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Title: NIH 101: What You Need to Know! Lana Shekim, PhD, NIDCD ASHA LfS


1
NIH 101 What You Need to Know! Lana Shekim,
PhD, NIDCD ASHA LfS 08 Conference
2
Outline
  • NIDCD Mission in Research on Human Communication
  • Brief Orientation to NIH Research Project Grant
    Programs (R03, R21, R01)
  • The People Behind Them (Program, Review, Grants
    Management)

3
NIDCD
  • The National Institute on Deafness and Other
    Communication Disorders, one of 27 Institutes and
    Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of
    Health (NIH)

4
Mission of NIDCD
  • Reduce the burden of communication disorders thru
    conducting supporting research research
    training in
  • -Hearing -Balance
  • -Smell -Taste
  • -Voice -Speech
  • -Language

5
Funding Research in CSD
  • The NIDCD the major source of funding of
    communication sciences disorders (CSD) within
    the federal government
  • Some other NIH ICs that fund CSD
  • NICHD, NINDS, NIA, NIMH, NIDCR, NCI

6
Voice Program
  • Laryngeal Tissue Engineering
  • Voice therapy
  • Spasmodic Dysphonia
  • Swallowing
  • Cleft palate

7
Speech Program
  • Speech sound production
  • Speech perception
  • Speech of the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Neurogenic speech disorders
  • Stuttering
  • AAC

8
Language Program
  • Language disorders in children
  • Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
  • Language and Deafness
  • Phonology
  • Adult Aphasia

9
Hearing Program
  • Auditory system structure, function, dysfunction
    development
  • Hearing Loss
  • Otitis Media
  • Tinnitus
  • Cochlear implants
  • Hearing aids
  • Balance vestibular function

10
Some Common Acronyms
  • FOA Funding opportunity announcement
  • RFA Request for application
  • PA Program announcement
  • PAR Program announcement with a special
    receipt, referral and/or review
  • PAS Program announcement with set aside funds
  • Glossary acronym list
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/glossary.htm

11
Funding Mechanisms/Activity Codes
  • A three-digit code assigned by the National
    Institutes of Health (NIH) to identify funding
    mechanisms (e.g. F32, K12, P01, R01, T32, etc.).
    General categories include
  • F -- fellowships
  • K -- career development awards
  • N -- research contracts
  • P -- program project and research center grants
  • R -- research project grants
  • S -- research-related programs
  • T -- training grants
  • U -- cooperative agreements
  • Y -- interagency agreements

12
Funding Mechanisms
  • There is something for everyone
  • Predoctoral postdoctoral fellowships
  • Junior investigator
  • More experienced investigators
  • Career development
  • Clinical trials

13
R03 Small Research Grant Program
  • To provide support specifically limited in time
    and amount
  • Multiple announcements at NIH
  • NIH parent announcement
  • 50k per year up to 2 years
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-
    180.html

14
CSD relevant participants in Parent R03 FOA
  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)
    (http//www.nia.nih.gov/)
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human
    Development (NICHD) (http//www.nichd.nih.gov/)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
    (http//www.nimh.nih.gov/)
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and
    Stroke (NINDS) (http//www.ninds.nih.gov/)

15
NIDCD R03
  • Only for individuals beginning their research
    career and within 7 years from terminal degree
  • Supports preliminary short-term projects designed
    to launch a more expansive research program (K
    award or R01)
  • Not renewable

16
NIDCD R03 (cont)
  • Provides up to 100K per year for up to three
    years to conduct feasibility studies
  • Provides a testing ground for the challenging
    task of writing a competitive R01 application

17
Different from Parent NIH R03 FOA
  • Remember! Follow instructions of the desired FOA
  • Three special receipt dates
  • Next receipt date for NIDCD is June 27, 08
  • NIDCD R03 is reviewed SRB/NIDCD
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-07
    -287.html

18
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant
Program R21
  • Include the unique and innovative use of an
    existing methodology to explore a new scientific
    area
  • Assess the feasibility of a novel area of
    investigation or a new experimental system that
    has the potential to enhance health-related
    research

19
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant
Program R21
  • May involve considerable risk but may lead to a
    breakthrough in a particular area, or to the
    development of novel techniques, agents,
    methodologies, models, or applications that could
    have a major impact on a field of biomedical,
    behavioral, or clinical research
  • Preliminary data are not required but may be
    included if available

20
NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant
Program R21
  • Open to both senior and junior investigators
  • May not exceed 2 years, limited to 275k in DC
    and no more than 200k in 1 year
  • Not renewable
  • Reviewed at CSR, standard receipt dates, next is
    June 16th, 2008
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-
    181.html

21
Research Project R01
  • Supports discrete, specified, circumscribed
    project in PIs area of interest
  • Mainstay of NIH research support for new
    established investigators
  • Modules of 25K up to 250k in Direct Costs (DC)
    per year for 3,4 or (usually) 5 years
  • Budgets over 250k should be detailed

22
R01
  • Needs pilot data and a publication record
  • 25 page research plan
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-07-
    070.html

23
R15
  • Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)
  • Designed to support small scale research projects
    conducted by faculty in primarily
    baccalaureate-degree granting domestic
    institutions
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-
    042.html

24
Conference Grant R13
  • Designed to support national or international
    meetings, conferences and workshops
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-06-
    041.html

25
SBIR
  • a set-aside program (2.5 of an agency's
    extramural budget)
  • for domestic small business concerns
  • to engage in Research/Research and Development
    (R/RD)
  • that has the potential for commercialization.

26
For NIDCD Support
  • http//www.nidcd.nih.gov/funding/foa/
  • NIDCD-Issued
  • All NIDCD-issued announcements
  • RFAs only
  • PAs only
  • PARs only
  • NIDCD-Participating
  • All NIDCD-participating announcements
  • RFAs only
  • PAs only
  • PARs only

27
Research supplement to promote diversity in
health related research
  • This program was established to improve the
    diversity of the research workforce by supporting
    and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and
    eligible investigators from groups that have been
    shown to be underrepresented
  • Applications can be received anytime
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-05-
    015.html

28
Supplement to promote reentry into biomedical and
behavioral research
  • Supports fully trained individuals to reenter an
    active research career after taking time to care
    for children, parents or other family
    responsibilities
  • Can be fulltime or part time
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-
    126.html

29
NIH Roadmap
  • To identify major opportunities and gaps in
    biomedical research that no single institute at
    NIH could tackle alone but that the agency as a
    whole must address, to make the biggest impact on
    the progress of medical research.

30
NIH RM
  • For more information on the NIH Roadmap explore
    www.nihroadmap.nih.gov

31
NIH Blueprint for NSC
  • A framework to enhance cooperative activities
    among fourteen NIH Institutes and Centers that
    support research on the nervous system.
  • The ultimate goal of the Blueprint is to
    accelerate neuroscience research to reduce the
    burden of nervous system disorders.
  • http//neuroscienceblueprint.nih.gov/

32
To get started
  • Explore the NIH websites e.g.
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/oer.htm
  • www.nidcd.nih.gov
  • E-mail the designated Program Director for your
    scientific interest
  • Subscribe to the NIH Guide
  • http//grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm

33
Your Friends _at_ NIH /Extramural Staff
Program
Review
Grants Management
34
Program Official/PO
  • PO The NIH official responsible for the
    programmatic, scientific, and/or technical
    aspects of a grant assists you through the
    process
  • Contact the PO early to discuss your goals and
    get advise
  • Do your homework before you contact the PO
    maximize everyones efficiency

35
Scientific Review Officer/SRO (SRA)
  • SRO A Federal scientist who presides over a
    scientific review group and is responsible for
    coordinating and reporting the review of each
    application assigned to it. The SRO serves as an
    intermediary between the applicant and reviewers
    and prepares summary statements for all
    applications reviewed.

36
Contact with SROs
  • Dont be shy about communicating with the SRO
  • Make requests, recommendations for areas of
    required expertise for informed and fair review
    of your application
  • Review the roster when posted on website
  • Alert SRA of any potential conflicts

37
Grants Management Officer
  • An NIH official responsible for the business
    management aspects of grants and cooperative
    agreements, including review, negotiation, award,
    and administration, and for the interpretation of
    grants administration policies and provisions.
    Only GMOs are authorized to obligate NIH to the
    expenditure of funds and permit changes to
    approved projects on behalf of NIH. Each NIH
    Institute and Center awarding grants has one or
    more GMOs with responsibility for particular
    programs or awards

38
Grants Management Specialist (GMS)
  • A NIH staff member who oversees the business and
    other non-programmatic aspects of one or more
    grants and/or cooperative agreements. These
    activities include, but are not limited to,
    evaluating grant applications for administrative
    content and compliance with statutes,
    regulations, and guidelines negotiating grants
    providing consultation and technical assistance
    to grantees and administering grants after award.

39
GMO/GMS
  • The person who signs the Notice of Award (NoA)
    previously known as Notice of Grant Award (NGA)
  • Grants Process at a glance
  • http//grants.nih.gov/grants/grants_process.htmpr
    ocess

40
VSL Contacts
  • Language Program
  • Judith Cooper, Ph.D.
  • cooperj_at_nidcd.nih.gov
  • Voice Speech Programs
  • Lana Shekim, Ph.D.
  • shekiml_at_nidcd.nih.gov

41
Hearing Program Contacts
  • Amy Donahue, Ph.D.
  • donahuea_at_nidcd.nih.gov
  • Nancy Freeman, Ph.D.
  • freemann_at_nidcd.nih.gov
  • Bracie Watson, Ph.D.
  • watsonb_at_nidcd.nih.gov

42
Other Program Contacts
  • Christopher Platt, Ph.D.
  • Balance Vestibular Program
  • plattc_at_nicdd.nih.gov
  • Roger Miller, Ph.D.
  • Neural Prosthesis Program
  • millerr_at_nidcd.nih.gov

43
NIDCD Program Contacts
  • Barry Davis, Ph.D.
  • Smell Taste Programs
  • davisb_at_nidcd.nih.gov
  • Daniel Sklare, Ph.D.
  • Research Training Career Development
  • sklared_at_nidcd.nih.gov

44
Top 10 errors
  • 1. Lack of an original idea
  • 2. Diffuse, unfocused, or superficial research
    plan
  • 3. Lack of knowledge of published relevant work

45
Top 10 errors (cont)
  • 4. Lack of experience in essential methodology
  • 5. Uncertainty concerning future directions
  • 6. Questionable reasoning in experimental
    approach
  • 7. Absence of acceptable scientific rationale

46
Top 10 errors (cont)
  • 8. Unrealistically large amount of work
  • 9. Lack of sufficient experimental detail
  • 10. Uncritical approach

47
  • Go for it
  • good luck!
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