Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is developed as a Common Fund initiative (http://commonfund.nih.gov/) through the NIH Office of the NIH Director, Office of Strategic Coordination (https://dpcpsi.nih.gov/). All NIH Institutes and Centers participate in Common Fund initiatives. The FOA will be administered by the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) on behalf of the NIH.
The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for research projects to generate reference datasets and to create navigable maps for the study of the spatial and temporal organization of the nucleus, using genomic and imaging data as well as newly developed visualization and integrative analysis tools.
November 25, 2019
February 17, 2020
March 17, 2020.
No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement
All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on the listed date(s).
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.
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.
The 4D Nucleome (4DN) NIH Common Fund Program was launched in 2015 with the goal of developing the tools and resources that would enable the characterization of the three-dimensional structure and dynamics of human and mouse genomes and provide deeper mechanistic insights into how the nucleus is functionally organized. The impetus for its selection as a Common Fund program was the growing awareness that understanding the architecture of the cell nucleus may have widespread and profound implications for human health and disease, but our ability to study nuclear organization was hindered by technological and conceptual challenges.
Key deliverables from the initial 5 years of support include: 1) next-generation genome analysis, imaging and computational tools to explore nuclear organization and its relationship with the regulation of gene expression programs, including in single cells; 2) pilot reference maps of the 3D architecture of the interphase nucleus for a select set of eukaryotic cells; 3) validated predictive models of genome conformation/function relationships; 4) first-generation tools to explore nuclear dynamics through controlled disruption of nuclear architecture and imaging of reporter loci in live cells and tissue, and 5) first-generation community data and metadata standards for the most commonly used 4DN technologies and protocols (https://www.4dnucleome.org/).
A number of outstanding questions and technological challenges remain. These include: 1) better means of studying chromatin dynamics in live cells and in complex tissues, which will likely imply a heavier reliance on high-content imaging-based approaches and methods to distill massive amounts of imaging data; 2) better tools for the controlled disruption of nuclear features to better understand structure/function relationships in dynamic experimental systems; 3) tools to explore molecular components of the functional nuclear architecture that are still undefined, including protein complexes, non-coding RNAs, and the composition and organization of nuclear bodies, compartments and microenvironments; and 4) development of next-generation analytical, visualization and modeling tools that would be accessible and usable by the broader scientific community and could lead to reliable 4D models of genome organization.
These outstanding scientific and technology challenges can be met through the creation of a research environment that promotes multidisciplinary approaches, team science and data integration. The ultimate goal for this endeavor is to deliver data and tools to be used by the broader community to address the role of nuclear organization in health and disease and in lifespan. The proposed Phase 2 is designed to achieve these goals through the following six initiatives, of which this FOA is one:
RFA-RM-20-003 Real-Time Chromatin Dynamics and Function (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
RFA-RM-20-004 4DN Centers for Data Integration, Modeling and Visualization (UM1 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
RFA-RM-20-005 4DN Organization and Function in Human Health and Disease (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
RFA-RM-20-006 New Investigator Projects on 4DN Organization and Function in Human Health and Disease (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Awards funded under these FOAs are anticipated to pursue research activities conducted by multidisciplinary teams of investigators. Awardees from all 6 initiatives will form the 4DN Network, with the overarching goal of addressing the role of nuclear organization in health and disease and in lifespan. Validation and comparisons across studies will be essential to achieve this goal so investigators must be willing to work collaboratively as part of the Network.
Research Opportunities and Scope
Current understanding of the relationship between nuclear structure and function is limited both by the available datasets and the analysis models available to interpret them. The purpose of this FOA is to solicit applications for research projects to create reference models for the study of the spatial and temporal organization of the nucleus, using genomic and imaging data as well as newly developed visualization and analysis.
The objectives are:
Reference nuclear architecture datasets using a combination of imaging and genomic methods. The datasets should describe the contribution of multiple molecular and physical components to the nuclear organization of mammalian genomes, such as DNA loci, protein complexes, non-coding RNAs, and the composition and organization of nuclear bodies, compartments and microenvironments. The use of robust, complementary assays is encouraged in order to collect accurate information about different aspects of nuclear structure. Single cell and ensemble methods may be used. Profiling different cell fate/state combinations could support inferences about the relationship between structural changes and parameters such as time, development, and disease.
