Department of Health and Human Services
Part 1. Overview Information

 

Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

Funding Opportunity Title

CTSA Program Data to Health (CD2H) Coordinating Center (U24)

Activity Code

U24 Resource-Related Research Projects – Cooperative Agreements
Agreement Program

Announcement Type

New

Related Notices
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

RFA-TR-17-006

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Number of Applications

Only one application per institution is allowed as defined in Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

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

93.350  

Funding Opportunity Purpose

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H-CC) that will support the activities of the CTSA Program in using data to translate discoveries to health benefit.  The CTSA Program supports high quality translational and clinical research locally, regionally, and nationally, and fosters excellence and innovation in research methods, informatics, training, and career development.  The CTSA Program is evolving into an innovative national consortium of academic medical centers that comprises  “hubs” —  working together to support translational science and improve the research process in order to get more treatments to more patients more quickly. It is expected that the CD2H-CC will 1) support and enhance a collaborative informatics community for the CTSA Program, 2) develop Good Data Practice (GDP) for information stewardship, 3) promote software standards for interoperability, 4) foster collaborative innovation in the area of informatics tools, methods, and processes, 5) stimulate the use of cutting edge biomedical research informatics and data science education for CTSA Program researchers, and 6) evaluate the impact of CD2H-CC activities to enhance health through the use of informatics resources.  Through these activities it is expected that the CD2H-CC will discover, develop, demonstrate, and disseminate innovation in informatics tools, standards, methods, and processes and will facilitate collaboration and consortium activities in the area of innovative informatics solutions that will translate to health benefit.

Key Dates

 

Posted Date

January 27, 2017

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)

March 14, 2017

Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

March 14, 2017

Application Due Date(s)

April 14, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date.

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 2017

Advisory Council Review

October 2017

Earliest Start Date

November 2017

Expiration Date

April 15, 2017

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow 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 the 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.


There are several options available to submit your application through Grants.gov to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners.

  1. Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
  2. Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to Grants.gov and eRA Commons to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.

  3. Go to Grants.gov to download an application package to complete the application forms offline or create a Workspace to complete the forms online; submit your application to Grants.gov; and track your application in eRA Commons.
Learn more about the various submission options.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview Information
Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Section II. Award Information
Section III. Eligibility Information
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
Section V. Application Review Information
Section VI. Award Administration Information
Section VII. Agency Contacts
Section VIII. Other Information


Part 2. Full Text of Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) invites applications for a Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Program Data to Health Coordination Center (CD2H-CC) that will support the activities of the CTSA Program in using data to translate discoveries to health benefit.  The CTSA Program supports high quality translational and clinical research locally, regionally, and nationally, and fosters excellence and innovation in research methods, informatics, training, and career development.  The CTSA Program is evolving into an innovative national consortium of academic medical centers  that comprises  “hubs” —  working together to support translational science and improve the research process in order to get more treatments to more patients more quickly.  The CTSA Program is uniquely positioned to collaboratively harness the power of collecting and analyzing large datasets and to implement innovative informatics solutions that impact human health.  There are tremendous advances in informatics and big data that create unprecedented opportunities to accelerate the translation of research data and data from Electronic Health Records to health benefit.  It is expected that the CD2H-CC will 1) support and enhance a collaborative informatics community for the CTSA Program, 2) develop Good Data Practice (GDP) for information stewardship, 3) promote software standards for interoperability, 4) foster collaborative innovation in the area of informatics tools, methods, and processes, 5) stimulate the use of cutting edge biomedical research informatics and data science education for CTSA Program researchers, and 6) evaluate the impact of CD2H-CC activities to enhance health through the use of informatics resources.  Through these activities it is expected that the CD2H-CC will discover, develop, demonstrate, and disseminate innovation in informatics tools, standards, methods, and processes, and will facilitate collaboration and consortium activities in the area of innovative informatics solutions that will translate to health benefit.  

This FOA solicits applications from investigators with expertise in providing an environment of excellence in informatics and in managing large, collaborative research consortia.  This FOA will be administered as a cooperative agreement, and therefore substantial programmatic involvement of Program Staff is anticipated. 

Background

Translating biomedical discoveries into clinical applications that improve human health is a complex process with high costs and substantial failure rates.  This can result in a delay of years or decades before discoveries in biomedical research result in health benefits for patients and communities.  Recognizing the need to improve translation, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established the CTSA Program in 2006.  Within the context of the CTSA Program, translation is the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public – from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral interventions.  In 2011, the CTSA Program became part of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).  The mission of NCATS is to catalyze the generation of innovative methods and technologies that will enhance the development, testing, and implementation of diagnostics and therapeutics across a wide range of human diseases and conditions.  To accomplish this, NCATS promotes excellence in translational science – a relatively new field of inquiry focused on understanding and improving the scientific and operational principles underlying each step of the translational process.  To accelerate this process, NCATS further promotes innovation in translational research to develop, demonstrate, and disseminate advances across the translational science spectrum.   

