Research Infrastructure Programs

The Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) is a program office in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) dedicated to supporting research infrastructure and related research programs, and coordinating NIH s science education efforts.

ORIP

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consists of the Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM); Division of Construction and Instruments (DCI); and Science Education activities.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.


Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories




Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) helps meet the needs of biomedical researchers for high-quality, disease-free animals and specialized animal research facilities.

Additionally, DCM seeks to increase small business participation in federally supported research and development as well as the private-sector commercialization of technology developed with federal support.

It does this through the federal government"s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.


Division of Construction and Instruments: This Division supports programs to expand the
Nation s capacity for the conduct of biomedical research; grants for the acquisition of state-of the-art biomedical research instrumentation and integrated instrument systems; and grants to expand, re-model, renovate, or alter existing research facilities, or to construct new research facilities or complete shell space, when funds are available.
Science Education is designed to improve life science literacy throughout the nation through innovative educational programs.

Science education projects create partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers and K-12 teachers and schools, museums and science centers, media experts, and other educational organizations.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Comparative Medicine: Institutions of higher education, hospitals, and other institutions and organizations, both nonprofit and for-profit, seeking to establish, continue, or enlarge programs consistent with the objectives of the program.

Applicants for NRSA must be citizens of the United States or be admitted to the United States for permanent residency.

Applicants must be nominated and sponsored by a public or private nonprofit institution with staff and facilities suitable for the proposed research training.

Nonprofit domestic organizations may apply for the institutional NRSA.

Construction: Except where otherwise prohibited by law, any nonprofit organization competent to carry out biomedical research.

Instrumentation awards will be made to institutions only, not to individuals.

Research Career Development: Applications may be submitted on behalf of candidates by domestic, nonfederal organizations, public or private institutions of higher education.

Science Education: Public and private for-profit and nonprofit institutions and museums.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Biomedical investigators at any nonprofit or for-profit organization, company, or institution engaged in biomedical research.

Credentials/Documentation

No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application forms may be obtained from the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910. Telephone (301) 435-0714, e-mail: ASKNIH@odrockml.od.nih.gov . Completed applications should be submitted to the Center for Scientific Review, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7710, Bethesda, MD 20892-7710. The standard application forms PHS 398, (Rev. November 1998), as furnished by PHS and required by 45 CFR, Part 92, and OMB Circular No. A-110 must be used for all programs. For filing NRSA individual fellowship award applications, Form 416-1 (Rev. October 1991) is needed.

Award Procedures

The initial review of applications from eligible investigators and institutions is reviewed by committees comprised of authorities in various fields of biomedical research and science education, as appropriate. Each application is given a peer evaluation for merit, and recommendations are forwarded to the Council of Councils for final review and recommendation.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, Title III, Section 301, Public Law 78-410, 341 U.S.C 287-288; Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Section 487, Public Law 99-158; Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, Public Law 102-564.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

> 180 Days.

Appeals

From 60 to 90 days. A principal investigator (P.I.) may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of their application by communicating with the NIH staff. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page www.nih.gov/grants/guide/1997/97.11.21/n2.html .

Renewals

Construction and Instrumentation: None. All others may be renewed upon successful reapplication.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

All programs: 1 to 5 years. An Electronic Transfer System is used for transferring funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: An Electronic Transfer System is used for transferring funds.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

No reports are required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In accordance with 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 74.26, for-profit (commercial) organizations are subject to audit requirements for a non-Federal audit if, during its fiscal year, it expended $500,000 or more under HHS awards and at least one award is a HHS grant or subgrant. The regulation incorporates the thresholds and deadlines of OMB Circular No. A-133, but provides for profit organizations with two options for the type of audit that will satisfy the audit requirement: 1. a financial related audit of the HHS awards in accordance with Government Auditing Standards, or 2. an audit that meets the requirements of OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with NIH grants policy, Foreign grantees are subject to the same audit requirements as for-profit (commercial) organizations.

