Department of Health and Human Services
Part 1. Overview Information

 

Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP)
National Eye Institute (NEI)
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Funding Opportunity Title

Limited Competition: Research Resource for Human Organs and Tissues (U42)

Activity Code

U42 Animal (Mammalian and Nonmammalian) Model, and Animal and Biological Materials Resource Cooperative Agreements

Announcement Type

Reissue of RFA-OD-13-002

Related Notices
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-OD-17-001

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

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

93.351, 93.847, 93.867; 93.855; 93.856

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The purpose of this FOA is for the support of a Research Resource for Human Organs and Tissues for the continued availability of human tissues and organs to biomedical researchers in the United States.  The research resource is expected to facilitate procurement, preservation, and distribution of human tissues and organs to qualified biomedical researchers.

Key Dates

 

Posted Date

November 25, 2016

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

December 26, 2016

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Application Due Date(s)

January 26, 2017 and January 26, 2018, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates.

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

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

June 2017 and June 2018

Advisory Council Review

October 2017 and October 2018

Earliest Start Date

December 2017 and December 2018

Expiration Date

January 27, 2018

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

** ELECTRONIC APPLICATION SUBMISSION REQUIRED**

NIH’s new Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST) is available for the electronic preparation and submission of multi-project applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications to this FOA must be submitted electronically using ASSIST or an institutional system-to-system solution; paper applications will not be accepted. ASSIST replaces the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities and provides many features to enable electronic multi-project application submission and improve data quality, including: pre-population of organization and PD/PI data, pre-submission validation of many agency business rules and the generation of data summaries in the application image used for review.

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the Multi-Project (M) 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) and where instructions in the Application Guide are directly related to the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities. 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.

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

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for the continued support and advancement of a human organ and tissue resource. The overarching purpose of the research funding by ORIP is to reduce the burden on society of the morbidity and mortality of diverse conditions and diseases and to understand normal human tissue and organ function.  The resource described by this FOA focuses on access and providing a resource for biomedical research.

The overall goal of the research resource for human organs and tissues is to provide a wide variety of human tissues and organs, both diseased and normal, to researchers for laboratory studies.  Such samples include tissues from the nervous system, pulmonary system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, eyes, skin, bone, and cartilage. The successful applicant/organization must have a demonstrated track record of running an established human tissue and organ research resource that includes recognized expertise, and knowledge of managing such a resource, including a customer service component.  

The resource is currently funded as a cooperative agreement (U42) to provide normal and diseased human tissues and organs for biomedical research. The research resource for human organs and tissues supports the procurement, preservation, and distribution of human tissue and organs for basic and clinical research at research centers, academic institutions, the NIH, and other federal agencies.

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

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement: A support mechanism used when there will be substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. Substantial involvement means that, after award, NIH scientific or program staff will assist, guide, coordinate, or participate in project activities. See Section VI.2 for additional information about the substantial involvement for this FOA.

Application Types Allowed

Renewal
Resubmission of Renewal applications submitted to this FOA

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

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

NIH intends to commit approximately $900,000 in Direct Costs in FY2018 to fund one award.

Award Budget

The Direct Costs requested cannot exceed a 5% increase over the last year of the funded grant period. Requested Direct Costs must reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Award Project Period

The scope of the proposed resource should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years.

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

Only grantees previously funded under RFA-OD-13-002 are eligible to apply.

Foreign Institutions

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

Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant Organizations

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

  • 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 as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from 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 SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

2. Cost Sharing

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

3. Additional Information on Eligibility
Number of Applications

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

The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time.  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).
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
1. Requesting an Application Package

A button to access the online ASSIST system is available in Part 1 of this FOA. See your administrative office for instructions if you plan to use an institutional system-to-system solution.

Most applicants will use NIH’s ASSIST system to prepare and submit applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications prepared and submitted using applicant systems capable of submitting electronic multi-project applications to Grants.gov will also be accepted.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

It is critical that applicants follow the Multi-Project (M) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, including Supplemental Grant Application Instructions except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise and where instructions in the Application Guide are directly related to the Grants.gov downloadable forms currently used with most NIH opportunities. 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.

