NOTICE OF CHANGE IN CONTACT INFORMATION AND EXTENSION OF RECEIPT DATE FOR 
RFA-NR-04-003 (NINR MENTORED RESEARCH SCIENTIST DEVELOPMENT AWARD FOR 
MINORITY INVESTIGATORS)

RELEASE DATE:  August 5, 2004
 
NOTICE: NOT-NR-04-001

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) 
 (http://ninr.nih.gov/) 

The National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)is again accepting 
applications for the NINR Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for 
Minority Investigators. This program is described in Request for Applications 
(RFA) NR-04-003, Mentored Research Scientist Development Award for Minority 
Investigators (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NR-04-003.html).  

The National Institute of Nursing Research is extending the Request for 
Application NR-04-003, changing the following:

1)   extend the Letter of Intent Receipt Date from October 17, 2003 to 
October 1, 2004;
2)   extend the Application Receipt Date from November 14, 2003 to October 
29, 2004
3)   add Peer Review Date of February 2005
4)   add Council Review Date of May 2005
5)   Add Earliest Anticipated Start Date of July 1, 2005
6)   Provide new NINR program staff contact information under “Where to 
Send Inquiries” (See below)

LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE:  October 1, 2004
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE:  October 29, 2004
PEER REVIEW DATE: February 2005 
COUNCIL REVIEW: May 2005 
EARLIEST ANTICIPATED START DATE: July 1, 2005 

The National Institute of Nursing Research invites applications to support 
the research career development of doctorally prepared minority nurse 
investigators in tenure-earning positions at Traditionally Minority Based 
Institutions (TMBIs) and at majority academic institutions in the biomedical 
and behavioral scientific mission areas of the NINR. The purposes of this 
program initiative are to: 1) foster the development of independent 
investigators in nursing research on the faculties of TMBIs and majority 
academic institutions; 2) stimulate nursing research and nursing research 
training at these institutions; and 3) encourage the development of qualified 
minority nurse investigators in academic research settings who can become 
effective role models for minority students.

WHERE TO SEND INQUIRIES

We encourage inquiries concerning this RFA and welcome the opportunity to 
answer questions from potential applicants.  Inquiries may fall into three 
areas:  scientific/research, peer review, and financial or grants management 
issues:

o Direct your questions about scientific/research issues to:

Nell Armstrong, PhD, RN
Program Director
NINR/NIH
6701 Democracy Blvd, Rm. 710
Bethesda MD 20892-4870
Phone: 301-594-5973
Email: armstrongn@nih.gov 
Fax: 301-480-8260

o Direct your questions about peer review issues to:

Dr. Jeffrey M. Chernak
Office of Review
National Institute of Nursing Research
6701 Democracy Blvd, Room 712, MSC 4870
Bethesda, MD  20892-4870
Telephone:  (301) 402-6959
FAX:  (301) 480-8260
Email: chernak@nih.gov

o Direct your questions about financial or grants management matters to:

Ms. Cindy McDermott
Chief Grants Management Officer
National Institute of Nursing Research
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 710
One Democracy Plaza
Bethesda, MD  20892-4870
Telephone:  (301) 594-6869
FAX:  (301) 402-4502
Email: cindy_mcdermott@nih.gov

LETTER OF INTENT

Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes 
the following information:

o A descriptive title of the proposed research
o Name, address, and telephone number of the Program Director
o Names of other key personnel
o Participating institutions
o Number and title of this RFA 

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not 
enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it 
contains allows NHLBI staff to estimate the potential review workload and 
plan for the review.

