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and the eRA Commons to apply for most NIH grants. Registration can take approximately four weeks to complete.
For NIH answers to Recovery Act questions, including a section on Challenge Grants, see
No, we cannot supplement a terminated or closed award.
If the request is within the scope of the parent grant, apply for an administrative supplement. If the request expands the scope of the parent grant, apply for a revision.
It will include identifying what jobs were created/retained, what progress has been made and how the parent grant benefitted from the extra award, among other items. Standard Recovery Act terms and conditions can be viewed at
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/NIH_HHS_ARRA_Award_Terms.pdf. In addition, see the NIH notice (NOT-OD-09-080) describing specific
business processes for Recovery Act funding.
There is no Recovery Act prohibition against this. The hiring policies of the grantee institution must be followed, of course.
administrative supplement notice includes some flexibility for this very situation. It states, "Note that while NIH recommends that a no-cost extension already be in place
before an administrative supplement request is submitted, this is not a requirement for all administrative supplement requests."
In this situation, you should prepare the administrative supplement request with the expected extension in mind and include those intentions in the application, including your institution's plans to execute the notification through the eRA Commons extension feature when appropriate.
Keep in mind that the maximum possible length of the supplement award will depend on the time remaining on the parent project, including the anticipated extension period.
While there is no limit on numbers, remember that administrative supplements and revisions must be distinct and not overlapping. If you are considering making several administrative supplement requests for the same grant, we encourage you to consider consolidating them into a single supplement request. If you have more than one grant, a supplement for each is possible. In addition, you can submit requests for both an administrative supplement and a revision for the same grant.
No, this kind of
extension is available only for funding opportunity announcements that use standard submission dates, and RFAs do not.
For NIH answers to Recovery Act questions, including a section on supplements and revisions, see
For the NIH notice on administrative supplements (NOT-OD-09-056), see
While there is no absolute rule about the budget size of an administrative supplement, there are some general guidelines. Usually, a supplement would be 50 percent or less of the annual budget of the parent grant. Remember that an administrative supplement must be within the scope of the parent grant, so one with a very large budget may not conform to this requirement.
There is no limit to the number of administrative supplement requests that an investigator may submit. However, NIGMS is likely to receive substantially more supplement requests than we will be able to fund. One of the factors that we will consider is the number of other Recovery Act administrative supplements that have been (or will be) funded. In most cases, priority will be given to investigators who have not yet received other Recovery Act administrative supplements.
Five pages, which covers both the scope of the overall project (section 4a) and the research project plan (section 4b) under the heading of "Preparing an Administrative Supplement Request" in the NIH
administrative supplement notice.
The request must be well justified in terms of scientific need. It must conform to the Recovery Act goals of accelerating the pace of scientific research, stimulating the economy, and creating and/or retaining jobs, so how quickly the work can begin is important. The request must be for work that can be completed within the timeframe specified (up to two years for FY2009-funded supplements, one year for those funded in FY2010). Other factors, such as geographic distribution of grantee institutions, progress on the grant to date, amount of unobligated balances and the principal investigator's career status also may factor into our decisions.
This is an NIGMS staff decision based on a recommendation by the program director responsible for the grant and consultation with senior staff members.
You may submit administrative supplement requests at any time. Be sure that you have written a sound and well-justified request. Although the deadline for receipt of the supplement request is July 15, 2009, if you are requesting an award in FY2009, an early submission allows staff to begin processing the request sooner, and you are likely to receive the award earlier.
We strongly encourage you to send your administrative supplement request to us at
NIGMSARRAAdminSupplements@nigms.nih.gov. We also will accept requests mailed to the grants management specialist for your grant. Do NOT submit administrative supplement requests through Grants.gov.
No. You may submit up to five pages per component.
For the NIH notice on revisions (NOT-OD-09-058), see
No, you cannot. Moreover, the balance from the parent grant will not be available to you after the revision ends (if you have time remaining on the parent grant).
No, the money must be spent by the end date of the revision. Any unobligated Recovery Act funds will not be available for expenditure after the end date of the Recovery Act award.
Foreign grantees are not eligible to apply for Recovery Act funds, and each funding opportunity announcement includes limitations on how much a foreign component to a domestic grant may propose.
Yes, to some degree. NIGMS will still apply the same principles to budget reductions for the two-year R01s as it does to standard R01s, although the reductions may be less than normal.
Grand Opportunities Grants (RC2)
Yes, appendices are allowed, but they must comply with the instructions in the SF424 and NIH Guide
The intent is to contribute to startup packages for junior faculty so that they have a good foundation for becoming independent, tenure-track faculty members who are competitive for NIH awards.
For technical reasons, this funding opportunity uses a research core. Despite the use of this mechanism, NIGMS does not intend our awards to be anything like a conventional resource or service core.
Applications will be reviewed by standard NIH review procedures, in this case a special emphasis panel. Reviewers will consider the institutional selection process and environment, including how candidates will be identified and selected, the departmental and institutional track record for attracting junior faculty and programs available for their professional development.
Please note that we do not intend to make awards based on area of science or specific faculty candidates (more on this below).
It is difficult to address application requirements using the standard format of Aims, Background, Preliminary Data and Design and Methods sections, but you could include the history of the search in the Background section and describe the recruitment process in the Design and Methods section. Using subheads also helps.
The Research Plan (items 2-5) is limited to 12 pages, and appendices are not allowed. You must include letters of commitment as Item 16 of the Research Plan, not in an appendix.
You could frame it in terms of what would be relevant to the area of research--computational clusters, 2P microscopes, MALDI-TOF spectroscope, etc. Departmental resources are undoubtedly sufficiently multi-purpose that you can make access to them a positive feature of your application.
Yes, but bear in mind that our intent is to produce competitive startup packages in cases of demonstrable need.
No, funds should be for the support of the new faculty member.
No, the funding opportunity announcement specifically precludes this.
Specific identities are not appropriate, but you should describe the characteristics of the desired applicant pool, such as high-impact publications, prestigious awards, etc.
Pilot research projects per se should not be proposed. Rather, you should discuss the general research context and how the interests of a candidate will align with and expand your strategic vision. You should discuss drivers of your funding timeline—when you anticipate the recruit to start, anticipated salary, equipment needs, etc.
NIGMS intends to support only the start-up package for the new faculty member, which may include technician or postdoc positions (who may be yet to be named). We will not support salary for colleagues, collaborators or the principal investigator on the application. However, the application should include the CVs of mentors and others who represent the research environment. It is not necessary to list them as key personnel. Using the other personnel section should suffice, and will help simplify application preparation, which also aligns with the intent of the funding opportunity.
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