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93.866 Aging Research
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Act, Title III, Part A, Section 301, Title IV, Part C, Sections 444, 445, and 445 A-F, Part F, Section 487, as amended; Public Laws 78-410, 99-158, 100-607, 42 U.S.C. 241; 42 U.S.C. 285; 42 U.S.C. 288; Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, Public Law 102-564.
To encourage biomedical, social, and behavioral research and research training directed toward greater understanding of the aging process and the diseases, special problems, and needs of people as they age. The National Institute on Aging has established programs to pursue these goals. The biology of aging program emphasizes understanding the basic biological processes of aging. The geriatrics program supports research to improve the abilities of health care practitioners to respond to the diseases and other clinical problems of older people. The behavioral and social research program supports research that will lead to greater understanding of the social, cultural, economic and psychological factors that affect both the process of growing old and the place of older people in society. The neuroscience and neuropsychology of aging program fosters research concerned with the age-related changes in the nervous system as well as the related sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processes associated with aging. 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 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:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Research grants are intended to support the direct costs of a project in accordance with an approved budget, plus an appropriate amount for indirect costs. Grantees must agree to administer the grant in accordance with the regulations and policies governing the research grants program of the Public Health Service. National Research Service Awards (NRSA) (Individual) are made directly to approved applicants for research training in specified biomedical shortage areas. In addition, National Research Service Awards (Institutional) 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. Regulations are published in the Code of Federal Regulations and 42 CFR, Part 66. 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. SBIR Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research 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 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: Grants: Universities, colleges, medical, dental and nursing schools, schools of public health, laboratories, hospitals, State and local health departments, other public or private institutions (both for-profit and nonprofit), and individuals. National Research Service Award: Individual NRSAs may be made for postdoctoral training to applicants who hold 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). Institutional NRSAs may be made for both predoctoral and postdoctoral research training. Predoctoral awardees must have a baccalaureate degree. Applicants must be citizens of the United States or admitted for permanent residency. Individual NRSA awardees must be nominated and sponsored by a public or private nonprofit institution having staff and facilities suitable to the proposed research training. Nonprofit domestic organizations may apply for the Institutional NRSA. 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. or its possessions. 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 that exceeds $50,000 in direct costs must be approved for scientific merit and program relevance by a scientific review group and a national advisory council. If the direct cost of a grant approved by a scientific review group does not exceed $50,000, it may be funded without approval by 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: Grants: Annual progress reports and reports of expenditures are required. National Research Service Awards: Institutional awards require that a statement of appointment for each trainee selected by the Program Director be submitted to the NIA for each year of training. Reports are required after termination of the awards to ascertain compliance with the service and payback provisions for each institutionally selected trainee. Individual awards require reports upon award expiration to determine compliance with the service and payback provisions.
Account Identification: 75-0843-0-1-552.
In fiscal year 2001, 1,271 competing and noncompeting research project grants were funded. A total of 1,500 competing research project grant applications were reviewed and 484 were awarded. For the SBIR/STTR program, there were 34 Phase I awards and 33 Phase II awards. Approximately 1,606 competing research project grant applications are expected in fiscal year 2002 and 1,720 in 2003. Estimated competing research project grant awards for fiscal year 2002 are 438 and 436 in fiscal year 2003. In fiscal year 2001, approximately 80 applications for NRSAs were reviewed and 36 competing NRSAs were funded. It is estimated that competing NRSA applications to be reviewed for both fiscal years 2002 and 2003 will be 80. An estimated 31 competing NRSAs will be funded in fiscal year 2002 and 39 in fiscal year 2003.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
42 CFR 52; 42 CFR 66; 45 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 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: Not applicable.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2016: Examples may be selected by accessing the NIH Reporter site: http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm and choosing NIA as the Agency/Institute/Center. Fiscal Year 2017: Examples may be selected by accessing the NIH Reporter site: http://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm and choosing NIA as the Agency/Institute/Center.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
The major elements in evaluating proposals include assessments of: the scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and 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; 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.