OSP FO# 11-154

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 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 Drug Abuse (NIDA)/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

PROGRAM: Spatial Uncertainty: Data, Modeling, and Communication (R01, R21, R03)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to support multidisciplinary collaborations among scientists to promote research in identifying, quantifying, reducing, and communicating spatial uncertainty in health research to improve disease control and prevention. It will also facilitate integration of data collection, information technology, visualization tools, statistical models, and health communication to reduce spatial uncertainty in planning, implementing and evaluating disease control programs. Spatial uncertainty in public health information is ever present — from data collection and model specification to interpretation, visualization, and communication. Estimates of disease patterns or trends contain a certain degree of uncertainty. Bias may be introduced if the uncertainty is ignored or misunderstood. It will require a team of epidemiologists, statisticians, and experts in data visualization or health communication to attack the spatial uncertainty issue thoroughly.

This program covers the following research areas:

A. Spatial Uncertainty in Data
B. Statistical Methods to Model Spatial Uncertainty
C. Geographic Information System (GIS) as a Tool to Address and Visualize Spatial Uncertainty
D. Communication of Spatial Uncertainty
E. Specific Areas of Interests of Participating Institutes/Centers

Please see the program announcements below for further program details.

R01: February 5, June 5, and October 5, until September 8, 2014
R03, R21: February 16, June 16, and October 16, until September 8, 2014

FUNDING INFORMATION: These programs will utilize the NIH Research Project Grant (R01), the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanisms, and the NIH Small Research Grant (R03), and “Just-in-Time” information concepts. 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. For the R01 program, budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. The scope of the proposed projects should determine the project period. The maximum period is 5 years.

For the R21 program, the total project period may not exceed two years and direct costs are limited to $275,000 over a two-year period.

For the R03 program, budgets for direct costs of up to $50,000 per year, and a project duration of up to two years may be requested, for a maximum of $100,000 over two years.

Li Zhu, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Telephone: (301) 594-6546
Email: li.zhu@nih.gov
Web:  R01: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-238.html
R21: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-239.html
R03: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-11-240.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-11-238, R21: PA-11-239, R03: PA-11-240) 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.