Content provided by the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Related to Deafness and Communication Disorders
INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act,
Sections 301, 464 A-F, and 487, as amended; 42 U.S.C. 241, 285m, 285m-3, and
288; Public Law 100-553; 102 Stat. 2769; Small Business Research and
Development Enhancement Act of 1992, Public Law 102-564.
To investigate solutions to
problems directly relevant to individuals with deafness or disorders of human
communication, such as hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and
language. The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
(NIDCD) supports research including investigation into the etiology,
pathology, detection, treatment, and prevention of all forms of disorders of
hearing and other communication processes, primarily through the support of
basic and applied research in anatomy, audiology, biochemistry,
bioengineering, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular
biology, the neurosciences, otolaryngology, psychology, pharmacology,
physiology, psychophysic speech and language pathology, and other scientific
disciplines. The NIDCD supports: (1) Research into the evaluation of
techniques and devices used in diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, and
prevention of disorders of hearing and other communication processes; (2)
research into prevention and early detection and diagnosis of hearing loss and
speech, voice, and language disturbances and research into preventing the
effects of such disorders on language and learning disabilities with extension
of programs for appropriate referral and rehabilitation; (3) research into the
detection, treatment, and prevention of disorders of hearing and other
communicative processes in the elderly population and its rehabilitation to
ensure continued effective communication skills; and (4) research to expand
knowledge of the effects of environmental agents that influence hearing or
other communication processes. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
program: To expand and improve the SBIR program; to increase private sector
commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and
development; to increase small business participation in Federal research and
development; and to foster and encourage participation of socially and
economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned small
business concerns in technological innovation. Small Business Technology
Transfer (STTR) program: To stimulate and foster scientific and technological
innovation through cooperative research and development carried out between
small business concerns and research institutions; to foster technology
transfer between small business concerns and research institutions; to
increase private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal
research and development; and to foster and encourage participation of
socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and
women-owned small business concerns in technological innovation.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Research Grants and Centers Grants may be used to provide salaries, equipment,
supplies, travel, and other expenses for research. The grantee institution is
obliged to expend grant funds prudently for the purposes as stated in the
application and award document. Some National Research Service Awards (NRSAs)
are made directly to individuals for research training in specified biomedical
and behavioral research areas. In addition, other training grants may be made
to institutions to enable them to make NRSAs to individuals selected by them.
Each individual who receives a NRSA is obligated upon termination of the award
to comply with certain service and payback provisions. Research Career
Development Awards and Clinical Investigator Development Awards are made to
enhance independent research capability of selected individuals during the
formative stages of their careers. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Program: Phase I grants (of approximately 6 months' duration) are to establish
the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research effort that may
lead to a commercial product or process. SBIR Phase II grants are for the
continuation of the research efforts initiated in Phase I and that are likely
to result in commercial products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are
eligible to apply for Phase II support. STTR Phase I grant (normally of 1-year
duration) are to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and
feasibility of the proposed cooperative effort that has potential for
commercial application. Phase II funding is based on result of research
initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial
potential of Phase II application. Grant funds may be expended only for the
purpose stated in the application and award document.
Applicant Eligibility: Research Grants and Centers Grants: Any public,
private, nonprofit, or for-profit institution is eligible to apply. For-profit
institutions are not eligible for institutional National Research Service
Awards. All proposals are reviewed for scientific merit, for evaluation of the
qualifications of the investigators, for adequacy of the research environment
and for significance of the problem. Approved proposals compete for available
funds. All Research Career Development Program awardees must be citizens or have
been admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Candidates must be
nominated for the program by a nonfederal public or private nonprofit
institution located in the United States, its possessions or Territories. To be
eligible, postdoctoral NRSA trainees and fellows must have a professional or
scientific degree (M.D., Ph.D., D.D.S., D.O., D.V.M., Sc.D., D.Eng., or
equivalent domestic or foreign degree). SBIR grants can be awarded only to
domestic small businesses (entities that are independently owned and operated
for profit, are not dominant in the field in which research is proposed, and
have no more than 500 employees). Primary employment (more than one-half time)
of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of
award and during the conduct of the proposed project. In both Phase I and Phase
II, the research must be performed in the United States or its possessions. To
be eligible for funding, an SBIR grant application must be approved for
scientific merit and program relevance by a scientific review group and a
national advisory council. STTR grants can be awarded only to domestic small
business concerns which "partner" with a research institution in
cooperative research and development. At least 40 percent of the project is to
be performed by the small business concern and at least 30 percent by the
research institution. In both Phase I and Phase II, the research must be
performed in the U.S. and its possessions. To be eligible for funding, a grant
application must be approved for scientific merit and program relevance by a
scientific review group and a national advisory council.