The letter of intent is to be sent by the date listed at the beginning of 
this document.  The letter of intent should be sent to:

Dr. Jeffrey M. Chernak
Office of Review
National Institute of Nursing Research
6701 Democracy Blvd, Room 712, MSC 4870
Bethesda, MD  20892-4870
Telephone:  (301) 402-6959
FAX:  (301) 480-8260
Email: chernak@nih.gov

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION 

Applications must be prepared using the PHS 398 research grant application 
instructions and forms (rev. 5/2001). Applications must have a DUN and 
Bradstreet (D&B) Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number as the 
Universal Identifier when applying for Federal grants or cooperative 
agreements. The D&B number can be obtained by calling (866) 705-5711 or 
through the web site at http://www.dunandbradstreet.com/. The D&B number 
should be entered on line 11 of the face page of the PHS 398 form. The PHS 
398 document is available at 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an interactive 
format.  For further assistance contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, 
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INSTRUCTIONS:
 
The application must address the following issues:

Candidate

o  The candidate's commitment to a nursing career in biomedical or behavioral 
research.
o  The candidate's potential to develop into a successful independent nursing 
investigator.
o  The candidate's immediate and long-term career objectives, and how the 
award will contribute to their attainment.
o  Letters of recommendation.  Three sealed letters of recommendation 
addressing the candidate's potential for an independent nursing research 
career must be included as part of the application.

Career Development Plan

o  The career development plan, incorporating consideration of the 
candidate's goals and prior experience.  It should describe a systematic plan 
to obtain any necessary basic biomedical or behavioral science background and 
research experience to launch or reinitiate an independent nursing research 
career.

o  The candidate must describe plans to receive instruction in the 
responsible conduct of research.  These plans must detail the proposed 
subject matter, format, frequency, and duration of instruction as well as the 
amount and nature of faculty participation.  No award will be made if an 
application lacks this component.  Additional information is available at: 
http://ori.hhs.gov/policies/RCR_Policy.shtml#rcr

Research Plan

The candidate must describe the research plan and the use of a basic or 
clinical approach to a biomedical or behavioral problem.  The candidate must 
describe the research plan as outlined in form PHS 398, including sections on 
the Specific Aims, Background and Significance, Progress Report/Preliminary 
Studies, Research Design and Methods.

Mentor's Statement

The application must include a biographical sketch and information on the 
mentor(s) including research qualifications and previous experience as a 
research supervisor.  The application must also include information that 
describes the nature and extent of supervision that will occur during the 
award period.  A letter of support from the mentor (and co-mentor, if 
appropriate) must be included in the application delineating the match with 
the candidate's research and development plan and willingness to provide the 
necessary assistance.

Environment and Institutional Commitment

The sponsoring TMBI or majority academic institution must provide a statement 
of commitment to the candidate's development into a productive, independent 
investigator in nursing research.  This statement must indicate that the 
candidate will be provided with sufficient release time from other duties to 
accomplish the research and career development goals stated in the 
application.

Budget

Individuals applying for the K01 award must comply with the JUST-IN-TIME 
procedures announced in the NIH Guide on March 29, 1996 and May 17, 1996.

USING THE RFA LABEL: The RFA label available in the PHS 398 (rev. 5/2001) 
application form must be affixed to the bottom of the face page of the 
application.  Type the RFA number on the label.  Failure to use this label 
could result in delayed processing of the application such that it may not 
reach the review committee in time for review.  In addition, the RFA title 
and number must be typed on line 2 of the face page of the application form 
and the YES box must be marked. The RFA label is also available at: 
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/label-bk.pdf.
 
SENDING AN APPLICATION TO THE NIH: Submit a signed, typewritten original of 
the application, including the Checklist, and three signed, photocopies, in 
one package to:
 
Center For Scientific Review
National Institutes Of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD  20892-7710
Bethesda, MD  20817 (for express/courier service)
 
At the time of submission, two additional copies of the application must be 
sent to:

Dr. Jeffrey M. Chernak
Office of Review
National Institute of Nursing Research
6701 Democracy Blvd, Room 712, MSC 4870
Bethesda, MD  20892-4870
Email: chernak@nih.gov
For express/courier service: Bethesda, MD  20817
ATTN:  Minority Investigator MRSDA
Telephone:  (301) 402-6959
FAX:  (301) 480-8260

APPLICATION PROCESSING: Applications must be received on or before the 
application receipt date listed in the heading of this RFA.  If an 
application is received after that date, it will be returned to the applicant 
without review.


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