
immediate future is a strengthened commitment to research, research
training, and enhanced community involvement aimed at elucidating the
etiology of health disparities, developing new diagnostics and
treatment and prevention strategies, and the full implementation of
Project EXPORT is central to NCMHD's investment strategy for addressing
disparities in health status. Consistent with the goals of the trans-
NIH Strategic Plan, EXPORT Centers will focus on research aimed at
reducing and eliminating health disparities, improving research
capacity, and providing outreach and education.
In the first year of Project EXPORT Centers of Excellence Program,
NCMHD supported the establishment of 6 Resource-Related Research
Projects, (R-24), 9 Exploratory Center Grants (P-20), and 11 (P-60)
Comprehensive Center Grants. This announcement is intended to expand
the Centers of Excellence Program to include all geographic regions of
the US and its territories and to ensure the establishment of centers
that focus on disparities in health status for all health disparity
populations, including African Americans, American Indians and Alaska
Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific
Islanders and other medically underserved populations (i.e.,
socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals in rural and urban areas).
Research Topics for Consideration
The following sections provide examples of potential research
directions and endeavors. The examples are not exhaustive and do not
define areas of mandated research.
Project EXPORT Centers of Excellence Programs should reflect the
following research themes:
o Discoveries of the biological underpinnings of disparities
in health status.
o Creating healthy communities with a focus on identifying
environmental determinants of health disparities.
o Empowering community based organizations for participatory
o Prevention First! In addressing and eliminating acute and
chronic diseases and conditions.
o Exploring health promotion and disease prevention across
the life span and in all settings: the home, school,
community, workplace, and faith-based settings, all from a
Research Areas of Emphasis and Scope
The DHHS special emphasis areas are a priority, and investigators are
encouraged to design studies using the following research
o Population-based studies with a focus on the DHHS special
emphasis areas: cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer,
diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, and mental health.
o Within and between-group comparative studies designed to
identify similarities and differences in physiological
processes at the sub-population level.
o Studies that use ethnographic methods to articulate the
interacting effects between the economy, the community, the
household, and the individual with the goal of
operationalizing psychosocial and societal experiences in a
quantitative manner such that their impact on
physiological/psychological processes can be assessed.
Health Promotion/Prevention Research Objectives/Priority Areas:
o Communications research – how to reach racial/ethnic
minority and other medically underserved populations with
messages that will lead to positive behavioral and health
o Translational research – successfully incorporating
research into health promotion/prevention programs or
policies in communities, schools, businesses, families,
o Epidemiologic studies – focusing on assessing and advancing
understanding of health disparities in local communities
o Prevention/Interventions research within health disparity
populations (African Americans, American Indians and Alaska
Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native
Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other medically
underserved populations (including the rural and urban
poor), and geographical regions (Appalachia, U.S.-Mexico
Border region, Mississippi Delta region, and Tribal
o Cultural sensitivity/competency, and its role in health
o Interaction of culture and other variables on issues such
as recruitment into research studies and clinical trials,
utilization of services, adherence to lifestyle and
behavioral changes; and understanding individual cultural
belief and expression within a multicultural setting.
o Development of measures, instruments, and research designs
to facilitate health disparities research.
Capacity Building and Infrastructure Objectives:
o Development of a cadre of culturally competent researchers
with expertise in minority health promoting and supporting
research capacity-building activities at designated
o Increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic
minorities with careers in the biomedical, bio-behavioral,
and social sciences research.
Community Outreach Objectives:
o Engaging communities and their community-based organizations
in research and related activities that address disparities in
o Facilitating the dissemination of culturally sensitive health
o Engaging institutions in K-12 Science Education activities
o Interdisciplinary minority health and other health
disparities research, including basic, clinical, behavioral
and social sciences research to advance the understanding
of disease/disability development and progression.
o Research that improves approaches for diagnosis,
prevention, and treatment.
o Potential pathways to disparities in health outcomes,
including but not limited to environmental exposures,
genetic variations and/or other underlying biological,
ethnic and familial factors. In particular studies
identifying the biological underpinnings of differential
responses to therapies (i.e., hypertension, diabetes, renal
transplantation, depression) and/or the differential
prevalence of disease. Also included are studies of the
specific mode of transmission and/or natural history of
diseases such as hepatitis C in minority groups and
potential differences related to virologic infection,
particularly in terms of viral genotype, host differences,
and/or differential responses to antiviral therapies.
o Development of methodological tools for disentangling the
impact of biologic factors and socioeconomic status on health.
o Epidemiological studies of the incidence and prevalence of
disparities in health status among individuals living in
different geographical regions of the US, in particular,
Appalachia, U.S. –Mexico Border region, Mississippi Delta
region, and Tribal Communities. And studies designed to
investigate factors contributing to the excess morbidity
and mortality associated with living in such regions.
o Developmental influences across the life span, specific
health behaviors, discrimination in health processes,
psychosocial, socio-cultural, and socioeconomic (SES)
related factors, such as differential access to health
care. Health processes include the technical and
interpersonal activities pertaining to disease prevention,
diagnosis, and treatment that go on between patient and
Project EXPORT Research Infrastructure
EXPORT Center applications should be organized into discrete components
that comprise a proposed overall program of research. Take note of
those cores and components that are mandatory.
