Dietary Supplement Research Program

ODS will identify projects that should be conducted or supported by national research institutes; identify multi-disciplinary research related to dietary supplements that should be conducted or supported; and promote coordination and collaboration among entities conduction research.

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.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Office of Dietary Supplements.

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To support research and other projects that strengthen knowledge and understanding of dietary supplements and translation of that knowledge into effective prevention strategies.

Awards are limited by availability of funds.

Specific restrictions are outlined in each funding opportunity announcement.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Awards can be made to domestic, public or private, non-profit or profit organization, institution of higher learning, university, hospital, laboratory, or other institution including state and local units of government and tribal entities.

Some initiatives will accept applications from foreign organizations.

Additional details on eligibility will be specified in the funding opportunity announcement.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Institutions as described above.


Applications must be submitted in compliance with instructions provided with each initiative. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program.

Award Procedures

Competitive peer reviewed applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit by a scientific review group; and for program relevance by a national advisory council/board. Administrative supplements are reviewed for merit and relevance by NIH scientific staff.


Not Applicable.


NIH Revitalization Act of 1993, 22 Stat. , U.S.C 289(A)(1).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days.


A principal investigator may question the substantive or procedural aspects of his/her application by communication with the NIH scientific/research contact as provided in the initiative.


Administrative supplements are not renewable. Other programs may be renewable and applicants must review the funding opportunity announcement for further guidance.

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

Almost all awards are made for at least one year. Applicants should refer to the specific funding opportunity announcement for further detail. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


Applicants must submit annual progress reports and a final closeout progress report.

A final invention statement and Certification is also required at the end of the project.

SF425 cash reports must be submitted on a quarterly basis.

Applicants must submit annual progress reports and a final closeout progress report.

A final SF425 expenditure report is required at the end of the project.

Progress reports will be monitored annually.


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.


Grantees must generally retain financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical reports 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 is submitted. Those grantees must maintain the records pertinent to the entire competitive segment for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual FSR to NIH. Foreign organizations and Federal institutions must retain records for 3 years from the date 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

75-4084-6-0-000 - Office of Dietary Supplements.


(Project Grants) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $1,000,000; and FY 15 est $1,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The maximum funding under future program announcements is $100,000 for any single award per year.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Office of Dietary Supplements.

Headquarters Office

Cindy D. Davis 6100 Executive Blvd, Suite 3B01
, Rockville, Maryland 20892 Email: Phone: 301-496-0168

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Not Applicable.

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