OSP FO# 11-244

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

PROGRAM: Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Faculty Diversity/Re-Entry in Biomedical Research (K01)          

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to increase the number of highly-trained investigators, from diverse backgrounds or who have experienced an interruption in their research careers, whose basic and clinical research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases in the general and health disparities populations.

Please see the program announcement below for further program details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: The candidate must have been awarded a doctoral degree, such as the Ph.D., M.D., D.O., D.V.M., or an equivalent degree at least two years prior to the award and have a full-time non-tenured faculty appointment at an accredited college or university at the time of award. Mentors must be an accomplished investigator in the research area proposed and has experience in developing independent investigators. Ineligible individuals include current and former principal investigators on NIH research project grants (R01), Academic Career Awards (K07), comparable career development awards (e.g., K08, K22, K23), Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), subprojects of program project (P01) or center grants (P50), or non-NIH equivalent grants/awards.

Diversity Candidates: NIH is particularly interested in encouraging the recruitment and retention of the following classes of candidates: a) Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis; b) Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and c) Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Re-entry Candidates: Eligible candidates have experienced an interruption in their research careers. Applicants must demonstrate potential for a career as an independent investigator in basic or clinical research. The candidate must have a doctoral degree in a basic or clinical area related to cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic diseases, and at least two years of postdoctoral research experience in basic and/or clinical science. The candidate must have interrupted his or her career for a period of at least three years but not more than eight years.

Applicants may only submit only one individual Career Development Award application at any time.

DEADLINE: October 26, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: The NHLBI intends to fund an estimate of eight to ten new awards, corresponding to a total of $1.2 million, for fiscal year 2012. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA must be at least three but not more than five years. Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses, as described below.

NHLBI will provide $75,000 plus fringe benefits per year toward the salary of the career award recipient. The salary must be consistent both with the established salary structure at the institution and with salaries actually provided by the institution from its own funds to other staff members of equivalent qualifications, rank, and responsibilities in the department concerned. NHLBI will contribute $30,000 per year toward the research development costs of the award recipient, which must be justified and consistent with the stage of development of the candidate and the proportion of time to be spent in research or career development activities.

Candidates must be able to commit a minimum of 9 person-months (75% of full-time professional effort) conducting research career development activities associated with this award. The remaining 3 months (25% effort) can be divided among research and research-related activities such as teaching, patient care, or other research-related activities if these activities are consistent with the goals of the K01 award. Indirect Costs (also known as Facilities & Administrative [F&A] Costs) are reimbursed at 8% of modified total direct costs.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Lorraine M. Silsbee, MHS
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7936
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7936 (Express mail zip: 20817)
Telephone: (301) 435-0709
Email: silsbeeL@nhlbi.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HL-12-030.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-HL-12-030) 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.