Data related to genome function (such as gene expression) in parallel to data on genome architecture, in order to develop models of structure/function relationships. Predictive models of genome function from genome structure are likely to require data on genome function at least for training. Examples of such data include, but are not limited to, gene expression, chromatin accessibility, and histone modifications. Single cell and ensemble methods may be used. Sequencing-based detection and imaging-based detection may be used. External data may be incorporated, so long as those data are publicly shared at the time of application. Profiling different cell fate/state combinations could support inferences about the relationship between functional changes and parameters such as time, development, and disease.
Develop next-generation analysis, visualization and modeling tools for describing the three-dimensional organization of mammalian genomes in a genome-wide fashion. Mature data-processing pipelines will likely be in-hand at the time of application. Navigable maps of nuclear architecture are likely to require technology development either with respect to data integration, data visualization, or both.
Derive genome-wide navigable reference maps for the study of genome organization and function. The development of first-generation maps can be based on the datasets to be developed using the experimental system proposed in the application. Applicants will also collaborate to the building of higher-resolution genome-wide maps through the combination of datasets generated with complementary technologies by multiple teams using a consortium-defined set of samples. Navigable maps must incorporate data from both imaging and genomic assays. The utility of the reference maps can be piloted using biological problems; examples include (but are not limited to) comparison of single cell and ensemble measurements of nuclear structure, exploring the heterogeneity of nuclear structure across single cells, studying the connectivity of promoters and other regulatory regions, and examining the relationship between nuclear structure and function across developmental or disease states.
For both the data generation and tool development, it is expected that applicants will have to balance the additional information that could result from increased depth in the number of assays used versus the additional information that could result from increased breadth in the number of cell fate/cell state combinations sampled.
These projects will be performed in mammalian systems (e.g. cell lines, primary cells, organoids, explants) that are relevant to human health and disease. The funded projects will participate in the 4D Nucleome Consortium. To support the creation of deep navigable maps by combining data and approaches and also to allow comparison of strengths and weaknesses of approaches, applications must set aside 20% of their Direct Costs from years 2-5 of the award for coordinated work on common samples in collaboration with NIH staff; these projects are anticipated to further both the needs of the funded project and the 4DN consortium.
Projects with the following properties will be considered non-responsive, and will not be reviewed:
This FOA uses the UM1 Cooperative Agreement mechanism. Successful applicants will become members of the larger 4D Nucleome Consortium composed of investigators who have been funded in response to at least one of the six related 4DN Network FOAs. In addition to completing the research goals outlined in their applications, successful applicants will be expected to work collaboratively with all members of the 4D Nucleome Network, including the 4DN Network Organizational Hub (RFA-RM-20-007) and the 4DN Network Data Coordination & Integration Center (RFA-RM-20-008), to help develop common standards, metrics for data generation and storage, and data analysis and visualization tools that can be used by the broader scientific community. The 4DN Network will encourage the initiation of new collaborative research projects across the entire network.
A key aspect of this program is the formation of a consortium-type partnership amongst all 4DN Network awardees. Shared responsibilities derived from the use of the cooperative agreement mechanism are described later in this FOA, and will be further articulated during the kickoff meeting of the 4DN Network that will take place a few months after awards are made. All 4DN Network investigators will be required to attend this initial 4DN Kickoff meeting, as well as annual 4DN investigator meetings and regular teleconferences with Network members and NIH Staff for the duration of the funding cycle.
All applicants are strongly encouraged to contact NIH Staff to discuss the alignment of their proposed work with the goals of this FOA, and the 4DN Program. A Technical Assistance teleconference will be held for potential applicants. NIH staff will be available to answer questions related to this FOA. Time, date, and dial in information for the call will be announced in an NIH Guide Notice and will be posted on the 4DN website:http://commonfund.nih.gov/4Dnucleome/index See Section VIII. Other Information for award authorities and regulations.
