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ARCHIVED - OER Grants News Flashes - 1998

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Date News Flash Description
December 21 1998      NIH Expanding The Use Of The Modular Grant Application And Award
December 9 1998 Working Group on Review of Bioengineering and Technology and Instrumentation Development Research Established
November 19 1998 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Increase Announced
November 12 1998 Revised PHS 398 and PHS 2590 Application Forms Now Available
November 6 1998 New Bioengineering Funding Opportunities Available
October 27 1998 ASKNIH@od.nih.gov Mailbox Deactivated
October 21 1998 Publication of the National Institutes of Health Grants Policy Statement
September 30 1998 Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Georges
September 16 1998 Electronic Notification of Grant Award
September 3 1998 New NIH Web Site For Training Resources
August 11 1998 NIH Project To Reduce Regulatory Burden - Opportunity for Public Comment
July 1 1998 CRISP on the Web
June 18 1998 Final Report on NIH Implementation of Mandating a Program of Protection for Research Subjects
June 2 1998 NIH Regional Seminar In Program Funding and Grants Administration - An Update
May 27 1998 ASKNIH Changes Its Name and Email Address
April 6 1998 NIH Announces New K Award Programs
March 23 1998 NIH Regional Seminar In Program Funding and Grants Administration
March 10 1998 NIH Establishes Guidelines On The Inclusion Of Children In Research Involving Human Subjects
March 2 1998 Warning - Fraudulent Solicitation For NIH Funds
January 16 1998 National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Increase
January 13 1998 Point of Contact for Year 2000 Compliant Exchange of Data


News Flash Items
December 21 1998:     NIH Expanding The Use Of The Modular Grant Application And Award

The NIH is expanding its use of the Modular Grant Application and Award. In modular grant applications, total direct costs not exceeding $250,000 per year will be requested in $25,000 increments instead of being compiled from detailed and separate budget categories. Information pertaining to the implementation of modular applications and related review and award procedures may be found at the
NIH Modular Grants web site.

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December 9 1998:     Working Group on Review of Bioengineering and Technology and Instrumentation Development Research Established

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) has requested that the Working Group on Review of Bioengineering and Technology and Instrumentation Development Research take a leadership role in guiding CSR in establishing a bioengineering- and technology-friendly review infrastructure. The Working Group wants the community to help shape their final recommendations, and encourages contribution of comments and suggestions (through December 28, 1998).

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November 19 1998:     National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Increase Announced

As published in the NIH Guide, November 19, 1998, the annual stipend levels have been increased for all individuals receiving support through institutional or individual National Research Service Awards (NRSA), including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. These awards are effective with all awards made on or after October 1, 1998.

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November 12 1998:     Revised PHS 398 and PHS 2590 Application Forms Now Available

As published in the NIH Guide, November 12, 1998, the revised (4/98) PHS 398 and PHS 2590 grant application forms and instructions are now available, and may now be used by applicants. For the January/February 1999 application receipt dates, use of the revised forms is encouraged. The new forms must be used for receipt dates of May 10, 1999 and thereafter.

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November 6 1998:     New Bioengineering Funding Opportunities Available

As published in the NIH Guide, October 30 1998 (PA Number PAR-99-009), participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invite applications for Bioengineering Research Grants (BRG) to support basic bioengineering research whose outcomes are likely to advance health or health-related research within the mission of the NIH. A BRG application should propose to apply basic bioengineering design-directed or hypothesis-driven research to an important medical or biological research area.

In parallel, NIH is issuing a PA for Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP). BRP applications differ from BRG applications in that they will be funded as R24 awards that support an interdisciplinary group of Partners who work together applying an integrative, multidisciplinary, systems approach to a significant area of basic bioengineering research.

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October 27 1998:     ASKNIH@od.nih.gov Mailbox Deactivated

For more information, see the NIH Guide notice

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October 21 1998:     Publication of the National Institutes of Health Grants Policy Statement

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is pleased to announce the publication of the NIH Grants Policy Statement (NIHGPS). The NIHGPS is effective for all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 1998, and will supersede, in its entirety, the PHS Grants Policy Statement (rev. 4/01/94, and 1/24/95) as a standard term and condition of award.

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September 30 1998:     Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Georges

Many institutions have closed operations due to Hurricane Georges. The NIH realizes that this may cause problems for investigators who are planning on submitting grant applications for October 1. Applications that are submitted late because of this hurricane should include a cover letter noting the reasons for the delay. It is not necessary to get permission in advance for hurricane-related delays in grant application submission.

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September 16 1998:     Electronic Notification of Grant Award

The NIH is pleased to announce the availability of the new Electronic Notification of Grant Award service to all NIH grant and cooperative agreement recipients with the capability to receive electronic NGAs.

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September 3 1998:     New NIH Web Site For Training Resources

The NIH is pleased to announce a new Web site dedicated to Biomedical Research Training Resources and Opportunities. It is the mission of NIH to discover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. A critical part of this mission is the education and training of the next generation of biomedical and behavioral scientists. This new site has been designed to incorporate information about intramural and extramural training opportunities of the 21 NIH Institutes and Centers.

The Training-related resources previously found on the NIH Grants web site have been incorporated into the NIH Training web site. All links to training resources on the Grants web site now point to the NIH Training web site.

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August 11 1998:     NIH Project To Reduce Regulatory Burden - Opportunity for Public Comment

The NIH is evaluating ways to streamline Federal regulations which govern the conduct of extramural scientific research. Five areas will constitute the initial focus of the examination: animal welfare, human subjects protections, conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, and disposal of hazardous wastes (other than radiation).

The NIH recognizes that this effort, which is intended to improve research, must involve the research community if it is to be successful. Therefore the research community is invited to share with NIH their recommendations for streamlining.

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July 1 1998:     CRISP on the Web

Effective July 1, 1998, CRISP, the Computer Retrieval of Information on Scientific Projects database, will be accessible via the World Wide Web. The public will now be able to access CRISP records dating from 1972 to the present through the NIH Commons at: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/. The searchable CRISP database, which includes information regarding federally funded biomedical research projects conducted at universities, hospitals, and other research institutions, enables users to research scientific concepts, emerging trends and techniques, or identify specific projects and/or investigators. Since 1992, CRISP has been located on a Gopher server maintained by the National Institutes of Health. By relocating the database on the web, NIH improves the public's ability to access and search the CRISP records.

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June 18 1998:     Final Report on NIH Implementation of Mandating a Program of Protection for Research Subjects

Final Report of June 15, 1998 - Evaluation of NIH Implementation of Section 491 of the Public Health Service Act, Mandating a Program of Protection for Research Subjects. This is a very large report and is available in PDF Format With Graphics (670K).

The report documents findings from an NIH-sponsored evaluation of the implementation of Section 491 of the Public Health Service Act. For purposes of the evaluation, the study universe was defined as the 491 Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) that in 1995 operated with multiple project assurances (MPA) issued under 45CFR46, and which had conducted more than 10 initial reviews of human subjects research protocols in the previous year. The overarching general conclusion of the evaluation is that the IRB-based human subjects protection program has been implemented consistent with the regulations. Despite some perhaps unforeseen accommodations to the rising volume of human subjects research, the IRB system continues to provide an adequate level of protection at a reasonable cost.

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June 3 1998:     NIH Regional Seminar In Program Funding and Grants Administration - An Update

A regional seminar covering topics related to National Institutes of Health extramural program funding and grants administration has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This seminar, hosted by the University of Utah, is designed to attract participants from the inter-mountain/western region, although interested individuals from other regions are welcome to attend. Individuals from small and minority educational institutions, for-profit research organizations, hospitals, universities and medical centers are encouraged to attend. The two-day seminar will feature both plenary and break-out sessions in order to provide information of interest to academic researchers, scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and both new and senior research administrators.

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May 27 1998:     ASKNIH Changes Its Name and Email Address

ASKNIH has changed its name to GrantsInfo and its email address to GrantsInfo@nih.gov in an effort to improve services to the scientific research community. Services previously provided by ASKNIH will continue. Messages sent to ASKNIH@od.nih.gov will be forwarded to the new GrantsInfo email address until November 1, 1998. The "From" address line in email replies from GrantsInfo is the correct new address, which is also provided under INQUIRIES in this notice. Please update email address books, publications, and other relevant materials.

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April 6 1998:     NIH Announces New K Award Programs

The NIH has announced the availability of several new special K award programs. These programs include:

  • Clinical Research Curriculum Awards (K30) - The NIH invites educational and research institutions to apply for the new Clinical Research Curriculum Award (CRCA) (K30). The CRCA is an award to institutions and addresses, in part, the NIH's initiative to improve the quality of training in clinical research. The NIH recognizes that highly trained clinical researchers are needed in order to capitalize on the many profound developments and discoveries in fundamental science and to translate them to clinical settings. This RFA is intended to stimulate the inclusion of high-quality, multidisciplinary didactic training as part of the career development of clinical investigators.
  • Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Awards (K23) - The purpose of the Mentored Patient-oriented Research Career Development Award (K23) is to support the career development of investigators who have made a commitment to focus their research endeavors on patient-oriented research. This mechanism provides support for a period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators focussing on patient-oriented research. For the purposes of this award, patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials, and; 4) the development of new technologies.
  • Midcareer Investigator Award In Patient-Oriented Research (K24) - The purpose of the Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24) is to provide support for clinicians to allow them protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as mentors for beginning clinical investigators. The target candidates are outstanding clinical scientists engaged in patient-oriented research who are within 15 years of their specialty training, who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their clinical research careers, and who are committed to mentoring the next generation of clinical investigators focussing on patient-oriented research. The award is intended to further the research and mentoring endeavors of outstanding patient-oriented investigators, enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of patient-oriented research, and to act as mentors for beginning clinicians. For the purposes of this award, patient-oriented research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials, and; 4) the development of new technologies.
  • New Clinical Associate Physician Award Guidelines (CAP) - The National Center for Research Resources has consolidated the three career development awards issued as competitive supplements to funded General Clinical Research Centers into one Clinical Associate Physician (CAP) award. No new applications for the Minority Clinical Associate Physician (MCAP) and Clinical Research Scholar (CRS) will be accepted.

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March 23 1998:     NIH Regional Seminar In Program Funding and Grants Administration

A regional seminar covering topics related to National Institutes of Health extramural program funding and grants administration has been scheduled for Thursday and Friday, July 9-10, 1998, in Salt Lake City, Utah. This seminar, hosted by the University of Utah, is designed to attract participants from the inter-mountain/western region, although interested individuals from other regions are welcome to attend. Individuals from small and minority educational institutions, for-profit research organizations, hospitals, universities and medical centers are encouraged to attend. The two-day seminar will feature both plenary and break-out sessions in order to provide information of interest to academic researchers, scientists, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and both new and senior research administrators.

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March 10 1998:     NIH Establishes Guidelines On The Inclusion Of Children In Research Involving Human Subjects

With this notice (NIH Guide, March 6 1998), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) establishes guidelines on the inclusion of children in research involving human subjects, including, but not limited to, clinical trials, supported or conducted by the NIH. This policy applies to all initial (Type 1) applications/ proposals and intramural projects submitted for receipt dates after October 1, 1998.

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March 2 1998:     Warning - Fraudulent Solicitation For NIH Funds

It has come to our attention that an announcement of interest in 'clinical research in the area of neurodegenerative disorders' is being falsely associated with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The announcement is being sent to 'Medical Providers' on what appears to be official NIH letterhead. The announcement encourages the submission of confidential personal information from individuals that could lead to a potential fraudulent or illegal use of the information. In spite of numerous references to NIH, this announcement, dated '10 February 1998', is not a legitimate solicitation for NIH funds. We caution individuals not to provide sensitive information in response to this application. If you have received what appears to be an unusual request for an application submission to NIH, please notify the Division of Grants Policy, NIH, at 301-435-0949 immediately. We will revise this notice as we have more information on the subject.

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January 16 1998:     National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipend Increase

Effective with all awards made on or after October 1, 1997, the following annual stipend levels apply to all individuals receiving support through institutional or individual National Research Service Awards (NRSA), including the Minority Access to Research Career (MARC) and Career Opportunities in Research (COR) programs. These awards are all made under the authority of Section 487 of the Public Health Service Act.

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January 13 1998:     Point of Contact for Year 2000 Compliant Exchange of Data

All electronic data submitted to NIH from grantee institutions must be Year 2000 compliant. Data that is noncompliant is not accepted. Systems being developed under NIH's Electronic Research Administration (ERA) initiative will also be Year 2000 compliant and will require a four-digit year element. Institutions exchanging electronic data with NIH will need to be able to interface with these systems. NIH's Point of Contact for questions related to Year 2000 data exchanges is:

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