NOTICE OF LIMITED COMPETITION REQUEST FOR COMPETING APPLICATIONS: 
CENTERS OF CLINICAL RESEARCH EXCELLENCE 

RELEASE DATE:  December 22, 2003

NOTICE: NOT-RR-04-003

National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
 (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/)

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE:  April 20, 2004

The NCRR is requesting competing renewal applications from Centers of 
Clinical Research Excellence (CCREs) awarded in response to a Request 
for Applications (RFA) RR-99-005, 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-99-005.html).  This 
re-competition will continue the unique ongoing research, resource 
development and recruitment programs of these CCREs for a one-time 
renewal cycle. 

The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) proposes to augment 
and strengthen the institutional clinical research capabilities at NCRR-
supported Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMIs) with 
affiliated medical schools.  Continuing to provide support to recruit 
established senior clinical research investigators with independent 
research support will do this.  They can serve as mentors to more junior 
investigators and for those in junior career development in clinical 
research.  These new faculty will receive support to establish their 
research laboratories, acquire specialized equipment, and support 
postdoctoral fellows and technical assistants.  It is anticipated that 
they will serve as magnet investigators for the recruitment of other 
research faculty who will compliment the specific research area.  
Ideally, this research area will focus on one or more of the diseases 
that disproportionately affect the indigenous populations served by the 
RCMI institution.  Long-range, it is anticipated that this will 
facilitate the development of the institution's clinical research 
capacity.

Support is contingent on availability of funds and eligibility is 
restricted to CCREs previously awarded under RFA-RR-99-005. 

Mechanism of support:  The administrative funding mechanism for this 
program is a Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement (U54).

Receipt date:  Applications must be submitted by April 20, 2004.

Review: Appropriate review groups convened by the NCRR will evaluate 
applications for scientific and technical merit with established review 
criteria described as outlined in RFA-RR-99-005.

INQUIRIES

Direct your questions about scientific/programmatic issues to:

Dr. C. William Angus
Health Scientist Administrator
National Center for Research Resources
Division of Research Infrastructure
One Democracy Plaza
6701 Democracy Blvd., Room 926
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 
Telephone: 301-451-4217
FAX: 301-480-3770
e-mail: angusw@mail.nih.gov


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