Department of Health and Human Services

Part 1. Overview Information
Participating Organization(s)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Components of Participating Organizations

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)

Funding Opportunity Title

Collaborative Activities to Promote Research on Integrative Approaches to Symptom Management in Military Populations (Administrative Supplement)

Activity Code

Administrative Supplement

Additional funds may be awarded as supplements to parent awards using the following Activity Code(s):

P01 Research Program Projects
R01 Research Project Grant
R34 Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program
U01 Research Project – Cooperative Agreements
U19 Research Program – Cooperative Agreements

Announcement Type

New

Related Notices

None

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number

PA-12-160

Companion Funding Opportunity

None

Number of Applications

See Section III. 3. Additional Information on Eligibility.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number(s)

93.213  

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announces the availability of one-year administrative supplements for NCCAM-funded grantees to stimulate collaborations for research on integrative approaches to pain and symptom management in military populations. The proposed activities must be within the scope of the peer-reviewed activities specified within the NIH parent award.

Key Dates
Posted Date

April 11, 2012

Open Date (Earliest Submission Date)
Letter of Intent Due Date

Not Applicable

Application Due Date(s)

June 15, 2012, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

AIDS Application Due Date(s)

Not Applicable

Scientific Merit Review

Not Applicable

Advisory Council Review

Not Applicable

Earliest Start Date(s)
Expiration Date

June 16, 2012

Due Dates for E.O. 12372

Not Applicable

Required Application Instructions

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Application Guide (SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide or PHS398 Application Guide, as appropriate) except where instructed to do otherwise (in this FOA or in a Notice from the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts). Conformance to all requirements (both in the Application Guide and the FOA) is required and strictly enforced. Applicants must read and follow all application instructions in the Application Guide as well as any program-specific instructions noted in Section IV. When the program-specific instructions deviate from those in the Application Guide, follow the program-specific instructions. Applications that do not comply with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Overview Information
Part 2. Full Text of the Announcement
Section I. Funding Opportunity Description
Section II. Award Information
Section III. Eligibility Information
Section IV. Application and Submission Information
Section V. Application Review Information
Section VI. Award Administration Information
Section VII. Agency Contacts
Section VIII. Other Information

Part 2. Full Text of Announcement

Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

Purpose

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) announces the availability of one-year administrative supplements for NCCAM-funded grantees to stimulate collaborations for future research on integrative approaches to pain and symptom management in Department of Defense (DoD) or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) populations. The proposed activities must be within the scope of the peer-reviewed activities specified within the NIH parent award.

Background

With U.S. military forces serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, there have been approximately 2 million troops deployed and approximately 3 million deployments. As a result of these military operations, 202,281 cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) have been recorded between 2000-2010 (dcoe.health.mil); rates of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) vary, typically ranging from 5% to 20% among previously deployed personnel not seeking treatment with prevalence estimates higher in those seeking treatment (Ramchand, 2010); and high co-morbidity rates are reported among the following psychiatric conditions: PTSD, TBI, substance use disorder (SUD), and Depression (Seal, et. al., 2011).   Furthermore, studies show nearly 50% of veterans report that they experience pain on regular basis (Otis, et. al., 2009; Kerns, et. al., 2003) and there is significant overlap between chronic pain, PTSD, and persistent post-concussive symptoms (Lew, et. al., 2009).

The Office of The Army Surgeon General’s Pain Management Task Force released their Final Report in May 2010, “Providing a Standardized DoD and VHA Vision and Approach to Pain Management to Optimize the Care for Warriors and their Families”, and have launched a Comprehensive Pain Management Campaign Plan.  One of the objectives specified in the final report is to incorporate complementary and integrative therapeutic modalities into patient centered plans of care.  (http://www.amedd.army.mil/reports/Pain_Management_Task_Force.pdf)

The current health care needs of military personnel and veterans and the substantial interest by veteran and military entities in incorporating integrative approaches to pain and symptom management is an opportunity to study utilization, mechanisms, efficacy, and effectiveness of promising integrative approaches. The success of collaborative research is often dependent upon the pairing of investigators with different backgrounds and expertise.  This program seeks to support interactions of this type that will encourage future research on the use of integrative approaches for symptom management in military or veteran health care settings or populations.  Applications that leverage existing relationships between academic institutions and DoD or VA sites are highly encouraged.  It is anticipated that these administrative supplements will be successful in generating pilot data for new joint investigator-initiated R21, R01 or P01 grant submissions to the NIH. We are very

Examples of the types of research partnerships include but are not limited to:

Research activities should involve a VA or DoD clinician or researcher and an NCCAM-funded researcher with the goal of fostering collaborations for research on integrative approaches to treatment and health in military or VA populations. Examples of the types of research activities that could be proposed include but are not limited to:

At the end of the activity, supported investigators will be required to submit a brief (2-4 page) summary of the findings, relevant publications, and future plans for the collaboration.  Sharing of any resource developed with these funds should also be described within the summary. The summary would be part of the annual Progress Report and the Final Report submitted for the supplement.

