Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information

Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

National Library of Medicine (NLM)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Funding Opportunity Title
Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Laboratory Core (U24) Clinical Trial Not Allowed
Activity Code

U24 Resource-Related Research Projects – Cooperative Agreements

Announcement Type
New
Related Notices

September 19, 2022 - Notice of Pre-Application Webinar for Funding Opportunities to Extend and Expand the ECHO Cohort. See Notice NOT-OD-23-001

NOT-OD-22-190 - Adjustments to NIH and AHRQ Grant Application Due Dates Between September 22 and September 30, 2022

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number
RFA-OD-22-016
Companion Funding Opportunity
RFA-OD-22-017 , UG3/ UH3 Phase 1 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement/Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II
RFA-OD-22-018 , UG3/ UH3 Phase 1 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement/Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II
RFA-OD-22-019 , UG3/ UH3 Phase 1 Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement/Exploratory/Developmental Cooperative Agreement Phase II
RFA-OD-22-020 , U24 Resource-Related Research Project (Cooperative Agreements)
RFA-OD-22-021 , U2C Resource-Related Research Multi-Component Projects and Centers Cooperative Agreements
RFA-OD-22-022 , U24 Resource-Related Research Project (Cooperative Agreements)
Number of Applications

See Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

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

Assistance Listing Number(s)
93.310, 93.847, 93.307, 93.879, 93.273, 93.853, 93.361, 93.242, 93.866, 93.865, 93.121, 93.279, 93.113, 93.350, 93.213, 93.837, 93.838, 93.839, 93.840, 93.233, 93.855
Funding Opportunity Purpose

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite applications for a Laboratory Core for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program.The ECHO Laboratory Core will provide leadership, project management, and infrastructure for all activities related to ECHO Cohort biospecimens and data generated from biospecimen assays. The main roles of the ECHO Laboratory Core are to: (1) facilitate ECHO Cohort biospecimen collection and processing; (2) manage the ECHO Cohort Biorepository; (3) perform or facilitate a wide range of biospecimen assays to support ECHO Cohort analyses; and (4) coordinate biospecimen information and assay results.

This FOA runs in parallel with companion FOAs that solicit applications for Cohort Study Sites for follow-up of existing ECHO Cohort participants and for recruitment of new pregnant participants (RFA-OD-22-018), for Cohort Study Sites only for follow-up of existing ECHO Cohort participants (RFA-OD-22-019), for Cohort Study Sites only for recruitment of new pregnant participants (RFA-OD-22-017), for an ECHO Coordinating Center (RFA-OD-22-021), for an ECHO Data Analysis Center (RFA-OD-22-022), and for an ECHO Measurement Core (RFA-OD-22-020).

Key Dates

Posted Date
August 30, 2022
Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
October 21, 2022
Letter of Intent Due Date(s)

October 21, 2022

Application Due Dates Review and Award Cycles
New Renewal / Resubmission / Revision (as allowed) AIDS Scientific Merit Review Advisory Council Review Earliest Start Date
November 21, 2022 Not Applicable Not Applicable February 2023 May 2023 September 2023

All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. 

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.

Expiration Date
November 22, 2022
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.

There are several options available to submit your application through Grants.gov to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners. You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.

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

  3. Use Grants.gov Workspace to prepare and submit your application and eRA Commons to track your application.


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Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

Objective, Background, and Scope

The Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program plans to extend and expand the ECHO Cohort in its next phase (2023-2029) to further investigate the roles of a broad range of early exposures from society to biology, including the preconception period, on ECHO’s five key child health outcomes among diverse populations. The objective of this FOA is to solicit applications for an ECHO Laboratory Core to provide leadership, project management, and infrastructure for all activities related to ECHO Cohort biospecimens and data generated from biospecimen assays. The main roles of the ECHO Laboratory Core are to: (1) facilitate ECHO Cohort biospecimen collection and processing; (2) manage the ECHO Cohort Biorepository; (3) perform or facilitate a wide range of biospecimen assays to support ECHO Cohort analyses; and (4) coordinate biospecimen information and assay results.

ECHO is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility and, as such, encourages community-engaged recruitment and retention strategies that will enhance the diversity of the ECHO Cohort participants; research that addresses health equity and health disparities; and enhancements in the diversity of the scientific workforce in children’s health. In this FOA, the term "diverse populations" includes health disparity populations as defined by NIH.

Background

In 2016 NIH launched the nationwide ECHO Program with the mission to enhance the health of children for generations to come. ECHO Pediatric Cohort investigators established the ECHO Cohort by combining data and biospecimens from multiple pre-existing and ongoing maternal-child cohort studies, driven by the ECHO Cohort Protocol. ECHO investigators explore how a broad range of early environmental exposures from society to biology influence five pediatric outcome areas: pre-, peri- and postnatal, upper and lower airways, obesity, neurodevelopment, and positive health. ECHO focuses on exposures from preconception to age five and child health outcomes from the prenatal period through adolescence. The scientific impact of the ECHO Cohort relies upon data and biospecimen availability which ECHO makes available in two ways: 1) on the ECHO Cohort Data Platform—a highly secure, FISMA moderate cloud environment available to ECHO analysts, along with the ECHO Biorepository; and 2) a nearly-anonymized, controlled access public use dataset located in NICHD’s Data and Specimen Hub available to the broader scientific community. To date, the ECHO Cohort datasets comprise data on over 50,000 children, plus their family members, and nearly that number of biospecimens.

The ECHO Program now seeks to extend longitudinal follow up of existing ECHO Cohort participants and expand the ECHO Cohort by adding new pregnant participants. The next phase of the ECHO Cohort consortium will extend its reach by following nearly 40,000 existing ECHO Cohort child participants for an additional 7 years.The ECHO Cohort will also expand to include a new diverse sample of approximately 20,000 pregnant participants, and, if available, the conceiving partner, recruited during early pregnancy with follow-up of their resulting offspring.

Derived from the postpartum period of these 20,000 pregnant participants, the ECHO Cohort will also include a preconception pilot study of approximately 10,000 potential pregnant participants and, if available, their conceiving partners who are at moderate to high probability of having a subsequent child during the study period (2023-2029). NIH anticipates at least 3,000 births from this preconception pilot study, followed through the end of the ECHO Cohort study period (2023-2029), including a minimum follow up to one year of age.The ECHO Program Office expects these combined strategies to result in the ECHO Cohort consisting of ~60,000 children—ranging from the preconception period through adolescence—plus their caregivers.

Scope

This FOA and its companion FOAs will continue to support the ECHO Cohort to allow investigations into the effects of a broad range of early environmental exposures, beginning during the preconception period, on child health outcomes. ECHO is interested in a broad range of exposures including physical and chemical, societal, medical, psychosocial, behavioral, and biological. ECHO will continue to focus on its five key child health outcomes: pre-, peri- and postnatal, upper and lower airways, obesity, neurodevelopment, and positive health. The ECHO Cohort consortium will continue to emphasize solution-oriented research that can inform programs, policies, and practices.

To achieve success, the NIH expects all ECHO awardees to employ outstanding practices of team science, including mutual respect, cooperation, and collaboration, with all consortium members. The ECHO Cohort consortium will include

ECHO Cohort Study Sites to lead collaborative ECHO Cohort science; follow up existing ECHO participants; recruit new pregnant participants with emphasis on diverse populations, their resulting offspring, and, if available, the conceiving partner; develop and implement the ECHO Cohort Preconception Pilot Study; and implement the ECHO Cohort Protocol using ECHO’s central data capture system.

An ECHO Coordinating Center to provide comprehensive operational leadership and an organizational infrastructure to manage and coordinate all ECHO Cohort activities. The Coordinating Center’s main roles are to provide program oversight and effective project management for all aspects of the ECHO Cohort Program; support multiple ECHO Cohort committees and serve as the centralized ECHO Cohort communications center; and administer the Opportunities and Innovation Fund for early career scientists.

An ECHO Data Analysis Center to lead, standardize, and integrate ECHO Cohort Protocol data capture, management, and storage through a central data system; provide analytic support and expertise to analysis proposals approved by the ECHO Cohort consortium; and enrich research infrastructure and data science to facilitate broader sharing of ECHO Cohort data and resources with the scientific community.

An ECHO Measurement Core to develop and refine measures for the ECHO Cohort Protocol, including methods to implement the measures; assist all ECHO Cohort Study Sites, Cores, and Centers in implementing and evaluating the ECHO Cohort Protocol; and lead strategic decision-making to incorporate new and revised measures to advance ECHO Cohort science while moderating participant and staff burden.

An ECHO Laboratory Core to provide leadership and infrastructure for all activities related to ECHO Cohort biospecimens and data generated from biospecimen assays. The main roles of the ECHO Laboratory Core are to facilitate collection and processing of biospecimens; manage the ECHO Cohort Biorepository; perform or facilitate a wide range of biospecimen assays to support ECHO Cohort analyses; and coordinate biospecimen information and assay results.

It is essential that applicants for this FOA familiarize themselves with the companion FOAs, including the goals and requirements for the Cohort Study Sites, Coordinating Center, Data Analysis Center, Measurement Core, and Laboratory Core and how they function together within the ECHO Cohort consortium.

At the start of the funding period, Cohort Study Sites will implement the ECHO Cohort Protocol, from pregnancy through adolescence, i.e., 20 years, 11 months 30 days. NIH expects that the ECHO Cohort consortium will develop and implement a Steering Committee-approved preconception phase of the ECHO Cohort Protocol within the first year of the study period.

The ECHO Cohort Protocol will consist of two types of essential data elements and biospecimens, Core and Specialized. All Cohort Study Sites must collect all Core and Specialized data elements and biospecimens on all participants.

The Core data elements in the ECHO Cohort Protocol will include exposure and outcome elements that are key to analyses that will employ the large sample size of the ECHO Cohort. Such elements will include sociodemographics, dates of birth and study visits, addresses, health histories, psychosocial and family environment, lifestyle and other behaviors, physical and neurodevelopmental health, and well-being. Core biospecimens will include DNA from the biological parents; the pregnant participant's whole blood, urine, hair, and toenails; children’s DNA, whole blood or blood spot, urine, hair, toenails, and shed teeth. NIH encourages Cohort Study Sites to collect placenta, cord blood, and breast milk on a sub-sample of participants.

The ECHO Cohort Protocol will include suites for Specialized Exposure and Specialized Outcome areas specifying the essential data elements and biospecimens that ECHO Cohort Study Sites will collect in each area. These Specialized areas will include more extensive elements or more detailed measures than the Core elements. The NIH ECHO Program Office anticipates the Specialized Exposure areas to include a) Physical & Chemical, e.g., air pollution and household chemicals; b) Lifestyle, e.g., nutrition, sleep, physical activity; or c) Psychosocial, e.g., stress, social support, and discrimination. Specialized Outcome areas include ECHO’s five key child health outcomes area: pre-, peri- and postnatal, upper and lower airways, obesity, neurodevelopment, and positive health. Cohort Study Sites must collect all data elements specified by the ECHO Cohort Protocol within their specialized exposure and outcome areas, from all participants.

Specifically, the ECHO Laboratory Core will have the following responsibilities:

1. Facilitate ECHO Cohort biospecimen collection and processing:

  • Lead development or revision—in collaboration with Cohort Study Sites, Cores, and Centers—of standardized procedures for Cohort Study Site collection and processing of biospecimens according to the ECHO Cohort Protocol, including remote collection; and ensuring these procedures are appropriate for diverse populations
  • Establish manuals of procedures and standard operating procedures for, but not limited to, ECHO Cohort biospecimen collection, processing, shipping/batch shipments, specimen labeling/barcodes, specimen annotation, specimen preparation/processing on receipt, quality control, chain of custody, storage, inventory, tracking, and distribution. Applicant may leverage existing ECHO Cohort Collection, Processing and Storage documents publicly available at echochildren.org
  • Provide training, leadership, and guidance to Cohort Study Site investigators and staff on processes for specimen collection, processing, and shipping.
  • Provide quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of biospecimens from collection and processing
  • Work to ensure participant confidentiality and privacy protection of individuals

2. Manage the ECHO Cohort Biorepository:

  • Maintain or reestablish and manage an ECHO Cohort Biorepository to support storage and use of high quality biospecimens that ECHO Cohort Study Sites collect from study participants as specified in the ECHO Cohort Protocol
  • Leverage when possible existing ECHO resources and expertise for biospecimen storage
  • Ensure security of samples including back up plans in case of power outages, refrigerator/freezer breakdowns, or other disasters
  • Provide Biorepository inventory, monitoring, and regulatory reports to ECHO Program Office, ECHO Cohort Steering Committee, ECHO Cohort Operations Committee, or ECHO Cohort Study Sites, Cores, and Centers, as needed.
  • Maintain an up-to-date searchable inventory of biospecimens and associated data that is accessible to researchers
  • Ensure that the biospecimen metadata in the Biorepository align with information in the ECHO Data Analysis Center tracking system
  • Facilitate processes for biospecimen access and use, e.g., websites and inventory information, that maximizes scientific value of ECHO Cohort biospecimens.
  • Manage and oversee the ECHO biorepository for long-term biospecimen storage and availability for future research by ECHO investigators and the broader scientific community
  • Provide QA/QC of biospecimens storage
  • Lead development of a process for review, adjudication, and approval of biospecimen release and use requests.

3. Perform or facilitate biospecimen assays:

  • Perform assays or subcontract to outside laboratories that will perform assays
  • Leverage when possible existing ECHO resources and expertise for biospecimen assays, including genotyping and processing of placenta samples
  • Leverage when possible ongoing NIH resources, e.g., NIH/NIEHS Human Health Exposure Analysis Resource (HHEAR) Laboratory Network
  • When the Steering Committee approves biospecimen requests, distribute selected biospecimens to the laboratories to perform biospecimen assays
  • Coordinate biospecimen transfer to facilities that do biospecimen assays and return of specimens to the biorepository when applicable
  • Provide expertise to ECHO Cohort investigators for exposure analysis and study design prior to analysis and assay interpretation after analysis
  • Provide laboratory analysis services for a wide range of biospecimen assays including, but not limited to:
    • Targeted assays of single chemicals or panels
    • Untargeted exposome and metabolomics analysis
    • Microbiome analysis
    • Genetics and epigenetics or other -omics analysis
    • Biological response indicators analyses
  • Ensure quality of biospecimen assays by considering the following, but not limited to:
    • Variability between and within persons
    • Inclusion of appropriate blanks, internal standards, and reference materials
    • Assay reproducibility and validation
    • Laboratory proficiency testing
    • Special considerations, including small sample volumes, regarding children
  • Follow the existing ECHO Cohort Biospecimens Use and Reserve Policy or lead revision as needed.
  • Identify opportunities to conserve biospecimens and maximize use for multiple ECHO Cohort analyses
  • Develop innovative new methods and improve existing methods for analyzing ECHO Cohort biospecimens
  • Coordinate shipping of samples to the laboratory for analysis and return of samples back to the biorepository when applicable
  • Manage project workflow and progress of biospecimen assay completion according to projected timelines
  • Provide an integrated strategy to communicate progress of biospecimen assay projects with the Biorepository, ECHO Cohort Study Sites, Cores, Centers, and NIH
  • Ensure biospecimen assay QA/QC

4. Coordination of biospecimen information and assay results:

  • Collaborate with the Data Analysis Center to ensure the ECHO Cohort Data Platform captures biospecimen metadata such as data on collection, processing, and storage
  • Ensure that the biospecimen metadata in the biorepository align with information in the ECHO Data Analysis Center tracking system
  • Develop a clear process in concert with the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee and Operations Committee, and other Cores and Centers for ECHO Cohort investigators to propose biospecimen assay projects, access data on available biospecimens, and assess feasibility of proposals
  • Provide expert input on data dictionaries, data standards, such as format and definition of common data, metadata standards, and data ontologies for biospecimen assay on the ECHO Cohort Data Platform
  • Transfer all biospecimen information, biospecimen assay data, quality control data, and metadata to the ECHO Data Analysis Center after checking data quality
  • Support ECHO Cohort data harmonization, when needed, especially harmonization efforts involving biospecimen assay results
  • Impute genomic data, provide QA/QC of genomic data, and assist in posting genomic data to dbGaP.
  • Prepare QA/QC reports along with supporting files to include on dbGap that describe the dataset and results of the data cleaning process
  • Collaborate with the ECHO Data Analysis Center to facilitate bioinformatics analyses, e.g., for untargeted analysis
  • Work with other ECHO Cohort Cores and Centers to provide online shared workspace to manage biospecimen and data requests

Shared Accountability and Governance

ECHO anticipates using a shared accountability model, including a plan, do, study, act approach, to support achievement of consortium goals. The ECHO Cohort Steering Committee will drive the ECHO Cohort consortium’s scientific direction by setting strategic research priorities and annual scientific objectives. To fulfill this responsibility, the Steering Committee may establish a series of subcommittees, working groups, or task forces to generate research ideas, specify ECHO Cohort Protocol needs, integrate scientific knowledge, review research products, and disseminate scientific results.

The ECHO Cohort Steering Committee’s annual scientific objectives may include

  • Setting a target number of distinct types of ECHO Cohort analyses, e.g.,
    • Influences of multiple exposures on ECHO health outcome areas
    • Influences of exposures on more than one ECHO health outcome areas
    • Analyses that address urgent public health issues that relate to any one or more of ECHO’s five health outcome areas
  • Ensuring ECHO Cohort analyses address scientific questions related to, e.g.,
    • Health disparities and health equity
    • Social determinants of health
    • Natural experiments or health crises
    • Novel chemicals
    • Resilience or reversibility
    • Health trajectories or developmental plasticity
    • Preconception exposures
  • Focusing analytic resources on solution-oriented ECHO Cohort analyses designed to inform programs, policies, and practices to enhance child health

To enable the Steering Committee’s strategic scientific priorities and annual research objectives, the NIH ECHO Program Office will establish consortium-level operational objectives related but not limited to

  • Study participants, including participants from diverse populations
    • Recruiting newly pregnant or preconception participants
    • Enrolling children into the ECHO Cohort
    • Retaining participants through the end of the study period
  • Data collection, completeness, and usability
    • Approving the Preconception phase of the ECHO Cohort Protocol
    • Ensuring data quality and fidelity of implementing the ECHO Cohort Protocol for pregnancy, preconception, and child participants
    • Making ECHO Cohort data available for analysis
  • Biospecimen collection and use
  • Publication and dissemination of ECHO Cohort data analyses

An ECHO Cohort Operations Committee will enable achievement of the Steering Committee’s scientific priorities and the operational objectives that the NIH ECHO Program Office sets. To fulfill this responsibility, the Operations Committee may establish subgroups to assure consortium-wide progress toward objectives relating to participant enrollment and retention, biospecimen storage and use, consortium-wide data availability, analysis and manuscript pipelines, or consortium policies. The Operations Committee will facilitate the function of a central dashboard that displays real-time consortium-wide progress toward the annual ECHO Cohort consortium's scientific and operational objectives. The Operations Committee will regularly evaluate the extent of achievement of the ECHO Cohort consortium's objectives, identify barriers to success, and implement solutions. The dashboard will allow the Steering Committee, Operations Committee, and NIH ECHO Program staff to closely monitor the contributions of all ECHO Cohort consortium awardees toward achievement of all scientific and operational objectives.

Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP)

The ECHO Program is committed to diversity equity, inclusion, and accessibility. The ECHO Program recognizes that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogeneous teams. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the research, advancing the likelihood that underserved populations participate in, and benefit from research, and enhancing public trust.

To support the best science, the ECHO Program encourages inclusivity in research. Examples of structures that promote diverse perspectives include but are not limited to:

  • Transdisciplinary research projects and collaborations among researchers from array of scientific fields
  • Engagement from different types of institutions and organizations, e.g., research-intensive, undergraduate-focused, minority-serving, community-based
  • Individual applications and partnerships that enhance geographic and regional heterogeneity
  • Investigators and teams composed of researchers at different career stages
  • Participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including groups traditionally underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce (see NOT-OD-20-031), such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women
  • Project-based opportunities to enhance the research environment to benefit early- and mid-career investigators

This FOA requires a PEDP as part of the application. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the FOA instructions carefully and view the available PEDP guidance material.

Applications must include a PEDP submitted as Other Project Information as an attachment (see Section IV). The PEDP will be assessed as part of the scientific and technical peer review evaluation, aswell as considered among programmatic matters with respect to funding decisions.

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. Only those application types listed here are allowed for this FOA.

Clinical Trial?

Not Allowed: Only accepting applications that do not propose clinical trials.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

NIH intends to fund $7,300,000 in FY2023 to fund one award. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.

Award Budget
Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.
Award Project Period

The project period is 7 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

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:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • 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)

Local 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)

Federal Governments

  • 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 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.

  • 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.
    • 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.
    • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI)- A UEI is issued as part of the SAM.gov registration process. The same UEI must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application.
  • eRA Commons - Once the unique organization identifier is established, organizations can register with eRA Commons in tandem with completing their full SAM and Grants.gov registrations; 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.
  • Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active 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 diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and women are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

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

2. Cost Sharing

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

3. Additional Information on Eligibility

Number of Applications

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

The NIH will not accept duplicate or highly overlapping applications under review at the same time, per 2.3.7.4 Submission of Resubmission Application. 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 2.3.9.4 Similar, Essentially Identical, or Identical Applications).

Section IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Requesting an Application Package

The application forms package specific to this opportunity must be accessed through ASSIST, Grants.gov Workspace or an institutional system-to-system solution. Links to apply using ASSIST or Grants.gov Workspace are available in Part 1 of this FOA. See your administrative office for instructions if you plan to use an institutional system-to-system solution.

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 Guide 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.

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:

Manjit Hanspal
Telephone: 301-435-5008
Email: manjit.hanspal@nih.gov

Page Limitations

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

For this specific FOA, the Research Strategy section is limited to 30 pages.

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:

Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP)

In an "Other Attachment" entitled "Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives," all applicants must include a summary of strategies to advance the scientific and technical merit of the proposed project through expanded inclusivity. The PEDP should provide a holistic and integrated view of how enhancing diverse perspectives is viewed and supported throughout the application and can incorporate elements with relevance to any review criteria (significance, investigator(s), innovation, approach, and environment) as appropriate. Where possible, applicant(s) should align their description with these required elements within the research strategy section. The PEDP will vary depending on the scientific aims, expertise required, the environment and performance site(s), as well as how the project aims are structured. The PEDP may be no more than 1-page in length and should include a timeline and milestones for relevant components that will be considered as part of the review. Examples of items that advance inclusivity in research and may be part of the PEDP can include, but are not limited to:

  • Discussion of engagement with different types of institutions and organizations (e.g., research-intensive, undergraduate-focused, minority-serving, community-based)
  • Description of any planned partnerships that may enhance geographic and regional diversity
  • Plan to enhance recruiting of women and individuals from groups traditionally under-represented in the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research workforce
  • Proposed monitoring activities to identify and measure PEDP progress benchmarks
  • Plan to utilize the project infrastructure (i.e., research and structure) to support career-enhancing research opportunities for diverse junior, early- and mid-career researchers
  • Description of any training and/or mentoring opportunities available to encourage participation of students, postdoctoral researchers and co-investigators from diverse backgrounds
  • Plan to develop transdisciplinary collaboration(s) that require unique expertise and/or solicit diverse perspectives to address research question(s)
  • Publication plan that enumerates planned manuscripts and proposed lead authorship
  • Outreach and planned engagement activities to enhance recruitment of individuals from diverse groups as research participants including those from under-represented backgrounds

For further information on the Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP), please see https://braininitiative.nih.gov/about/plan-enhancing-diverse-perspectives-pedp.

SF424(R&R) Senior/Key Person Profile

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

R&R Budget

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

PEDP implementation costs:

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: Briefly describe the Specific Aims of the proposed ECHO Laboratory Core as outlined under Objective, Background, and Scope in Section I, the approaches for achieving the aims, and how the aims will support the ECHO Cohort consortium to achieve its overall goal of investigating the roles of a broad range of early exposures from society to biology, including the preconception period, on ECHO’s five key child health outcomes—pre-, peri- and postnatal, upper and lower airways, obesity, neurodevelopment, and positive health—among diverse populations.

Research Strategy:

The ECHO Laboratory Core will provide leadership and infrastructure for all activities related to biospecimens and data generated from biospecimen assays. The main roles of the ECHO Laboratory Core are to: 1) facilitate ECHO Cohort biospecimen collection and processing; (2) manage the ECHO Cohort Biorepository; (3) perform or facilitate a wide range of biospecimen assays to support ECHO Cohort analyses; and (4) coordinate biospecimen information and assay results. Applicants must be willing to abide by decisions made by the Steering and Operations Committees related to biospecimen use.

The Laboratory Core will maintain or reestablish the ECHO Cohort Biorepository that stores high quality biospecimens. The existing biorepository contains ~100,000 prenatal, perinatal, and child biospecimens as described in the ECHO Cohort Protocol. The Laboratory Core will provide the leadership, project management, and infrastructure for collection, processing, and storage of biospecimens from >60,000 children?plus?their caregivers, representing life stages from preconception through adolescence, and will perform or facilitate a broad range of laboratory assays. With this consideration, applicants should propose a reasonable and scientifically justified Plan that accommodates assays of a large number of biospecimens, incorporating state of the art analytical platforms and strategies. The applicant should:

  • Describe the leadership and membership of the proposed team including the organizational chart and the extent to which the team integrates the required technical and administrative expertise to run a successful Laboratory Core involving many types of biospecimens. Propose specific plans and procedures to support effective interaction among the Laboratory Core and the Cohort Study Sites, Cores, and Centers.
  • Describe prior experience and demonstrable capabilities in leading large projects similar in scope and scale to the ECHO Laboratory Core
  • Describe prior experience and demonstrable capabilities in managing biorepositories to support research in large consortia; include plans for ensuring security of samples including back up plans in case of power outages, refrigerator/freezer breakdowns, or other disasters
  • Describe prior experience and demonstrable capabilities in collecting, processing, storing, QA/QC and assays for large studies of children, including any special considerations for children
  • Describe an approach to ECHO Cohort biospecimen collection, processing, shipping/batch shipments, specimen labeling/barcodes, specimen annotation, specimen preparation/processing on receipt, quality control, chain of custody, storage, inventory, tracking, and distribution. Applicant may leverage existing ECHO Cohort Collection, Processing and Storage (CPS) documents publicly available at echochildren.org
  • Describe plans for ensuring participant confidentiality and privacy protection of individuals
  • Provide a well delineated plan for QA/QC measures for biospecimen collection, processing, and storage, and for each assay. This plan should include methodology to minimize within-person vs. between-person biological variation and to minimize variations due to platform, reagent, and batch effects.
  • Describe capabilities and experience in targeted analysis for specific analytes or classes of interest for children's environmental health outcomes, e.g., environmental contaminants; endogenous markers of stress, lifestyle, or indicators of nutrition; biological response indicators
  • Describe capabilities and experience in untargeted analyses to simultaneously measure large sets of analytes to examine the association between exposures and biological response
  • Describe the proposed targeted and untargeted platforms. Include coverage, ability to scale, throughput, QA/QC approaches, strategies for minimizing false discovery rates, and plans for identifying unknowns as new information and tools become available.
  • Describe experience in genetic and epigenetic assays, including Array-based DNA methylation assessment in biospecimens taken from study participants over the course of preconception, pregnancy, the perinatal period, and childhood. Include coverage, ability to scale, throughput, QA/QC approaches, strategies for minimizing false discovery rates, and plans for identifying unknowns as new information and tools become available.
  • Describe plans for selecting and subcontracting to outside laboratories that will perform assays when needed
  • Describe plans for coordinating with other ECHO Cohort Cores and Centers to facilitate interoperability of data and biospecimens and integration of processes
  • Describe plans for how the proposed Laboratory Core would follow the NIH and ECHO data sharing and use policies.
  • If the applicant organization also applies to the ECHO Coordinating Center FOA, Data Analysis Center FOA, or Measurement Core FOA, include a discussion of specific advantages offered to ECHO if the applicant organization was to support the Laboratory Core in addition to the other ECHO Cohort Core or Center(s)

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.

Appendix:

Only limited Appendix materials are allowed. Follow all instructions for the Appendix as described in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide.

  • No publications or other material, with the exception of blank questionnaires or blank surveys, may be included in the Appendix.

PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information

When involving human subjects research, clinical research, and/or NIH-defined clinical 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 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 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 form. 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 unique entity identifier provided on the application is the same identifier 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.

Applications must include a PEDP submitted as Other Project Information as an attachment. Applications that fail to include a PEDP will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn before review.

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

Specific to this FOA:

  • To what extent do the proposed activities of the Laboratory Core support the overall ECHO Cohort goal of addressing research questions about the influences of a broad range of early environmental exposures on ECHO's five child health outcomes?
  • To what extent do the efforts described in the Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives further the significance of the project?
 

Are the PD(s)/PI(s) and other personnel well suited to their roles in the Laboratory Core? Do they have appropriate experience and training, and have they demonstrated experience and an ongoing record of accomplishments in managing clinical research? Do the investigators demonstrate significant experience with coordinating collaborative 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 Laboratory Core? Does the applicant have experience overseeing selection and management of subawards, if needed?

Specific to this FOA:

  • How experienced is the team in obtaining, processing, and analyzing a very large number and variety of biospecimens?
  • To what extent will the efforts described in the Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives strengthen and enhance the expertise required for the project?
 

Does the application propose novel organizational concepts, management strategies, or technologies in coordinating the research consortium the Laboratory Core 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 technologies proposed?

Specific to this FOA:

  • Do the investigators propose novel approaches for handling the volume and breadth of analyses expected?
  • To what extent does the application describe how this core will maximize opportunities for innovative targeted and untargeted methods?
  • To what extent will the efforts described in the Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives meaningfully contribute to innovation?
 

Are the overall strategy, operational plan, and organizational structure well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the goals of the research consortium the Laboratory Core 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:

  • How well does the application describe a plan for standardizing sample collection, processing, and storage in the biorepository of specimens from across multiple ECHO Cohort Study sites?
  • Are the approaches appropriate for large studies of children, ensuring quality of biospecimen assays including laboratory variability, minimizing within- vs. between- person variability, ensuring reproducibility and validity, and taking account of special considerations for children, including small sample volumes?
  • How clear and well thought out are the plans for identifying, tracking, and transmitting to the Data Analysis Center metadata and assay results?
  • How adequate are the plans for security of samples and protecting the privacy of individuals?
  • Are the timeline and milestones associated with the Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives well-developed and feasible?

 

Will the institutional environment in which the Laboratory Core 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 Laboratory Core proposed? Will the Laboratory Core benefit from unique features of the institutional environment, infrastructure, or personnel? Are resources available within the scientific environment to support electronic information handling?

Specific to this FOA:

  • If there are plans to conduct any portion of the chemical targeted, untargeted, genetic or epigenetic assays through subawards, how well does the application describe coordination with, and oversight of, those activities?
  • To what extent will features of the environment described in the Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (e.g., collaborative arrangements, geographic diversity, institutional support) contribute to the success of the project?
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 the  categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Not Applicable.

 

Not Applicable.

 

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.

 

Reviewers will assess whether the project presents special opportunities for furthering research programs through the use of unusual talent, resources, populations, or environmental conditions that exist in other countries and either are not readily available in the United States or augment existing U.S. resources.

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 consortia 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 Center of 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 will receive a written critique.

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.

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 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, including the PEDP.

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 recipient's business official.

Recipients must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.6. 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: Recipient institutions must ensure that protocols are reviewed by their IRB or IEC. To help ensure the safety of participants enrolled in NIH-funded studies, the recipient 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: Generaland Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Recipients, and Activities, including of note, but not limited to:

If a recipient is successful and receives a Notice of Award, in accepting the award, the recipient agrees that any activities under the award are subject to all provisions currently in effect or implemented during the period of the award, other Department regulations and policies in effect at the time of the award, and applicable statutory provisions.

Should the applicant organization successfully compete for an award, recipients of federal financial assistance (FFA) from HHS must administer their programs in compliance with federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age and, in some circumstances, religion, conscience, and sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy). This includes ensuring programs are accessible to persons with limited English proficiency and persons with disabilities. The HHS Office for Civil Rights provides guidance on complying with civil rights laws enforced by HHS. Please see https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-providers/provider-obligations/index.html and https://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/nondiscrimination/index.html

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.

Please contact the HHS Office for Civil Rights for more information about obligations and prohibitions under federal civil rights laws at https://www.hhs.gov/ocr/about-us/contact-us/index.html or call 1-800-368-1019 or TDD 1-800-537-7697.

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 and 2 CFR Part 200.206 “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 2 CFR 200, 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 recipients 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 recipients for the project as a whole, although specific tasks and activities may be shared among the recipients and the NIH as defined below.

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

  • Directing the activities of the ECHO Laboratory Core, including: (i) establishing and implementing processes for decision-making, communication and collaboration; (ii) establishing and implementing processes and systems for tracking the implementation of ECHO Cohort activities, identifying problems/deficiencies, and determining the need for and implementing corrective actions; (iii) assessing and allocating resources, reviewing their adequacy, and determining needed adjustments; (iv) establishing and implementing financial management capacity and systems to track and project resources and expenditures; (v) implementing and managing an information system to support day-to-day ECHO Laboratory Core activities; (vi) cooperating with the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee and Operations Committee; the External Scientific Board; the ECHO Cohort Study Site PDs/PIs; the ECHO Coordinating Center PD/PI; the ECHO Data Analysis Center PD/PI; and the ECHO Measurement Core PD/PI; (vii) establishing procedures for assessing the ECHO Laboratory Core progress and productivity.
  • Supporting ECHO Cohort activities related to standardized, quality-assured collection of ECHO Cohort Protocol-specified data and biospecimens on all participants, as well as ensuring proper handling and storage of biospecimens, tabulation of biospecimen information, and transfer of biospecimens as appropriate for ECHO-approved assays, in full cooperation with ECHO Coordinating Center-led project management.
  • Ensuring appropriate and effective cooperation and collaboration across all ECHO Cohort Study Sites, Cores, and Centers, within ECHO scientific focus areas; with the NIH ECHO Director and the NIH ECHO Program staff; and with the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee and Operations Committee.
  • Ensuring that the performance of ECHO Cohort activities complies with all Federal regulatory requirements and guidelines for the conduct of human subjects research, as well as NIH policies and procedures.
  • Providing reports, as directed to the NIH ECHO Director, the NIH ECHO Program staff, the ECHO Coordinating Center, the ECHO Data Analysis Center, or others regarding overall ECHO Cohort activities, e.g., tabular summaries of study progress, protocol deviation, site safety or adverse event monitoring reports, and budget summaries.
  • Providing updates at least annually on implementation of the PEDP to the NIH ECHO Director or NIH ECHO Program staff.
  • Ensuring the training or certification of ECHO Laboratory Core staff and including a list of all training programs and written assessments in the Annual Progress Report.
  • If NIH ECHO Program Office determines that capitation for research costs is necessary to improve Cohort Study Site performance, supporting the policy for capitation of research costs, as well as indication of Cohort Study Site cooperation with the capitation policy.
  • Supporting use of a single central Institutional Review Board (sIRB) so that ECHO Cohort research can proceed as effectively and expeditiously as possible by reducing unnecessary administrative burdens and systemic inefficiencies without diminishing human subjects protections.
  • Ensuring ECHO Laboratory Core processes are compatible with ECHO Cohort consortium’s central data capture system and processes to deposit biospecimen assay data and metadata—including personally identifiable information—onto the secure, FISMA moderate ECHO Cohort Data Platform. Recipients acknowledge that analysis of ECHO Cohort data within the FISMA moderate ECHO Cohort Data Platform will include use of research participants’ personally identifiable information, such as date of birth and address.
  • Ensuring that ECHO makes its near-anonymized de-identified study data and biospecimens available to the broader scientific community through an NIH-selected, controlled-access public data repository within a time period that the NIH ECHO Director approves.
  • Awards issued under this FOA will be incrementally funded for up to seven years. These awards will not be Multi-Year Funded.
  • Awards issued under this FOA will be excluded from the Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP).
  • NIH will not allow automatic carry over. An NIH Grants Management Official must review and approve all carry over requests, regardless of the size and/or dollar threshold.
  • There will be no automatic first no-cost extensions. The NIH Grants Management Specialist must review and approve all extensions.
  • Recipients will retain custody of and have primary rights to the data and software developed under these awards, subject to Government rights of access consistent with current DHHS, PHS, and NIH policies.

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

  • The NIH ECHO Director, NIH ECHO Program staff, and other NIH staff will serve in support roles to guide ECHO operations and consortium-wide studies.
  • NIH staff will have substantial scientific/programmatic involvement during the conduct of this activity through technical assistance, advice and coordination above and beyond the normal program stewardship role for grants.
  • NIH anticipates that decisions regarding ECHO Cohort activities will involve consensus-making and that the NIH staff members will participate in this process.
  • In various matters related to study approval and oversight, the NIH staff will have final decision authority, as described below.
  • Additionally, an agency program official or IC program director will be responsible for the normal scientific and programmatic stewardship of the award and will be named in the award notice.

Areas of Joint Responsibility include:

  • The NIH ECHO Director and the NIH ECHO Program staff, in collaboration with ECHO PDs/PIs, will participate in deliberations and decision-making regarding the multiple substantive, operational, financial, and administrative responsibilities of this NIH initiative.
  • NIH ECHO Program staff or their designees will collaborate with ECHO Cohort Study Site, Core, and Center staff to ensure the provision of appropriate information, materials and training regarding NIH policies and procedures for the conduct of human subject research.
  • Cooperative Agreements require close interactions among the recipient, recipients from the companion FOAs, and NIH. Shortly after the award, the PDs/PIs and NIH ECHO Program staff will form the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee.
  • NIH expects key personnel to serve on committees, subgroups, working groups, taskforces, and interest groups, according to their expertise.
  • All responsibilities are divided between recipients and NIH staff as described above.

ECHO Cohort Steering Committee

The ECHO Cohort Steering Committee will drive ECHO’s scientific direction by setting strategic research priorities and annual scientific objectives.

  • NIH anticipates that the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee will comprise approximately 12 rotating voting members with a majority Cohort Study Site representation. The Steering Committee may include the NIH ECHO Director or a designee from the NIH ECHO Program staff, the PI/PD of the Coordinating Center, the PI/PD of the Data Analysis Center, the PI/PD of the Measurement Core, and the PI/PD of the Laboratory Core.
  • The NIH ECHO Director or a designee from the NIH ECHO Program staff will serve as a non-voting member of the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee. If the Steering Committee has an external chair, that person would also serve as non-voting member except in instances requiring a casting vote when the votes on each side of a decision are equal.
  • The Steering Committee, with ECHO Coordinating Center facilitation, will host ECHO Cohort Consortium Science Meetings at least twice annually, with the first meeting in Fall 2023.
  • To fulfill its responsibilities, the Steering Committee may establish a series of committees, working groups, and task forces to generate research ideas, engage stakeholders—including research participants—in developing and disseminating research, specify ECHO Cohort Protocol needs, integrate scientific knowledge, review ECHO Cohort research products, and disseminate scientific results.

ECHO Cohort Operations Committee

The ECHO Cohort Operations Committee will manage ECHO Cohort operations to enable achievement of the Steering Committee’s strategic priorities and annual scientific objectives, as well as the operational objectives that the NIH ECHO Program Office sets.

  • NIH anticipates that the PI/PD of the Coordinating Center will chair the operations committee and, as such, that the ECHO Coordinating Center will provide comprehensive operational leadership and an organizational framework to coordinate and manage all ECHO Cohort activities.
  • NIH anticipates that the ECHO Cohort Operations Committee will comprise approximately 9 voting members with majority of ECHO Cohort Core and Center representation. The Operations Committee may include the NIH ECHO Director or a designee from the NIH ECHO Program staff and representatives of the ECHO Cohort Study Sites, Coordinating Center, Data Analysis Center, Measurement Core, and Laboratory Core.
  • The Operations Committee, with leadership from the ECHO Coordinating Center, will facilitate the function of a central dashboard that shows real-time consortium-wide progress toward annual ECHO Cohort scientific and operational objectives, allowing the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee, Operations Committee, and NIH ECHO Program staff to closely monitor the contributions of all ECHO Cohort consortium awardees toward achievement of consortium objectives.
  • The Operations Committee will regularly evaluate the extent of achievement of ECHO Cohort objectives, identify barriers to success, and propose solutions to the ECHO Cohort Steering Committee.
  • To fulfill its responsibilities, the Operations Committee may establish a series of subgroups to address operational domains that may relate to one or more of the following: participant recruitment, enrollment, and retention; data collection: biospecimen collection, storage, and use; consortium-wide data and biospecimen availability; ECHO Cohort analysis and manuscript pipelines; and consortium policies; among others.

Cohort Study Site Pods

The ECHO Cohort governance structure will include multiple small groups of Cohort Study Site PDs/PIs of approximately equal size ("Pods") to enhance bi-directional communication between them and the Steering Committee and Operations Committee. The Pods may be led by Cohort Study Site representatives serving on the Steering and Operations Committees.

External Scientific Board

The ECHO External Scientific Board will review the ECHO Cohort consortium's progress and provide feedback to the NIH ECHO Director, NIH ECHO Program staff, and the appropriate NIH Institute/Center/Office Council on the ECHO Cohort consortium’s programmatic strategies. The External Scientific Board may be a working group of the NIH Council of Councils or an Advisory Council of an NIH Institute, and as such, would include at least one member of that Council.

  • The External Scientific Board will provide advice on the ECHO Cohort’s programmatic strategies to ensure long-term success and overcome challenges, which include:
  • Fostering a culture of collaboration and synergy
  • Attending to numerous stakeholders, such as Congress, researchers, professional societies and participants
  • Capitalizing on expertise within, as well as outside NIH
  • Incorporating all ECHO Cohort Study Sites, Cores, and Centers under one umbrella
  • Ensuring sustained success and wise use of funds
  • Other duties of the External Scientific Board may include:
  • Offering input on the ECHO Cohort consortium's structure, activities, and study design, both during protocol development and during the analysis of results
  • Providing findings to ensure that resources that the program delivers are as useful as possible for end users
  • Assessing data security policies and procedures
  • Safeguarding the interests of study participants and safety of ECHO Cohort Protocol procedures
  • Ensuring adequacy of study progress in terms of recruitment and retention, data and biospecimen availability, and publications
  • Assessing issues pertaining to the balance of scientific value with participant burden
  • Monitoring impact of proposed ancillary studies and sub-studies on participant burden and overall achievement of the main study goals
  • Tracking overall scientific directions of the study
  • The NIH ECHO Director may invite External Scientific Board members to attend some ECHO Cohort Consortium Science Meetings.
  • The NIH ECHO Director and NIH ECHO Program staff will review the External Scientific Board charter periodically and may amend or terminate the charter, pending final approval of the NIH ECHO Director.

Observational Study Monitoring Board

NIH may establish an independent Observational Study (or Data and Safety) Monitoring Board (OSMB) to monitor and provide recommendations to ECHO regarding participant recruitment/enrollment and retention, safety, data quality, and other issues, as appropriate. The OSMB may also review the Steering Committee-approved ECHO Cohort data collection protocol, informed consent templates, objectives and related progress, and monitoring plans prior to the start of recruitment.

Dispute Resolution:

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

3. Reporting

When multiple years are involved, recipients 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. NIH FOAs outline intended research goals and objectives. Post award, NIH will review and measure performance based on the details and outcomes that are shared within the RPPR, as described at 45 CFR Part 75.301 and 2 CFR Part 200.301.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for recipients of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later.  All recipients 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 the threshold.  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 2 CFR Part 200.113 and Appendix XII to 45 CFR Part 75 and 2 CFR Part 200, 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 and 2 CFR Part 200 – Award Term and Condition 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 threaten submission by the due date, and 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)

General Grants Information (Questions regarding application instructions, application processes, and NIH grant resources)
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-945-7573

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and Workspace)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Manjit Hanspal, Ph.D.
Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program

Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
Telephone: 301-435-5008
Email: manjit.hanspal@nih.gov

Lynda R Hardy
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Phone: 301-594-1297
E-mail: lynda.hardy@nih.gov

Kathryn Stein, PhD
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Telephone: 301-827-4653
Email: kathryn.stein@nih.gov

Elizabeth L. Neilson, PhD, MPH, MSN
Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Phone: 301-827-5578
Email: Elizabeth.Neilson@nih.gov  
 

Kimberly A Gray, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Phone: 984-287-3262
E-mail: gray6@niehs.nih.gov

Beda Jean-Francois
National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Phone: 202-313-2144
Email: beda.jean-francois@nih.gov

Sung Sug (Sarah) Yoon, RN, PhD
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-402-6959
Email: sungsug.yoon@nih.gov
 

Voula K. Osganian, M.D., Sc.D., M.P.H.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Phone: 301-827-6939
E-mail: voula.osganian@nih.gov

Aruna Natarajan, MD, PhD
Division of Lung Diseases
Telephone: 301-827-0180
Email: aruna.natarajan@nih.gov

Andrew Bremer, M.D. Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-402-7886
Email: andrew.bremer@nih.gov

William C. Dunty, Jr., Ph.D.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
Telephone: 301-443-7351
Email: duntyw@mail.nih.gov

Alkis Togias, MD
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Telephone:  240-627-3587
Email:  togiasa@niaid.nih.gov                            

David A. Jett, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Phone: 301-496-6035
Email: jettd@nih.gov

Deborah E. Linares, PhD
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Phone: 301-402-2516
Email: deborah.linares@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Center for Scientific Review (CSR)

Email: FOAReviewContact@csr.nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

Ryan K. Talesnik
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
National Institutes of Health

Email: ryan.talesnik@nih.gov

Samantha J Tempchin
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
Phone: 301-496-4222
E-mail: tempchins@mail.nih.gov

Diana Rutberg, MBA
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
Telephone: 301-594-4798
Email: rutbergd@mail.nih.gov

Jenny L Greer
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Phone: 984.287.3332
E-mail: jenny.greer@nih.gov

Debbie Chen
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Phone: 301-594-3788
Email: debbie.chen@nih.gov

Randi Freundlich
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-594-5974
Email: freundlichr@mail.nih.gov
 

Tracie McGraw
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Phone: 301-435-0770
E-mail: tracie.mcgraw@nih.gov

Ron Caulder
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
Telephone: 301-827-8020
Email: caulderr@mail.nih.gov

Margaret Young
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-642-4552
Email: margaret.young@nih.gov

Sam Ashe
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Telephone: 301-435-4799
Email:  Samuel.Ashe@nih.gov

Chief Grants Management Officer
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Email: ChiefGrantsManagementOfficer@ninds.nih.gov

Priscilla Grant, JD
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)
Phone: 301-594-8412
E-mail: pg38h@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 and 2 CFR Part 200.

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