In 2013, at the suggestion of Congress, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) generated a report on "The CTSA Program at NIH: Opportunities for Advancing Clinical and Translational Research - Institute of Medicine".  The report recommended the program could greatly increase its impact if the largely independent CTSA Program hubs were to increase collaborations and evolve into a national network to “enhance the transit of therapeutic, diagnostic, and preventive interventions along the developmental pipeline; disseminate innovative translational research methods and best practices; and provide leadership in informatics standards and policy development to promote shared resources.”  

NCATS continues to build on the strong foundation of the CTSA Program hubs to tackle system-wide scientific and operational problems to make the clinical and translational research enterprise more efficient and impactful (e.g. finding solutions in moving findings from preclinical into first in human studies more effectively; improving speed and quality of clinical trials, etc.).  Providing opportunities for collaborative activities at the regional and national level, and building infrastructure and systems to leverage the strengths of individual CTSA Program hubs are essential components of creating a national network for biomedical translational research. 

This FOA will build on the inherent collaborative nature of informatics to facilitate the advancement of the CTSA Program towards a harmonized research network.  Incentives and methods are often lacking for sharing data and tools efficiently across the CTSA Program hubs, creating barriers to leveraging the collaborative strength of a national Network.  The CD2H–CC will be a national informatics laboratory to discover, develop, demonstrate, and disseminate innovations in informatics tools, standards, methods, and processes to advance the conduct of translational research across the CTSA Program consortium and eventually the biomedical research enterprise.  Innovations in informatics are essential to accelerating the process of transforming laboratory discoveries into new diagnostics, preventative interventions, and treatments for patients. Biomedical informatics is clearly positioned as a distinct discipline defined as the broad application of computer science, information technology, engineering, and statistical methods for interpreting, and utilizing information from a wide variety of sources including biological sequences and molecules, electronic health records (EHR), clinical trials, and mobile devices.

The overarching goal of the CD2H-CC is to discover, develop, demonstrate, and disseminate innovation in informatics tools, standards, methods, and processes, and will facilitate collaboration and consortium activities in the area of innovative informatics solutions that will translate to health benefit.   The CD2H-CC will provide leadership in informatics solutions for the CTSA Program by leveraging existing strengths, identifying consensus and best practices, and supporting excellence and innovation in informatics solutions.     

Recognizing the relative paucity of biomedical researchers who are familiar with processing and analyzing often large datasets in the context of translation to health benefit, the CD2H-CC investigators should promote awareness and methodological knowledge of data analysis among biomedical researchers and their teams, and should provide support to those wishing to use large datasets in their research.  With the goal of integrating clinical care data and research data to accelerate translation, the CD2H-CC investigators should work with their local and regional health systems partners on upstream measures that would facilitate research based on electronic medical records.  Such measures may include broad research consent (with opt-out framework when possible), engagement of the community and public around use of data, data standards, and the promotion of tools that facilitate engaging end-users  such as patients and clinicians into meaningful use of data derived from the EMR.   

The CD2H-CC will be expected to work closely with the CTSA Program hubs, CTSA Program Coordinating Center (RFA-TR-16-021), Trial Innovation Centers (TICs) (RFA-TR-15-002), Recruitment Innovation Center (RIC) (RFA-TR-15-004), other innovative collaborative programs (for example, PAR-15-172), external partners, stakeholders, NCATS, and NIH staff in order to accomplish this goal.

Research Objectives and Scope

Applicants for the CD2H-CC should design projects that: 

1) Support and enhance a collaborative informatics community for the CTSA Program by:

  • Facilitating the communication with key stakeholders, including the CTSA Program informatics domain task force and External Scientific Consultants, to identify high impact informatics projects that advance and encompass the full spectrum of translational research, including preclinical research, clinical research and/or the engagement of communities in research.  
  • Providing a governance structure for the CTSA Program community that develops a transparent, reproducible, and inclusive process for the evaluation of such high impact informatics projects. 
  • Providing an inclusive framework to collaboratively develop well-defined multi-site projects that should include time-limited milestones, expected outcomes and evaluation measures.  
  • Create a process for the assessment of merit-based projects that may include the consideration of the project’s impact within the CTSA Program, overall goals of enhancing efficiency and performance, and/or reducing costs.
  • Establishing processes and methods for common IT architecture for the CTSA Program Consortium including defining technical standards, identifying security requirements, and identifying and integrating existing resources.
  • Fostering and promoting the development of an academic attribution and reimbursement framework for informatics products and processes.  These processes could allow the contribution to be used for academic promotion.
  • Providing a secure internet-based infrastructure (web-portal or other method) to support communications, document and resource sharing.  Innovative synchronous and asynchronous communication and messaging are encouraged for the various activities.    