o Administrative Core –- Mandatory -- 15-page maximum
The administrative core component plays a key role in the coordination
and operation of the proposed EXPORT Center. Through this core, the
Center director provides substantive leadership as well as manages the
administration of the budget. This core should be described in
sufficient detail to assure that all proposed components and related
activities would function optimally and in an interactive, synergistic
o Research Component -— Mandatory -- 15-page maximum for each full
research project proposed
Each full research project must be a highly focused area of
investigation and may include several investigators under the direction
of a project director. Each proposed research project will be reviewed
on its own merit. Thus, each project must be described separately and
include an individual budget. Individual research projects must be
thematic, highly focused, and interrelated so that they collectively
contribute to the goals of the Center program to a greater extent than
if the research undertaken under individual components were pursued
separately. Provide a clear description of each proposed project,
including major goals and objectives as well as how it integrates with
the other Center components in relation to the overall EXPORT Center
Pilot projects may be included in this section, but are not mandatory.
The purpose of pilot projects is to provide the Center with a flexible
means of developing and exploring new research activities or directions
and unique scientific opportunities that could evolve into
independently funded research projects. Such projects must be in a
separate pilot project component that incorporates all of the pilot
studies of the proposed Center grant. While the specific number of
pilot projects to be proposed is at the discretion of the applicant,
all proposed pilot projects need not be ongoing at any one time, but
may be phased in at different points during the life of the proposed
Center grant. It is recognized that the relative priority or need for
specific pilot projects may change over the course of time.
While the Center's framework for the management of pilot funds and the
mechanism for operating the program are left to the discretion of the
Center, the application must provide specific information to enable
adequate scientific evaluation by a peer review committee. (The
descriptions of all proposed pilot research projects must be limited to
5 pages each. This is in addition to the 15-page limit for describing
each research core component.)
o Community Outreach and Information Dissemination component --
Mandatory -- 15-page maximum
The mission of the Community Outreach and Information Dissemination
Component is to integrate the EXPORT Centers into the local communities
as a disease prevention and health and science education resource.
Accordingly, there is a three-fold focus: 1) development and
dissemination of culturally sensitive health information – directly
related to the research of the Center or general health information
presented in a culturally sensitive manner; 2) encouraging and
equipping the community for potential participation in clinical studies
and for partnering in the conduct of evidence based disease prevention
and intervention activities; and 3) sponsorship of science education
outreach activities (e.g., K-12 science programs with area middle
schools and/or high schools).
EXPORT Centers may develop exploratory programs for disseminating
minority health and health disparities research information, as well as
sponsor activities that encourage community participation in research
either as study participants or that equip community based
organizations for partnering in and/or conducting disease prevention
and/or intervention activities. In particular for information
dissemination purposes, the audiences should include health care
students and professionals, community based organizations and
researchers at the host institution as well as investigators at other
institutions. Information transfer activities may include, but are not
limited to activities such as training programs, short courses,
telemedicine, presentations at professional meetings and publications.
With respect to equipping health disparity communities to develop and
manage their own culturally sensitive programs for educating their
populations and/or participating in prevention and intervention
activities, the focus could be on addressing risk factors for disease,
chronic disease management, screening, prevention, and decision making
with respect to available therapeutics. Such activities may require a
substantial portion of the first year for planning and development with
actual implementation beginning near the second year and continuing in
Plans to evaluate the success and/or effectiveness of the proposed
community outreach/information dissemination should be described, with
emphasis on the impact of the proposed activities on knowledge,
attitudes, and/or behaviors. Note that it is expected that
considerable development of the Community Outreach Component may be
ongoing in year one of the project period with full implementation
targeted for year two.
o Training Component -- Mandatory -- 15-page maximum
Training activities may be provided at the undergraduate, graduate,
post-doctoral, and junior faculty level or a combination of two or more
of the aforementioned levels.
Undergraduate/Graduate Students. Training components for students may
include establishing academic term and/or summer training
opportunities. For consortia arrangements, in particular, new research
training programs might provide graduate students the opportunity to
fulfill their research requirements in research laboratories at the
Post-Doctoral Training. Training components may also support post-
doctoral training for individuals that have earned the doctorate degree
or equivalent and who are from racial and ethnic minority groups or
other health disparity subpopulations. Including opportunities for
postdoctoral training within Project EXPORT will fulfill an important
Junior Faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)- With respect to
faculty at MSIs, mentored research components may be developed to
provide assistance in learning new methodologies or to encourage
The applicant institution and its partners must demonstrate or give
reasonable assurances that it has: the capacity to train predoctoral
and/or postdoctoral students for careers in biomedical, behavioral,
epidemiological or health services research; and the capacity to
conduct continuing education programs on the Center's designated
research theme in the medical, behavioral, epidemiological, or health
service fields. Further, the research training core is expected to:
develop, implement and evaluate research development activities related
to conducting health disparities research for participants at all
partnering institutions; provide training on issues related to
developing cultural competence; increase the number of potential
investigators from racial and ethnic minority and other health
disparity groups; and identify and facilitate interdisciplinary
collaboration to promote the conduct of health disparities research.