The OER Glossary and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide provide details on these application types. Only those application types listed here are allowed for this FOA.
The Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund) intends to commit $7M in FY 2020 to fund 3-4 awards. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.
Application budgets must reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Application budgets are limited to $1.5 million direct costs per year (excluding first-tier subcontract Facilities and Administrative [F&A] costs)
The scope of the project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.
Higher Education Institutions
The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are eligible to apply.
Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.
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.
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.
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.
This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.
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:
The application forms package specific to this opportunity must be accessed through ASSIST, Grants.gov Workspace or an institutional system-to-system solution. Links to apply using ASSIST or Grants.gov Workspace are available in Part 1 of this FOA. See your administrative office for instructions if you plan to use an institutional system-to-system solution.
Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.
By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:
The letter of intent should be sent to:
Mike Pazin, Ph.D.
For this specific FOA, the Research Strategy section is limited to 30 pages.
The Research Strategy must consist of the following subsections with the indicated page limits:
Section Page limit
The effective management of a production project requires a significant commitment by the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s). For single PD/ PI applications, the PD/PI funded under this FOA is expected to devote at least 2 person months, based on a 12-month calendar to the project. If multi-PDs/PIs are proposed, then each PD/PI is expected to commit sufficient time to serve his/her proposed role, with a minimum aggregate PD/PI effort of 2 person months . The appropriateness of the effort of key personnel must be justified in the budget justification.
Budgets should include support for a dedicated Project Manager who will devote a minimum of 4 calendar months to oversee the day-to-day activities of the project, coordinate across project sites, if applicable, and be responsible for promptly providing requested reporting information to NIH Program Staff. A PD/PI may serve as the Project Manager.
To support the creation of deep navigable maps by combining data and approaches and also to allow comparison of strengths and weaknesses of approaches, applications must set aside 20% of their Direct Costs from years 2-5 of the award for coordinated work on common samples in collaboration with NIH staff.
Budget requests must include funds for the PD/PI to attend the initial in-person 4DN Network kick-off meeting, and for the PI and up to three other members of the project team to attend the annual 4DN Network Investigator's meetings.Budget requests must include funds to deposit data into the 4DN repository.
Overview and management plan
Overview: Applicants should state concisely the goals of the proposed project and summarize the expected outcomes with respect to meeting the 4DN goals of producing reference datasets and development of novel integrative analysis and visualization tools, leading to the production of navigable 4D reference maps and predictive models of genome organization.
Management plan: Applicants should describe the organization of the proposed center and its management structure, including integration of components to maintain efficient operation and key personnel. Applicants should propose quantitative milestones for tracking all aspects of project, metrics for assessing progress, as well as the expected timeline of progress. The role of the project manager should be described. Proposed collaborations and plans for outreach to the research community should also be described. Include a description of the decision-making process and the leadership (if the project is a collaboration of more than one research group). Personnel responsible for key tasks, such as data collection by data type, data analysis by data type, data submission, developing new integrative analysis and visualization methods, developing navigable models and overall project leadership should be identified. The reporting relationship for these personnel should be described. Management of consortia collaborations and other external collaborations, if any, should be described. Mechanisms for reporting progress to NIH should be described (see Terms and Conditions, below). Applicants should propose and describe a LIMS system to track and submit data production, as well as submission of metadata and data (raw and processed) to the 4DN Data Coordination & Integration Center (DCIC, RFA-RM-20-008). A description of the informatics infrastructure for managing data, metadata, quality control and tracking to support the proposed activities should also be provided. Applicants should explain how they will share their approach(es) with the community, including the overall approach, any methods development, software, data, and models. The management plan should discuss past experiences (if any) in working as part of interdisciplinary teams and/or in large collaborative projects.
Samples, data collection, and external data
Applicants must propose a plan to collect high quality nuclear structure data (genomics and/or imaging) using robust and complementary assays. In addition to data on nuclear structure, applicants may propose to collect or use publicly available ancillary data (gene expression, chromatin structure; publicly available data include, but are not limited to, 4DN, ENCODE, IHEC, as well as data in public repositories such as GEO and dbGaP). To support the creation of deep navigable maps by combining data and approaches and also to allow comparison of strengths and weaknesses of approaches, applications must set aside 20% of their Direct Costs from years 2-5 of the award for coordinated work on common samples in collaboration with NIH staff. However, detailed plans for a common project are not required, as the other projects will not be known to the applicants or the NIH at the time the applications are submitted.