Section II. Award Information
Funding Instrument

The funding instrument will be the same as the parent award. 

Application Types Allowed

Non-competing Administrative Supplements

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards

The number of awards is contingent upon NIH appropriations, and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

Award Budget

The funding mechanism being used to support this program, administrative supplements, can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with achieving certain new research objectives, as long as the research objectives are within the original scope of the project, or the cost increases are for unanticipated expenses within the original scope of the project. Any cost increases need to result from making modifications to the project that would increase or preserve the overall impact of the project consistent with its originally approved objectives and purposes.

Applicants may request up to $50,000 in direct costs [excluding consortium Facilities & Administrative (F&A) costs] for the one-year duration of an administrative supplement under this program.  At least one investigator within the collaboration must be the Program Director/Principal Investigator on an NCCAM supported grant The maximum direct cost request for an individual NIH grantee is $50,000.  Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs will be paid at the full, negotiated rate.  Applicants should provide a detailed budget justification for personnel costs, supplies, and other expenses.  Salary support for the PD/PI, co-investigators, and collaborators is not permitted but can be requested for technicians, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and/or other research personnel.   The purchase of equipment is not allowed.  In fiscal year 2012, the NCCAM plans to commit up to $700,000 Total costs towards this administrative supplement program, with 8-10 awards anticipated. 

Award Project Period

The project and budget periods must be within the currently approved project period for the existing parent award. To be eligible, the parent grant must have at least eighteen months of active funding remaining at the time that the supplement application is submitted, and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the currently funded award period. The duration of each award is limited to one year.

NIH grants policies as described in the  NIH Grants Policy Statementwill apply to the applications submitted and awards made in response to this FOA.

Section III. Eligibility Information

1. Eligible Applicants

Eligible Organizations

All organizations administering an eligible parent award may apply for a supplement under this announcement.

Higher Education Institutions

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education

For-Profit Organizations

Governments

Other

This announcement is for supplements to existing projects. To be eligible, the parent award must be active and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment. The proposed supplement must be to provide for an increase in costs due to unforeseen circumstances. All additional costs must be within the scope of the peer reviewed and approved project.

IMPORTANT: The research proposed by the NIH grantee in the supplement application must be within the original scope of the NIH-supported grant project. The funding mechanism being used to support this program, administrative supplements, can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with achieving collaborations to extend research on integrative approaches to military or VA populations as long as they are within the original scope of the project.  Any cost increases need to result from making modifications to the project in order to take advantage of opportunities that would increase the value of the project consistent with its originally approved objectives and purposes.  

Foreign Institutions

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Required Registrations

Applicant organizations must complete the following registrations as described in the Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. Applicants must have a valid Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number in order to begin each of the following registrations.

All Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PD(s)/PI(s)) must also work with their institutional officials to register with the eRA Commons or ensure their existing eRA Commons account is affiliated with the eRA Commons account of the applicant organization.

All registrations must be completed by the application due date. Applicant organizations are strongly encouraged to start the registration process at least 4-6 weeks prior to the application due date.

Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator)

Individual(s) must hold an active grant or cooperative agreement, and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the competitive segment of the active award. Individuals are invited to work with their organizations to develop applications for support.

For supplements to parent awards that include multiple PDs/PIs, the supplement may be requested by any or all of the PD/PIs (in accordance with the existing leadership plan) and submitted by the awardee institution of the parent award. Do not use this administrative supplement application to add, delete, or change the PD/PIs listed on the parent award. Visit the Multiple Program Director/Principal Investigator Policy in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for more information.

2. Cost Sharing

This FOA does not require cost sharing as defined in the  NIH Grants Policy Statement.