For partnerships and consortia, in particular, training initiatives
should represent true collaborations that function across institutional
o Shared Resource Core(s) -- 15-page maximum
Shared resource cores are intended to enhance opportunities for
investigators at the Center to take advantage of new technologies that
could enhance and broaden their research initiatives. While, research
is not conducted as part of the shared resource core, quality assurance
activities that evaluate the operation, resources, quality and
utilization of the core and are directed at problem identification and
improvement of core functioning are appropriate. Some examples of
support that are typically provided in shared resource cores include:
a) technology that implements automation of large batch preparations;
b) tissue and/or cell culture facilities; c) complex instrumentation,
(e.g., electron microscopy, mass spectrometry, electrophysiology); d)
animal care and preparation; e) service and training; f) patient
coordination; and g) information processing, data management, and
statistical services; and h) telehealth development and use.
In collaborative partnerships and/or consortia arrangements, priority
must be given to locating newly developed shared resource core
activities at predominantly minority serving institutions.
o Minority Health and Health Disparity Education Component -- 15-page
An educational component could focus on efforts to augment existing or
create new curricula among partner institutions that would be
culturally sensitive and used to educate undergraduates, graduate
students, or postdoctoral trainees in research, medicine, or public
health of the need to reduce and eliminate disparities in health status
among the nation's ethnic and racial minority groups and other
medically underserved populations.
MECHANISM OF SUPPORT
This RFA will use NIH series P20 Exploratory Grant award mechanism. As
an applicant, you will be solely responsible for planning, directing,
and executing the proposed project. This RFA is a one-time
solicitation. Future unsolicited, competing-continuation applications
based on this project will compete with all investigator-initiated
applications and will be reviewed according to NIH peer review
procedures. The anticipated award date is September 29, 2003.
The NCMHD intends to commit approximately $4.5 million in FY 2003 to
fund up to three new grants in response to this RFA. An applicant may
request a project period of up to five years and a budget for DIRECT
COSTS of up to $1.1 million per year. In addition, Facilities and
Administrative (F & A or indirect) costs will be provided at the
applicant's negotiated rates. Because the nature and scope of the
proposed research will vary from application to application, it is
anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary.
Although the financial plans of the NCMHD 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. At this time, it is not known if this RFA
will be reissued.
You may submit an application if your institution meets the Special
Requirements listed below:
o Public or private institution (i.e. University, College, Hospital
o Do not have a comprehensive P-60 or specialized center (P-50)
grant funded by other NIH Institutes and Centers.
Foreign institutions are not eligible.
For-profit or non-profit state, local and faith-based organizations,
and Tribal governments must partner with eligible institutions in order
to participate in this RFA. Additional requirements pursuant to the
statute that authorized this program can be found in the section
INDIVIDUALS ELIGIBLE TO BECOME PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATORS
Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to
carry out the proposed research is invited to work with their
institution 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 programs.
The definitions below are intended to clarify concepts that are
expressed in this RFA.
APPLICANT INSTITUTION: The applicant institution is the entity at
which the EXPORT Center will be physically and/or integrated into its
administrative structure. The Center Director must have his/her
primary appointment at the applicant institution.
COLLABORATING INSTITUTION: The collaborating institution is the
institution with which the applicant institution has partnered.
PREDOMINANTLY MINORITY SERVING INSTITUTION: A predominantly minority
serving institution is an academic, health care or research institution
with an enrollment and/or faculty that consists predominantly of racial
and ethnic minorities.
DESIGNATED INSTITUTION: Pursuant to Public Law 106-525, a designated
institution is an intuition of higher learning that has a history of
enrolling and graduating racial and ethnic minority and
socioeconomically disadvantaged students from their degree programs.
The recruitment of racial and ethnic minority faculty and staff is also
a priority at such institutions. The recruitment of racial and ethnic
minority faculty and staff is also a priority at such institutions.
Operationally, a Designated Institution is one that has:
o Been effective in assisting racial and ethnic minority and
students from other health disparity groups to complete a
program of study or training and receive the advanced degree
o Made significant efforts to recruit minority students to
enroll in and graduate from the institution, which may include
providing means-tested scholarships and other financial
assistance as appropriate. AND
o Made significant recruitment efforts to increase the number of
minority or other members of health disparity populations
serving in faculty or administrative positions at the
o NON-DESIGNATED INSTITUTION: A non-designated institution is
considered as any institution of higher learning that does not
have a record of recruiting racial and ethnic minority students
nor graduating such students from their degree programs.
o HEALTH DISPARITY POPULATIONS: African Americans, Alaskan Natives,
American Indians, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native
Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and other medically underserved
populations, which includes socioeconomically disadvantaged
individuals in rural and urban areas (P.L. 106-525).
o PARTNERSHIP AND CONSORTIUM ARRANGEMENTS. When a grant application
includes research activities that involve more than one
institution it is considered a partnership or consortium effort,
depending on the number of institutions involved. Such
activities are encouraged in Project Export, but it is imperative
that such applications be prepared so that the programmatic,
fiscal and administrative considerations are explained fully. In
addition, the Project EXPORT thematic science focus must be
evident in the application. Applicants should exercise care in
preserving the interactions of the participants and the
integration of the partnership or consortium project(s) with
those of the primary applicant institution, because synergism and
cohesiveness can be diminished when projects are located outside
of the group where the administration of Project EXPORT is
Applicants are encouraged to review the NIH policy and procedures
to consortium agreements, which are published as part of the NIH
Grants Policy Statement, Part III, available on the NIH homepage
Questions may be directed to the fiscal contact identified below
Project EXPORT has a grass-roots strategy with a focus on matching the
needs of the community with the strengths of local institutions.
