OSP FO# 11-082

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Eye Institute (NEI)/National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/National Institute on Aging (NIA)/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute on Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

PROGRAM: Nanoscience and Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine (R01 & R21)

OBJECTIVES: The goal of this program is to encourage the study of basic biological phenomena and engineer nanotechnology solutions that will enable biomedical breakthroughs in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and traumatic injuries. Research projects may include the development, modification, or integration of advanced nanotechnologies and nanoscience-based tools, methods, concepts, and devices in addition to engineering nanoscale structures and systems to study and understand biological processes in health and disease and to develop novel diagnostics and interventions for treating disease.

For the purpose of this program, the proposed nanotechnology and nanoscience-based projects must target a specific problem or need in biology or medicine. Applications proposing only the use of commercially available nanoscale tools (e.g. commercial quantum dots as imaging agents) to study biological processes without specific technology development or application elements specific to biological processes are not appropriate for this initiative. Nanomaterial researchers are also encouraged to adopt standards, enable data sharing, and promote interoperability.

Participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) have identified areas of interests in nanoscience and nanotechnology research relative to the goals of this program.

Please see the complete program guidelines for a detailed list of specific focus areas that have been identified by participating NIH institutes and centers as well as appropriate contact information. Applicants should contact the participating IC to discuss the programmatic relevance of their research to the IC’s mission.

R01: February 5, June 5, and October 5, until May 8, 2014
R21: February 16, June 16, and October 16, until May 8, 2014

FUNDING INFORMATION: These programs will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01), and the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanisms, and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. The total project period for an R01 application submitted in response to this solicitation may not exceed 5 years. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary.

The total project period for an R21 application submitted in response to this solicitation may not exceed two years. Direct costs are limited to $275,000 over the two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year.

AGENCY CONTACT: Please see the complete program guidelines (below) for detailed contact information.
Web: R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-148.html
R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-149.html

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 (R01: PA-11-148 and R21: PA-11-149) 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 India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) or A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@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.