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  • NIH Application on Rehab Med (June 17!)

    REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS

    RFA: HD-91-11

    NATIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE AWARD INSTITUTIONAL TRAINING GRANTS IN
    MEDICAL REHABILITATION RESEARCH

    P.T. 44; K.W. 0720005, 0745070, 0785180

    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

    Application Receipt Date: June 17, 1991

    AUTHORITY AND PURPOSE

    Public Law 101-613, Subpart 7 of part C of title IV of the Public Health
    Service Act, as amended in Sec. 452 (a), provides the authority for the
    National Institutes of Health to support medical rehabilitation research
    and training. By virtue of this authority, the National Center for
    Medical Rehabilitation Research of the National Institute of Child
    Health and Human Development is implementing an institutional National
    Research Service Award (NRSA) pre- and postdoctoral research training
    program in medical rehabilitation research.

    APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    Applications will be accepted from domestic, nonprofit public and
    private schools of medicine, osteopathy, and accredited medical
    rehabilitation facilities with departments of physical medicine or the
    equivalent thereof, with this training program based in that department.
    Other entities interested in participating in this training initiative
    (e.g., graduate schools with departments of rehabilitation psychology,
    biomedical engineering, rehabilitation nursing, physical therapy, and
    occupational therapy) must apply in association with an eligible
    institution as described above.

    The applicant institution must have, or be able to develop, the staff
    and facilities required for the proposed program. The training program
    director at the institution will be responsible for the selection and
    appointment of trainees to receive NRSA support and for the overall
    direction of the program.

    TRAINEE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

    Training positions may be requested for predoctoral and/or postdoctoral
    trainees. Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in a program leading to
    a doctoral degree specifically related to rehabilitation research in the
    following areas: psychology, biomedical engineering, biomechanical
    engineering, orthotics, prosthetics, nursing, social work, physical
    therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, information
    sciences, computer sciences, demography, epidemiology, health services
    research, and recreational therapy. Funds may also be requested for
    short-term training of students in schools of medicine and osteopathy,
    providing an "off-quarter" or summer opportunity for involvement in
    research so that they might consider medical rehabilitation research as
    a career option. It is the intent of this program that those students
    selected will have at least two short-term training appointments during
    their predoctoral training.

    Postdoctoral trainees must hold M.D. or Ph.D. degrees in the applicable
    disciplines.

    Trainees must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States
    or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residency. Individuals on
    temporary student visas are not eligible.

    CHARACTERISTICS OF THE PROGRAM

    Medical rehabilitation research is defined as the study of impairments,
    disabilities, and handicaps resulting from illnesses, injuries, or
    developmental processes. It focuses on health-related improvement in
    human functioning - physical, cognitive, behavioral, and social.
    Rehabilitation medicine research explicitly includes the application of
    new knowledge to the development of medical, behavioral, psychological,
    social, and technological interventions designed to optimize functioning
    after impairment, disability, or handicap. By this definition, the
    field encompasses research in a broad range of disciplines in the
    biological, social, behavioral, psychological, and allied health
    sciences.

    Due to the diverse nature of the content of medical rehabilitation
    research and the scientific expertise of the individuals carrying out
    that research, it is anticipated that the proposed training will reflect
    a broad interdisciplinary approach to research preparation. Providing
    didactic experience and education is also encouraged. The presence of
    clinical activity and opportunity for interaction with patients involved
    in rehabilitation is expected in every program.

    PAYBACK PROVISION

    Before trainees can be appointed to a training grant, they must sign an
    agreement to fulfill the NRSA payback requirements. Recipients must
    agree to engage in biomedical or health-related behavioral research
    and/or teaching for a period equal to the period of NRSA support in
    excess of 12 months.

    STIPENDS AND OTHER TRAINING COSTS

    The stipend levels are as follows:

    Predoctoral (all levels): $8,800 per annum.

    Postdoctoral: The stipend for the first year of support is determined
    by the number of years of relevant postdoctoral experience at time of
    appointment. Relevant experience may include research (including
    industrial), teaching, internship, residency, and other time spent in
    full-time studies in a health-related field beyond that of the
    qualifying doctoral degree. The stipend for each additional year of
    NRSA support is the next level on the stipend scale. Current
    postdoctoral stipends are as follows:

    Years of relevant experience Stipend
    0 $18,600
    1 19,700
    2 25,600
    3 26,900
    4 28,200
    5 29,500
    6 30,800
    7 or more 32,300

    The current stipend level for short-term trainees is $733 per month and
    up to $125 per month for each participating student may be requested to
    defray other costs of training.