Therefore, establishing EXPORT Centers within geographic areas with
specific demographic characteristics is an important emphasis.
Accordingly, an applicant institution and/or its collaborating partner
must also have at least ONE of the following demographic characteristics:
o Be located within a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) where the
density of racial and ethnic minorities within the general
population is equal to or exceeds: 19 percent for Hispanic
Americans or African Americans respectively, 10 percent for Asian
Americans and Pacific Islanders, or 2 percent for Native
Americans and Alaskan Natives. In addition, the overall poverty
rate within the geographic region to be served by the center must
equal or exceed the national average of 11.3 percent. (Overview
of Race and Hispanic Origin, Census 2000 Brief, Elizabeth Grieco
and Rachel Cassidy.
o Be located within or near a Health Professional Shortage Area
(HSPA) or within an officially designated area of underservice.
For the purposes of this announcement a United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA) designated HSPA is a geographical area
having fewer than the generally accepted minimum number of
clinicians (physicians, dentists and mental health workers) per
thousand. A listing of the USDA fully medically served and
underserved HSAs can be found at: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/.
An underserved area is a geographical region with a calculated
score of 62 or less on the IMU (Index of Medical Underservice
Scale). The IMU index is a weighted score derived from four
criteria: ration of primary medical care physicians per 1,000
population, infant mortality rate, percentage of population below
the federal poverty level, and percentage of the population 65
years and older: http://www.hrsa.gov/grants/.
o Be located within a Department of Health and Human Service Region
where the density of Native Americans and Alaskan Natives in the
general population equals to or exceed 200,000. There are ten
DHHS regions: http://www.hhs.gov/about/regions. American
Indians and Alaska Natives generally reside in the greatest
numbers in DHHS regions IV, VI, VIII, IX and X with the overall
highest density in regions VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, and Texas) and IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada,
Pacific Basin, and Guam). See:
Any institution that meets the above criteria may form a consortium
with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Tribal health programs or
with non-designated institutions. Non-designated institutions are
institutions of higher learning that do not meet the criteria outlined
above but which have substantial federal research support and/or
research infrastructure as reflected in the report on research
institutions: http://thecenter.ufl.edu/research_data.html. For a
listing of HBCUs and HSIs see the following website address:
http://www.sciencewise.com/. A listing of TCUs may be found at:
Note that while partnerships among designated institutions are strongly
encouraged, involvement in a partnership is not an absolute requirement
for participation in Project EXPORT. Also note that pursuant to Public
Law 106-525 designated institutions are intuitions of higher learning
that have a history of enrolling and graduating racial and ethnic
minority and other socioeconomically disadvantaged students from their
degree programs. The recruitment of racial and ethnic minority faculty
and staff is also priority at such institutions.
ALLOWABLE COSTS IN EXPLORATORY EXPORT CENTER APPLICATIONS
o Planning, evaluation, and community analysis activities
o Costs for travel for key personnel, start-up packages for newly
recruited investigators in areas for development and
stabilization as well as costs to merge existing programs to
identify new areas of opportunity.
o Emerging partnerships, which includes support for workshops,
seminars, retreats and other forums to strengthen, stabilize and
consolidate interactions and cooperation between partnering
institutions for the purpose of identifying new areas of
opportunity and high priorities as the partnership evolves.
o Feasibility studies, development of research questions, pilot
The minimum acceptable combined number of cores and components is four,
and the maximum acceptable number of cores and projects is eight. Each
proposal must include an Administrative core, a Research component
(full and pilot projects), a Training component, and a Community
o Administrative Core -- Mandatory. This component may include the
costs of recruitment packages for key leadership positions in year one
and education activities for faculty and staff; salaries of personnel
responsible for management of the Center, supplies, travel, special
consultation, program enrichment activities for investigators and staff
such as special lectures, visiting scientists, symposia, seminars,
workshops, etc., and costs related to dissemination of research
information to the scientific community and lay public. Funds also may
be requested for the allowable indirect costs of the applicant
organization(s). In addition, costs of advisory committee and
consultants may be included in the administrative core. Consultants
for specific components should be included in the budgets for those
o Research Component(s) -- Mandatory. A combination of full and pilot
projects can be requested. Partial salary for essential personnel, and
other costs essential for the improvement of research infrastructure.