3. Additional Information on Eligibility

Number of Applications

Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each is sufficiently distinct from any other administrative supplement currently under consideration by the awarding NIH Institute or Center. This program will support administrative supplements to Research Project (R01), Clinical Trial Planning Grant Program (R34), Research Project Cooperative Agreements (U01), Research Program Cooperative Agreements (U19), and Program Project (P01) awards to NCCAM grantees.  Parent awards must be actively funded through NCCAM in order to be eligible.  Grants that are in a no-cost extension period will not be considered for support under this supplement program.  Only one supplement request may be submitted per PD/PI or parent grant. Project Leaders who are not also PD/PI on P01 awards are not eligible to apply for these supplements. 

Since applications in response to this announcement will only receive administrative review by the awarding Institute or Center, and will not receive a peer review, the NIH policy on resubmissions will not apply. However, applications not accepted by the Institute or Center for review, or not funded by the Institute or Center, should not be submitted again without either responding to any written concerns or contacting the awarding Institute or Center for instructions first.  

Applicant Instructions

Before submitting an application for a collaborative administrative supplement, all grantees should communicate with the Program Officer for their funded grant and the NCCAM Program contact for this announcement to discuss the planned application.  If you have an idea or concept and need a collaborator, the program contact for this announcement will have information about potential collaborators; VA or DoD investigators currently working with VA or military populations and PIs of currently funded NCCAM projects.

The collaborating investigator must have an independent appointment with his or her own laboratory space and not be a postdoctoral fellow or other research personnel within the laboratory of the NCCAM funded Principal Investigator (PD/PI).  Pairings of researchers in the field of complementary and integrative approaches to health with clinical investigators in VA or DoD settings is encouraged, but not required.  The pairing of a senior with a more junior investigator is also not required; investigators at all stages in their careers are encouraged to participate. 

The proposed studies must be within the scope of the peer-reviewed activities specified on the parent award. The uniqueness and interdisciplinary nature of the research activity should be highlighted, as well as its relationship to the parent grant.  Proposals should not be designed to recover funds from review-recommended or administrative cuts to the parent award, provide cost extensions to activities that failed to re-compete in the peer review process, or change the parent grant from a single PD/PI to Multiple PD/PI award. 

Section IV. Application and Submission Information

1. Requesting an Application Package

Applicants are required to prepare applications according to the current application forms in accordance with the Application Guide.

For electronic submissions, applicants must download the SF424 (R&R) application package associated with this funding opportunity using the “Apply for Grant Electronically” button in this announcement, or use the eRA Commons streamlined submission process.

2. Content and Form of Application Submission

All forms should be completed for the supplemental activities only and should not reflect funding or activities for the previously awarded parent award.

It is critical that applicants follow the instructions in the Application Guide (SF424 (R&R) Application Guide or PHS398 Application Guide, as appropriate) except where instructed in this funding opportunity announcement to do otherwise. Conformance to the requirements in the Application Guide is required and strictly enforced. Applications that are out of compliance with these instructions may be delayed or not accepted for review.

For information on Application Submission and Receipt, visit Frequently Asked Questions – Application Guide, Electronic Submission of Grant Applications.

Page Limitations

All page limitations described in the Application Guide and the Table of Page Limits must be followed, with the following exceptions or additional requirements: 

Application Submission

The process for submitting an application varies depending on whether the activity code of the parent award requires electronic submission (as of the submission date of the supplement application). The new electronic submission process is described at the following link: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-12-043.html.  Visit the list of Activity Codes Processed Electronically by eRA to determine if the activity code of the parent award has transitioned to electronic submission.  For this funding opportunity announcement:

Instructions for Submissions using Grants.gov/Apply for electronic-based submissions

For grants with activity codes that have transitioned to electronic submission using the SF424 (R&R) application forms, administrative supplement requests may be submitted electronically. Prepare applications using the SF424 (R&R) application forms associated with this announcement. Please note that some components marked optional in the application package are required for submission of applications for this announcement. Follow all instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide to ensure you complete all appropriate required and optional components.   Please note you will need to check the box "revision" on the application forms.

Special Instructions for Streamlined Submissions using the eRA Commons for electronic-based submissions

NIH now offers a streamlined system through the eRA Commons for submitting administrative supplements. Login to the eRA Commons, identify the parent award, and prepare an administrative supplement request.

Budget information should be entered for the grantee institution in the fields provided. There is no template or form available for subaward information; instead, all subaward information should be included as a separate attachment showing the funds requested (by budget period) using the same categories provided for the grantee institution. Also include a budget justification for the subawardee institution in the same file. 

All other information requested in this FOA should be included in the “Add Other Attachments” field.

Instructions for Submissions using the PHS398 Application Forms (for paper-based submissions)

Applications must be prepared using the PHS398 research grant application forms and instructions for preparing a research grant application. The grantee institution, on behalf of the PD/PI of the parent award, must submit the request for supplemental funds directly to the awarding component that supports the parent award. Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including the checklist, and two signed photocopies in one package to:

Dawn Wayman, MHS
Program Analyst
Division of Extramural Research 
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
6707 Democracy Blvd, Ste. 401, MSC 5475
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475
(for FedEx delivery use 20817)
301-594-9877
waymandm@mail.nih.gov

On the face page of the application form, note that your application is in response to a specific program announcement, and enter the title and number of this announcement.

PHS398 Research Plan Component (Research Plan)

All instructions in the Application Guide must be followed for all Research Plan sections applicable to the proposed supplement activities. At a minimum, the Research Strategy section should be completed and must include a summary or abstract of the funded parent award or project. Other sections should also be included if they are being changed by the proposed supplement activities. If non-exempt human subject analyses are proposed, a clinical or study protocol and associated consent forms should be provided. If using electronic submission these documents should be included as appendices.

Project/Performance Site Locations (Project/Performance Sites)

Include the primary site where the proposed supplement activities will be performed. If a portion of the proposed supplement activities will be performed at any other site(s), identify the locations in the fields provided.

Senior/Key Personnel Form

List the PD/PI as the first person (regardless of their role on the supplement activities). List any other Senior/Key Personnel who are being added through this supplement, or for whom additional funds are being requested through this supplement; include a biographical sketch for each. Follow all instructions in the Application Guide.

R&R Detailed Budget Form (for use with electronic submissions)

All budgets should be submitted using the R&R Detailed Budget form, regardless of the form used for the parent award, and should only include funds requested for the additional supplement activities.

Budget for the Entire Proposed Period of Support (for use with paper-based submissions)

A proposed budget should be submitted using the PHS398 budget forms, in accordance with the PHS398 Application Guide, and should only include funds requested for the additional supplement activities.

Other Project Information Component (for applications submitted electronically); Appendix (for applications submitted on paper)

All instructions in the Application Guide must be followed, with the following additional instructions:

IACUC Documentation and IRB Documentation (Uploaded via the Other Attachments Section for electronic submissions)

The filename provided for each “Other Attachment” will be the name used for the bookmark in the electronic application in eRA Commons.

A letter from the new, collaborating investigator should be provided and include a discussion of his/her involvement in the activity. Resource pages for the institutions of new key personnel not named in the parent grant should also be included.

A Multiple Program Directors/Principal Investigators (PDs/PIs) Leadership Plan is not required.

Submission of manuscripts and publications are not allowed.  Clinical protocols and consent forms should be submitted as appendices.

No post submission material will be accepted.

3. Submission Dates and Times

Part I. Overview Information contains information about Key Dates. Applicants are encouraged to submit in advance of the deadline to ensure they have time to make any application corrections that might be necessary for successful submission.

Organizations must submit applications as described above. Applicants must then complete the submission process by tracking the status of the application in the eRA Commons, NIH’s electronic system for grants administration.

Applicants are responsible for viewing their application in the eRA Commons to ensure accurate and successful submission.

For electronic application submission, information on the submission process and a definition of on-time submission are provided in the SF424(R&R) Application Guide.

For paper-based application submission, information on the process of receipt and determining if your application is considered “on-time” is described in detail in the PHS398 Application Guide.

4. Intergovernmental Review (E.O. 12372)

This initiative is not subject to intergovernmental review.

5. Funding Restrictions

All NIH awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Pre-award costs are allowable only as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.  

6. Other Submission Requirements and Information

Applications must be submitted using the instructions specified above

Applicants must complete all required registrations before the application due date. Section III. Eligibility Information contains information about registration.

For assistance with your electronic application or for more information on the electronic submission process, visit Applying Electronically.

Important reminders:
For applications submitted electronically on the SF424 (R&R) Application forms, all PD(s)/PI(s) must include their eRA Commons ID in the Credential field of the Senior/Key Person Profile Component of the SF 424(R&R) Application Package. Failure to register in the Commons and to include a valid PD/PI Commons ID in the credential field will prevent the successful submission of an electronic application to NIH.

