OSP FO# 11-009

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

PROGRAM: Environmental Health Sciences Core Center Grants (P30)

OBJECTIVES: This program supports the development of Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers. These Centers are designed to build infrastructure in the field of environmental health sciences, including those needed to conduct basic, translational, clinical, and public health research by a multidisciplinary group of scientists. By supporting centralized resources and facilities and fostering scientific exchange, new technologies and approaches can be brought to bear on new and existing research projects. This support is intended to enhance the productivity of traditional research grants at the institution, focus investigators on environmental science issues relevant to human biology, human disease, and public health, and thereby improve the health of communities and the nation.

The Core Centers are expected to identify promising opportunities for collaboration and support which would translate environmental health research and related basic science into domains which enhance our understanding of human disease and public health. The Core Center is responsible for recognizing unique opportunities and capitalizing on them to foster scientific excellence using new methods, technologies, and novel scientific approaches that focus on using environmental health science to understand human biology and human disease. The emphasis should be on fostering scientific excellence by providing resources and scientific interactions unlikely to be attained by individual investigators, promoting collaborations among basic biomedical and applied researchers, reaching out to innovative investigators in complementary fields, and facilitating cutting edge research that addresses exposures and health issues in a timely manner.

In addition to support services for research, the Center should foster career development for future research leaders in environmental health sciences. This can include training and mentoring junior faculty in environmental health sciences, promoting interactions with established investigators in related disciplines, and helping young scientists and clinician-scientists to build foundations for careers in NIEHS-sponsored research. Investigators and trainees are encouraged to interact with NIEHS program officials with the goal of promoting grantsmanship and eventual funding by NIEHS. NIEHS encourages training and career development of women and underrepresented minorities.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: NIEHS does not award more than one EHS Core Center to a particular institution. Only one application will be accepted in a competing round and only from institutions that do not have an existing awarded EHS Core Center.

To qualify for an EHS Core Center the applicant institution must already have an identity in Environmental Health Sciences, defined as a substantial base of ongoing, independently supported, peer-reviewed research projects related to the study of environmental health sciences or environmental medicine, a substantial portion of which should be supported by NIEHS. At the time of submission of a new or competing continuation application, any institution or consortium wishing to qualify for the EHS Core Center grant must have a minimum of three active NIEHS-supported research grants from three distinct principal investigators. Please consult the full program announcement for a list of acceptable grant award mechanisms.

Internal BU Deadline: January 24, 2011
Application Deadline: February 24, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program utilizes the NIH Center Core Grants funding (P30) award mechanism. NIEHS intends to commit $6 million for 3–4 awards. The total project period for a new or first-time application submitted in response to this program may not exceed four years. Direct costs are limited to $600,000 in the first year, $700,000 in direct costs in the second year, $800,000 in direct costs in the third year, and $900,000 in direct costs in the fourth year. Renewal applications may request up to 5 years of support and up to $1.1 million direct costs per year. For all applications, both new and renewal, the total request must include a Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC)—formerly Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC)—and a minimum of $100,000 direct costs must be devoted to it each year.

Leslie Reinlib, Ph.D.
Program Director
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
P.O. Box 12233
MD K3-12
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: (919) 541-4998
Fax: (919) 316-4606
E-mail: reinlib@niehs.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-11-001.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Monday, January 24, 2011 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 4 pages) should include items a–d:
(a) identify the three qualifying research projects that will use the Center;
(b) describe the strategic vision and the way in which the Center will implement this vision and which future directions will likely be followed during the project period;
(c) address plans for the coordination of ongoing research among the qualifying research projects; and
(d) provide a management plan for the Center.

2. Budget, and budget justification (2 pages).

3. Biographical sketches: include NIH format biographical sketch for PI and Senior/Key Personnel.

4. Review comments from any previous P30 submission related to Environmental Health Science research.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to OSP-CRC Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.

REMARKS: Complete program guidelines and application material (RFA-ES-11-001 and PHS 398) 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.