Seed money and start-up funds to support new, innovative pilot projects
can be requested. Like a small grant, these funds should support
activities that would serve as the basis for the development of a
larger research grant applications. The budget should be submitted for
the pilot project component as a whole for each year in which pilots
are proposed. For years 01 and 02, this budget will reflect costs of
pilots proposed in the application. For years 03-05, the budget will
estimate cost based on the number and kind of work to be pursued. Note
that the funds for pilot projects are not intended to supplement
ongoing research projects.
o Training Component -- Mandatory. Support for students, including an
allotment for research supplies, salary support for the core
o Community Outreach and Information Dissemination component-
Mandatory. Salary support, support for prevention/intervention
activities, as well as educational outreach, etc.
o Shared Resource Core. Funds for the development of a shared
resource core should be requested in its individual budget. In the
first year of the grant, substantial funds may be allocated in the
budget of the administrative core for recruitment packages for core
o Mentoring Component. Support for students, including an allotment
for research supplies, salary support for the core director.
o Minority Health and Health Disparity Education Component. Costs
related to the development and implementation of educational
activities, partial salary support, etc.
OTHER SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
Each exploratory EXPORT Center application must include and/or address
o Letters of commitment from the leadership of each partnering
institution. The letters should indicate full support for this activity
and specify what efforts will be made to ensure the success of these
planning activities. Such efforts might include protected faculty time,
provision to recruit new faculty, space and facilities for the proposed
new projects/programs, capital improvements, etc.
o Administrative Structure-- A Center must be an identifiable
organizational unit with an administrative structure and clear lines of
authority that will facilitate coordination among Center personnel to
assure maximum accountability and efficiency in Center operations. An
applicant must designate an institutional official(s) to serve as
principal investigator for the Center and/or as Director of the Center.
The institutional appointment of the Center Director must provide
sufficient authority to allocate space, personnel, and other resources
essential to the Center. This individual must demonstrate the ability
to organize, administer and direct the Center. The Director of the
Center will have responsibility for planning and coordination of the
Center program, preparation of the budget and oversight of
expenditures, staff appointments, space allocation, and other aspects
of management and operation of the Center.
o Key professional staff such as directors of individual research
components and shared resource core components of the Center should
have the necessary training/experience to assure that the objectives
and goals of the proposed activities will be achieved. Such persons
must be independent investigators with productive research programs.
If a director is not in place at the institution at the time of
scientific review or award, a plan to recruit such an individual must
be included in the application. If an institution has not appointed a
permanent Center Director at the time of award, the making of an award
pursuant to this RFA will take place at the discretion of the NCMHD
director, in consultation with the NCMHD Advisory Council.
o Budget for an annual meeting in Bethesda, Maryland with NCMHD staff.
o A Program Advisory Committee must be comprised of at least three to
five scientists with national scientific reputations in their field;
their expertise must be directly relevant to the scientific theme of
the Project EXPORT activity. The advisory committee
responsibilities include concept development, program planning,
encouraging faculty development and mentoring, identifying
resources, and evaluating progress toward stated goals. The
committee will also review and approve candidates for
replacement/substitute projects and investigators as required,
before such requests are forwarded to NCMHD. The committee must
meet at least twice per year and minutes are to be recorded and made
available for review by NCMHD program staff responsible for Project
If a committee other than the Program Advisory Committee is
included, such as a proposed Program Executive Committee, specific
plans regarding committee selection and function should be provided in
the application. An Executive Committee usually consists of the heads
of all cores, representatives from the partnering institution (if
applicable), and appropriate business officials. The function of such
a committee would be to assist the Director and Co-director with
decisions pertaining to the allocation of funds, the identification and
selection of key personnel, and the planning and execution of the
o Planning/Evaluation. There must be a common planning and
evaluation process described in the application. This process
will be responsible for planning and implementing internal
processes (e.g., workshops that identify areas of new
opportunity, as well as for strengthening, establishing and
merging existing projects/programs). Internal processes must
also have an evaluation and prioritization process in place for
reviewing internal proposals for Pilot and full
projects/programs, recruitment of research associates, new
investigators and establishment of resources and infrastructure
on the basis of their merit and potential to contribute
effectively to achieving high priority goals and objectives.
o Centers will be required to submit detailed annual progress
reports including substantive information about research results to
date, status of ongoing research, research plans for the next year, and
any modifications in long-term research plans. Also required are
reports of inventions, reports of expenditures, final reports, and
other reports in accordance with NIH policy.
o Facilities and Environment. Applicants should describe the
facilities and environment. A description of the plans for
accomplishing any needed enhancements should also be provided.