The applicant organization must ensure that the DUNS number it provides on the application is the same number used in the organization’s profile in the eRA Commons and for the Central Contractor Registration (CCR). Additional information may be found in the Application Guide.

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Upon receipt, applications will be evaluated for completeness by the awarding Institute or Center. Applications that are incomplete and/or nonresponsive will not be reviewed.

Post Submission Materials

Not Applicable.

Section V. Application Review Information

1. Criteria

Administrative Supplements do not receive peer review. Instead, the administrative criteria described below will be considered in the administrative evaluation process.

The staff of the NIH awarding component will evaluate requests for a supplement to determine its overall merit. The following general criteria will be used:

Budget and Period of Support

NIH Staff will consider whether the budget and the requested period of support are fully justified and reasonable in relation to the proposed research.

Overall Impact

NIH staff will consider the ability of the proposed supplement activities to increase or preserve the parent award’s overall impact within the original scope of award:

Potential to Promote Collaborations

NIH staff will consider the potential of the proposed activities to promote collaboration and future NIH applications proposing research on integrative approaches to symptom management in military or VA populations.   

Relevance to Parent Grant and Approach

NIH staff will consider the relevance of the proposed activities to the parent grant. The degree to which the supplement application proposes a refinement or improvement of theoretical concepts, approaches or methodologies, instrumentation, or interventions will be considered. Adequate progress of the parent grant appropriate to the current stage of the project will be considered.  NIH staff will consider if the proposed activities or analyses are well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the goals of the supplement within the timeframe proposed and if the expertise of the proposed research team is appropriate.

Programmatic Relevance

NIH staff will consider if the proposed activities are consistent with NCCAM's strategic plan http://nccam.nih.gov/about/plans/2011 and programmatic priorities as described on NCCAM's website http://nccam.nih.gov/grants/priorities.

Awards will be determined on the basis of overall impact, potential to promote collaborations, relevance and appropriateness of approach, programmatic relevance, and availability of funds.  The added value of the activity to the parent grant(s) and its realistic scope given the one year commitment will also be taken into consideration. 

In addition, each of the following criteria will be evaluated as applicable for the proposed supplement.

Protections for Human Subjects:

For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, NIH staff will evaluate the justification for involvement of human subjects and the proposed protections from research risk relating to their participation according to the following five review criteria: 1) risk to subjects, 2) adequacy of protection against risks, 3) potential benefits to the subjects and others, 4) importance of the knowledge to be gained, and 5) data and safety monitoring for clinical trials.

For research that involves human subjects and meets the criteria for one or more of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, NIH staff will evaluate: 1) the justification for the exemption, 2) human subjects involvement and characteristics, and 3) sources of materials. For additional information on review of the Human Subjects section, please refer to the Human Subjects Protection and Inclusion Guidelines.

Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children

When the proposed project involves clinical research, NIH staff will evaluate the proposed plans for inclusion of minorities and members of both genders, as well as the inclusion of children. For additional information on review of the Inclusion section, please refer to the Human Subjects Protection and Inclusion Guidelines.

Vertebrate Animals

NIH Staff will evaluate the involvement of live vertebrate animals as part of the scientific assessment according to the following five points: 1) proposed use of the animals, and species, strains, ages, sex, and numbers to be used; 2) justifications for the use of animals and for the appropriateness of the species and numbers proposed; 3) adequacy of veterinary care; 4) procedures for limiting discomfort, distress, pain and injury to that which is unavoidable in the conduct of scientifically sound research including the use of analgesic, anesthetic, and tranquilizing drugs and/or comfortable restraining devices; and 5) methods of euthanasia and reason for selection if not consistent with the AVMA Guidelines on Euthanasia. For additional information on review of the Vertebrate Animals section, please refer to the Worksheet for Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section.

Biohazards

NIH Staff will assess whether materials or procedures proposed are potentially hazardous to research personnel and/or the environment, and if needed, determine whether adequate protection is proposed.

2. Review and Selection Process

Administrative supplement requests will undergo an administrative evaluation by NIH staff, but not a full peer review. Applications submitted for this funding opportunity will be assigned to the awarding component for the parent award and will be administratively evaluated using the criteria shown above. All funding decisions are final and not subject to appeal.  The anticipated awards will be made no later than September, 2012.

