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Minority Health and Health Disparities Research - #93.307

Grants are intended to support the direct costs of a project in accordance with an approved budget, plus appropriate amount for indirect costs. Grantees must agree to administer the grant in accordance with the regulations and policies governing the research grants program of the Public Health Service. Endowment grants: Some qualifying institutions may use income earned from a research endowment corpus to support institutions in their effort to expand and add teaching programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and related areas, to improve facilities, to enhance student and faculty recruitment and retention, to develop instructional delivery systems and information technology in areas that will enhance minority health and other health disparities research activities, and to establish endowed chairs and programs. Other qualifying institutions must use income earned from a research endowment corpus to increase the institutions' investments in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students and students from other health disparity populations that matriculate at such institutions. This includes activities such as increasing student recruitment and retention, creating merit-based and need-based scholarships, establishing or enhancing tutoring, providing counseling, and designing student service programs to improve academic success, and faculty recruitment and retention. Health Disparities Loan Repayment and Disadvantaged Individuals Loan Repayment contracts: Contracts provide repayment of existing educational loan debt incurred by health professionals that have agreed to conduct minority health or other health disparities research; or highly qualified health professionals from disadvantaged backgrounds whom plan to conduct clinical research. Health Disparities Loan Repayment and Disadvantaged Individuals Loan Repayment contracts recipients must execute a written contract agreeing to engage in qualified research for a minimum of two years. Contracts may be renewed for a one- or two-year period after the completion of the initial two-year contract, provided that the participant applies for a competitive renewal contract, continues to engage in qualified research, and has eligible repayable debt remaining. Program payments are made directly to the participants' lenders following each quarter and a verification of satisfactory research service, unless otherwise agreed upon by the participant and the Director, NCMHD. SBIR grants: SBIR Phase I grants are to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research effort that may lead to a commercial product or process. SBIR Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research initiated in Phase I and are likely to result in commercial products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II support. STTR grants: STTR Phase I grants are to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed cooperative effort that has potential for commercial application. STTR Phase II grants are based on results of research initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial potential on Phase II application. See Program Announcements: PA-07-280 and PA-07-281. As specified in each of the program announcements.




Applicants must present a research plan and furnish evidence required for research grant applications, PHS 398, (Rev. 05/01) as specified in the application form. Costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q and OMB Circular No. A-21 for Educational Institutions and OMB Circular No. A-87 for state and local governments. For-profit organizations' costs are determined in accordance with Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Endowment grants: Requirements for the endowment application, PHS 398 (Rev. 05/01) are specified in the application form and supplemented by the Invitation to Apply (for limited competition). Health Disparities Loan Repayment and Disadvantaged Individuals Loan Repayment contracts: Applicants must provide general information, research statement, training/mentoring plan, environment description, certification of loan status, loan data verification, recommendations, and an institutional supporting statement. Requirements for the loan repayment application, OMB Approval No. 0925-0361, are specified in the electronic application form located at www.lrp.nih.gov. SBIR and STTR grants: Applicant organizations (small business concerns) must present a research plan that includes an idea that has the potential for commercialization, and furnish evidence that the scientific competence, experimental methods, facilities, equipment, and funds requested are appropriate to carry out the plan. To apply for SBIR Phase I and Phase II Grants, applicants must complete SF424 (R&R) Application for Electronic Submission. For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see these Web sites: SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm. General information on Electronic Submission of Grant Applications: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

The major elements in evaluating all new grant and renewal grant applications include assessments of: the scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; and the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project, and the relevance and importance to the announced program objectives. HDR-LRP contracts: Applicants must be recommended for funding by the Special Emphasis Panel after a review of the applications based on: the appropriateness of the applicant's previous training and experience to prepare him/her for a career in health disparities research; the suitability of the applicant's proposed research activities in the two-year loan repayment period to foster a research career in health disparities; the assessment of the applicant's commitment to a research career in health disparities as reflected by the personal statement and the plan outlined to achieve those goals; the strength of recommendations attesting to the applicant's potential for a research career; the availability of appropriate scientific colleagues to achieve and/or enhance the applicant's research independence; and the quality and appropriateness of institutional resources and facilities. SBIR and STTR grants: For Phase I grant applications, the criteria used are: the soundness and technical merit of the proposed approach; the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; the technological innovation of the proposed research; the potential of the proposed suitability of the facilities and research environment; and where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for safeguarding human or animal subjects and/or protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. For Phase II grant applications, the criteria used are: the degree to which the Phase I objectives were met and feasibility demonstrated; the scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach for achieving the phase II objectives; the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff and consultants; the technological innovation, originality, or societal importance of the proposed research; the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; the reasonableness of the budget requested for the work proposed; the adequacy and suitability o the facilities and research environment; and where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for safeguarding human or animal subjects and/or protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. All persons interested in any of the DHHS/NIH/NCMHD grant and/or contract program initiatives are strongly encouraged to carefully read the Request for Applications as they are announced annually in order to understand what is required for each unique program as well as meet each deadline in a timely manner.

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