Although not required, it is desirable for all Centers to have a
commitment for sufficient contiguous space so that the Center has a
high degree of cohesion and visibility. Reference facilities that
provide access to relevant literature must be readily available. It is
expected that such reference facilities will be the primary repository
of additional reference materials that may be obtained through Center
funding. Relevant support services, including adequate data processing
facilities, must also be readily accessible within or through the
institution. Assurances of such support must be included with the
o Program management, coordination, communication, progress
assessment, and quality control are typically responsibilities of the
Director and are facilitated through the administrative core. The
administrative core should be described in sufficient detail to assure
that all proposed components and related activities will function
optimally. In addition, day-to-day operations involving procurement,
finances, personnel, planning, and budgeting should be detailed in the
description of the administrative core.
o The applicant may also designate a Scientific Director who will
be responsible to the Center Director and provide direct supervision of
the scientific and operational aspects of the research program. Such a
person should be an individual who has established scientific
credentials and who is capable of providing the leadership essential to
the success of the center program. The Scientific Director will be
responsible for assuring interaction and collaboration among scientists
conducting research within the Center to facilitate a concerted
approach to the research goals of the Center. The Scientific Director
also will be responsible for the direct monitoring of ongoing research
and for identifying with the assistance of colleagues research
activities and educational activities to be expanded or decreased and
needs for additional resources or reallocation of resources. If the
Center Director also serves as the Scientific Director, his or her
functions as Scientific Director should also be described.
o Each EXPORT Center shall develop a 5-year strategic plan to be
included in the application as an attachment. The research focus of
the proposed Center's plan must reflect the health disparity priorities
of the Department of Health and Human Services: infant mortality,
diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and mental
health, as well as the programs and priorities of the NCMHD, and/or the
overall priorities of the Trans-NIH Plan for Addressing and Ultimately
Eliminating Health Disparities. The plan should also address research-
training goals, the institutions' plans to build on their/its strengths
and capabilities to conduct minority health and health disparities
research, and where applicable, address the needs of the partnering
minority-serving institution(s) in furthering its goals.
The Strategic Plan must highlight the role of the Program Advisory
Committee in providing a written formal evaluation of the Center's
progress based on a performance plan to be developed during the first
year of the grant award. It is expected that the Program Advisory
Committee would include recommendations for the EXPORT Center in its
o Annual Progress Report/Summary Report. The Program Director of
the Center will prepare a progress report annually in addition to a
Summary Report near the conclusion of the first five years of EXPORT
Center activity. The Summary Report should contain, but not be limited
to, the EXPORT Center description, findings regarding the effectiveness
of the partnership experience, research findings and observations on
the administration of the program.
OTHER FUNDING SOURCES
o Research, dissemination of research information and training
activities associated with the Center may receive additional funding
from Federal sources as well as from State and local sources. The
NCMHD expects and encourages the institution and scientists attracted
to such Centers to seek and compete actively for such funding.
Research staff in funded Centers may submit applications for
independent research project grants for support of research projects
that do not overlap with their Center projects.
o With respect to activities for which an award [Project
EXPORT]…is authorized to be expended, the Director of the
Center may not make such an award to a designated research
institution or consortium for any fiscal year unless the
institution or institutions in the consortium, as the case may
be, agree to maintain expenditures of non-Federal amounts for
such activities at a level that is not less than the level of
such expenditures maintained by the institutions involved for
the fiscal year preceding the fiscal year for which such institutions
received such an award [P.L. 106-525 (Section 485F] (e)(1)].
WHERE TO SEND INQUIRIES
We encourage inquiries concerning this RFA and welcome the opportunity
to answer questions from potential applicants. Inquiries may fall into
two areas: scientific/research and financial or grants management
Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues to:
Tommy L. Broadwater, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Division of Research
and Training Activities, National Center on Minority Health and Health
Disparities, National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800 MSC 5465
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
Direct your questions about financial or grants management matters to:
Mr. Bryan Clark
Grants Management Officer, National Center on Minority Health and
Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800, MSC 5465
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
Telephone: (301) 402-1366
Fax: (301) 480-4049
LETTER OF INTENT
Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that
includes the following information:
o Descriptive title of the proposed research
o Name, address, and telephone number of the Principal Investigator
o Names of other key personnel
o Participating institutions
o Number and title of this RFA
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.
The letter of intent is to be sent by the date listed at the beginning
of this document. The letter of intent should be sent to:
Tommy L. Broadwater, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Division of Research
and Training Activities, National Center on Minority Health and Health
Disparities, National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800 MSC 5465
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grants
application instructions and forms (rev. 5/2001). The PHS 398 is
available at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an
interactive format. For further assistance contact GrantsInfo,
Telephone (301 710-0267, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.
USING THE RFA LABEL: The RFA label available in the PHS 398 (rev.
5/2001) 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 RFA
label is also available at:
SENDING AN APPLICATION TO THE NIH: 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 and
five copies of any appendix material must be sent to:
Tommy L. Broadwater, Ph.D.
Acting Director, Division of Research
and Training Activities, National Center on Minority Health and Health
Disparities, National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 800 MSC 5465
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
APPLICATION PROCESSING: 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 section
that addresses the previous critique.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS
Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed for completeness by the CSR
and responsiveness by the NCMHD. Incomplete and/or non-responsive
applications will be returned to the applicant without further
consideration. Applications that are complete and responsive to the
RFA will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an
appropriate peer review group convened by the NCMHD in accordance with
the review criteria stated below. As part of the initial merit review,
all applications will:
o Receive a written critique
o Receive a second level review by the NCMHD Advisory Council.
The goals of NIH-supported research are to advance our understanding of
biological systems, improve the control of disease, and enhance health.