Page Limitations

Component Types Available in ASSIST

Research Strategy/Program Plan Page Limits

Overall

6

Core (Use for Management Section and Resource Section)

12

Additional page limits described in the SF424 Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed.

Instructions for the Submission of Multi-Component Applications

The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, and should be used for preparing a multi-component application.

The application should consist of the following components:

  • Overall: required
  • Management Section: required
  • Resource Section: required
Overall Component

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Overall’.

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Overall)

Complete entire form.

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement  (Overall)

Note: Human Embryonic Stem Cell lines from other components should be repeated in cell line table in Overall component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Overall)

Follow standard instructions.

Other Attachments: The following attachment should be included in order to aid in the review of the application. The filename provided for the attachment will be the name used for the bookmark in the application image. All attachments need to be in .pdf format.

Procedures Related to Materials Obtained from Human Subjects: Information from the applicant should be included and titled "Procedures Related to Materials Obtained from Human Subjects" that provides documentation of the following:

  • That the Resource’s offices which handle or process the tissue and organ specimens for biomedical research are in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • That the Resource will not accept specimens for the resource’s use from any human subject unless that subject or closest relative has given signed, explicit informed consent.
Project/Performance Site Location(s) (Overall)

Enter primary site only.

A summary of Project/Performance Sites in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons compiled from data collected in the other components will be generated upon submission.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Overall)

Include only the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) and any multi-PDs/PIs (if applicable to this FOA) for the entire application.

A summary of Senior/Key Persons followed by their Biographical Sketches in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons will be generated upon submission.

Budget (Overall)

The only budget information included in the Overall component is the Estimated Project Funding section of the SF424 (R&R) Cover.  

A budget summary in the Overall section of the assembled application image in eRA Commons compiled from detailed budget data collected in the other components will be generated upon submission.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Overall)

Introduction to Application: For Resubmission applications, an Introduction to Application is required in the Overall component.

Specific Aims: State concisely the goals of the proposed human tissue and organ research resource and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed resource will exert on the research field(s) involved.

Research Strategy: Applicants must provide an overall description of the proposed resource and management/organizational structure, its specimens, and the topics of research.  The overall description must  include a brief description of the purpose and history of the human organ and tissue resource and the research communities that it serves as well as a description of the records of running a human organ and tissue resource, including a description of the interactions that occurred among tissue and organ banks, hospitals, research facilities, and organ and tissue repositories, and with the researchers served. Applicants must also address any recommendations of an advisory board/committee - including external advisors.

Letters of Support: Statements of Institutional Commitment, Letters of Support from the past and potential future users of the resources and services, Letters of Collaborations, and other similar documents, if appropriate, should be included in this attachment (rather than in the Management Section and Resource Section). 

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

All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.

The Resource Sharing Plan for the entire application should be consolidated in this section.

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 (Overall)

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

Management Section

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Core.’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Management Section)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates
PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Management Section)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Management Section)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Management Section)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Management Section)
  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.
Budget (Management Section)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

The PD(s)/PI(s) are expected to devote at least 1.2 person months a piece to the project.

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Management Section)

Introduction to Application: For Resubmission applications, an Introduction to Application is allowed for each component.

Specific Aims: State concisely the goals and administrative structure of the proposed Management Section

Research Strategy: This section should describe the proposed administrative structure of the project, e.g., PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, the Advisory Board/Committee, other functional committees or special interest groups, other research support resources, and how these units function to support and maintain the research resource plan of the human organ and tissue resource, and to maintain communication across tissue and organ banks, hospitals, research facilities, and organ and tissue repositories, participating Federal agencies (i.e., ORIP/NIH and other NIH Institutes and Centers), and the biomedical research community.  Appropriate structures that would oversee procurement, protocols for collection and storage, distribution procedures, and quality control of specimens should be described.  The applicant should describe an appropriate structure for an advisory board/committee.  The following key areas should also be included in the management section:

i.  Enhancing the capacity and evaluating processes of the human organ and tissue resource to engage biomedical researchers and address the tissue and organ requests.

ii.  Evaluating and continually improving service, delivery and communication with the biomedical research community.

iii.  Addressing the shared commitment and linkages with tissue and organ banks, hospitals, research facilities, and tissue and organ procurement organizations affiliated with the applicant’s human tissue and organ research resource in the formulation and continued development of the research resource for human organs and tissues.

