OSP FO# 11-250

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)

PROGRAM: NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards (DP5)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists, who have already established a record of innovation and research productivity, to launch an independent research program. Alternatively, Institutions may actively recruit eligible junior scientists to apply for support through this program. In either event, the Institution will be expected to provide substantial support for the junior scientist as detailed in the program guidelines.

This program is one of a series of NIH initiatives collectively known as NIH Common Fund (http://commonfund.nih.gov/), which promotes clinical and translational investigation and aims to improve health and prevent disease. Please see the program announcement below for further program information.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An applicant organization is identified as having a unique DUNS number, and may submit up to two applications. At the time of application, applicants either 1) within the preceding twelve months must have received a terminal doctoral degree or completed medical residency or 2) within the following twelve months must complete all the requirements for a doctoral degree or complete a medical residency.

At the time of appointment to the grantee Institution, the Early Independence PI must have received a PhD, MD, DO, DC, DDS, DVM, OD, DPM, ScD, EngD, Dr PH, DNSc, ND (Doctor of Naturopathy), PharmD, DSW, PsyD, or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution.

BU Internal Deadline: December 9, 2011
Full Proposal: January 30, 2012

FUNDING INFORMATION: NIH anticipates providing approximately $4 million to fund 10 awards. Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for five years, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs to be determined at the time of award.

Ravi Basavappa, Ph.D.
Office of Strategic Coordination
Office of the Director, NIH
1 Center Drive, MSC 0189
Building 1, Room 203
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-0189
Telephone: 301-594-8190
Email: earlyindependence@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-11-007.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: Only two applications per institution will be accepted. To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting an application should provide the following proposal information to their Associate Dean by Friday, December 9, 2011 for internal review purposes:

1. Description of the applicant’s proposed research project (maximum length 4 pages); including a research plan in a scientific area relevant to the NIH mission for which the investigator has demonstrated expertise, and evidence of exceptional scientific creativity and productivity;
2. Budget and budget justification (two pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include NIH-format biographical sketch for PI and any Senior/Key Personnel.
4. A letter of recommendation from the appropriate Department Chair or Research Mentor, offering a detailed assessment of the prospects for a successful early transition to research independence; achievements as a graduate student; and the potential for future scientific contributions;

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to OSP Executive Director Joan Kirkendall for review and then to the Office of the VP for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete and process their proposal for final review.

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-RM-11-007) 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.