Alcohol National Research Service Awards for Research Training

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To assure the maintenance of an adequate supply of well-trained alcohol researchers through the provision of both individual fellowships and grants to training institutions for support of training at both the predoctoral and postdoctoral levels and for Senior Fellowships and M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships. Special predoctoral fellowships are also available for students with disabilities and for minority students. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) supports awards for training in clinical research, treatment assessment research, problems of health promotion and alcoholism prevention, and basic biological and behavioral processes applicable to alcohol research.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Individual grants are made to fellows seeking predoctoral or postdoctoral support for full-time research training. An institutional allowance will be provided, upon request, to the sponsoring institution for each awardee. In addition, any domestic public or nonprofit institution may apply for an institutional research training grant in a specified area of research from which a number of stipend awards will be made to individuals selected by the training program director at the institution. Support is available for both predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and for Senior Fellowships and M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships. Special predoctoral fellowships are also available for students with disabilities and for minority students. Actual tuition and fees are allowable for trainees, and an amount for institutional expenses will be provided. Indirect costs may be requested at 8 percent of total direct costs, exclusive of tuition and related fees and expenditures for equipment, or actual indirect costs, whichever is less. Postdoctoral fellows and trainees in the first 12 months of postdoctoral NRSA support incur one month of payback obligation for each month of support. The 13th and subsequent months of postdoctoral NRSA support are considered payback service for prior postdoctoral support. Predoctoral fellows and trainees do not incur a service payback obligation. Stipend levels will be $16,500 for predoctoral awards and from $28,260 to $44,412 for postdoctoral awards dependent upon the number of years of relevant experience. Research training support may not be used for intern or other clinical training.

Who is eligible to apply...

Domestic public or private nonprofit organizations may apply for institutional training grants. The sponsoring institution for a fellowship application may be a foreign or domestic, private (profit or nonprofit) or public institution. The applicant institution must have, or be able to develop, the staff and facilities to provide the proposed research training in an environment suitable for performing high quality work. An applicant for individual predoctoral support must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program by the proposed activation date of the fellowship. A postdoctoral applicant must have received a doctoral degree. All individuals to be supported under the National Research Service Awards (NRSA) program must be a citizen or noncitizen national of the United States, or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For other grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulation 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart C, Section 74.27.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

The standard application forms, as furnished by PHS, must be used by applicants. Application forms and information concerning current areas of science being supported are available from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Completed forms should be submitted to the Center for Scientific Review National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892. 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.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Applications are reviewed for scientific merit by nonfederal consultants recruited nationwide from the alcohol research field. Applications other than fellowship must also be reviewed by the National Advisory Council on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. If recommended for approval and a decision to make an award is made, a formal award notice will be sent to the applicant and sponsor. Students to be supported must submit required forms, including a payback agreement for postdoctoral level trainees.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Individual: April 5, August 5, and December 5; Institutional: May 10.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 5 to 7 months.

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

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 home page www.nih.gov/grants/guide/1997/97.11.21/n2.html.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

By law, an individual may receive no more than 5 years of support in the aggregate at the predoctoral level and 3 years of support in the aggregate at the postdoctoral level under the NRSA program (through an individual and/or institutional award). Any exception to these limitations requires a waiver from the Director of the awarding Institute based on review of justification from the awardee and the program director for the institutional grant.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Individuals; public and private, profit or nonprofit organizations for fellowships. Public and private nonprofit organizations for institutional training grants.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$24,000 to $627,000; $137,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants and Fellowships) FY 03 $10,440,000; FY 04 est $11,240,000; and FY 05 est $11,512,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

75-0894-0-1-552.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

(1) Family structure effects on personality of alcoholics: (2) neurophysiology of chronic alcohol consumption; (3) multi-disciplinary alcoholism research training; and (4) infectious and other diseases complicating alcoholism.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

In fiscal year 2003, 55 fellowships and 32 institutional training awards were awarded; 55 fellowships and 32 institutional training awards are estimated in fiscal year 2004; funding for 55 fellowships and 32 institutional training awards is anticipated in fiscal year 2005.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

The following considerations are used in determining projects to be funded: (1) Scientific and technical merit; (2) facilities and environment for the training program; (3) previous training records; (4) relevance to NIAAA priorities; and (5) potential contribution to field of alcohol abuse and alcoholism.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Policy limits an application for predoctoral fellowship support up to 5 years, and up to 3 years for postdoctoral support. Senior Fellowships are up to 2 years and M.D./Ph.D. Fellowships are for up to 6 years. Awards for institutional grants may be made for project periods of up to 5 years.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Annual progress reports are required. Annual financial status reports are required for institutional National Research Service Awards. Annual reports of activities for tracking payback provisions are required from all postdoctoral fellows upon termination of support.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

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 that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and subject to inspections and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Records must be retained for at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been resolved. Records relating to individual payback obligations are retained for one year after the individual has fulfilled or has been excused from fulfilling the payback obligation.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Section 487, as amended, Public Law 99-158, 42 U.S.C. 288.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

42 CFR 66; Guidelines included in application kits. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 90-50,000, (REV.) April 1, 1994. Specific program announcements are available electronically from the NIAAA World Wide Web Home Page on the Internet at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov or from the NIH Home Page under Institutes and Offices. Copies may also be obtained from NIAAA at P.O. Box 10686, Rockville, MD 20849-0686 or by calling 202-842-1819.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

Not applicable.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Program Contacts: Dr. Sally Anderson, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior: Telephone: (301) 402-9406. Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research: (301) 443-6371. Dr. Robert Huebner, Acting Director, Division of Treatment and Recovery Research: (301) 443-4344. Dr. Samir Zakhari, Division of Metabolism and Health Effects: (301) 443-0799. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304. Grants Management Contact: Ms. Judy Fox, Grants Management Officer, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, 5635 Fishers Lane, Room 3023, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304. Telephone: (301) 443-4704. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: