REQUIREMENTS FOR DESIGNATION AS AN NINDS MORRIS K. UDALL CENTER OF 
EXCELLENCE FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE RESEARCH

RELEASE DATE:  September 30, 2003

NOTICE:  NOT-NS-03-021

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
 (http://www.ninds.nih.gov)

PURPOSE

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) 
initiated its support of the Morris K. Udall Centers of Excellence for 
Parkinson's Disease (PD) Research several years ago, with the hope that 
these Centers would serve as an ongoing catalyst for the Institute's 
Parkinson's disease research activities.  In order to stimulate new and 
competing applications to continue this program, NINDS recently 
released a Program Announcement that outlined the new criteria for 
Center (P50) applications 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-004.html).  

Many PD research centers may be interested in being designated as a 
Morris K. Udall Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Research, 
including:

o Currently-funded Udall Centers, interested in maintaining this 
designation pending review of their competing renewal
o New centers that will be considered under NINDS-PA-03-004
o Recently-funded P50 and P01 grantees that received funding prior to 
the release of NINDS-PAR-03-004

In an effort to ensure that all interested PD research centers may be 
considered for Udall designation, the following requirements will be 
effective immediately:

o All interested applicants must demonstrate: 1) how their proposed or 
currently-funded research program fulfills the research objectives, 
scope, and special requirements for the Udall Center Program, as 
detailed in NINDS-PAR-03-004 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-03-004.html) 
and 2) how their planned or currently funded research relates to 
that being conducted in the currently-funded Udall Centers 
(http://www.ninds.nih.gov/funding/research/parkinsonsweb/udall_centers/index.htm).  
Investigators preparing applications for competitive review should 
address the current criteria in their application.  Recently funded 
investigators holding a P50 or P01 award, who wish to receive Udall 
Center designation, must submit an officially countersigned letter 
presenting their plan for meeting the criteria.  This letter should be 
submitted to the contact person listed below.  Only domestic 
institutions are eligible to apply.  

Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant 
application instructions and forms (rev. 5/2001). Applications must 
have a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) 
number as the Universal Identifier when applying for Federal grants or 
cooperative agreements. The DUNS number can be obtained by calling 
(866) 705-5711 or through the web site at 
http://www.dunandbradstreet.com/. The DUNS number should be entered on 
line 11 of the face page of the PHS 398 form. The PHS 398 is available 
at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an 
interactive format.  For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, 
Telephone (301) 435-0714, Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

SHARING RESEARCH DATA:  Starting with the October 1, 2003 receipt date, 
investigators submitting an NIH application seeking more than $500,000 
or more in direct costs in any single year are expected to include a 
plan for data sharing or state why this is not possible. 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/data_sharing.  Investigators 
should seek guidance from their institutions, on issues related to 
institutional policies, local IRB rules, as well as local, state and 
Federal laws and regulations, including the Privacy Rule. Reviewers 
will consider the data sharing plan but will not factor the plan into 
the determination of the scientific merit or the priority score.

INQUIRIES

Direct programmatic inquiries to: 

Diane D. Murphy, Ph.D.
Program Director
Neurodegeneration Cluster
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Neuroscience Center, RM 2223
6001 Executive Blvd MSC 9525
Bethesda, MD  20892-9525
Phone: 301-496-5680
FAX: 301-480-1080
Email: dm152o@nih.gov


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