Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information

Participating Organization(s)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is developed as a Common Fund initiative ( through the NIH Office of the NIH Director, Office of Strategic Coordination ( All NIH Institutes and Centers participate in Common Fund initiatives. The FOA will be administered by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on behalf of the NIH.

Funding Opportunity Title
Limited Competition: 4DN Organizational Hub (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Activity Code
U01 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements
Announcement Type

Reissue of RFA-RM-14-010

Related Notices
July 26, 2019- Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research. See Notice NOT-OD-19-128

August 23, 2019- Clarifying Competing Application Instructions and Notice of Publication of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research. See Notice NOT-OD-19-137

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number
Companion Funding Opportunity

RFA-RM-20-008, U01 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements

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


Funding Opportunity Purpose

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites an application from the currently funded NIH Common Fund-supported 4D Nucleome Network (4DN) Organizational Hub (4DN-OH) to support Phase 2 efforts of this program. The overall programmatic goal of the OH is to provide administrative infrastructure for the 4DN Network and facilitate and coordinate all common activities of the 4DN Network.

Key Dates

Posted Date

December 20, 2019

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
February 17, 2020
Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

February 17, 2020

Application Due Date(s)

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.

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

June/July 2020

Advisory Council Review

August 2020

Earliest Start Date

September 2020

Expiration Date
March 18, 2020
Due Dates for E.O. 12372
Not Applicable
Required Application Instructions
It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide,except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts ).

Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions.

Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

Table of Contents

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description


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 tissues;,and 5) first-generation community data and metadata standards for the most commonly used 4DN technologies and protocols (

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 second phase of this program is designed to achieve these goals through the following six initiatives, of which this funding opportunity announcement (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)

RFA-RM-20-007 Limited Competition: 4DN Organizational Hub (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

RFA-RM-20-008 Limited Competition 4DN Data Coordination & Integration Center (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 understanding 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.

Objective and Scope

This Limited Competition FOA invites an application from the currently funded NIH Common Fund-supported 4D Nucleome Network Organizational Hub (4DN-OH) to support Phase 2 efforts of this program.

The 4DN-OH will continue to consist of a single U01 award led by a Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) with expertise in the administrative management of resource-based operations that serve the biomedical research community, such as reagent-generating consortia or research networks.

The overall programmatic goal of the 4DN-OH is to integrate the efforts of all the funded initiatives of the 4DN Network, and to promote collaboration and communication among network participants. Through the continued development and administration of the 4DN Web Portal, the 4DN-OH will serve as the community-wide resource and point of access for all data, protocols, reagents, resources, and methods developed by 4DN Network investigators, and for publicizing information related to the NIH 4DN Program.

The 4DN-OH will work closely with the 4DN Network Data Coordination and Integration Center (4DN-DCIC), the 4DN Steering Committee (4DN-SC), the Chromatin Dynamics and Function investigative teams, the Centers for Data Integration, Modeling and Visualization investigative teams, 4DN Organization and Function in Human Health and Disease investigative teams, all 4DN Network investigators, and NIH staff in order to accomplish its mission in ways that benefit all units of the 4DN Network.

Specifically, 4DN-OH will be tasked to:

  • Organize scientific meetings, including initial "kick-off" meetings of all 4DN Network PD(s)/PI(s) shortly after the second phase 4DN Network awards are made, followed by annual 2-3 day 4DN Network Investigator Meetings thereafter. Attendance to the annual Investigator Meetings will be mandatory for all 4DN PD/PIs, but could also be attended by collaborators, postdocs, and students contributing significantly to a 4DN Network project.
  • Facilitate the rapid exchange of information and scientific discussions across the 4DN Network, as well as the strategic planning and decision making process, by providing administrative support to various governing or advisory bodies of the 4DN Network, including the 4DN-SC, as well as subcommittees, working groups, and external program consultants (EPCs.) Manage these interactions by organizing teleconferences or web-based interactions as requested by the Chairs and membership of these various working groups, panels and committees, and by writing the minutes or reports resulting from these interactions. Maintain and make accessible all significant 4DN Network-related documents, including policies, guidelines, and records generated by the various 4DN Network committees, working groups, and advisory panels.
  • Further develop and maintain a 4DN Network web portal that will constitute the main entry point for the sharing of resources and information related to 4DN Network activities. The 4DN web portal should include access to the 4DN virtual repository previously developed by the 4DN-OH, as well as an interface with the data portal that will be developed and maintained by the 4DN-DCIC, in order to allow investigators within and outside of the 4DN Network access to all data, tools, and reagents generated by 4DN Network investigators. The 4DN-OH is expected to work collaboratively with the 4DN-DCIC to ensure a common operability between these two portals, resulting in a seamless user experience.
  • Further develop user-friendly means to navigate and access validated data and resources generated by all 4DN Network projects, including experimental models, protocols, biomaterials, resources, tutorials, reagents, and omics- and image-based data collections. The 4DN web portal will need to be structured in a way that allows for multiple levels of access, based on the level of confidentiality of the data, resource, or information being requested, such as "4DN-PI" and "Public" access levels.
  • Include the services of experienced web developers in order to develop resources that result in clean, modern, responsive websites with excellent navigational structures and detailed linking that adhere to current web design and development trends. Web developers will also implement a usability testing process to ensure that new website applications meet the needs of the 4DN and greater scientific community.
  • Collaborate with the 4DN-DCIC to develop training and outreach strategies for data analysis, and to link 4DN Network datasets and search tools to other databases and web portals (image databases, biorepositories, -omics databases, etc.) relevant to the mission of the 4DN Network.
  • Ensure that data, tools, models, protocols, biomaterials, resources, and reagents developed by all individual 4DN Network investigators are deposited in a timely manner and made accessible through the 4DN web portal once validated under the sharing policies developed and implemented by the 4DN-SC. The practical distribution of resources and reagents can be managed by the individual laboratories or by depositing the materials in an appropriate resource facility.
  • Provide reports to NIH staff as needed on activities and progress made by the 4DN Network.
  • Manage or facilitate other 4DN Network activities, including: organization of small hands-on workshops; collaborations with outside groups; preparation of group publications, following the standardized procedures for publication clearance developed by the 4DN-SC; support for community training programs or travel awards for young investigators; and outreach activities including managing the social media presence of the 4DN Network, organizing sessions at scientific meetings, and facilitating consortium opinion and perspective pieces.
  • Facilitate, as needed, interactions with other appropriate NIH Common Fund-supported research efforts and/or with those of non-NIH partners. These may include consortia, bio-repositories, databases, or non-profit organizations involved in activities relevant to the mission of the 4DN Network. The focus should be on developing interactions that can benefit both investigators and partners of the 4DN Network through the sharing of information, expertise, and reagents, or through leveraging the coordination of research and technology development in areas of common interest.
  • Collaborate with the 4DN-DCIC and relevant public data/resource repositories to ensure the long-term archiving and distribution of the most important datasets and resources developed by the 4DN Network beyond its funding period.

Consortium Responsibilities

This FOA uses the U01 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:

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

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.

Clinical Trial?
Not Allowed: Only accepting applications that do not propose clinical trials

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Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund) intends to commit $1.5M total costs in FY2020 to fund a single award.

Award Budget
Application budgets are limited to $1.0M in direct costs per year for years 1-5.
Award Project Period

The project period cannot exceed 5 years.

NIH grants policies as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement will apply to the applications submitted and awards made from this FOA.

Section III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

Eligible Organizations

Eligibility is limited to the awardee of RFA-RM-14-010.

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 not 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) – 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.
  • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number to register in eRA Commons.Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or registration, but all registrations must be in place by time of submission. 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.
  • – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the 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


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

The application forms package specific to this opportunity must be accessed through ASSIST, Workspace or an institutional system-to-system solution. Links to apply using ASSIST or 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.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guideexcept where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.


Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review.