    NRSA stipends may be supplemented by non-Federal funds. Trainee travel,
    including attendance at scientific meetings, that the institution
    determines to be necessary to the individual's training, is an allowable
    trainee cost. Institutional costs of up to $1,500 per year per
    predoctoral trainee and up to $2,500 per year per postdoctoral trainee
    may be requested to defray the costs of other training-related expenses,
    such as staff salaries, consultant costs, equipment, research supplies,
    and staff travel. Also, an indirect cost allowance based on 8 percent
    of total allowable direct costs, or actual indirect costs, whichever is
    less, may be requested.

    Institutional NRSA grants may be made for competitive segments of up to
    5 years and are renewable. No trainee may receive more than 5 years of
    aggregate NRSA support at the predoctoral level and 3 years of aggregate
    support at the postdoctoral level.

    OTHER REQUIREMENTS

    1. Applications must include a plan of instruction on scientific
    integrity to be an integral part of the training curriculum. Applicants
    are advised to consult with program staff on this matter.

    2. The application must also contain a description of the recruitment
    strategies for under-represented minorities that are either in existence
    or planned under the training program.

    REVIEW PROCESS

    Applications will be received by the NIH Division of Research Grants.
    The original and four copies of the application are due in the Division
    of Research Grants by June 17, 1991. A Special Review Committee will be
    convened by NICHD to perform the technical review. Applications will be
    reviewed by NIH staff for responsiveness to the RFA. Non-responsive
    applications will be returned to the applicant. Because a site visit
    will not be a prerequisite for consideration by the Committee, each
    application must be thorough and complete enough to stand on its own.
    The second-level review will be made by the National Advisory Council in
    September 1991, for funding starting in September 1991. The Special
    Review Committee will use the criteria specified in the NICHD
    publication "Guide for Reviewer's Comments" in evaluating the
    applications. This document may be obtained by contacting the NICHD
    staff contact person.

    TIME TABLE

    Application Receipt Date June 17, 1991
    Initial Review August 1991
    Review by National Advisory Council September 1991
    Anticipated Award Date September 1991

    FUNDING

    This is a one-time request with plans to make five or six awards in
    fiscal year 1991. The direct cost request for the first year may not
    exceed $125,000. The initial period of support requested may be five
    years. Funding beyond that time period will be subject to competitive
    renewal.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURES

    Applications must be submitted on grant application form PHS 398 (rev.
    10/88) which contains special instructions for institutional NRSAs.
    Forms are usually available at local educational institution. If not,
    send a request accompanied by a self-addressed mailing label to:

    Office of Grants Inquiries
    Division of Research Grants
    Westwood Building, Room 449
    National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    Telephone: (301) 496-7441

    To identify the application as being submitted in response to this RFA,
    on line 2 of the application face page type in the title and number of
    this RFA.

    The RFA label available in the 10/88 revision of the application form
    PHS 398 must be affixed to the bottom of the face page. Failure to use
    this label could result in delayed processing of the application such
    that it may not reach the review committee in time.

    The original and four copies of the application are due in the Division
    of Research Grants by June 17, 1991. Late and incomplete applications
    will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant.
    Applications must be sent to:

    Application Receipt Office
    Division of Research Grants
    National Institutes of Health
    Westwood Building, Room 240
    Bethesda, MD 20892**

    Two copies of the application also must be sent to:

    Director, Scientific Review Program
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Executive Plaza North, Room 520
    9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20892

    STAFF CONTACT

    For further information, potential applicants may call or write to:

    David B. Gray, Ph.D.
    Health Scientist Administrator
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    National Institutes of Health
    Executive Plaza North, Room 631
    9000 Rockville Pike
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    Telephone: (301) 496-1383

    For fiscal and administrative matters, contact:

    Mr. Don C. Clark
    Grants Management Officer
    National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
    Executive Plaza North, Room 501
    6130 Executive Boulevard
    Bethesda, MD 20892
    Telephone: (301) 496-5001

    This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
    No. 93.865, Research for Mothers and Children. Awards will be made
    under the authority of the Public Health Service Act, Section 301 (42
    USC241), and administered under PHS grant policies and Federal
    Regulations 42 CFR Part 52 and 45 CFR Part 74. This program is not
    subject to review by a Health Systems Agency.
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