3. Anticipated Announcement and Award Dates

Not Applicable.

Section VI. Award Administration Information

1. Award Notices

A formal notification in the form of a Notice of Award (NoA) will be provided to the applicant organization for successful applications. This may be as an NoA for the supplemental activities only; alternatively, it may be as either a revision to the current year NoA or included as part of a future year NoA. The NoA signed by the grants management officer is the authorizing document and will be sent via email to the grantee’s business official.

Awardees must comply with any funding restrictions described in Section IV.5. Funding Restrictions. Selection of an application for award is not an authorization to begin performance. Any costs incurred before receipt of the NoA are at the recipient's risk. These costs may be reimbursed only to the extent considered allowable pre-award costs.    

Any application awarded in response to this FOA will be subject to the DUNS, CCR Registration, and Transparency Act requirements as noted on the Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants website.

2. Administrative and National Policy Requirements

All NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards include the  NIH Grants Policy Statement as part of the NoA. For these terms of award, see the NIH Grants Policy Statement Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart A: General and Part II: Terms and Conditions of NIH Grant Awards, Subpart B: Terms and Conditions for Specific Types of Grants, Grantees, and Activities. More information is provided at Award Conditions and Information for NIH Grants.

Cooperative Agreement Terms and Conditions of Award

Any supplements to Cooperative Agreements will be subject to the same Cooperative Agreement terms and conditions as the parent award.

3. Reporting

Reporting requirements will be specified in the terms and conditions of award as applicable to the supplemental activities. In most non-competing continuation applications, the progress report and budget for the supplement must be included with, but clearly delineated from, the progress report and budget for the parent award. The progress report must include information about the activities supported by the supplement even if support for future years is not requested. Continuation of support for the supplement activities in the remaining years of the competitive segment of the grant will depend upon satisfactory review by the NIH awarding component of progress for both the parent award and the supplement project, the research proposed for the next budget period, and the appropriateness of the proposed budget for the proposed effort. This information is submitted with the PHS Non-Competing Grant Progress Report, Form 2590, and financial statements as required in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Additionally, at the end of the supplement-supported activities, supported investigators will be required to submit a brief (2-4 page) summary of the findings, relevant publications, and future plans for the collaboration.  Sharing of any resource developed with these funds should also be described within the summary. The summary would be part of the annual Progress Report and the Final Report submitted for the supplement.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (Transparency Act), includes a requirement for awardees of Federal grants to report information about first-tier subawards and executive compensation under Federal assistance awards issued in FY2011 or later. All awardees of applicable NIH grants and cooperative agreements are required to report to the Federal Subaward Reporting System (FSRS) available at www.fsrs.gov on all subawards over $25,000. See the NIH Grants Policy Statement for additional information on this reporting requirement.

Section VII. Agency Contacts

We encourage inquiries concerning this funding opportunity and welcome the opportunity to answer questions from potential applicants.

Application Submission Contacts

Grants.gov Customer Support (Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and submission, downloading or navigating forms)
Contact Center Phone: 800-518-4726
Email: support@grants.gov

GrantsInfo (Questions regarding application instructions and process, finding NIH grant resources)
Telephone 301-435-0714
TTY 301-451-5936
Email: GrantsInfo@nih.gov

eRA Commons Help Desk (Questions regarding eRA Commons registration, tracking application status, post submission issues)
Phone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)
TTY: 301-451-5939
Email: commons@od.nih.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their plans for responding to this Notice by phone or e-mail.  Scientific inquiries should be directed to the NCCAM Program Director who oversees the parent grant associated with the administrative supplement request and to the NCCAM contact for this announcement:

Kristen Huntley, Ph.D.
Program Officer
Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475
(for FedEx delivery use 20817)
Phone: 301-594-9346
huntleyk@mail.nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)

Not Applicable.

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)

George Tucker, MBA
Director
Grants Management Office
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
6707 Democracy Blvd., Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475 (for express/courier service use 20817)
Telephone: (301) 594-8853
Fax: (301) 480-2419
Email: gt35v@nih.gov

Section VIII. Other Information

Recently issued trans-NIH policy notices may affect your application submission. A full list of policy notices published by NIH is provided in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. All awards are subject to the terms and conditions, cost principles, and other considerations described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

Authority and Regulations

Awards are made under the authorization of Sections 301 and 405 of the Public Health Service Act as amended (42 USC 241 and 284) and under Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92.


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