By the date listed in Part 1. Overview Information, prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

  • Descriptive title of proposed activity
  • Name(s), address(es), and telephone number(s) of the PD(s)/PI(s)
  • Names of other key personnel
  • Participating institution(s)
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity

The letter of intent should be sent to:

Ian Fingerman, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Division of Cancer Biology
9609 Medical Center Drive Room 6W430
Telephone: 240-276-6250
Fax: 240-276-7861

Page Limitations
All page limitations described in the SF424 Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed
Instructions for Application Submission
The following section supplements the instructions found in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and should be used for preparing an application to this FOA.
SF424(R&R) Cover
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
SF424(R&R) Project/Performance Site Locations
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
SF424(R&R) Other Project Information
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

Key personnel should demonstrate strong scientific, administrative, technical, and management expertise in the areas that are critical to the success of the application, including experience with working productively in collaborative environments; experience with administrative management of resource-based operations that serve the biomedical research community, such as reagent-generating or service-providing consortia or centers; and experience and capabilities in website design and management. Applicants should also describe their plans addressing some of the anticipated challenges of the 4DN-OH.


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

  • Budget requests must include costs for the PD(s)/PI(s) and up to three other members of the 4DN-OH to attend both the initial in-person 4DN Network kick-off meeting and the annual 4DN Network Investigator meeting.
  • Budget requests must include costs required to support travel of three to five External Scientific Consultants (ESC) members to the annual 4DN Network Investigator meeting. 
  • Budget requests must include costs required to hosting and support annual hands-on workshops.
R&R Subaward Budget
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.
PHS 398 Research Plan
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

Specific Aims: Outline the specific goals of the project, including major milestones.

Research Strategy: The application sought in this Limited Competition FOA will propose to provide the administrative infrastructure for a research network. In order to fully assess the potential of the applicant to fulfill this important responsibility, the following information is required:

Applicant should provide a list of the ultimate goals/deliverables that will be generated by the U01. Deliverables should be quantitative whenever possible and should include items such as: 1) Organizing the first annual 4DN Network grantees meeting (kick-off meeting) and subsequent annual meetings thereafter; 2) Maintain and continue to improve a 4DN Network community web portal and the 4DN virtual repository; 3) reaching consortium-wide consensus on protocols and data format; 4) making available an E-Manual of protocols; 5) providing 4DN Network-specific and community access to 4DN Network-generated data; 6) development of user-friendly tools for the novice user; 7) continued development of outreach strategy to advertise resources and training programs; and 8) expand social media presence with associated metrics. Before knowing the specifics of the projects that will be supported by the 4DN Program, it may be difficult for the 4DN-OH applicant to predict the exact volume and types of data and resources that will be generated by 4DN Network investigators over the lifetime of the 4DN Program. As the data/resource storage, analysis, and dissemination needs of the 4DN Network change with time, and administrative needs evolve (creation of new working group and committees, organization of small meetings and hands-on workshops, etc.), the 4DN-OH may be asked to implement modifications to their workflow as agreed upon by the 4DN-SC. 4DN-OH applicants should indicate their willingness and aptitude to be flexible in their implementation of 4DN Network coordination.

Management Plan - Describe the plans for management and integration of the 4DN-OH activities, who will oversee the day-to-day activities (e.g., a project manager if not the PD/PI) and how the management structure will support achievement of the proposed goals and milestones. Useful elements of this description include: the organization of the proposed project; its management structure; personnel and leadership structure; and oversight mechanisms for evaluating progress towards milestones. The plan should also describe how the various units will be integrated, and how collaborations or subcontracts, if proposed, will be managed.

Outreach and Training - Applicants should describe a plan and allocate sufficient resources to provide outreach to the user communities to educate investigators within and outside of the 4DN Network about the data, resources, and tools being developed by 4DN investigators. Examples include: presentations, short courses, and symposia offered independently or in conjunction with scientific meetings attended by the user community; web-based tutorials; and user manuals and training guides that describe the features of the 4DN Web Portal and the 4DN virtual repository.