2) Develop Good Data Practice (GDP) of clinical and research data to maximize the potential for health impact of various types of data and to facilitate rigorously conducted research by:

  • Promoting the use of clinical and research data that are machine readable and that adhere to the FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and re-useable) principles:
  • Findable: Data should be uniquely and persistently identifiable and should minimally contain basic machine actionable metadata. 
  • Accessible: Data should be accessible so it can be always obtained by machines and humans, after appropriate authorization, through a well-defined telecommunications protocol (TCP) or internet provider (IP).
  • Interoperable: Promoting interoperable data with the use or creation of metadata annotation/algorithms, a formal accessible language for knowledge representation, and using standard vocabularies [Systemized Nomenclature of Medicine-Clinical Terms (SnoMed-CT), International Classification of Diseases Ninth and Tenth Revision (ICD-9 / ICD-10), Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO), Monarch, Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC), etc.)
  • Re-useable: Promoting data re-usability with relevant attributes, data usage license, and provenance (integrity and validity).

3) Promote software development standards for interoperability by:

  • Creating and/or enhancing the use of software development standards. There is high need for the development and use of software development standards in order to facilitate the creation of collaborative informatics tools, methods, processes, and technologies that will be widely used to advance translational science.
  • Facilitating the collaborative engagement of other stakeholders [e.g. federal partners and standards bodies such as the National Library of Medicine (NLM), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Level Seven International (HL7), Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC), etc.].
  • Supporting best practices to ensure the licensing of products, methods, and processes developed with the support of federal funds are freely available (open source) for the CTSA Program community and other stakeholders. This may include the following considerations as consistent with standard software development life cycle requirements:
  • Quality control: assurances that all products developed under this cooperative agreement meet the highest standards of quality including usability, functionality, dependability, interoperability, security, deployment and maintenance.
  • Accessibility: products that are developed under this cooperative agreement should become a national resource that could be used within the collaborative informatics laboratory environment and be accessible to all investigators.
  • Provenance: Ensure derivatives of the products are owned by the authors of said products.
  • Maintenance: Plans for maintenance of the products produced.
  • Support: Ensure that customer support is available and responsive.
  • Interoperability: Ensure that all products developed under this cooperative agreement could be interoperable and that the source code will be accessible.
  • Evaluation measures:  Metrics for performance of the product should be made available. 

4) Foster collaborative innovation in the area of informatics tools, methods and processes by:

  • Creating a collaborative informatics laboratory to be used as a CTSA Program consortium-wide resource, where novel ideas and products could be created, tested, prototyped, disseminated and maintained as well as collaboratively used. 
  • Fostering the identification of commercial tools by stakeholders that are thought to provide high value for the Consortium to facilitate translational science projects.  The CD2H-CC may be a central negotiator with vendors of commercial tools.   
  • Developing a sustainable model for the informatics products produced and used.  This may include developing a public private partnership model that would allow the possibility for investigators to develop and commercialize their tools and encouraging entrepreneurship that may include a mechanism where derivative versions of a product can be used for commercialization.

5) Stimulate the use of cutting edge biomedical research informatics by providing data science education for CTSA Program researchers.

  • Disseminate educational informatics resources and other products and provide a forum that will provide an assessment of the value of these products.
  • Disseminate high-quality educational resources and materials (e.g. Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs), including workshops, externship offerings, conferences and courses.

6) Evaluate the impact of CD2H-CC activities to enhance health care through the use of informatics resources. This may include:

  • Developing and implementing a model for continuous quality improvement (CQI) where projects are continuously measured and modified.
  • Developing a system where quantifiable, measurable, and actionable results of the impact of the products of the CD2H-CC are reported.
  • Supporting the publication of the impact of the tools, methods, and processes deployed.

Applications including the following types of studies will be considered non-responsive and will not be reviewed:

  • Applications that do not propose to address all six areas of the research objectives and scope.

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

New

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

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

NCATS intends to commit up to a total of $5M per year for up to 5 years for one award.  Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.

Award Budget

Application needs to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project and are limited to $3.5M per year in direct costs.  

