OSP FO# 11-219

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)

PROGRAM: Instrument Development for Biomedical Applications (R21)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to stimulate the development of new instrumentation for biomedical research that will support achievement of biomedical breakthroughs. The overall objective of applications for new instruments should be the development of more powerful and more precise technology with broad applicability to biomedical research. The proposed research may involve conceptualization, design, fabrication, and/or testing of new instruments or devices. High-risk applications are encouraged, and the innovative nature of the application will be emphasized in the review criteria.

Examples of new tools and techniques that are responsive to this program include optical spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, electrophoresis and other separation techniques, microscopy, lasers and optics, X-ray tools, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, bioreactors, centrifugation, proteomics, genomic sequencing, functional genomics, comparative genomics, microarrays, and human sequence variation (e.g., genotyping). This list is not exhaustive, but investigators with topics outside of these areas are strongly encouraged to contact program staff to ensure that their applications are responsive.

DEADLINE: October 11, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: This program will utilize the NIH exploratory/developmental (R21) grant. NIH intends to commit $1 million dollars in FY2012 to fund 5 to 8 new awards. An applicant may request a project period of up to three years with direct costs up to a maximum of $125,000 per year.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Dr. Fred K. Friedman
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard, MSC 4874
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4874
Telephone: (301) 435-0775
Fax: (301) 480-3659
Email: ffriedma@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-11-005.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 (RFA-RR-11-005) 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.