Beneficiary Eligibility: Health professionals, graduate students,
health professional students, scientists, physicians, and other health and
allied health professionals.
Credentials/Documentation: Research grants are awarded to an
institution in the name of an individual investigator. Centers Grants are also
awarded to an institution in the name of an investigator designated the Program
Director. Persons qualified to carry out research related to the NIDCD grant
programs described above may apply for funds to support their investigations.
Career Program training must be conducted under the direction of a competent
sponsor. A candidate for a career award must have an earned M.D., Ph.D. or
equivalent degree and ideally has had prior postdoctoral training or research
experience. National Research Service Awards: (1) Individual NRSA Fellowship
Awards for postdoctoral training: The candidate's academic record, research
experience, citizenship, institutional sponsorship, and the proposed area and
plan of training must be included in the application. (2) Institutional Training
Grants for predoctorial and postdoctoral training: The applicant institution
must show the objectives, methodology and resources for the research training
program; the qualifications and experience of directing staff; the criteria to
be used in selecting individuals for stipend support; and a detailed budget and
justification for the amount of grant funds requested. Costs will be determined
in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.
For-profit organizations' costs are determined in accordance with 48 CFR,
Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulation. For other grantees, costs
will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart
Q. For SBIR and STTR grants, applicant organization (small business concern)
must present in a research plan an idea that has potential for commercialization
and furnish evidence that scientific competence, experimental methods,
facilities, equipment, and funds requested are appropriate to carry out the
plan. Grant forms PHS 6246-1 and PHS 6246-2 are used to apply for SBIR Phase I
and Phase II, respectively.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This program is excluded
from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Request regular grant application form PHS-398
(Rev. April, 1998) from the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information
Resources, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910,
Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, Telephone 301/435-0714, e-mail: ASKNIH@odrockml.od.nih.gov.
Complete application forms and return to the Center for Scientific Review,
National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland 20892. The standard
application forms as furnished by PHS and required by 45 CFR, Part 92 for State
and local government must be used for this program. Research Fellowships: Prior
to formal application, a candidate must be accepted at an institution and have a
sponsor who will supervise the training. Fellows may be sponsored by a (domestic
or foreign) nonprofit institution. Application forms and information concerning
current areas being supported under the Research Fellowship Award Program should
be obtained from the Office of Research Manpower, National Institutes of Health,
Bethesda, MD 20892. Application forms for Individual or Institutional NRSAs and
information concerning the areas of science being supported may be obtained from
the Office of Research Manpower, Center for Scientific Review, National
Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, and should be submitted to the same
address. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR, Part 92 for State
and local governments, and OMB Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.
The Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for Small Business
Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applications may be
obtained by contacting the NIH SBIR support services contractor by telephone on
(301) 206-9385 or fax on (301) 206-9722. The Solicitation includes application
forms, which, upon completion, should be submitted to the Center for Scientific
Review, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892. Small Business
Technology Transfer (STTR) program uses same procedure as SBIR immediately
Award Procedure: Research Grant, Centers Grant, and training program
applications are reviewed initially by technical panels, composed of
nongovernment scientific authorities, and by the NIDCD Advisory Council composed
of leading scientific, medical, and public members. Approved applications will
compete on a merit basis for available funds. Formal award notices are
transmitted to the grantee or awardee. All accepted SBIR/STTR applications are
evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate scientific peer
review panel and by a national advisory council. All applications receiving a
priority score compete for available SBIR/STTR set-aside funds on the basis of
scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of the proposed
research, program relevance, and program balance among the areas of research.
