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Daniel Sheffer
08-27-1991, 10:30 PM
THE FOLLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT OF A PROGRAM REVIEW SCHEDULE REVISION
WAS RECENTLY POSTED BY THE NIH. THE ORIGINAL NOTICE IS ALSO INCLUDED.

SMALL GRANTS FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

PA: PA-90-28

P.T. 34; K.W. 0710035

National Center for Research Resources

There is a change in the review schedule for applications submitted to
the NCRR Small Grants for Innovative Technology program, previously
announced in the August 24, 1990, NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts,
Vol. 19, No. 31. In the previous announcement, a schedule for
accelerated review was described. Starting with the October 1, 1991,
application receipt date, and until further notice, all applications
will be reviewed on the schedule given below:

Annual Receipt Initial Review NCRR Council Earliest Date
Date Group meeting review for funding

February 1 June-July Sept.-Oct. December
October 1 Feb.-March May-June August

Further information and special application instructions are available
from:

Biomedical Research Technology Program
National Center for Research Resources
National Institutes of Health
Westwood Building, Room 8A11
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 496-5411

ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT

SMALL GRANTS FOR INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY

PA: PA-90-28

P.T. 34; K.W. 0706000, 0790000

National Center for Research Resources

Application Receipt Dates: February 1, October 1

The Biomedical Research Technology (BRT) Program identifies and develops
advanced technologies needed in biomedical research. Through grants and
contracts, it supports an extremely broad and innovative array of
technologies. Areas of emphasis in the Program are biomedical computing,
biomedical engineering, and technologies for the study of biomolecular and
cellular structure and function. To further its mission, the BRT Program
supports a small grant award for pilot studies in relevant biomedical
technologies.

DESCRIPTION OF THE AWARD

This is a one-year, non-renewable award for a pilot project in a high
technology area in engineering, instrumentation, physics, or computer science
related to biomedical research. The project should involve a feasibility
study of an innovative or hig- risk idea in a high technology. Innovative is
considered to be an unusually imaginative or a drastically different approach
to a problem. High risk is having uncertain chances for success because no
historical base exists for the proposed technological approach. High
technology is defined here as working at the frontier (limits of
understanding) of a technology. The project should be oriented towards new
instrumental or methodological approaches and provide a basis for more
extended research in the relevant technology.

The purposes of the small grants program are to:

1. Provide an opportunity to test new ideas in a high technology that would
lead to an expanded research project or implementation of the technology in a
working environment; or

2. Develop significant changes in an existing high technology important to
biomedical research; or

3. Translate scientific notions into a basis for a future technology.

The award may not be used to supplement support for an ongoing project.
Because of the high-risk, feasibility-testing nature of the proposals, support
of salaries for student employees working on a dissertation is discouraged.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

This program is open to both non-profit and for-profit organizations and is
designed to support engineers and other scientists for work in high
technological projects in the biomedical research area.

APPLICATION AND REVIEW PROCEDURE

Applications should be submitted on Form PHS 398 (Rev. 10/88), available at
most institutional business offices or from the Division of Research Grants,
NIH. Because the format for preparing the small grant application is
different from that used for regular research grants, additional information
and instructions must be obtained from the BRT Program office listed below.
Applications must adhere to this format to be responsive. Unresponsive
applications will be returned to the applicant without review.

REVIEW CRITERIA

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria: adequacy of
scientific merit; characterization as an innovative or high-risk pilot project
in a high technology area in engineering, instrumentation, physics, or
computer science related to biomedical research; probability the study will
provide a basis for more extended research in the relevant technology;
adequacy of proposed experimental methods, equipment, or materials; adequacy
of the investigator's background and training; adequacy of the available and
requested facilities; and appropriateness of budget justifications.

Investigators should be aware that NIH urges applicants to give added
attention, where feasible and appropriate, to the inclusion of minorities and
women in study populations. If minorities and/or women are not included in a
given study involving human subjects, a clear rationale for their exclusion
should be provided.

Those criteria which are emphasized in the review of small grant applications
are:

o adequacy of scientific merit,

o degree of innovation evident in the proposed approach, and

o degree of risk or uncertain chance of success because no historical
base exists for the proposed technological approach.

FUNDING CRITERIA

Applications will compete in accordance with the purposes of the small
grant program. Approximately 10 to 20 awards are made per year, contingent
on receipt of meritorious applications and appropriated funds.

TERMS OF THE AWARD

The award will provide a maximum of $35,000 (direct costs) for personnel,
consultants, supplies, small equipment, and travel required by the project.
The award will be for one year and, in most cases, can be extended for an
additional year without additional funds.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS

Additional instructions are needed to prepare a small grant application.
These are supplementary to those given with PHS 398 (Rev. 10/88). To
receive these instructions, please contact:

Biomedical Research Technology Program
National Center for Research Resources
National Institutes of Health
5333 Westbard Avenue, Room 8A11
Bethesda, MD 20892**
Telephone: (301) 496-5411

This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance No.
13.371, Biotechnology Research. Awards will be made under the authority of
the Public Health Service Act, Title III, Section 301 (Public Law 78-410, as
amended; 42 USC 241) and administered under PHS grant policies and Federal
Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 74. This program is not subject to
the intergovernmental review requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health
Systems Agency review.

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DANIEL B. SHEFFER, PH.D., HEAD BITNET R1DBS@AKRONVM
DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL ENG. INTERNET R1DBS@VM1.CC.UAKRON.EDU
UNIVERSITY OF AKRON TELEPHONE 216 972 6650
AKRON, OHIO 44325-0302 TELEFAX 216 374 8834