In the written comments, reviewers will be asked to discuss the
following aspects of your application in order to judge the likelihood
that the proposed research will have a substantial impact on the
pursuit of these goals:
The scientific review group will address and consider each of these
criteria in assigning your application's overall score, weighting them
as appropriate for each application. Your application does not need to
be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major
scientific impact and thus deserve a high priority score. For example,
you may propose to carry out important work that by its nature is not
innovative but is essential to move a field forward.
(1) SIGNIFICANCE: Does your study address an important problem? If the
aims of your application are achieved, how do they advance scientific
knowledge? What will be the effect of these studies on the concepts or
methods that drive this field?
(2) APPROACH: Are the conceptual framework, design, methods, and
analyses adequately developed, well integrated, and appropriate to the
aims of the project? Do you acknowledge potential problem areas and
consider alternative tactics?
(3) INNOVATION: Does your project employ novel concepts, approaches or
methods? Are the aims original and innovative? Does your project
challenge existing paradigms or develop new methodologies or
(4) INVESTIGATOR: Are you appropriately trained and well-suited to
carry out this work? Is the work proposed appropriate to your
experience level as the principal investigator and to that of other
researchers (if any)?
(5) ENVIRONMENT: Does the scientific environment in which your work
will be done contribute to the probability of success? Do the proposed
experiments take advantage of unique features of the scientific
environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements? Is there
evidence of institutional support?
ADDITIONAL REVIEW CRITERIA: In addition to the above criteria, your
application will also be reviewed with respect to the following:
o PROTECTIONS: The adequacy of the proposed protection for humans,
animals, or the environment, to the extent they may be adversely
affected by the project proposed in the application.
o INCLUSION: The adequacy of plans to include subjects from both
genders, all racial and ethnic groups (and subgroups), and children as
appropriate for the scientific goals of the research. Plans for the
recruitment and retention of subjects will also be evaluated. (See
Inclusion Criteria included in the section on Federal Citations, below)
o DATA SHARING: The adequacy of the proposed plan to share data.
o BUDGET: The reasonableness of the proposed budget and the requested
period of support in relation to the proposed research.
o OTHER REVIEW CRITERIA: In addition to the above criteria, your
application will also be reviewed with respect to the following:
Evidence that the researchers and faculty of the partnering
institutions worked closely together in the preparation of the
Letters of support from senior faculty and/or institutional leaders
were supportive of the planning activities.
As applicable, the adequacy of provisions made for day-to-day
oversight, coordination, support and logistical services needed to make
the collaboration successful.
Planning -- The adequacy of the different planning methods proposed by
the institutions to fully explore areas of opportunity and to ensure
highly interactive and integrated efforts between individual scientists
(e.g., research project) and/or between faculty and scientists (e.g.,
training program, education program).
The appropriateness and adequacy of the specific faculty and scientists
identified to contribute effectively to each aspect of this planning
o Adequacy of the administrative core to manage the overall planning
o Appropriate justification for the core, including the duplication of
existing resources or services and anticipated future use of the core.
o Qualifications of the Director of the Administrative core (if
applicable), including the ability of the center director to provide
the scientific an administrative leadership for the planning
activities, strategies to promote scientific planning, interaction,
implementation, and evaluation; and arrangement for the fiscal
management of the grant.
o Proposed composition and function of the Executive Committee to
support the proposed activities.
o The proposed composition and function of the external Advisory
committee to support a proposed EXPORT Center.
Research Questions/Feasibility Studies/Pilot Projects
o The scientific merit of the concepts for the proposed research and
the importance of the information sought to the mission of the NCMHD.
o The process for selecting the pilot/feasibility studies to be
included in the planning activities.
o How well the proposed research areas address minority health and
o The innovativeness and promise of the proposed methods to be used in
the conduct of research.
o The novelty or originality of the proposed research concepts.
o The appropriateness and justification of the requested budget for the
proposed planning activities.
o The qualifications of the investigator that will lead the initiative
to develop the research questions and/or plan feasibility studies. If
required, areas in which investigators will be recruited.
o Adequacy of plans to identify and address ethical concerns related to
conducting health disparities research.
Shared Resource Core
o Need/justification for the core service/resource.
o Scientific and ethnical merit of the service/resource provided.
o Plans for resource allocation.
o Quality control procedures.
o Qualifications, experience, and commitment of the component director.
o Adequacy of component director's time and effort.
o Adequacy of the resources and environment.
o Evidence of a strong commitment to and plans to help foster and
facilitate the research career development of racial and ethnic
minority students and other health disparity students and faculty.
o The plans to facilitate and monitor the research career trajectory
and productivity of participants at both members of the partner
institution and where applicable at all members of a consortia.
o Qualifications of the investigator that will lead the planning
activities for research mentoring component.
Community Outreach/Information Dissemination
o Adequacy of plans for establishing, sustaining, and evaluating
research-based prevention and intervention studies with targeted
communities, if applicable.
o Adequacy of plans for K-12 science education outreach, if applicable.
o A plan for disseminating health disparities research findings to
participants, community groups, and lay and professional audiences, if
o The qualifications of the leadership of the planning activities for
research outreach and dissemination.