Award Project Period

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

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

Section III. Eligibility Information
1. Eligible Applicants
Eligible Organizations

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

o   Hispanic-serving Institutions

o   Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

o   Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)

o   Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions

o   Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

  • Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
  • Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

For-Profit Organizations

  • Small Businesses
  • For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

Governments

  • State Governments
  • County Governments
  • City or Township Governments
  • Special District Governments
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
  • Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
  • Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
  • U.S. Territory or Possession

Other

  • Independent School Districts
  • Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
  • Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
  • Regional Organizations
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) (formerly CCR) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code.
  • NATO Commercial and Government Entity (NCAGE) Code – Foreign organizations must obtain an NCAGE code (in lieu of a CAGE code) in order to register in SAM. 
  • eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the eRA Commons registration. Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application.
  • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s))

All PD(s)/PI(s) must have an eRA Commons account.  PD(s)/PI(s) should work with their organizational officials to either create a new account or to affiliate their existing account with the applicant organization in eRA Commons. If the PD/PI is also the organizational Signing Official, they must have two distinct eRA Commons accounts, one for each role. Obtaining an eRA Commons account can take up to 2 weeks.

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy and submission details in the Senior/Key Person Profile (Expanded) Component of the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

The PD/PI should be an established investigator in the informatics field and capable of providing both administrative and scientific leadership to the development and implementation of the proposed activities. The PD(s)/PI(s) should have a strong track record coordinating and administrating large and collaborative networks, demonstrated experience in effectively communicating, messaging and disseminating various resources and information to stakeholders and to the broader scientific community. The PD(s)/PI(s) are each expected to commit at least two person months effort per year and preferably three to six person months per year effort to the award.

Applicants should document the PD/PI's (and, as relevant, additional senior/key personnel's) experience in 1) fulfilling the mission of the CTSA Program or another comparable program, 2) coordinating and administrating large and collaborative networks, 3) expertise and experience in the area of informatics, 4) effectively communicating, messaging and disseminating various resources and information to stakeholders and to the broader scientific community.    

2. Cost Sharing

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

3. Additional Information on Eligibility
Number of Applications

Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.

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

Buttons to access the online ASSIST system or to download application forms 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 Research (R) Instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide, including Supplemental Grant Application Instructions except 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.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Letter of Intent

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:

 Carol Lambert, Ph.D.

Telephone: 301-435-0814
Fax: 301-480-3660
Email: Lambert@mail.nih.gov

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.

Other Attachments:  The following attachments should be included:

Data Sharing Plan:  All applications, regardless of the amount of direct costs requested for any one year, should address a Data Sharing Plan. Consistent with collaborative nature of the CTSA Program, it is expected that the clinical and research datasets (patient, genotypic, molecular, phenotypic, behavioral, environmental, covariate, and other relevant data) will be widely shared with the scientific community for research, as much as possible.  At the same time, since data privacy is particularly important, and as such, applicants should carefully observe standards of patient privacy, confidentiality, and management of health information.  Applicants should provide a description of how they will ensure data privacy.

Software Sharing Plan:  A software dissemination plan, with appropriate timelines, is expected in the application.  There is no prescribed single license for software produced in this project; however, reviewers will be asked to evaluate the software sharing and dissemination plan based on its likely impact. A dissemination plan guided by the following principles is thought to promote the largest impact:

  • The software should be freely available to biomedical researchers and educators in the non-profit sector, such as institutions of education, research institutions, and government laboratories. 
  • The terms should also permit the dissemination and commercialization of enhanced or customized versions of the software, or incorporation of the software or pieces of it into other software packages.
  • To preserve utility to the community, the software should be transferable such that another individual or team can continue development in the event that the original investigators are unwilling or unable to do so.
  • The terms of software availability should include the ability of researchers outside the CD2H-CC and its collaborating projects to modify the source code and to share modifications with other colleagues as well as with the Center.  An applicant should take responsibility for creating the original and subsequent “official” versions of a piece of software.
  • Applicants are asked to propose a plan to manage and disseminate the improvements or customizations of their tools and resources by others.  This proposal may include a plan to incorporate the enhancements into the “official” core software, may involve the creation of an infrastructure for plug-ins, or may describe some other solution.

Any software dissemination plans represent a commitment by the institution (and its subcontractors as applicable) to support and abide by the plan.

SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

All instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide must be followed.  Biosketches from  External Scientific Consultants should be included in the application if the consultant has been invited to be an External Scientific Consultant

R&R Budget

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

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 general objectives of the proposed CD2H-CC and the overall approach to achieve these goals. 

Research Strategy: 

The overarching goal of the CD2H-CC is to discover, develop, demonstrate, and disseminate excellence and innovation in informatics tools, standards, methods, and processes, and will facilitate collaboration and consortium activities that help translate discoveries into health benefit.  The CD2H-CC will provide leadership in informatics for the CTSA Program by leveraging existing strengths, identifying consensus and best practices, and supporting excellence and innovation in informatics solutions.  Document how the applicant will create an environment of excellence and develop, test, implement, and disseminate innovative informatics solutions to translate clinical and medical data to health benefit.  In order to fully assess the potential of the application to fulfill the overarching goal of this FOA, plans must address all the tasks described in Section I Research Objectives and Scope as well as plans of how the CD2H-CC will execute its responsibilities as detailed in Section VI Terms & Conditions. 

Management Plan: Describe the plans for management and integration of the CD2H-CC with other activities within the CTSA Program (e.g. Informatics Domain Task Force), who will oversee 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 collaborations will be managed.

Outreach and Education Plan:  Applicants should describe a plan and allocate sufficient resources to provide a forum for dissemination of informatics resources and other products as well as high-quality educational resources and materials.  The applicant should describe any innovative types of asynchronous communication and messaging they will propose to use in order to effectively communicate, message and disseminate various resources and information to stakeholders and to the broader scientific community. 

Milestones and Progress: Applicants should define a clear set of goals for the proposed project and semi-annual milestones with metrics that will document progress towards the achievement of the 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 goals of the CD2H-CC will be achieved.  Milestones may be revised at the time of the award.

External Scientific Consultants: Applicants should provide a plan for the appointment of External Scientific Consultants to provide advice and comments to the CD2H-CC about the activities outlined in this FOA, including progress made towards the overall goals of FOA, and any changes in scope or governance that might help make the CD2H-CC more effective and useful.  The composition, roles, responsibilities, and desired expertise of the consultants, frequency of meetings, and other relevant information should be included.  Describe how the External Scientific Consultants will evaluate the overall effectiveness of the activities, including the impact of its activities to enhance health care through the use of informatics resources.  Proposed External Scientific Consultants should be named in the application if they have been invited to participate at the time the application is submitted. 

In addition to addressing these tasks, applicants may propose and discuss other potential objectives and opportunities that applicants believe should be considered where the CTSA Program may be preferentially positioned to translate data (preclinical, clinical research data, data from Electronic Health Records, etc.) to health benefit.

Letters of Support:  Provide all appropriate letters of support, including any letters necessary to demonstrate the support of collaborators. Letters of support from External Scientific Consultants should be included in the application if the consultant has been invited to be an External Scientific Consultant

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

The resource sharing plan should cover all the activities of the CD2H-CC.  Program staff may negotiate modifications to these plans prior to funding.

Appendix:

Do not use the Appendix to circumvent page limits. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

PHS Inclusion Enrollment Report

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

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 Grants.gov

4. Submission Dates and Times

Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates and times. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications before the due date to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission. When a submission date falls on a weekend or Federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

Organizations must submit applications to Grants.gov (the online portal to find and apply for grants across all Federal agencies). Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration. NIH and Grants.gov systems check the application against many of the application instructions upon submission. Errors must be corrected and a changed/corrected application must be submitted to Grants.gov on or before the application due date and time.  If a Changed/Corrected application is submitted after the deadline, the application will be considered late. Applications that miss the due date and time are subjected to the NIH Policy on Late Application Submission.

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

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

5. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

6. Funding Restrictions

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

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

7. Other Submission Requirements and Information

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

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

For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit Applying Electronically. If you encounter a system issue beyond your control that threatens your ability to complete the submission process on-time, you must follow the Guidelines for Applicants Experiencing System Issues. For assistance with application submission, contact the Application Submission Contacts in Section VII.

Important reminders:

All PD(s)/PI(s) 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.

Section V. Application Review Information
1. Criteria

Only the review criteria described below will be considered in the review process. As part of the NIH mission, all applications submitted to the NIH in support of biomedical and behavioral research are evaluated for scientific and technical merit through the NIH peer review system.

 
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.

Significance

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

Specific to this FOA: Is there a high likelihood that the proposed activities will result in the creation of an environment of excellence and develop, test, implement, and disseminate innovative informatics solutions to translate clinical and medical data to health benefit?  How well will the proposed activities 1) support and enhance a collaborative informatics community for the CTSA Program, 2) develop Good Data Practice for information stewardship, 3) promote software standards for interoperability, 4) foster collaborative innovation in the area of informatics tools, methods and processes, 5) stimulate the use of cutting-edge biomedical research informatics and data science education for CTSA Program researchers, and 6) evaluate the impact of the CD2H-CC activities to enhance health care through the use of informatics resources? 

Investigator(s)

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

Specific to this FOA: Do the PD(s)/PI(s) have demonstrated experience and an ongoing record of accomplishments in coordinating and administering large and collaborative networks?  Do the PD(s)/PI(s) have appropriate expertise and experience in informatics?  Do the PD(s)/PI(s), senior/key personnel and/or additional project members have experience in effectively communicating, messaging and disseminating various resources and information to stakeholders and to the broader scientific community?  Do the PD(s)/PI(s), senior/key personnel and/or additional project members have appropriate experience with fulfilling the mission of the CTSA Program or another comparable program?  Do the PD(s)/PI(s), senior/key personnel and/or additional project members have experience overseeing selection and management of subawards, if needed?  Do the PD(s)/PI(s) have sufficient time and committed sufficient effort to accomplish the goals of the FOA? Is there a sufficient plan to recruit External Scientific Consultants with appropriate expertise?  Is there a sufficient plan for meetings and is the description of how the External Scientific Consultants will contribute to the evaluation of the activities of the CD2H-CC sufficient?   

Innovation

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

Specific to this FOA:  Does the application propose innovative types of asynchronous communication and messaging?  

Approach

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

Specific to this FOA: Will the proposed team structure, interactions, and management strategies accomplish the goals of this FOA?  Is the management plan sufficient to accomplish the goals of the FOA?  Is the outreach and education plan sufficient to accomplish the goals of the FOA?  Does the application have a sufficient plan for milestones and assessment of progress?

Is a Data Sharing Plan consistent with the collaborative nature of the CTSA Program? Is the software sharing and dissemination plan efficient based to meet the goals of the 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 children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?  

Environment

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

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.

Protections for Human Subjects

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

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

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children 

When the proposed 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 children to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed. For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Guidelines for the Review of Inclusion in Clinical Research.

Vertebrate Animals

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

Biohazards

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

Resubmissions

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Not Applicable.

Revisions

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.   

Applications from Foreign Organizations

Not Applicable.

Select Agent Research

Reviewers will assess the information provided in this section of the application, including 1) the Select Agent(s) to be used in the proposed research, 2) the registration status of all entities where Select Agent(s) will be used, 3) the procedures that will be used to monitor possession use and transfer of Select Agent(s), and 4) plans for appropriate biosafety, biocontainment, and security of the Select Agent(s).

Resource Sharing Plans

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

Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources:

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

Budget and Period of Support

Reviewers will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

2. Review and Selection Process

Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by (an) appropriate Scientific Review Group(s) convened by NCATS, in accordance with NIH peer review policy and procedures, using the stated review criteria. Assignment to a Scientific Review Group will be shown in the eRA Commons.

As part of the scientific peer review, all applications:

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

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

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

  • Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review.
  • Availability of funds.
  • Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities.
3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

After the peer review of the application is completed, the PD/PI will be able to access his or her Summary Statement (written critique) via the eRA Commons. Refer to Part 1 for dates for peer review, advisory council review, and earliest start date.

Information regarding the disposition of applications is available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Section VI. Award Administration Information
1. Award Notices

If the application is under consideration for funding, NIH will request "just-in-time" information from the applicant as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.

Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to terms and conditions found on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.  This includes any recent legislation and policy applicable to awards that is highlighted on this website.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

All NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: General  and Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Grantees, and Activities. More information is provided at Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants.

Recipients of federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights law. This means that recipients of HHS funds must ensure equal access to their programs without regard to a person’s race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, sex and religion. This includes ensuring your programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency.  HHS recognizes that research projects are often limited in scope for many reasons that are nondiscriminatory, such as the principal investigator’s scientific interest, funding limitations, recruitment requirements, and other considerations. Thus, criteria in research protocols that target or exclude certain populations are warranted where nondiscriminatory justifications establish that such criteria are appropriate with respect to the health or safety of the subjects, the scientific study design, or the purpose of the research.

For additional guidance regarding how the provisions apply to NIH grant programs, please contact the Scientific/Research Contact that is identified in Section VII under Agency Contacts of this FOA. HHS provides general guidance to recipients of FFA on meeting their legal obligation to take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to their programs by persons with limited English proficiency. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/resources/laws/revisedlep.html. The HHS Office for Civil Rights also provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/section1557/index.html; and http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/index.html. Recipients of FFA also have specific legal obligations for serving qualified individuals with disabilities. Please see http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/civilrights/understanding/disability/index.html. Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/about/rgn-hqaddresses.html or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697. Also note it is an HHS Departmental goal to ensure access to quality, culturally competent care, including long-term services and supports, for vulnerable populations. For further guidance on providing culturally and linguistically appropriate services, recipients should review the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care at http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/omh/browse.aspx?lvl=2&lvlid=53.

In accordance with the statutory provisions contained in Section 872 of the Duncan Hunter National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2009 (Public Law 110-417), NIH awards will be subject to the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) requirements.  FAPIIS requires Federal award making officials to review and consider information about an applicant in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS) prior to making an award.  An applicant, at its option, may review information in the designated integrity and performance systems accessible through FAPIIS and comment on any information about itself that a Federal agency previously entered and is currently in FAPIIS.  The Federal awarding agency will consider any comments by the applicant, in addition to other information in FAPIIS, in making a judgement about the applicant’s integrity, business ethics, and record of performance under Federal awards when completing the review of risk posed by applicants as described in 45 CFR Part 75.205 “Federal awarding agency review of risk posed by applicants.”  This provision will apply to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements except fellowships.

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

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

The administrative and funding instrument used for this program will be the cooperative agreement, an "assistance" mechanism (rather than an "acquisition" mechanism), in which substantial NIH programmatic involvement with the awardees is anticipated during the performance of the activities. 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.

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

  • Overall function of the CD2H-CC and providing overall scientific and administrative leadership for the project activities.  This includes responsibility for the research objectives and scope outlined in Section I of RFA-TR-17-006: 1) supporting and enhancing a collaborative informatics community for the CTSA Program, 2) developing Good Data Practice (GDP) for information stewardship adhering to the findable, accessible, interoperable and re-usable (FAIR) principles, 3) promoting software standards for interoperability, 4) fostering collaborative innovation in the area of informatics tools, methods and processes, 5) stimulating the use of cutting edge biomedical research informatics and data science education for CTSA Program researchers, and 6) evaluating the impact of CD2H-CC activities to enhance health care through the use of informatics resources.
  • Developing research objectives and approaches, and prioritizing project activities through setting milestones.
  • Overseeing all aspects of the organization and execution of the activities and projects as outlined in the application and approved by NCATS after peer review.
  • Development of a governance structure for CD2H-CC activities.  These activities include 1)  development of a transparent, reproducible, and inclusive process for the evaluation of such high impact informatics projects; 2) provision of an inclusive framework to collaboratively develop well-defined multi-site projects that should include time-limited milestones, expected outcomes and evaluation measures; 3) provision of a forum for the assessment of merit-based projects that may include the assessment of the project’s overall goals of enhancing efficiency and performance, reducing cost, and improving quality that can be quantified and continually improved upon over time; 4) establishment of processes and methods for common IT architecture for the CTSA Program Consortium including defining technical standards, identifying security requirements, and identifying and integrating existing resources; 5) fostering and promoting the development of an academic attribution and reimbursement framework for informatics products and processes; 6) developing and implementing a model for continuous quality improvement (CQI) where projects are continuously measured and modified; and 7)  developing a system where quantifiable, measurable, and actionable results of the impact of the products of the CD2H-CC are reported.
  • Creating and/or enhancing the use of software development standards and best practices to ensure the licensing of products, methods, and processes developed with the support of federal funds are freely available (open source) for the CTSA Program community and other stakeholders as consistent with standard software development life cycle requirements.
  • Create a collaborative informatics laboratory, foster the identification of commercial tools by stakeholders that are thought to provide high value for the Consortium to facilitate translational science projects, and develop a sustainable model for the informatics products produced and used.
  • Providing and facilitating support for communication among key stakeholders, including the CTSA Informatics domain task force and the External Scientific Consultants, to accomplish the activities outlined in Section I of RFA-TR-17-006.     
  • Awardees are expected to publish and publicly disseminate results, data, and other products of the project, concordant with governance policies and protocols.  Publications and oral presentations of work performed under this agreement will require appropriate acknowledgment of support by the NCATS/NIH.
  • Supporting the publication and presentation of the impact of the tools, methods, and processes deployed. 
  • Developing an Outreach and Education Plan that results in providing a forum for dissemination of informatics resources and other products and for disseminating high-quality educational resources and materials.  Placing all relevant activity and project materials into the public domain.  This will include the creation, management and posting of content to a CD2H-CC web portal.
  • Awardee(s) will agree to accept close coordination, cooperation and participation of NCATS Program Staff in those aspects of scientific and technical management of the project as described under the responsibilities of the NCATS Project Scientist and NCATS Program Official.
  • Awardee(s) will agree to the governance of the CTSA Program Consortium.
  • Presentation of semi-annual reports to the NCATS CTSA Program Steering Committee on the CD2H-CC current and planned activities.
  • Obtaining prior written approval of the NCATS Grants Management Specialist in consultation with the NCATS Program Officer for any change in any of the key personnel identified in the Notice of Grant Award.

NIH staff has substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards, as described below.  An NCATS Project Scientist will have substantial programmatic involvement that is above and beyond the typical stewardship role in other awards, as described below.  In addition to the Project Scientist, an NCATS Program Official will be responsible for programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the award notice. 

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

The Project Scientist will:

  • Provide substantial scientific and programmatic involvement during the conduct of this activity through technical assistance, advice, and coordination.  This involvement is above and beyond the normal stewardship role in awards.
  • Participation in the development and prioritization of activities and projects.
  • Provide cooperation or coordination with, or assistance to, awardee(s) in performing project activities.
  • Participate on committees as a voting member or in other functions responsible for helping to guide the course of long-term projects or activities.
  • Provide assistance with the selection of contractors or sub-awardees under the assistance award, and in the selection of key project personnel other than principal investigators of projects or sub-projects.
  • Coordinate interactions with relevant programs; provide expertise and overall knowledge of NIH-sponsored programs and other projects to facilitate collaboration (e.g. coordinating access to NIH supported research resources, identifying other researchers/resources for the projects).
  • Coordinate interactions with relevant groups as necessary (NCATS CTSA Steering Committee, External Scientific Consultants, NIH institutes, governmental agencies, research organizations, research and disease foundations, the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry, and other external stakeholders). 
  • Providing for an option to halt a project activity if technical performance requirements are not met, if program objectives have already been met, or if program objectives change.
  • Participation in the presentation of results, including publications from the project.
  • Participation in the review of all content prior to posting to the CD2H-CC web portal.
  • Participation in the development semi-annual reports to the NCATS CTSA Steering Committee on the CTSA Program CD2H-CC current and planned activities.
  • Assess the awardee’s overall participation in and contributions to the CTSA Program Consortium and its support for development and implementation of the project activities described under this award.  
  • Have no involvement in normal program stewardship.

The Program Official will:

  • Enforce general statutory, regulatory, or policy requirements.
  • Approve awardee plans prior to award and review of performance after completion.
  • Evaluate progress by reviews of technical or fiscal reports, site visits, or external consultants, to determine that performance is consistent with the terms and conditions of the award.
  • Provide technical assistance requested by awardees, or unanticipated procedures to correct programmatic or financial deficiencies in awardees' performance.
  • Scientific/technical discussions with awardees, or actions to facilitate or expedite interactions between awardees, e.g., organizing and holding meetings of investigators.
  • The NIH reserves the option to recommend withholding or reducing support from activities that fail to achieve their goal or comply with the Terms and Conditions.

Areas of Joint Responsibility include:

  • Collectively awardee(s) and NCATS staff will determine criteria and processes for quality control of information and data to be posted for the research community, consistent with NIH policies and achieving the goals of the program as described in this Funding Opportunity Announcement.
  • Develop milestones for the described activities.  Participate in recurring meetings (no less than monthly) by teleconference, or more frequently as needed, to discuss priorities, progress, obstacles, solutions and any other related issues and/or activities related to ongoing and planned activities of the CD2H-CC.

Dispute Resolution:

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

3. Reporting

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

A final progress report, invention statement, and the expenditure data portion of the Federal Financial Report are required for closeout of an award, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later.  All awardees of applicable NIH grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at www.fsrs.gov on all subawards over $25,000.  See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement.

In accordance with the regulatory requirements provided at 45 CFR 75.113 and Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75, recipients that have currently active Federal grants, cooperative agreements, and procurement contracts from all Federal awarding agencies with a cumulative total value greater than $10,000,000 for any period of time during the period of performance of a Federal award, must report and maintain the currency of information reported in the System for Award Management (SAM) about civil, criminal, and administrative proceedings in connection with the award or performance of a Federal award that reached final disposition within the most recent five-year period.  The recipient must also make semiannual disclosures regarding such proceedings. Proceedings information will be made publicly available in the designated integrity and performance system (currently FAPIIS).  This is a statutory requirement under section 872 of Public Law 110-417, as amended (41 U.S.C. 2313).  As required by section 3010 of Public Law 111-212, all information posted in the designated integrity and performance system on or after April 15, 2011, except past performance reviews required for Federal procurement contracts, will be publicly available.  Full reporting requirements and procedures are found in Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 – Award Term and Conditions for Recipient Integrity and Performance Matters.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

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

Application Submission Contacts

eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons registration, submitting and tracking an application, documenting system problems that threaten submission by the due date, post submission issues)
Finding Help Online: http://grants.nih.gov/support/ (preferred method of contact)

Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading forms and application packages)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726

Email: support@grants.gov

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources)
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)

Telephone: 301-710-0267

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Erica Rosemond, Ph.D.
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
Telephone: 301-594-8927
Email: rosemonde@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Carol Lambert, Ph.D.
Telephone: 301-435-0814
Fax: 301-480-3660
Email: Lambert@mail.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Dawn Walker
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
Telephone: 301-435-0833
Email: Dawn.Walker@nih.gov

Section VIII. Other Information

Recently issued trans-NIH policy notices may affect your application submission. A full list of policy notices published by NIH is provided in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Authority and Regulations

Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 75.

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