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    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
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