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Drug Abuse and Addiction Research Programs - #93.279

(1) Research project grants provide support for clearly defined projects or a small group of related research activities, and when appropriate, support of research conferences; (2) program project and center grants support large-scale, broad-based programs of research, usually interdisciplinary, consisting of several projects with a common focus; (3) small grants support newer, less experienced investigators; investigators at institutions without a well developed research tradition and resources; the testing of new methods or techniques; small-scale exploratory and pilot studies, or exploration of an unusual research opportunity; small grants provide research support of up to $50,000 direct costs per year for a period of up to 2 years; (4) research training grants including fellowships and institutional training grants, career development grants and loan repayment contracts; (5) SBIR Phase I grants (of approximately 6-months' duration) are to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research or research and development efforts to determine the quality of performance of the small business grantees. Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research initiated in Phase I and that are likely to result in commercially viable products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II support; STTR Phase I grants (normally of 1-year duration) are to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed cooperative effort that has potential for commercial application and the quality of performance of the small business concerns. Phase II funding is based on results of research initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the Phase II application.

No Credentials or documentation are required. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

The following considerations will be used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Scientific and technical merit; (2) the feasibility of the research; (3) potential contribution to the national drug abuse problem; and (4) relevance to NIDA priorities. The following criteria will be used in considering the scientific and technical merit of SBIR/STTR Phase I grant applications: (1) The soundness and technical merit of the proposed approach; (2) the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; (3) the technological innovation of the proposed research; (4) the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; (5) the appropriateness of the budget requested; (6) the adequacy and suitability of the facilities and research environment; and (7) where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for (a) safeguarding human or animal subjects and/or (b) protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. Phase II grant applications will be reviewed based upon the following criteria: (1) The degree to which the Phase I objectives were met and feasibility demonstrated; (2) the scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach for achieving the Phase II objectives; (3) the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; (4) the technology.

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