OSP FO# 13-009

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

PROGRAM: NINDS Institutional Center Core Grants to Support Neuroscience Research (P30)

OBJECTIVES: NINDS invites applications for Center Core Grants that provide resources and facilities shared by a minimum of six NINDS-supported investigators, and supporting a wider base of neuroscience research.  The proposed Centers will offer services and expertise that would be difficult or impractical to support in individual labs.  The Centers are expected to capitalize on economies and synergies associated with shared resources, and to foster a collaborative environment among neuroscientists at host institutions.

Please see the link to the program announcement below for further details.

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: An institution is allowed to submit one application. Additionally, an institution is eligible for a maximum of one NINDS Center Core Grant.

Applicant organizations must have a minimum of six qualifying research projects directed by at least six separate Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s).  All qualifying projects must be substantial users of the Cores, and Core services must be within scope of the funded aims of the awards identified as qualifying projects.  No more than 25% of the effort from a single Core facility can be devoted to projects directed by any single investigator.    Qualifying projects are defined for the purpose of this FOA as NINDS-funded research projects using the R01, U01, R37, P01, P50 and U54 activity codes.  Multicomponent awards such as Program Projects (P01) and Centers (P50 or U54) each count as only one qualifying project toward the minimum requirement. Investigators holding smaller research projects (R21 and R03), fellowships, and career (K) awards are eligible for Center services, but these investigators/awards do not count toward the minimum required number of qualifying projects.

Consortium arrangements between applicant organizations are allowed, and qualifying research projects may be included from each organization.

Please see the program announcement below for additional information on eligibility.

DEADLINES:
Letter of Intent (optional): April 16, 2013
BU Internal Deadline: April 1, 2013
Full Proposal: May 16, 2013

FUNDING INFORMATION: Applications may request up to $400,000 per year in direct costs. The maximum project period is 4 years. NINDS anticipates funding 3 awards in response to the current announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Edmund Talley, Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Telephone: 301-496-1917
Email: TalleyE@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-13-116.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals and coordinate institutional cost-sharing commitments 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 Monday, April 1, 2013 for internal review purposes:

1.  Project description (maximum length 4 pages) should include items a – e:
(a) identify the six qualifying research project that will use the Center;
(b) describe the proposed research core(s) and the way in which the core(s) will contribute to the overall effectiveness of the Center;
(c) address plans for the coordination of ongoing research among the qualifying research projects; and
(d) provide a management plan for the Center.
2. Budget, and budget justification (2 pages).
3. Biographical sketches: include NIH format biographical sketch for PI and Senior/Key Personnel.
4. Review comments from any previous P30 submission related to neuroscience research.

Following the Dean’s assessment of the internal application, it will be forwarded to India Adams in Sponsored Programs 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 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 A. B. Effgen (abeffgen@bu.edu) or India Adams (adamsi@bu.edu) in the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) at x3-4365. In addition, please contact the OSP Research Administrator assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (PAR-13-116) may be obtained from the website 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 website at http://www.bu.edu/osp.