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93.173 Research Related to Deafness and Communication Disorders

FEDERAL AGENCY:

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

AUTHORIZATION:

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.
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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.
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TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
Project Grants.
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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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

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.
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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 above.
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 months.
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.

ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

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.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Account Identification: 75-0890-0-1-552.
Obligations: FY 01 $300,282,000; FY 02 est $341,965,000; and FY 03 est $363,040,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: For past and current fiscal years, from $72,486 to $458,342; Average: $200,000.
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PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

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.

INFORMATION CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office: Not applicable.
Headquarters Office: Debra S. Holmes 6001 Executive Boulevard Room 8328 - MSC 9670, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9670 Email: holmesd@mail.nih.gov Phone: 3014968693 Fax: 3014026250

Web Site Address:  
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/

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.

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