Records

Grantees generally must retain financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records that are required by the terms of a grant, or may reasonably be considered pertinent to a grant, for a period of 3 years from the date the annual FSR is submitted. For awards under SNAP (other than those to foreign organizations and Federal institutions), the 3-year retention period will be calculated from the date the FSR for the entire competitive segment is submitted. Those grantees must retain the records pertinent to the entire competitive segment for 3 years from the date the FSR is submitted to NIH. Foreign organizations and Federal institutions must retain records for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual FSR to NIH. See 45 CFR 74.53 and 92.42 for exceptions and qualifications to the 3-year retention requirement (e.g., if any litigation, claim, financial management review, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken). Those sections also specify the retention period for other types of grant-related records, including F&A cost proposals and property records. See 45 CFR 74.48 and 92.36 for record retention and access requirements for contracts under grants. In accordance with 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 74.53(e), the HHS Inspector General, the U.S. Comptroller General, or any of their duly authorized representatives have the right of timely and unrestricted access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of recipients that are pertinent to awards in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, transcripts, and copies of such documents. This right also includes timely and reasonable access to a recipient s personnel for the purpose of interview and discussion related to such documents. The rights of access are not limited to the required retention period, but shall last as long as records are retained.

Financial Information

Account Identification

75-0846-0-1-552.

Obigations

(Project Grants) FY 12 $124,350,463; FY 13 est $119,177,000; and FY 14 est $124,937,519 - Comparative Medicine Centers (Research Grants). (Project Grants) FY 12 $148,638,022; FY 13 est $142,040,000; and FY 14 est $149,609,678 - Research Project Grants (RPGs), Other Research ,. (Project Grants (Contracts)) FY 12 $14,559,893; FY 13 est $12,869,000; and FY 14 est $15,549,275 - Research & Development Contracts. (Training) FY 12 $7,061,511; FY 13 est $6,673,000; and FY 14 est $7,414,587 - Research Training (Research Grants (Contracts)).

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In fiscal year 2012, there were 61 Research Project Grants; In FY 2013, it is estimated that there will be 48 and in FY 2014, It is estimated that there will be 58. In FY 2012 there were 120 and FY Full Time Training positions, and in FY13 and 14 it is estimated that there will be 110, and 116. There were 4 Research and Development Contracts in FY 2012. It is estimated that there will be 2 in FY 2013 and 2 in FY 2014.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

OMB Circular No. A-21, "Cost Principles for Educational Institutions." Reference: 44 FR 12368, March 6, 1979; Rev. No. 1, 47 FR 33658, August 3, 1982; Rev. No. 2, 51 FR 20908, June 9, 1986. OMB Circular No. A-110, "Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations." Reference: 41 FR 32016, July 30, 1976. OMB Circular No. A-122, "Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations." OMB Circular No. A-128, "Audits of State and Local Governments"; Reference: Public Law 98-502, the Single Audit Act of 1984. OMB Circular No. A-87, "Cost Principles Applicable to Grants and Contracts with State and Local Governments"; Reference: 34 CFR 255. 45 CFR 92. Reference: 42 FR 45828. OMB Circular No. A-122, "Cost Principles for Nonprofit Organizations." Reference: 45 FR 46022, July 8, 1980. 45 CFR 74; 42 CFR 52h. Grants will be available under the authority of and administered in accordance with the PHS Grants Policy Statement and Federal Regulations at 42 CFR 52 and 42 USC 241. Department Staff Manual "Grants Administration"; Indirect Cost Register, DHHS; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publications No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994; "NIH Grants Policy Guide," Office for Protection from Research Risks, NIH; "A Guide to Grant and Award Programs of the NIH"; and miscellaneous program literature from Headquarters Office.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Patricia Newman 6701 Democracy Boulevard
Room 956-MSC4874, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4874 Email: pnewman@mail.nih.gov Phone: 3014350864

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The major elements in evaluating proposals include assessments of: (1) The scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; (2) the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; (3) the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; (4) the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; (5) the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and (6) the relevance and importance to announced program objectives.



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