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93.233 National Center on Sleep Disorders Research
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
NIH Reauthorization Act of 1993, Public Health Service Act, Section 503: Subpart 2, Part C, Title IV, Section 424, 42 U.S.C. 285b et seq.
The purpose of the Center is to support research, training, health information dissemination and other activities with respect to sleep and sleep disorders, including biological and circadian rhythm research, basic understanding of sleep, chronobiological and other sleep related research; and to coordinate the activities of the Center with related activities of other Federal agencies, public and nonprofit organizations.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grants may support salaries, equipment, supplies, travel, and patient hospitalization as required to perform the research effort. Restrictions or limitations are imposed against the use of funds for entertainment, foreign travel, general-purpose equipment, alterations and renovations, and other items not regularly required for the performance of research. National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) are made directly to individuals for research training in specified biomedical shortage areas. Grants may be made to institutions to enable them to make NRSAs to individuals selected by them. Certain service and payback provisions apply to individuals upon termination of the award. SBIR 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. Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research initiated in Phase I and which are likely to result in commercial products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II support. STTR Phase I grants (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 results of research initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial potential on Phase II application.
Applicant Eligibility: Any nonprofit organization engaged in biomedical research, as well as institutions or companies organized for profit, may apply for grants with the exception of NRSAs. An individual may apply for a NRSA or, in some cases, may qualify for a research grant if adequate facilities in which to perform the research are available. 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 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. STTR grants can be awarded only to domestic small business concerns (entities that are independently owned and operated for profit, are not dominant in the field in which research is proposed and have no more that 500 employees) 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.
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Annual reports on progress and expenditures. Final reports are required within 120 days of termination. Reports are required after termination of National Research Service Awards to ascertain compliance with the service and payback provisions.
Account Identification: 75-0872-0-1-552.
In fiscal year 2001, 109 research grants, and 8 National Research Service Awards were made. For new and competing renewal awards: 78 grant applications were received, and of these, 28 were awarded; six National Research Service Award applications were received, and of these 2 were awarded. The estimates for fiscal year 2002 are 117 research grants and 8 National Research Service Awards. The estimates for fiscal year 2003 are 109 research grants and 8 National Research Service Awards. Small Business Innovation Research Awards: for fiscal year 2001, 10 Phase I and 3 Phase II awards were made.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
42 CFR 52; 42 CFR 66; 45 CFR 74; 45 CFR 92; "NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, and Supplements"; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994; 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 U.S.C. 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: None. Since Sleep Disorders Research Program is now integrated into the Cardiovascular, Lung and Blood Diseases Research Programs, all funding related to sleep research have already been reported under the respective programs.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
1) Phenotypic Characterization of Sleep in Mice (HL-99-001); (2) Nocturnal Asthma, Chronobiology and Sleep (HL-99-011); (3) Implementation of the National Occupational Research Agenda (OH-99-002); (5) Data Coordinating Center for the Sleep Heart Health Study (HL-99-014) and ongoing support for: (6) a total of twenty (20) Sleep Academic Awards (7) the Specialized Centers of Research (SCOR) program in Neurobiology of Sleep and Sleep Apnea, (8) the Institutional National Research Service Award in Sleep Research, and (9) Basic and Clinical Research in Sleep and Wakefulness (PA-95-014).
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The major elements in evaluating proposals 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 available and proposed facilities and resources; (5) the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and (6) the relevance and importance to announced program objectives. The following criteria will be used in considering the scientific and technical merit of SBIR/STTR Phase I grant applications: (1) The soundness and technical merit of the proposed approach; (2) the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; (3) the technological innovation of the proposed research; (4) the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; (5) the appropriateness of the budget requested; (6) the adequacy and suitability of the facilities and research environment; and (7) where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for (a) safeguarding human or animal subjects, and/or (b) protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. Phase II grant applications will be reviewed based upon the following criteria: (1) The degree to which the Phase I objectives were met and feasibility demonstrated; (2) the scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach for achieving the Phase II objectives; (3) the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; (4) the technological innovation, originality, or societal importance of the proposed research; (5) the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; (6) the reasonableness of the budget requested for the work proposed; (7) the adequacy and suitability of the facilities and research environment; and (8) where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for (a) safeguarding human or animal subjects, and/or (b) protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment.