OSP FO# 11-019

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

PROGRAM: Team-Based Design in Biomedical Engineering Education (R25)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides support to establish new or to enhance existing team-based design courses in undergraduate biomedical engineering departments or programs. Applications may address specific target areas such as neural engineering, tissue engineering, sensors, information technologies, or involve a wider umbrella of projects within biomedical engineering. This program targets undergraduate students at the senior level but may also include junior undergraduates and first-year graduate students. While the design courses are expected to be offered by biomedical engineering departments or programs, participation of students from other appropriate disciplines is welcome and encouraged. Courses that address innovative and/or ground-breaking development, multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary training, and diversity recruitment are especially encouraged.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicant institutions may submit only one application per receipt date to this program. Grantees with an active award under this program are ineligible to submit another application.

DEADLINE:
BU Internal Deadline: March 23, 2011
Full Proposal: May 18, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will utilize the NIH Research Education Grant (R25) award mechanism, and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this program may not exceed five years and total direct costs are limited to $40,000 annually.

Indirect costs are limited to 8% of modified total direct costs (exclusive of tuition, fees, and equipment.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
Division of Interdisciplinary Training
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
Democracy II, Suite 200
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-5477
Telephone: (301) 435-6686
Fax: (301) 480-1614
Email: erimz@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-140.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 Wednesday, March 23, 2011 for internal review purposes:

1. Project description (maximum length 4 pages) should include items a–c:
(a) describe the project and its innovative potential;
(b) outline the scope of the anticipated courses/educational activities;
(c) provide a plan for the evaluation of the program.

2. Budget and budget justification (2 pages).

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

4. Review comments from any previous R25 submission.

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: NIH requires that applications to this program be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). After submission via Grants.gov, applications will be retrieved and processed by the NIH Commons system (https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp). In order to prepare a responsive application, PIs should download both the complete program guidelines (PAR-10-140) and the corresponding application package from Grants.gov as well as the NIH Grants.gov Application Guide (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm). PIs must also be registered Commons users.

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 website 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.