Milestones and Progress - Applicants should define a clear set of goals for the proposed project and annual milestones with metrics that will document progress towards the achievement of the ultimate goals. Applicants should include plans for critically evaluating and revising these milestones on a regular basis. The number and duration of milestones will depend on the project being proposed, so applicants should include these items for every year, as appropriate. Applicants should describe how they will prioritize their activities to ensure that the main goals of the 4DN-OH will be achieved. Milestones may be revised at the time of the award. Applicants should also describe plans to solicit user feedback, monitor 4DN website usage, and otherwise evaluate all aspects of the usability of the website. The 4DN OH should commit to meeting the following milestones:

  • By 2021, have in place robust web-based mechanisms for handling communication among 4D Network participants, for scheduling meetings, voting, maintaining Listserv lists.
  • By 2021, have in place a 4DN Network web portal with both public and member only interaction accommodations to provide access to 4DN resources, data, metadata, and analysis and visualization tools,
  • By 2023, support and coordinate with 4DN-DCIC to develop and disseminate common standards, metrics for data generation and storage, as well as data analysis and visualization tools to be shared through the web portal with the broader scientific community.

Data Export and Dissemination – To ensure continuity of operations after the conclusion of the program, applicants should describe plans for developing an export process to permit transfer of 4DN resources from the public-facing web portal to appropriate public repositories and community databases. These repositories may include the Common Fund Data Ecosystem (CFDE) or other resource deemed suitable by 4DN consortium members and NIH staff. Ideally, this would include the web portal mirrored in its entirety with all associated data, metadata, protocols, publications, tools and other consortium generated resources.

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.

The following modifications also apply:

  • All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan.
  • The following modifications also apply, in addition to standard NIH policies
  • Applicants must state that they will adhere to the 4D Nucleome sharing policies and procedures described in the "Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award" (Section VI.2 below)
  • Applicants should explicitly state their willingness to cooperate with the 4DN Program, 4DN Network Steering Committee (4DN-SC), NIH staff, and other stakeholders in the development and implementation of research and standardization methods, data standards and formats, metadata requirements, and quality control metrics for this resource.
  • Protocol, tool and reagent sharing: The applicant must discuss plans for sharing and distribution of non-data resources that will be generated by the proposed project, including models, protocols, computational tools, biomaterials, and reagents. As one of the essential goals of this program, NIH intends that tools and reagents generated by the 4DN Network be broadly available and distributed at minimal cost, and without undue intellectual property constraints, so that they can be as widely used as possible, thus enabling downstream applications for the reagents by the larger scientific community. The 4DN-OH will work with all 4DN Network investigators to collect, curate, and disseminate information regarding critical tools and reagents being developed by the 4DN Network through the 4DN portal. Whether tools and reagents are distributed by individual investigators or through public repositories, the 4DN portal is expected to serve as a "one-stop shop" for all 4DN Network-generated tools and reagents. Applicants should also be familiar with the NIH statements regarding intellectual property of resources developed with Federal funds (NIH Research Tools Policy ( and other related NIH sharing policies at
Only limited Appendix materials are allowed. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.
PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information
When involving human subjects research, clinical research, and/or NIH-definedclinical trials (and when applicable, clinical trials research experience) follow all instructions for the PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, with the following additional instructions:

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.

PHS Assignment Request Form
All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.

3. Unique Entity Identifier and System for Award Management (SAM)

See Part 1. Section III.1 for information regarding the requirement for obtaining a unique entity identifier and for completing and maintaining active registrations in System for Award Management (SAM), NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code (if applicable), eRA Commons, and

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 (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 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 on or before the application due date and time. If a Changed/Corrected application is submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late. Applications that miss the due date and time are subjected to the NIH Policy on Late Application Submission.

Applicants are responsible for viewing their application before the due date in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

Information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

5. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

6. Funding Restrictions

All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement .

Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

7. Other Submission Requirements and Information

Applications must be submitted electronically following the instructions described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit 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.

Important reminders:

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

Post Submission Materials
Applicants are required to follow the instructions for post-submission materials, as described in the policy. Any instructions provided here are in addition to the instructions in the policy.

Section V. Application Review Information

1. Criteria

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.

For this particular announcement, note the following:
Overall Impact
Reviewers will provide an overall impact score to reflect their assessment of the likelihood for the project 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 project proposed).
Scored Review Criteria
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 project that by its nature is not innovative may be essential to advance a field.


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: If the proposed 4DN-OH is fully successful in carrying out its plan and mission, will it have a synergistic effect on the overall performance of the 4DN Network, collaborations between 4DN investigators, and the dissemination of data and reagents to the broader scientific community?