iv.  Enhancing the capacity to utilize technologies and improving the quality of the resource’s approaches and protocols to access, procure, preserve, store, and distribute specimens.

v.   Evaluating and continually maintaining biohazard safety.

vi.  Evaluating and maintaining adherence to Health and Human Services and NIH guidelines and regulations on informed consent and research resources, and the implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations Privacy Rule.

vii.  Communicating with the government and public on current research and research advancements from the research community it serves.

viii.  Addressing evaluation of mechanisms, a continuous process to improve programs, and    

implementation of improvement plans of the resource's procedures and programs

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification: Resource Sharing Plans should be consolidated in the Overall Component.

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 Inclusion Enrollment Report (Management Section)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  

Resource Section

When preparing your application in ASSIST, use Component Type ‘Core.’

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions, as noted.

SF424 (R&R) Cover (Resource Section)

Complete only the following fields:

  • Applicant Information
  • Type of Applicant (optional)
  • Descriptive Title of Applicant’s Project
  • Proposed Project Start/Ending Dates
 

PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement (Resource Section)

Enter Human Embryonic Stem Cells in each relevant component.

Research & Related Other Project Information (Resource Section)

Human Subjects: Answer only the ‘Are Human Subjects Involved?’ and 'Is the Project Exempt from Federal regulations?’ questions.

Vertebrate Animals: Answer only the ‘Are Vertebrate Animals Used?’ question.

Project Narrative:  Do not complete. Note: ASSIST screens will show an asterisk for this attachment indicating it is required. However, eRA systems only enforce this requirement in the Overall component and applications will not receive an error if omitted in other components.

Project /Performance Site Location(s) (Resource Section)

List all performance sites that apply to the specific component.

Note: The Project Performance Site form allows up to 300 sites, prior to using additional attachment for additional entries.

Research & Related Senior/Key Person Profile (Resource Section)

  • In the Project Director/Principal Investigator section of the form, use Project Role of ‘Other’ with Category of ‘Core Lead’ and provide a valid eRA Commons ID in the Credential field.
  • In the additional Senior/Key Profiles section, list Senior/Key persons that are working in the component.
  • Include a single Biographical Sketch for each Senior/Key person listed in the application regardless of the number of components in which they participate. When a Senior/Key person is listed in multiple components, the Biographical Sketch can be included in any one component.
  • If more than 100 Senior/Key persons are included in a component, the Additional Senior Key Person attachments should be used.   

Budget (Resource Section)

Budget forms appropriate for the specific component will be included in the application package.

Note: The R&R Budget form included in many of the component types allows for up to 100 Senior/Key Persons in section A and 100 Equipment Items in section C prior to using attachments for additional entries. All other SF424 (R&R) instructions apply.

PHS 398 Research Plan (Resource Section)

Introduction to Application: For Resubmission applications, an Introduction to Application is allowed for each component.

Specific Aims: State concisely the goals of the proposed Resource Section and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact that the results of the proposed Resource Section will exert on the ability of biomedical researchers at research centers, academic institutions, the NIH and other federal agencies to advance scientific knowledge in broad areas.

Research Strategy: A detailed progress report summarizing the previous 5-year funding cycle must be included in this section as background to document the development and progress of the resource.

A.  Research Resource Design and Plan

i.  Structure and Approach

The applicant must propose detailed plans describing the design and development of the resource for human organs and tissues, to include current capacities of the research resource, procedures for the procurement, shipping, preparation, preservation, confidentiality and informed consent, biohazards and pathogen screening, tissue and organ request application and fulfillment, and distribution of all types of specimens that will be handled by the resource center.  The applicant must describe quality control, data collection and analysis, and diagnostic verification.  The design and development of the database should be such that it provides a user-friendly accounting of the resource’s holdings, including all human tissue and organ specimens for human subject research, and ensure data integrity, accuracy and security.  The applicant must maintain a core of remote site collection centers.

ii.  Customer Service

The applicant must describe the current status and future plans for customer service and public relations. The applicant must describe plans for a user-friendly customer service interface.  This plan needs to provide access for biomedical researchers who search for tissue and organ specimens, who have technical questions regarding the search or specification of tissue or organ specimens, or who need assistance with decisions on ordering or obtaining tissue and organ specimens.  Moreover, the applicant must outline current status and plans on communication and enhancement of public relations of the research resource with government, and private research facilities.

iii.  Milestones

The application must present specific milestones that will need to be met in order to accomplish the work set out above in a five-year time frame.

iv.  Management of Integration Plans

The applicant must describe the management plan for the proposed project, and how it will facilitate the proposed goals and milestones.  The application should describe the organization of the proposed research resource and its management structure, including integration of the separate components to form an efficient pipeline from request of specimens to the specimens’ distribution to biomedical researchers.  The management plan should also describe the key personnel, the expert advisory committee, and reporting relationships.  Recruitment and training of personnel should be discussed.  The plan should also describe how the various components of the proposed research resource effort will be integrated, and how collaborations or subcontracts, if proposed, will be managed.  Coordination of the proposed awardee’s activities with those of the other components of the human tissue and organ research resources, as well as with other national and international programs aimed at producing human tissue and organ specimens, must be described.

v.  Cost Recovery Program

The applicant must outline an overall cost-recovery program that provides a stepwise plan for a charge-back fee for procurement, distribution and restocking.  All proposed costs and projected cost reductions asked for above must be given in terms of the direct, indirect, and total costs, i.e. the fully loaded costs (including overhead).  The calculated costs must take into account all of the expenses associated with each component activity including those attributable to informatics infrastructure, quality control, management, and data release.

C.  Evaluation

Procedures should be described for the evaluation of core functioning (e.g., by an advisory board/committee) and for implementing recommendations resulting from such evaluations.  In addition, upon completion of a program evaluation and assessment, NIH will determine whether to (1) continue the resource as currently configured, (b) continue the resource with modifications, or (c) discontinue the resource.

Resource Sharing Plan: Individuals are required to comply with the instructions for the Resource Sharing Plans as provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following modification: Resource Sharing Plans should be consolidated in the Overall Component.

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 Inclusion Enrollment Report (Resource Section)

When conducting clinical research, follow all instructions for completing PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.  

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) using ASSIST or other electronic submission systems. 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.

For information on how your application will be automatically assembled for review and funding consideration after submission go to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/Electronic_Multi-project_Application_Image_Assembly.pdf.

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) and component Project Leads must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH.

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

See more tips for avoiding common errors.

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

Post Submission Materials

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

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.

The U42 application is a multicomponent application, with an "Overall" component that is the aggregate of the Management Section and the Resource Section.  During the review process, reviewers will first consider each of the review criteria listed for each of the Cores and provide an overall impact score for each Core.  Once the Cores are completed, scores will be assigned for the Overall application.

Overall Impact - Overall

Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the resource to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved, in consideration of the following review criteria and additional review criteria (as applicable for the resource proposed).

Scored Review Criteria - Overall

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit, and give a separate score for each. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact. For example, a resource that by its nature is not innovative may be essential to advance a field.

Significance

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

Investigator(s)                                                    

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

Innovation

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

Approach

Are the overall strategy, operational plan, and organizational structure well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the goals of the research resource the Center will serve? Will the investigators promote strategies to ensure a robust and unbiased scientific approach across the resource, as appropriate for the work proposed? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the resource is in the early stages of operation, does the proposed strategy adequately establish feasibility and manage the risks associated with the activities of the resource? Are an appropriate plan for work-flow and a well-established timeline proposed?  Have the investigators presented adequate plans to ensure consideration of relevant biological variables, such as sex, for studies of vertebrate animals or human subjects?

Environment

Will the institutional environment in which the Center will operate contribute to the probability of success in facilitating the research projects it serves? Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the Center proposed? Will the Center benefit from unique features of the institutional environment, infrastructure, or personnel?  Are resources available within the scientific environment to support electronic information handling?

Review Criteria for the Management Section

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit, and provide an overall impact score for the Core. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.

  • Does the PD(s)/PI(s) devote at least 1.2 person months a piece to the project?
  • Are the goals and administrative structure of the proposed Management Section adequately described?
  • Does the proposed administrative structure function to support and maintain the research resource plan of the human organ and tissue resource, and to maintain communication across tissue and organ banks, hospitals, research facilities, and organ and tissue repositories, participating Federal agencies, and the biomedical research community?
  • Does the PD/PI have the effective scientific and administrative leadership, as demonstrated by program development, and by promotion of effective interactions and relationships with researchers, tissue and organ banks, hospitals, research facilities, and tissue and organ repositories?
  • Does the applicant/organization have a demonstrated track record of running an established human tissue and organ research resource that includes recognized expertise, knowledge of managing such a resource, including a customer service aspect?
  • Are appropriate structures that would oversee procurement, protocols for collection and storage, distribution procedures, and quality control of specimens adequately described?
  • Is the structure for an advisory board/committee adequately described and appropriate?
  • Do the capacity and evaluating processes of the human organ and tissue resource engage biomedical researchers and address the tissue and organ requests?
  • Does the applicant address shared commitment and linkages with tissue and organ banks, hospitals, research facilities, and tissue and organ procurement organizations?
  • Does the human organ and tissue resource utilize technologies to improve the quality of the resource's approaches and protocols to access, procure, preserve, store, and distribute specimens?
  • Has the applicant considered Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy Rule and its implication on the resource's operations?
  • Does the application address evaluation of mechanisms, a continuous process to improve programs, and implementation of improvement plans of the resource's procedures and programs?
Review Criteria for the Resource Section

Reviewers will consider each of the review criteria below in the determination of scientific merit, and provide an overall impact score for the Core. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have major scientific impact.

  • Are there detailed plans describing the design and development of the human organ and tissue resource, including current capacities of the research resource as described in the Research Plan?
  • Are the proposed approaches and protocols to access, procure, preserve, and distribute specimens well developed? 
  • Are the design of the quality control, data collection and analysis, and diagnostic verification systems adequate?
  • Are confidentiality and informed consent, biohazards and pathogen screening adequately addressed?
  • Does the proposed database provide a user friendly accounting of the resource's holdings, including all human tissue and organ specimens for human subject research, and ensure data integrity, accuracy and security?
  • Does the applicant maintain a core of remote site collection centers?
  • Does the application describe plans for customer service and public relations with government, public, and private research facilities?
  • Does the application provide specific milestones that will need to be met in order to accomplish the work set out above in a five-year time frame?
  • Does the management plan for the proposed resource support achievement of the proposed goals and milestones?
  • Are recruitment and training of personnel adequate?
  • Does the applicant provide a detailed cost-recovery program?
  • Are procedures described for the evaluation of core functioning and for implementing recommendations from such evaluations?
Additional Review Criteria - Overall, Management Section, and Resource Section

As applicable for the resource 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

For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

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

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

When the proposed resource involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of children to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed.  For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.

Vertebrate Animals

The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following criteria: (1) description of proposed procedures involving animals, including species, strains, ages, sex, and total number to be used; (2) justifications for the use of animals versus alternative models and for the appropriateness of the species proposed; (3) interventions to minimize discomfort, distress, pain and injury; and (4) justification for euthanasia method if NOT consistent with the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. Reviewers will assess the use of chimpanzees as they would any other application proposing the use of vertebrate animals. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

Biohazards

Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

Resubmissions

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

Renewals

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

Revisions

Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations - Overall, Management Section, and Resource Section

As applicable for the resource 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.

Applications from Foreign Organizations

Not Applicable.

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).

Resource Sharing Plans

Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable: 1) Data Sharing Plan; 2) Sharing Model Organisms; and 3) Genomic Data Sharing Plan .


Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources

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

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

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

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

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

Applications will be assigned on the basis of established PHS referral guidelines to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications submitted in response to this FOA. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the NIH Council of Councils. 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

The following special terms of award are in addition to, and not in lieu of, otherwise applicable U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) administrative guidelines, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) grant administration regulations at 45 CFR Part 75, and other HHS, PHS, and NIH grant administration policies.

The administrative and funding instrument used for this program will be the cooperative agreement, an "assistance" mechanism (rather than an "acquisition" mechanism), in which substantial NIH programmatic involvement with the awardee is anticipated during the performance of the activities. Under the cooperative agreement, the NIH purpose is to support and stimulate the recipient's activities by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipient in a partnership role; it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activities. Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility resides with the awardee for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the awardee and the NIH as defined below.

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

  • Organizing and chairing annual site visit activities.
  • Monitoring the accomplishment of successful completion of milestones within the timeframe and budget proposed.
  • Ensuring that results obtained from the resource are analyzed and published in a timely manner.
  • Participating in the activities of the Advisory/Steering Committee as a voting member.
  • Cooperating with the ORIP programmatic, technical, and administrative staff.

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

The role of the ORIP/NIH Project Scientist in the cooperative agreement is to support and encourage the recipient's activities by substantial involvement as a partner and facilitator in the process without assuming responsibilities that remain with the PDs/PIs.  The ORIP Project Scientist will work closely with the PD/PI and other Program member scientists to facilitate collaborations and to leverage the resources available to the Program. The Project Scientist will have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the stewardship role in awards, as described below:

  • Substantial involvement in coordinating the activities of the awardee with the human tissue and organ research resource researchers and other NIH sponsored research networks.
  • Participation in the Advisory/Steering Committee and subcommittee meetings.
  • Serving as a resource with respect to other ongoing NIH activities that may be relevant to this effort and providing expert advice to the awardee on specific scientific and/or analytic issues.
  • Reviewing research resource design and initiatives, data abstraction and survey instruments to ensure that they are within the scope of this effort and within the scope of peer review.

An ORIP Project Collaborator (Program Official plus substantial scientific and/or programmatic involvement) will be responsible for:

  • Scientific and programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the award notice.
  • Management of the program.
  • Monitor the progress with the PD(s)/PI(s) on a regular basis. Monitoring may include: regular communication with the PD/PI and his/her staff, periodic site visits or meetings for discussion with the awardee research team, observation of field data collection and management techniques, fiscal reviews, review scientific reports and articles, and other relevant stewardship matters.
  • Identify other NIH staff who have appropriate experience and expertise to utilize or collaborate with Research Resource for Human Organs and Tissues and review of scientific reports and articles.

The ORIP reserves the right to terminate or curtail the study (or an individual component of the award) in the event of inadequate progress, data reporting, or insufficient use of this resource

Areas of Joint Responsibility include:

  • During the course of the award period, the awardee(s) will be invited to meet with the ORIP, other PDs/PIs, and/or other uninvolved experts in Bethesda, MD, to review scientific progress.
  • The human organ and tissue research resource center and NIH staff members will jointly develop methods to make this resource accessible to other investigators.  This joint development may occur through trans-NIH events and meetings, publications on the Internet and in print, and other mechanisms, as deemed appropriate.

Dispute Resolution:

Any disagreements that may arise in scientific or programmatic matters (within the scope of the award) between award recipients and the NIH may be brought to Dispute Resolution. A Dispute Resolution Panel composed of three members will be convened. It will have three members: a designee of the Steering Committee chosen without NIH staff voting, one NIH designee, and a third designee with expertise in the relevant area who is chosen by the other two; in the case of individual disagreement, the first member may be chosen by the individual awardee. This special dispute resolution procedure does not alter the awardee's right to appeal an adverse action that is otherwise appealable in accordance with PHS regulation 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart D and DHHS regulation 45 CFR Part 16.

3. Reporting

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

A final 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.

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. 

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.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

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

Application Submission Contacts

eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons 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: 301-710-0267

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Stephanie Murphy, V.M.D., Ph.D.
Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, OD
Telephone: 301-451-7818
Email: stephanie.murphy@nih.gov

Kristin Abraham, Ph.D.
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Telephone: 301-451-8048
Email: abrahamk@niddk.nih.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Sandra Bridges Gurgo, Ph.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) 
Telephone: 301-496-8198
Email: sbridges@niaid.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Eugene Carstea, Ph.D.
Center for Scientific Review
Telephone: 301-408-9756
Email: carsteae@csr.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Kristin Wegner
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
Telephone: 301-435-0848
Email: kristin.wegner@nih.gov

Christina Coriz
National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
Telephone: 301-594-8848
Email: corizc@mail.nih.gov

Ann Devine
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) 
Telephone: 240-669-2988
Email: adevine@niaid.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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