Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
PAR-16-104, Limited Competition: NIGMS Legacy Community-Wide Scientific Resources (R24)
Based on key passages in the PAR:
Under Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Example Activities for Which Support May Be Requested. This funding opportunity is designed to support the continuation of existing resources, not the development of new ones. The support requested must be for the funding of maintenance activities only, not for research activities. Under this limited pilot, only NIGMS-sponsored "legacy" resources that cannot be renewed under their initial funding activity are eligible for support for up to 3 years while plans to transition to a more permanent form of support are implemented.
Program Expectations. Although no budget limit is pre-specified, this program is intended for small- to medium-sized scientific community resources directly within the NIGMS mission. Larger-scale resources or joint activities with other agencies are beyond the scope of this effort. Because the limited pilot will only provide support for up to one project period, it is expected that a plan to transition to a more permanent form of support will be proposed. The resource also need to have in place a plan for the evaluation of both the short- and long-term impact of the activity.
Under Section III. Eligibility Information
Number of Applications. Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that each application is a scientifically distinct activity.
Special Requirements. The eligibility is restricted to "legacy" resources: those resources originally funded as part of NIGMS research mechanisms used for initiatives that are expiring and/or awards that are no longer renewable under those initiatives (e.g., 10-year P01 in the NIGMS Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, P50 for selected NIGMS initiatives, U54 for selected NIGMS initiatives, R24/U24 for selected NIGMS initiatives other than PAR-10-261, and RC1/RC2 awards assigned to NIGMS). R01 grants are not eligible. NIGMS-assigned ARRA activities are permitted to apply, but NIH Common Fund-supported efforts are not. Resources funded under SBIR and STTR awards are not included in the pilot program.
Q. Should a single application cover all resources in a program, or should different applications be submitted for the resources?
A. Because an applicant can submit multiple applications that are scientifically distinct, different resources should have different applications (for example, maintenance of a database of study results would be distinct from a repository for tools like clones or antibodies).
Q. NIGMS co-funds many resources, and investigators and their program officers in other institutes want to know if they can apply.
A. This initiative is intended for NIGMS-funded efforts as determined by existing primary grant assignments, not co-funding.
Q. Can an investigator who has developed databases with part of his/her R01 funds apply?
A. Resources developed on R01 grants are not eligible for this pilot program.
Q. Are there other options to apply for support or resources?
A. Some other options include: R24 programs from other institutes, administrative supplements to grants or other specialized initiatives aimed at resources. It is not possible to provide a complete inventory here, so talk to your program director, who can discuss your specific situation further and potentially refer you to other NIH funding options.
Q. Will applicants get feedback from the letters of intent?
A. Where possible, NIGMS will provide feedback to applicants if they are not eligible for support under this program.
Q. There is no mention of funds set aside. What is a reasonable size request?
A. An applicant should consider what has been invested in the resource to date. This funding opportunity is for maintenance, not for expansion of a resource. Moreover, this is intended for small- to medium-sized resources.
Q. How would an application for maintenance funding be viewed if other funding is used for resource development?
A. When funding decisions are made, the need for funds will also be considered, and this may be questioned if other funding is available. A priority of the program is to help resources that have no other options for support, and this is reflected in the stated funding criteria.
Q. What if funding came from a trans-NIH initiative to which NIGMS may have contributed (for example, the NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research), as did many other institutes?
A. The NIGMS pilot program is focused on resources central to the NIGMS mission and not trans-NIH endeavors at this time.