OSP FO# 11-087

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)/National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)/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)/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)/National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)/National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)/Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

PROGRAM: Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for an intensive, supervised career development experience in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences leading to research independence.

Although all of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) use this mechanism to support career development experiences that lead to research independence, some ICs use the K01 award for individuals who propose to train in a new field or for individuals who have had a hiatus in their research career because of illness or pressing family circumstances. Other ICs utilize the K01 award to increase research workforce diversity by providing enhanced research career development opportunities.

Each institute or center has a unique scientific purview and different program goals and initiatives. Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact appropriate NIH staff for IC-specific programmatic and budgetary information.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The candidate must have a research or a health-professional doctoral degree. The candidate must also identify a mentor who is an active investigator in the area of the proposed research and is committed both to the career development of the candidate and to the direct supervision of the candidate’s research. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.

DEADLINE: February 12, June 12, and October 12 through September 8, 2014.

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will use the NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) mechanism. Because the nature and scope of the proposed K01 award program will vary from application to application and the amounts provided by the participating ICs are not uniform, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Awards include funds for salary, fringe benefits, and research development costs. NIH will provide support to help offset the full-time salary requirements of the candidate. The salary must be consistent both with the established salary structure at the institution and salaries actually provided by the institution from its own funds to other staff members of equivalent qualifications, rank, and responsibilities in the department concerned. Support will be provided for the following expenses: (a) tuition and fees related to career development; (b) research expenses, such as supplies, equipment and technical personnel; (c) travel to research meetings or training; and (d) statistical services including personnel and computer time.

Candidates must commit a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort conducting research career development and research activities associated with this award. The remaining 25% effort must be committed to other career development activities consistent with the overall purpose of the award, i.e., the candidate’s development into an independent investigator. 

AGENCY CONTACT: Please visit the following website for a list of appropriate Institute/Center contacts: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_K01.html.  
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-190.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 (PA-11-190) 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.