NOTICE OF LIMITED COMPETITION REQUEST FOR COMPETING APPLICATIONS: 
SPECIALIZED NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH PROGRAMS 

RELEASE DATE:  September 15, 2003

NOTICE: NOT-NS-03-022

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)  
 (http://www.ninds.nih.gov/)
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) 
 (http://ncmhd.nih.gov/)
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
 (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
 (http://www.nimh.nih.gov/)

APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE:  November 1, 2003

The NINDS is requesting competing renewal applications from Specialized 
Neuroscience Research Programs (SNRPs) awarded in response to a Request 
for Applications (RFA) NS-99-001, 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-NS-99-001.html).  
This re-competition will continue the unique ongoing research, resource 
development and education programs of these SNRPs for a one-time 
renewal cycle. 

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), in 
collaboration with the National Center on Minority Health and Health 
Disparities (NCMHD), the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), 
and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), proposes to 
continue efforts to augment and strengthen the research capabilities of 
faculty, students, and fellows at minority institutions by supporting 
the development of new, or enhancement of ongoing, basic and clinical 
neuroscience research projects.  The SNRPs will emphasize four 
programmatic activities during the renewal period.  (1) To assist in 
infrastructure development leading to well established, state-of-the-
art neuroscience research programs; (2) To foster innovative and 
effective partnerships and collaboration between minority institutions 
and established neuroscience laboratories at federal and non-federal 
research institutions; (3) To develop, support and maintain a 
stimulating academic and intellectual milieu to inspire and prepare 
students and fellows to pursue research careers in neuroscience; and 
(4) To provide support to develop and sustain competitively funded 
neuroscience research projects and programs.

Support is contingent on availability of funds and eligibility is 
restricted to SNRPs previously awarded under RFA-NS-99-001. 

Mechanism of support:  The administrative funding mechanism for this 
program is a Specialized Center Cooperative Agreement (U54).

Receipt date:  Applications must be submitted by November 1, 2003.

Review: Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical 
merit by appropriate review groups convened by the NINDS in accordance 
with established review criteria described as outlined in a Letter of 
Agreement with the applicant organizations.  

INQUIRIES

Direct your questions about scientific/programmatic issues to:

Dr. Alfred W, Gordon
Associate Director for Minority Health and Research
6001 Executive Blvd. NSC, Suite 2149
Bethesda, MD 20892-5929
Telephone: (301) 496-3102
FAX: (301) 594-5929
e-mail: ag38x@nih.gov


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