Clarification, Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54), RFA-RM-08-002

Notice Number: NOT-RM-08-017

Key Dates
Release Date: May 15, 2008

Issued by
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov)

This notice clarifies two points in the RFA.

The first refers to the eligibility criteria for KL2 applicants. Section III 1.B.3. Eligible Research Education, Research Training and Research Career Development – trainees, scholars and mentors currently reads: “K12 scholars may not simultaneously submit or have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career development award (e.g., K07, K08, K22, K23), that duplicates any of the provisions of the K12 program.”

The sentence should reference K12 applicants as opposed to existing scholars. This Notice amends the RFA to replace this sentence with the statement: “K12 applicants may not simultaneously submit or have pending an application for any other PHS mentored career development award (e.g., K07, K08, K22, K23), that duplicates any of the provisions of the K12 program. However, appointed K12 scholars supported through institutional K12 (and KL2) awards may apply for K23 support. If they are successful, they then move from one mechanism to the other.

The second point refers the RFA guidelines regarding the appointment period of KL2 scholars and re-budgeting authority under Section IV. 1. Award Administration Information

The RFA states: “Usually, funds budgeted in an NIH supported research or research training grant for the salaries or fringe benefits of individuals, but freed as a result of a career award, may not be rebudgeted. The awarding component will give consideration to approval for the use of released funds only under unusual circumstances. Any proposed retention of funds released as a result of a career award must receive prior written approval of the NIH awarding component.”

These three sentences are amended to read: “Funds budgeted in a KL2 component of a CTSA that are freed as a result of a career award change may be rebudgeted to support a new Scholar who meets the eligibility criteria specified in the RFA and the selection criteria specified in the application. The Grants Management Specialist and the Program Officer of the award must be notified within thirty days of the change of supported scholars and an updated institution scholar roster form listing all scholars receiving NIH support must be provided.
 
The mentored career development component (K12/KL2) provides support for a minimum of two years and a maximum of five years of consecutive funding for each Clinical Research Scholar, consisting of consecutive 12-month appointments.

Inquiries

We encourage your inquiries concerning this Notice and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants:

Dr. Anthony Hayward
Division for Clinical Research Resources, NCRR
6701 Democracy Blvd.
Room 906, MCS 4874
Bethesda , MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 435-0790
FAX: (301) 480-3661
Email: haywarda@mail.nih.gov


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