Deadlines: All new research grant applications, centers, competitive
renewal and supplemental grant applications, and career program applications:
February 1, June 1, and October 1. Individual research competing renewal and
supplemental grant applications: March 1, July 1, and November 1. Individual
NRSA applications: April 5, August 5, and December 5. Institutional NRSA
applications: May 10. SBIR/STTR: April 1, August 1, and December 1 only.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: Research Grants and Centers
Grants: Approximately 6 to 9 months. Career Program: From 6 to 9 months. SBIR/STTR
applications: About 7-1/2 months. Institutional training grants: From 6 to 12
Appeals: A principal investigator (P.I.) may question the substantive
or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with
the staff of the Institute. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal
procedures is available on the NIH homepage www.nih.gov/grants/guide/1997/97.11.21/n2.html.
Renewals: By application and review in the same manner as new
applications. Research career awards are not renewable.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory
formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: Research Grant awards are made
for a 12-month period with recommendation of up to 4 years of additional
support. Center Grant awards support may be for a period not to exceed 5 years.
Career Program awards provide support for 3 to 5 years. Training program awards
are usually for a 12-month period with recommendation of additional support of
up to a total of 5 years for predoctoral training and no more than 3 years for
individual postdoctoral training. An award must be expended within the grant
period. SBIR Phase I awards are generally for 6 months; Phase II awards normally
may not exceed 2 years. STTR Phase I awards are generally for 1 year; Phase II
awards normally may not exceed 2 years.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Research Grants and Centers Grants: Annual and final progress
reports, including a description of results, positive and negative, and a list
of any publications. Career Program: Awardee submits annual progress report.
Termination notice, Form PHS 416-7, must be submitted upon completion of
training. Reports are required after termination of National Research Service
Awards to ascertain compliance with the service and payback provisions. A
financial status report must be submitted within 90 days after the close of each
budget/project period for which an award has been issued.
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 133,
(Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and
Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial
assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a
program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend
less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit
requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. For
nongovernmental grant recipients, audits are to be carried out in accordance
with the provisions set forth in OMB Circular No. A- 133. In addition, grants
and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and
other Federal officials.
Records: Expenditures and other financial records must be retained for
3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last financial status
report for the report period.
Account Identification: 75-0890-0-1-552.
Obligations: FY 01 $300,282,000; FY 02 est $341,965,000; and FY 03 est
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: For past and current fiscal
years, from $72,486 to $458,342; Average: $200,000.
In fiscal year 2001, of 1,436 research grant applications received, 1,029 were
funded. In fiscal year 2002, an estimated 1,662 research grant applications
were received and, of those, 1,141 were funded. For fiscal year 2003, 1,712
applications are expected to be submitted and an estimated 1,189 are expected
to be funded. The Institute now supports a wide variety of basic and applied
research studies concerning the physiology and pathophysiology of balance
control, hearing, the senses of smell and taste, speech, voice, and language.
Encouraging progress has been made in each of these areas and is expected to
continue. Clinical topics under investigation include vertigo; mild, moderate
and profound hearing impairment; the design and efficacy of hearing aids and
electronic cochlear implants; aphasia; specific language impairment; disorders
of taste and smell; neurological abnormalities of the muscles of the larynx
(e.g., spasmodic dysphonia, vocal tremor); and stuttering.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Research Grants and Centers Grants: 42 CFR 52 or 52a; 42 CFR 66; 42 CFR 74; 45
CFR 92; 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; Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant and Cooperative Agreement
Applications. Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health for
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant Applications.
Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
Debra S. Holmes 6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 8328 - MSC 9670, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9670 Email: email@example.com Phone: 3014968693 Fax: 3014026250
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Fiscal Year 2015: See www.report.nih.gov/. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The major elements in evaluating applications 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 environment and available resources for the proposed project; (5) the necessity of budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; (6) the relevance and importance to announced program objectives; (7) innovation; (8) risk to human subjects, including inclusion of minorities and children, and animal protection. The following additional criteria will be used in considering the scientific and technical merit of SBIR/STTR grant applications: (1) The technological innovation of the proposed research; (2) the potential of the proposed research for commercial application.