This plan should:
Integrative analysis, visualization and navigable maps
Applicants must propose a plan to develop one or more novel methods for integrative analysis, and/or visualization leading to navigable maps, incorporating nuclear architecture datasets (both imaging and genomics).
This plan should:
The following modifications also apply:
If you answered “Yes” to the question “Are Human Subjects Involved?” on the R&R Other Project Information form, you must include at least one human subjects study record using the Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form or Delayed Onset Study record.
Study Record: PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.Delayed Onset Study
Note: Delayed onset does NOT apply to a study that can be described but will not start immediately (i.e., delayed start).All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
Foreign (non-U.S.) institutions must follow policies described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, and procedures for foreign institutions described throughout the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
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
Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates and times. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission. When a submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday , the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
Organizations must submit applications to Grants.gov (the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies). Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration. NIH and Grants.gov systems check the application against many of the application instructions upon submission. Errors must be corrected and a changed/corrected application must be submitted to Grants.gov on or before the application due date and time. If a Changed/Corrected application is submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late. Applications that miss the due date and time are subjected to the NIH Policy on Late Application Submission.
Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.
Information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.
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.
Applications must be submitted electronically following the instructions described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Paper applications will not be accepted.
Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.
For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit How to Apply – Application Guide. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Dealing with System Issues guidance. For assistance with application submission, contact the Application Submission Contacts in Section VII.
All PD(s)/PI(s) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH. See Section III of this FOA for information on registration requirements.
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. Additional information may be found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
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Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness and compliance with application instructions by the Center for Scientific Review and responsiveness by components of participating organizations, NIH. Applications that are incomplete, non-compliant and/or nonresponsive will not be reviewed.
Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. Applications submitted to the NIH in support of the NIH mission are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.
Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier to progress in the field? Is the prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project rigorous? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive this field?
Specific to this FOA:
Are the PD(s)/PI(s), collaborators, and other researchers well suited to the project? If Early Stage Investigators or those in the early stages of independent careers, do they have appropriate experience and training? If established, have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments that have advanced their field(s)? If the project is collaborative or multi-PD/PI, do the investigators have complementary and integrated expertise; are their leadership approach, governance and organizational structure appropriate for the project?
Specific to this FOA:
Does the application challenge and seek to shift current research or clinical practice paradigms by utilizing novel theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions? Are the concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions novel to one field of research or novel in a broad sense? Is a refinement, improvement, or new application of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions proposed?
Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the specific aims of the project? Have the investigators included plans to address weaknesses in the rigor of prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project ? Have the investigators presented strategies to ensure a robust and unbiased approach, as appropriate for the work proposed? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky aspects be managed? Have the investigators presented adequate plans to address relevant biological variables, such as sex, for studies in vertebrate animals or human subjects?
Specific to this FOA:
If the project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, are the plans to address 1) the protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion or exclusion of individuals of all ages (including children and older adults), justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?
Will the scientific environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are the institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the scientific environment, subject populations, or collaborative arrangements?
For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.
For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Human Subjects.
When the proposed project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals of all ages (including children and older adults) to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed. For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.
The committee will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following criteria: (1) description of proposed procedures involving animals, including species, strains, ages, sex, and total number to be used; (2) justifications for the use of animals versus alternative models and for the appropriateness of the species proposed; (3) interventions to minimize discomfort, distress, pain and injury; and (4) justification for euthanasia method if NOT consistent with the AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals. Reviewers will assess the use of chimpanzees as they would any other application proposing the use of vertebrate animals. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.
Reviewers will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.
Reviewers will assess whether the project presents special opportunities for furthering research programs through the use of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions that exist in other countries and either are not readily available in the United States or augment existing U.S. resources.
Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including 1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, 2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, 3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and 4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).
Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable: (1) Data Sharing Plan; (2) Sharing Model Organisms; and (3) Genomic Data Sharing Plan (GDS).
For 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.
Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.
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:
Applications will be assigned to the appropriate NIH Institute or Center. Applications will compete for available funds with all other recommended applications submitted in response to this FOA. Following initial peer review, recommended applications will receive a second level of review by the appropriate national Advisory Council or Board. The following will be considered in making funding decisions:
Information regarding the disposition of applications is available 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.
Institutional Review Board or Independent Ethics Committee Approval: Grantee institutions must ensure that protocols are reviewed by their IRB or IEC. To help ensure the safety of participants enrolled in NIH-funded studies, the awardee must provide NIH copies of documents related to all major changes in the status of ongoing protocols.
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.
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.
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 https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/special-topics/limited-english-proficiency/index.html. The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/index.htmlhttps://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/laws-regulations-guidance/index.html. Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/disability/index.html. Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/index.html or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697. 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.
The following special terms of award are in addition to, and not in lieu of, otherwise applicable OMB administrative guidelines, HHS grant administration regulations at 45 CFR Parts 75, and other HHS PHS, and NIH grant administration policies.
The administrative and funding instrument used for all awards in the 4DN program will be the cooperative agreement (U01 or UM1 grants), an "assistance" mechanism (rather than an "acquisition" mechanism), in which substantial NIH programmatic involvement with the awardees is anticipated during the performance of the activities. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) developed by the NIH Common Fund should serve as a guidance document to provide a framework under which relationships between investigators and NIH Program Staff are established. Templates for Confidential Disclosure Agreements (CDAs) and Collaborative Research Agreements (CRAs) have been developed by the NIH Office of Technology Transfer. Under the cooperative agreement, the NIH purpose is to support and stimulate the recipients' activities by involvement in and otherwise working jointly with the award recipients in a partnership role; it is not to assume direction, prime responsibility, or a dominant role in the activities. Consistent with this concept, the dominant role and prime responsibility resides with the awardees for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the awardees and the NIH as defined below.
Responsibilities of PD(s)/PI(s):
Involvement of NIH Program Staff
NIH staff have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards, as described below:
Areas of joint responsibilities:
4DN Consortium Steering Committee
The awardee agrees to the role and authority of the 4DN-SC that is responsible for joint governance of 4DN Consortium activities. The main characteristics and functions of the 4DN-SC are as follows:
4DN Data Release and Use, Software Sharing and Publication Policies:
The PD/PI agrees to follow the 4DN Data Release and Use, Software Sharing and Publication Policies as currently stated (see https://www.4dnucleome.org/policies.html), and to follow any updates to these policies that may be approved by the 4DN-SC in the future.
4DN External Program Consultants (4DN-EPCs)
An independent panel of 4-8 External Experts will be appointed on an ad hoc basis by NIH and meet by teleconference or in person with the 4DN Program Staff at least once a year. The 4DN-EPCs will be updated on progress and provide feedback to NIH on adjustments and future directions for the 4DN Network activities. NIH staff will appoint a 4DN-EPC Chair who will attend the annual 4DN Network Investigator Annual Meeting and be invited to participate ex officio in 4DN-SC meetings. All 4DN-EPCs will be given the opportunity to listen to 4DN-SC meetings and to attend the annual 4DN Network Investigator Annual Meeting. The 4DN-OH will support costs for 4DN-EPCs who wish to participate in the 4DN Network Investigator Annual Meeting.
Disagreements that may arise in scientific/technical matters, publication/authorship matters or programmatic matters (within the scope of the award) between award recipients, or between award recipients and the NIH, may be brought to arbitration after first attempting to resolve the issue through the 4DN-SC or its subcommittees, as appropriate. An Arbitration Panel composed of three members will be convened. The Panel will be composed of: a designee of the 4DN-SC 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 members; in the case of individual disagreement, the first member may be chosen by the individual awardee. This special dispute resolution procedure in no way affects the awardee's right to appeal an adverse action in accordance with PHS regulations at 42 CFR Part 50, Subpart D, and HHS regulations at 45 CFR Part 16.
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.
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