OSP FO# 11-089

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI)/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 of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)/National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)/National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)/Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS)

PROGRAM: Mentored Quantitative Research Development Award (K25)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to increase the availability of high-quality, multidisciplinary, didactic training and research project guidance, in the context of a mentored research career transition experience. The K25 Award will support the career development of quantitatively trained investigators who make a commitment to basic biomedical, clinical biomedical, bioengineering, bioimaging, and behavioral research that is relevant to the NIH mission. At the completion of the award, candidates should have both the knowledge and the skills necessary to compete for independent research support from NIH, or to participate as leading members of multi-disciplinary research teams. The specific objectives of the Mentored Quantitative Research Career Development Award (K25) are to:

(1) Encourage research-oriented quantitative scientists and engineers with little or no experience in biomedicine, bioengineering, bioimaging, or behavioral research to gain fundamental knowledge in these areas and develop relevant research skills, and to gain experience in current concepts, advanced methods, and experimental approaches that will allow them to conduct basic or clinical biomedical, behavioral, bioimaging, or bioengineering research, and to become independent investigators or play leading roles in multi-disciplinary research teams.
(2) Increase the pool of quantitative researchers who can conduct biomedical, behavioral, or bioengineering studies, capitalizing on the quantitative backgrounds of these investigators to inform new directions in biomedical, behavior and bioengineering research.
(3) Provide a unique opportunity for candidates holding degrees in quantitative science or engineering to embark on three to five years of special study, including course work, seminars, meetings, and mentored research, to achieve the career enhancement goals outlined above.

The NIH is especially interested in increasing the number of scientists trained to conduct high-quality research that combines insights derived from, and cuts across, different scientific, technical, and biomedical areas. Examples of quantitative scientific and technical backgrounds considered appropriate for this award include, but are not limited to: mathematics, statistics, economics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, physics, chemistry, and engineering. Candidates interested in cross-disciplinary research will become well grounded in behavioral, biomedical, bioimaging, or bioengineering research.

ELIGIBITY RESTRICTIONS: Candidates must have an advanced degree in a quantitative area of science or engineering (M.S.E.E., Ph.D., D.Sc., etc.) and have demonstrated research interests in their primary quantitative discipline. The candidate should have demonstrated professional accomplishments consonant with his or her career status, and should have demonstrated experience or interest in pursuing research (including research outside of biomedicine, behavior, bioimaging, or bioengineering).

Former principal investigators on NIH research project (R01), program project (P01), center grants, FIRST Awards (R29), sub-projects of program project (P01) or center grants, K01, K08, K22 or K23 awards, or the equivalent are not eligible. Former principal investigators of an NIH Small Grant (R03), Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21), or SBIR/STTR (R41, R42, R43, R44) remain eligible.

The candidate must identify a mentor who will supervise the proposed career development and research experience. The mentor should be an active investigator in the area of the proposed research and be committed both to the career development of the candidate and to the direct supervision of the candidate’s research.

By the time of award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

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

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program utilizes the mentored quantitative research career award (K25) award mechanism. The total amount to be awarded by the participating ICs and the number of awards will depend upon the quality and merit of applications received, program priorities, and the availability of funds. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research career development 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.

The total project period may not exceed 5 years.

AGENCY CONTACT: Please visit the following website for a list of appropriate Institute/Center contacts: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/contacts/parent_K25.html.
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-196.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-11-196) 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.