June 2017 Trans-Divisional Council-Approved Concepts

Concepts represent early planning stages for program announcements, requests for applications, or solicitations for Council's input. If NIAID publishes an initiative from one of these concepts, we link to it below. To find initiatives, go to Opportunities & Announcements.

NB: Council approval does not guarantee that a concept will become an initiative.

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NIAID Research Education Program

Program Announcement With Special Receipt, Referral, and/or Review Considerations—proposed FY 2018 initiative

Contact: Shawn Gaillard

Objective: The overarching goal of this R25 Program is to support educational activities that complement and/or enhance the training of a research workforce to meet the biomedical, behavioral, and clinical needs of programs that support NIAID’s research agenda. To this end, this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) encourages activities that focus on research experiences, structured research mentoring activities, and courses for skills development. The proposed activities must address the goal of creating a highly skilled biomedical workforce. The proposed education activities must also be those that cannot be supported by existing grant mechanisms used by NIAID.

Institutions with existing Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) institutional training grants (e.g., T32) or other federally funded training programs may apply for a research education grant provided that the proposed educational experiences are distinct from those training programs receiving NIH support. It is anticipated that the proposed research education program will complement ongoing research training occurring at the applicant institution.

Participants may include graduate/medical students, medical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and/or early-career faculty. Proposed programs may include individuals from a single career stage or may propose to bridge several career stages.

Individuals supported by NIH training and career development mechanisms (T, F, or K awards) may receive educational experiences supported by an R25 program, as participants, but may not receive salary or stipend supplementation from a research education program.

Because the R25 Program is not intended as a substitute for an NRSA institutional training program (e.g., T32), costs to support full-time participants (supported for 40 hours each week for a continuous 12-month period) are not allowable.

Description: The R25 activity code will be used as an additional support option to increase biomedical research training courses, mentoring activities, and scientific diversity for T32 trainees and trainees at non-T32 institutions.

To accomplish the stated overarching goal, this FOA will support creative educational activities with a primary focus on research experiences, mentoring, and courses for skills development.

Global Infectious Disease Research Administration Development Award for Low- and Middle-Income Country Institutions

Program Announcement With Special Receipt, Referral, and/or Review Considerations—proposed FY 2018 initiative

Contact: Paula Strickland

Objective: Financial oversight and compliance with federal research funding requirements is a challenging task for foreign institutions and a potential risk area for NIAID. Many of the problems encountered arise from the lack of well-trained business officials and/or grants administrators at these foreign institutions. The Division of Extramural Activities (DEA) currently holds regional post-award grants management training workshops twice a year in Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Central/South America, and occasionally in Europe. The objective of these workshops is to train business officials at institutions in the region on grants management, allowable costs, and compliance requirements (e.g., financial conflict of interest, Federal Financial Report, and audits). While these regional training events have been very successful, additional opportunities are needed to extend the reach of our training and assist institutions unable to send representatives to the regional post-award training workshops. These opportunities would be provided in the form of grants to “train-the-trainer” by sponsoring grants administration training for foreign business officials to receive hands-on training at U.S. institutions. These trained individuals would then return to their home countries where they would train other grants administration officials and improve their internal business practices.

Description: The G11 grant would provide funds for one or more foreign business officials/grants administrators to travel to their U.S. host institution for one month, as well as to attend an NIH regional workshop on program funding and grants administration (now held in Baltimore, MD), or an NIAID regional post-award grants management training. The grant would also provide funding to attend five days of in-house training at DEA. This in-house training would allow DEA’s Grants Management Program (GMP) staff to provide general information about managing NIAID awards, meeting compliance obligations, and preparing for audits. GMP staff will provide customized hands-on training based on the needs of the institutions in their local area, as well as significant one-on-one time with their NIAID grants management specialists.

Physician-Scientist Pathway to Independence K99/R00

For the published program announcement with special receipt, referral, and/or review considerations, see the July 20, 2017 Guide announcement, NIAID Physician-Scientist Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00).

Limited Competition for NIAID K01, K08, and K23 Recipients for Small Grant (R03) Program

Program Announcement—proposed FY 2018 initiative

Contact: Shawn Gaillard

Objective: The Limited Competition for NIAID K01, K08, and K23 Recipients for Small Grant (R03) Program (NIAID K/R03 Program) is designed to enhance the capability of K award recipients to conduct research as they complete their transition to fully independent investigator status. The Program, which is modeled after a similar National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases initiative, provides NIAID-supported K01, K08, and K23 award recipients with the opportunity to apply for small grant (R03) support at some point during the final two years of their K award. The R03 serves as a “bridge” award for the K awardee to go on to an R01 grant.

Description: The NIAID K/R03 Program will support up to $50,000 direct costs each year for up to two years of support.

Content last reviewed on July 24, 2017