OSP FO# 11-088

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/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)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

PROGRAM: Independent Scientist Award (K02)

OBJECTIVES: The program provides funding for career development programs designed to help ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the Nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. This program is intended to foster the development of outstanding scientists and enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to their field of research.

NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) have unique scientific purviews and different program goals and initiatives. Therefore, candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the NIH staff for IC-specific programmatic and budgetary information.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The candidate must have a doctoral degree and newly independent, peer-reviewed support at the time the award is made. Some of the participating NIH ICs require the candidate to have an NIH research grant at the time of application and that the support be from their IC. Other NIH ICs will accept candidates with peer-reviewed, independent research support from other sources.

The candidate must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of the award.

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

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will use NIH Independent Scientist Award (K02) mechanism. Because the nature and scope of the proposed K02 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_K02.html.
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-191.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-11-191) 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.