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: Do the project team members have appropriate experience with fulfilling the mission of the 4DN-OH, including the proper scientific background, experience with the administrative management of large research projects or consortium activities, experience with database and professional web portal design and curation, and dissemination of research information to the broader scientific community?


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?

Specific to this FOA: How innovative are the proposed team structure/interactions, strategies and tools compared to standard team science management and data/reagent/technology sharing approaches?


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?

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?

Specific to this FOA: Is the applicant organization concentrating on its core competencies in order to maximize its chances of success? Has the applicant established alliances/collaborative partnerships where they are appropriate or needed to facilitate achievement of the research goals? Does the project take advantage of the best available tools and resources available to the scientific community?

Additional Review Criteria
As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will evaluate the following additional items while determining scientific and technical merit, and in providing an overall impact score, but will not give separate scores for these items.


For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of thecategories 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.


Not Applicable


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


Not Applicable

Additional Review Considerations
As applicable for the project proposed, reviewers will consider each of the following items, but will not give scores for these items, and should not consider them in providing an overall impact score.


Not Applicable


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.

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 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:
  • 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.

Institutional Review Board or Independent Ethics Committee Approval: Grantee institutions must ensure that all 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.

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.

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 The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at 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

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

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):

  • The PD/PI will be primarily responsible for the planning and conduct of the operations defined by the terms and conditions of the cooperative agreement award.
  • The PD/PI will assume responsibility and accountability to the applicant organization officials and to the NIH for the performance and proper conduct of the research and administrative functions supported under this Funding Opportunity Announcement in accordance with the terms and conditions of award, as well as all pertinent laws, regulations and policies.
  • The PD/PI must operate in accordance with processes and goals as delineated in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.
  • The PD/PI and his/her staff will be required to fully participate in a cooperative, interactive, and collaborative manner with NIH staff, 4DN Consortium investigators and one another.
  • The PD/PI will become voting members on the 4DN Consortium Steering Committee (4DN-SC) that will be tasked with developing and updating agreements that address a variety of issues, including: (1) procedures for data sharing among consortium members, data sharing with the scientific community outside of the 4DN Consortium, and data sharing with industry partners; (2) procedures for safeguarding confidential information, including without limitation, any data generated by the consortium as well as information and/or data received from external collaborators; (3) procedures for addressing ownership of intellectual property that result from aggregate multi-party data; (4) procedures for sharing tools and reagents under an overarching MTA amongst consortium members that operationalizes material transfer in an efficient and expeditious manner; (5) publication policy for the entire 4DN Consortium, determining timing, authorship and content of co-publications, in order to facilitate collaborations and co-publications by consortium members while protecting each 4DN investigator’s primary ownership and authorship of their data and discoveries.
  • The PD/PI must operate in accordance with processes, goals, and policies established by the 4DN-SC.
  • The PD/PI agrees that any industry collaborations should be governed by a research collaboration agreement (e.g. CTA, RCA, etc.) with terms that ensure the collaboration is conducted in accordance with the Cooperative Agreement, applicable NIH policies and procedures and any policies and procedures developed by the 4DN-OH or the 4DN-SC.
  • The PD/PI must attend an initial face-to-face meeting of 4DN PDs/PIs soon after all 4DN awards have been made, followed by at least one 4DN Consortium investigator meeting annually.
  • The PD/PI agrees to provide milestones if requested by the NIH (typically describing annual and overall project period milestones, including data generation milestones; usually provided at the outset of the award and annually thereafter if needed, but may also occur at other times as requested by NIH program staff).