Overall Research Resource Related Developmental Activity
o Evidence of collaborative and/or interdisciplinary research, and
interdisciplinary approach of the Project EXPORT activity.
o Adequacy of the available resources and the quality of the research
or training environment.
o The institutional commitment to the Project EXPORT planning activity
in terms of space, resources, administrative authority, and other
necessary support, e.g., donated faculty time, and the extent to which
a proposed EXPORT Center would be recognized as a major element within
the organizational structure of the institution.
o The plans for developmental activities, including recruitment and
expansion, insofar as the proposed research and/or training program
o The plans for the provision of protection of human subjects and the
humane care of animals.
o Appropriateness of the requested budget for the work proposed.
o The adequacy of plans to include both genders, and if applicable,
other health disparity groups, and children as appropriate for the
scientific goals of the proposed research. Plans for the recruitment
and retention of subjects will also be evaluated.
RECEIPT AND REVIEW SCHEDULE
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: March 28, 2003
Application Receipt Date: April 22, 2003
Peer Review Date: July-August 2003
Council Review: September 2003
Earliest Anticipated Start Date: September 30, 2003
Award criteria that will be used to make award decisions include:
o Scientific merit (as determined by peer review)
o Availability of funds
o Programmatic priorities.
REQUIRED FEDERAL CITATIONS
INCLUSION OF WOMEN AND MINORITIES IN CLINICAL RESEARCH: It is the
policy of the NIH that women and members of minority groups and their
sub-populations must be included in all NIH-supported clinical research
projects unless a clear and compelling justification is provided
indicating that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health
of the subjects or the purpose of the research. This policy results
from the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 492B of Public Law
All investigators proposing clinical research should read the AMENDMENT
"NIH Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as Subjects in
Clinical Research - Amended, October, 2001," published in the NIH Guide
for Grants and Contracts on October 9, 2001
a complete copy of the updated Guidelines are available at
2001.htm. The amended policy incorporates: the use of an NIH
definition of clinical research; updated racial and ethnic categories
in compliance with the new OMB standards; clarification of language
governing NIH-defined Phase III clinical trials consistent with the new
PHS Form 398; and updated roles and responsibilities of NIH staff and
the extramural community. The policy continues to require for all NIH-
defined Phase III clinical trials that: a) all applications or
proposals and/or protocols must provide a description of plans to
conduct analyses, as appropriate, to address differences by sex/gender
and/or racial/ethnic groups, including subgroups if applicable; and b)
investigators must report annual accrual and progress in conducting
analyses, as appropriate, by sex/gender and/or racial/ethnic group
INCLUSION OF CHILDREN AS PARTICIPANTS IN RESEARCH INVOLVING HUMAN
SUBJECTS: The NIH maintains a policy that children (i.e., individuals
under the age of 21) must be included in all human subjects research,
conducted or supported by the NIH, unless there are scientific and
ethical reasons not to include them. This policy applies to all
initial (Type 1) applications submitted for receipt dates after October
All investigators proposing research involving human subjects should
read the "NIH Policy and Guidelines" on the inclusion of children as
participants in research involving human subjects that is available at
REQUIRED EDUCATION ON THE PROTECTION OF HUMAN SUBJECT PARTICIPANTS: NIH
policy requires education on the protection of human subject
participants for all investigators submitting NIH proposals for
research involving human subjects. You will find this policy
announcement in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts Announcement,
dated June 5, 2000, at
PUBLIC ACCESS TO RESEARCH DATA THROUGH THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT:
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A-110 has been
revised to provide public access to research data through the Freedom
of Information Act (FOIA) under some circumstances. Data that are (1)
first produced in a project that is supported in whole or in part with
Federal funds and (2) cited publicly and officially by a Federal agency
in support of an action that has the force and effect of law (i.e., a
regulation) may be accessed through FOIA. It is important for
applicants to understand the basic scope of this amendment. NIH has
provided guidance at
Applicants may wish to place data collected under this RFA in a public
archive, which can provide protections for the data and manage the
distribution for an indefinite period of time. If so, the application
should include a description of the archiving plan in the study design
and include information about this in the budget justification section
of the application. In addition, applicants should think about how to
structure informed consent statements and other human subjects
procedures given the potential for wider use of data collected under
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. Furthermore, we caution reviewers that their
anonymity may be compromised when they directly access an Internet site.
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 RFA is related to one or more of the priority areas.
Potential applicants may obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2010" at
AUTHORITY AND REGULATIONS: The authority for the centers of excellence
program was provided in the statute that established the National
Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Pursuant to Section
485F of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and
Education Act of 2000, The Director of the Center shall make awards of
grants or contracts to designated biomedical and behavioral research
institutions for the purpose of assisting the institutions in
supporting programs of excellence in biomedical and behavioral research
training for individuals who are members of minority health disparity
populations or other health disparity populations. It is not subject
to the intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372
or Health Systems Agency review. Awards are made under authorization
of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42
USC 241 and 284) and administered under NIH grants
policies described at https://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/policy.htm
and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR 52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.
The PHS strongly encourages all grant recipients to provide a smoke-
free workplace and discourage the 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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