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Occupational Safety and Health Research Grants
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, DEPARTMENT
OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act, as amended, Section 301(a),
42 U.S.C. 241(a); Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, Section 20(a),
29 U.S.C. 669(a).
To develop knowledge that can be used in preventing
occupational diseases and injuries. Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
objectives are: to stimulate technological innovation; use small business to
meet Federal research and development needs; increase private sector
commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and
development; and foster and encourage participation by minority and
disadvantaged persons in technological innovation.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Funds are available for costs directly attributed to the performance of the
research plus certain indirect costs of the institution or agency in
accordance with established policies of the Public Health Service. SBIR Phase
I grants (of approximately 6-month's 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
Applicant Eligibility: Eligible applicants include
domestic and foreign, public and private nonprofit and for-profit
organizations and by governments and their agencies; that is, universities,
colleges, research institutions, hospitals, and other public and private
organizations, including State and local governments or their bona fide
agents, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments, Indian tribes, or
Indian tribal organizations. Racial/ethnic minority individuals, women, and
persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply as Principal Investigators.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Beneficiary Eligibility: Research institutions
and agencies as well as workers affected by occupational hazards. 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 the 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 programmatic review committee.
Institutions: Costs will be determined by HHS Regulations 45 CFR 74, Subpart Q
for nonprofit organizations. State and Local Governments: Costs will be
determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87. Profit Institutions:
Costs will be determined by Federal Procurement Regulations 48 CFR, Chapter 1,
Parts 1 - 31.
Pre-application Coordination: Not applicable. This
program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Applications should be
submitted on Form PHS-398 (rev. 4/98) or the SBIR application forms for the
SBIR grants. An original and five copies of the PHS 398 application must be
submitted to the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health,
Room 1040, 6701 Rockledge Drive - MSC 7710, Bethesda, MD 20892-7710 or
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service). A cover letter requesting
assignment to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health should
be included. The PHS-398 Forms should be available from the institutional
offices of sponsored research or 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, Internet:
http://www.nih.gov/grants/forms.htm. SBIR: Application forms and the Phase I
solicitation may be obtained from Peace Technology, 13687, Baltimore Avenue,
Laurel, MD 20707-5083. Telephone: (301) 206-9385.
Award Procedure: Approved grants are funded based
on priority score from a scientific review and on program priorities and are
made approximately three times per year. Initial award provides funds for
first budget period (usually 12 months); a Notice of Grant Award indicates
allocations of Federal funds by budget categories, and special conditions, if
any; and support recommended for remainder of project period.
Deadlines: New applications: February 1, June 1,
and October 1. Career Development, Small Grants, and Competing Renewal and
revised Applications: March 1, July 1, and November 1; SBIR: August 1.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: From 4 to 5
months, with an additional 4 to 5 months for program review and funding.
Renewals: Applications for renewal will be
reviewed in the same manner as a new application and will compete for
available funds with other applications.
Formula and Matching Requirements: This program has
no statutory formula or matching requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: From 1 to
5 years (renewable, based on competitive applications). SBIR: Phase I SBIR
awards are generally for 6 months; Phase II awards normally may not exceed 2
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Financial status reports (annual); interim
progress report (annual); terminal progress report (3 months after end of
project); invention statement (annual); and reprints and copies of resulting
Audits: In accordance with the provisions of OMB
Circular No. A- 133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local
Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that
expend financial assistance of $400,000 or more in Federal awards will have a
single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal
entities that expend less than $400,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt
from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No.
A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to
inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Records: Financial records, including documents
to support entries on accounting records and to substantiate charges to each
grant, must be kept readily available for review by personnel authorized to
examine PHS grant accounts. Records must be maintained for 3 years after end
of each budget period. If questions still remain, such as those raised as a
result of audit, related records should be retained until the matter is
Account Identification: 75-0943-0-1-550.
Obligations: (Grants) FY 01 $38,877,366; FY 02
est $39,000,000; and FY 03 est $39,000,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance: From
$30,000 to $400,000; Average: $220,000.
In fiscal year 2001, 75 new and 123 continuation research grants were awarded.
In fiscal year 2002, it is estimated that 85 new and 107 continuation research
grants will be awarded. It is estimated that 65 new and 125 continuations will
be awarded in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
42 CFR 87, "Grants for Research and Demonstration Relating to
Occupational Safety and Health"; PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS
Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994. SBIR: Public Health
Service Omnibus Solicitation for Small Business Innovation Research.
Regional or Local Office:
None. Program Contact: Office of Extramural Programs, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, 1600 Clifton Road, NE., MS-E74, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027. Telephone: (404) 498-2530. Grants Management Contact: Office of Financial Resources (OFR), Office of Grants Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Health and Human Services, 1600 Clifton Road, Mail Stop D-03, Atlanta, GA 30329-4027. Telephone: (770) 488-2700.
Stephanie L. Shack, 1600 Clifton Rd., NE, Cubicle 4201.23, Mailstop E-74, Atlanta, Georgia 30333 Email: SShack@cdc.gov Phone: (404) 498-2530.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
(1) Dermal Absorption of Cutting Fluid Mixtures - To study interactions
between various types of metal working fluids and their effects on skin; (2)
Understanding Vibration Injury - To understand the cellular and molecular
mechanisms of vibration syndrome in order to define rational counter measures
to prevent injury and promote safer use of power tools at work; (3) Force-
Repetition Interaction in a Rat Injury Model of C.T.D. - To use a rat injury
model of cumulative trauma disorder to examine the interaction between
multiple risk factors that contribute to the development of CTD; (4)
Electrostatic Sampling of Airborne Microorganisms - To use electrostatic
mechanisms to collect the airborne microorganisms, thus collecting the
organisms more gently than is currently achievable by the inertial forces in
conventional impactors and impingers; (5) Health Disparities Among Health
Workers - To determine how job-related physical and psychosocial factors
combine to produce disparity in occupationally related musculoskeletal
injuries and illnesses between races and socioeconomic classes.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Research grant applications will be reviewed on the basis of scientific merit
and significance of the project; availability, adequacy, and competence of
personnel, facilities, and other resources needed to carry out the project in
relation to the type of project proposed; feasibility of accomplishing the
project, including the cooperation expected from industry, unions, or other
participants in the project, where applicable; likelihood of the project
producing meaningful results in terms of contributing to prevention of
work-related diseases and injuries; appropriateness of the proposed project
period; and appropriateness of the budget.