OSP FO# 11-004

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

PROGRAM: Mechanism for Time-Sensitive Drug Abuse Research (R01)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to support drug abuse research in rapidly evolving areas (e.g., changes in service systems, health care financing, policy, natural/man-made disasters, etc) where opportunities for empirical study are, by their very nature, only available through expedited awards of support.

This program encourages innovative scientific partnerships between researchers and community or public partners who cannot delay policy or program changes in order to obtain baseline research data related to the implementation or impact of such changes. Research collaborations intended to answer unique and innovative questions concerning changes in a health care system or policy are of most interest.

There are three distinguishing features of an eligible study: 1) the study’s scientific value and feasibility are clear, 2) rapid review and funding are required in order for the scientific question to be answered and, 3) the knowledge gained from the study cannot be obtained through the regular NIH cycle of review and award. It should be clear that the research question offers an uncommon and scientifically significant research opportunity that could only become available if the project is initiated with minimum delay.

DEADLINES: March 9, June 9, September 9, and December 9, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) award mechanism, and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. R01 funding levels vary according to the scope and need of the project. The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Redonna K. Chandler, Ph.D
Division of Epidemiology, Services, and Prevention Research
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 5177, MSC 9589
Bethesda, MD 20892-9589
Telephone: (301) 443-6504
Fax: (301) 443-6815
E-mail: rchandle@nida.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-072.html

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/general-information-for-crc-investigators. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

For more information about Grants.gov and the NIH Commons, or to register as a Commons user, please contact either Alex Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or Elmer Smith (esmith2@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.