  • The PD/PI and his/her staff will maintain the confidentiality of the information developed or handled by the 4DN Consortium, including, without limitation, unpublished data, informatics tools, protocols, data analysis, confidential exchanges between members of the 4DN Consortium, etc. per policies approved by the 4DN-SC, as well as any confidential information received by third party collaborators.
  • The PD/PI agrees to fully disclose data, algorithms, software source code, and experimental methods to the other members of the Consortium for the purpose of scientific evaluation and use by other consortium members.
  • The PD/PI must facilitate the public release and dissemination of results, data, reagents, technologies, software and other resources generated through this 4DN award in a timely manner through the 4DN DCIC and the 4DN portal managed by the 4DN-OH. The PD/PI is expected to share data and resources generated through this award in accordance with the sharing policies described in this document (see below), with further sharing policies and recommendations developed and approved by the 4DN-SC, NIH sharing policies and the goals of the FOA.
  • Data/software ownership and transition to another grantee: the 4DN-DCIC will host data and metadata generated by the 4DN. The awardee is responsible for the proper stewardship and security of all data. A fundamental objective of this cooperative agreement is to ensure that the valuable data and software resources remain available without interruption to the research community if awardee withdraws or otherwise can no longer manage the resource or if the award is terminated by the NIH. Consistent with 45 C.F.R. 75.322, the awardee will own the data generated and software developed by the awardee, and it will be able to continue to use these data and software upon expiration or termination of the award. NIH will have unrestricted cost-free access and use of the data and software generated by the awardee, including the right to transfer said data and/or software to other NIH-funded and/or managed resource projects, at the NIH's sole reasonable discretion upon termination or expiration of this cooperative agreement. Ownership of the data and software hosted or uploaded on the DCIC platform remain with the data and software providers. The DCIC has no possessor rights of the data and software provided or generated by its users, who will retain ownership and control of their own resources.
  • Open Source Technology: capabilities and software built as part of the DCIC must be delivered under an open source model. Organizations may propose to use proprietary platforms, so long as the requirements for data transparency and interoperability are maintained.

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:

  • The NIH will designate program staff, including a Program Officer and a Grants Management Specialist to provide stewardship and administrative oversight of the cooperative agreement. The Program Officer and Grants Management Specialist will be named in the Notice of Grant Award.
  • A NIH Project Scientist will be substantially involved in the management of the awards resulting from this FOA above and beyond the normal stewardship of an NIH Program Official.
  • The Project Scientist may assist awardees in the development of policies for dealing with situations that require coordinated action.
  • The Project Scientist may provide advice in the management and technical performance of the investigation.
  • The Project Scientist may assist in promoting the availability of the data and resources developed in the course of this project to the scientific community at large.
  • The NIH Program Officer will review the scientific progress of 4DN projects and review the project for compliance with sharing and operating policies developed by the 4DN-SC and the NIH. Based on this review, the Project Scientist in conjunction with the Program Officer may recommend to the NIH to continue funding, or to withhold or restrict support for the grantee for lack of progress or failure to adhere to 4DN Consortium or NIH policies. Review of progress may include regular communications between the PD/PI and NIH staff, site visits, or fiscal review. The NIH also retains the option of organizing periodic external review of progress of the work supported by the 4DN award.
  • The NIH reserves the right to terminate or restrict any 4DN award in the event of (1) A substantial shortfall in accomplishing the management goals and responsibilities as stated in the reviewed application, (2) A failure to meet the 4DN Consortium policies and procedures, (3) Substantive changes in the management of the 4DN award that are not in keeping with the objectives of the FOA and/or (4) failure to make substantial progress towards milestones keeping in mind the agreed upon go/no-go decisions.

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:

  • The 4DN-SC will be composed of its voting members that will include one representative investigator for each of the 4DN awards resulting from RFA-RM-20-003, RFA-RM-20-004, RFA-RM-20-005, RFA-RM-20-006, RFA-RM-20-007 and RFA-RM-20-008, and one NIH Project Scientist involved in the management of the 4DN Consortium. The 4DN-OH PD/PI and 4DN-DCIC PD/PI will be permanent members of the 4DN-SC. The NIH voting member will be chosen by the NIH 4DN Working Group, that will also decide the length of the term of service. All other members of the 4DN-SC will be selected by their parent award peers to serve at least a 2-year term on the 4DN-SC. Other designated NIH program staff, 4DN-OH staff, 4DN-DCIC staff or External Program Consultants (see definition below) may attend the 4DN-SC meetings on a regular or ad-hoc basis, but will be ex officio (non-voting) members.
  • The 4DN-SC will be constituted at the 4DN Consortium kick-off meeting, and will meet at least quarterly, including at least once in-person during the annual 4DN Investigator Meeting.
  • The first meeting of the 4DN-SC will be chaired by the NIH representative on the 4DN-SC. Following that initial meeting, one to up to three 4DN-SC Chairpersons will be chosen by the NIH amongst the 4DN-SC to serve a two-year term. The Chairperson(s) is(are) responsible for helping NIH Staff to coordinate the 4DN-SC activities, for preparing 4DN-SC meeting agendas and for chairing 4DN-SC meetings. After two years of service, NIH staff may ask the 4DN-SC Chairperson(s) to serve a second 2-year term or choose a replacement for that role. NIH staff may also choose to replace 4DN-SC Chairs at any time based on poor job performance or failure to follow the relevant procedures and guidelines.
  • Although all major scientific and policy decisions will be determined by voting policies as established by the current 4DN-SC, it is expected that successful policies developed and implemented in Phase 1 of the program will continue and whenever necessary, be adopted during current phase of the program. These will include, but not limited to, various working group policies, data and software sharing, publication, and/or other consortium policies (4D Nucleome Portal). Early sharing with the broader scientific community of novel tools, technologies, datasets and scientific discoveries will remain the responsibility of each and all 4DN investigators. In order to do that, all investigators must adhere to the Publication Policies that will require internal sharing of planned manuscripts through a dedicated manuscript tracking system and the early public sharing of submitted manuscripts via appropriate public preprint server (such as bioRxiv, arXiv, ChemRxiv) prior to, or concurrently with the time of submission to a journal.
    Specific activities of the 4DN-SC will include, but are not limited to: developing collaborative protocols; identifying impediments to success and strategies to overcome them; developing shared tools for disseminating information about the 4DN Consortium projects; identifying opportunities for sharing techniques, materials, information and tools developed within each individual 4DN Consortium project; facilitating communication and fostering collaboration across the 4DN Consortium; reviewing progress of the 4DN Consortium towards meeting the overall Consortium goals; developing or updating policies to facilitate collaborations and co-publications by consortium members; developing or updating data standards, metadata requirements, data quality standards, and submission and release policies; ensuring the 4DN Consortium leverages existing NIH resources and programs; helping organize the scientific Agenda for the annual 4DN Investigator Meeting.
  • 4DN trans-consortium subcommittees and working groups may be constituted following recommendations and approval by the 4DN-SC, to help the 4DN-SC with scientific planning activities, development of common 4DN Consortium standards and policies, etc.
  • The 4DN-OH is responsible for providing and maintaining a record of minutes of all 4DN-SC meetings, which will be approved by the 4DN-SC.
  • The 4DN-SC activities and decisions will consider the advice of the various trans-consortium subcommittees and working groups, and the NIH Staff.
  • NIH Project Scientists involved with the management of the 4DN Consortium will help the 4DN-SC develop and draft sharing and operating policies that are in accordance with NIH guidelines. NIH Project Scientists, in concert with the 4DN-SC, will also have the option to redirect activities or operations being pursued within the 4DN-OH and 4DN-DCIC if it is considered beneficial to the overall program.
  • The 4DN-OH PD/PI and 4DN-DCIC PD/PI will be responsible for accepting and implementing the goals, priorities, procedures, protocols, and policies agreed upon by the 4DN-SC. The 4DN-OH PI, the 4DN-DCIC PI, and the 4DN-SC Chair(s) will jointly report progress with regard to overall 4DN Consortium activities and the development of new 4DN Consortium policies at the annual 4DN Investigator Meeting.

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, 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.

Dispute Resolution

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.

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 RPPR, 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 agreementsare required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at 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, application errors and warnings, documenting system problems that threatensubmission by the due date, and post-submission issues)

Finding Help Online: method of contact)
Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

General Grants Information (Questions regarding application instructions, application processes, and NIH grant resources) method of contact)
Telephone: 301-945-7573 Customer Support(Questions regarding registration and Workspace)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Ian Fingerman, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-6250

Peer Review Contact(s)

David Balasundaram, Ph.D.
Center for Scientific Review (CSR)
Telephone: 301-435-1022

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Crystal Wolfrey
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: 240-276-6277

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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