OSP FO# 13-011

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/ Office of Strategic Coordination (Common Fund)

PROGRAM: NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Workforce Innovation Award: Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) (DP7)

OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this program is to seek, identify and support bold and innovative approaches to broaden graduate and postdoctoral training, such that training programs reflect the range of career options that trainees (regardless of funding source) ultimately may pursue and that are required for a robust biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research enterprise. Collaborations with non-academic partners are encouraged to ensure that experts from a broad spectrum of research and research-related careers contribute to coursework, rotations, internships or other forms of exposure. This program will establish a new paradigm for graduate and postdoctoral training; awardee institutions will work together to define needs and share best practices.

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

ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS: Applicant organizations may submit only one application.

BU Internal Deadline: April 1, 2013
Letter of Intent (optional): April 10, 2013
Full Proposal: May 10, 2013, by 5:00 PM local time

FUNDING INFORMATION: NIH intends to commit approximately $6.75 million in FY 2013 to fund approximately 10-15 awards, contingent on NIH appropriations and the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications. Awards will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs. The requested project period may not exceed five years.

Patricia Labosky, Ph.D.
Program Leader
Office of Strategic Coordination
Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives
Office of the Director
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
Telephone: 301-594-4863
Email: laboskypa@od.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-12-022.html

INTERNAL REVIEW PROCESS: To screen potential proposals for this competition, an internal deadline has been established. Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in submitting a proposal should forward a memorandum to their Associate Dean by Monday, April 1, 2013. In the memorandum: (1) briefly describe the proposed research, (2) list key participating faculty, and (3) cite any program features which should make it particularly competitive for funding.

The memorandum should be countersigned by the relevant department chair/center director to indicate endorsement of the project. After the Dean’s assessment, the memorandum will be forwarded to India Adams in Sponsored Programs and then to the Office of the Vice President for Research for final selection. PIs will be informed if their proposal is selected for submission in time to complete the project budget 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 (RFA-RM-12-022) 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.