Update: I’m adding supplement request deadlines and links to my ARRA Resources Page for each IC as they come online.
Per the NIH Guide, ~$1 billion of ARRA funds will be obligated by September 30, 2010 to support requests submitted in response to supplement requests that, interestingly, can be applied to awards under no-cost extensions. Note the April 21st deadline for the Competitive Revision Applications (support for a significant expansion of the scope or research protocol of an existing award); receipt date is open for administrative and summer research experience supplements. For all of these, grantees must comply with all ARRA requirements, including, but not limited to, the quarterly reporting requirements. Oh joy. You submit your requests to your IC, not CSR.
Some ICs will consider administrative supplements only in target areas identified on their IC Supplement Website.
Applicants requesting multiple year funding in FY2009 may only request funding for FY 2009 and FY 2010, and it is anticipated that supplement funding will be awarded within a short period after receipt of the supplement request. Requests selected for funding in FY2010 will be limited to one year for the budget and project period.
To be eligible, the parent grant must be active and the research/scientific activities proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the current competitive segment. The proposed supplement MUST be within the general scope of the peer-reviewed activities and aims approved within the parent grant, including projects on a no-cost extension; while supplemental funds may be awarded to grants during a no-cost extension, the period of support cannot extend beyond the award period for the additional time that was granted. Note that while NIH recommends that a no-cost extension already be in place before an administrative supplement request is submitted, this is not a requirement for all administrative supplement requests.
For supplements to Research Grants there is no maximum dollar limit on what may be requested in the budget; however, the requested budget must be in line with the work being proposed. Please note that in general NIH expects to award supplements of not more than 50% of the amount of the parent grant.
For supplements to Research Career Development Awards, requests will generally be limited to $50,000 for Research Development Support costs (individual IC policies may vary). Requests for an additional year of support for Career Development Awards (K99 and K22) may also be submitted.
For supplements to Institutional Training awards, requests for support for additional trainees within the current Council-approved level will be considered.
NIH intends to accept applications for supplements under this notice in all scientific areas, and is particularly interested in awarding administrative supplements with Recovery Act funds in the areas listed below.
Equipment purchases (costing under $100,000)
* Enhancing the activities of clinical trials including increasing enrollment and increasing the capacity for data analysis
* Providing additional funded time under K99/R00 and other awards.
* Research employment opportunities for pre-doctoral students, including medical students in “off years” (e.g., medical, dental, veterinary, clinical psychology, nursing students) seeking extended time off for research experience) or on shorter term breaks.
* Research employment opportunities for postdoctoral students, including extending support for senior postdocs.
* Research employment opportunities for recent college and master’s degree graduates.
* Comparative effectiveness research.
In order to ensure that all expenditures in support of an administrative supplement advance the objectives of the Recovery Act, all applications must address Recovery Act justifications, including how the supplement is expected to stimulate the economy by:
1) Enabling hiring of additional staff;
2) Enabling increased hours of current part-time staff;
3) Procuring additional needed equipment (costing under $100,000); and/or
4) Recruiting for additional needed skills.
Selection factors will include the following:
* Relevance of the proposed activities to the parent grant and determination that the proposed activities are within the existing peer-reviewed and approved scope of the project.
* Adequate progress of the parent grant appropriate to the current stage of the project.
* Appropriate and well-described plan to accomplish the goals within the timeframe proposed.
* Expertise of the research/scientific team proposed to conduct and achieve the goals of the supplemental study or accelerate the tempo of scientific research.
* Appropriateness of the request to achieve Recovery Act goals in promoting job creation, economic development, and accelerating the pace and achievement of scientific research.
* Relevance to target areas/priorities by the funding IC
While geographic variation will be considered in awarding Recovery Act funding, a proposal’s scientific merit will always be the prevailing criterion.
The deadline for receipt of these revision applications is April 21, 2009
To be eligible, the parent grant must be active at the time the revision application is submitted, and the research proposed in the revision must be accomplished within the current competitive segment. That is, the period of support requested for the revision cannot exceed the current project period end date of the parent grant, including projects on a no-cost extension. Also, a no-cost extension must be in place before the revision application is submitted.
Examples of the types of revisions that would be appropriate include, but are not limited to the following:
* Hiring students, postdocs or other personnel to accomplish new scientific objectives or to generate novel resources.
* Making investments in technology essential to expand the goals of the project or to enhance energy efficiency in the expansion of the project.
* Requesting that a single PD/PI grant be changed to a multiple PD/PI grant or otherwise modifying the multiple PD/PI team in order to add and pursue new scientific goals. (NOTE: a Multiple PD/PI Leadership Plan will be required as part of the application.)
* Other types of revisions may be appropriate but must be consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act
Any cost increases need to result from making modifications to the project in order to take advantage of opportunities that would increase the value of the project goals and objectives or to accelerate the rate of discovery of scientific research. Revision applications are not appropriate when the sole purpose is to restore awards to the full Scientific Review Group-recommended level if they were administratively reduced by the funding agency.
Revision applications may only be requested for up to two years; therefore the scope and budget of the requested revision must reflect aims and goals that can be accomplished within that limited timeframe. Requests selected for funding in FY2010 will be limited to one year for the project and budget period.
There is no maximum dollar limit on the budget request for a revision application; however, the requested budget must be reasonable and appropriate for the work being proposed. (Note that equipment purchases cannot exceed $100,000).
Note: For this revision opportunity, prior approval from the IC staff is not needed to submit an application with a budget greater than $500,000 direct costs in any year. (Applicants should ignore the e-submission validation warning regarding the NIH $500,000 per year limit on direct costs.)
These administrative supplements have the purpose of promoting job creation, economic development, and accelerating the pace and achievement of scientific research. These supplements will also encourage students to seriously pursue research careers in the health related sciences, as well as provide elementary, middle school, and high school teachers, community college faculty, and faculty from non-research intensive institutions with short term research experiences in NIH-funded laboratories.
To be eligible, the parent grant must be active and the research experience proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the current competitive segment. The proposed supplement MUST be within the general scope of the peer-reviewed activities and aims approved within the parent grant, including projects on a no-cost extension. Note that while NIH recommends that a no-cost extension already be in place before an administrative supplement request is submitted, this is not a requirement for all administrative supplement requests.
Generally, students and science educators supported under these supplements are not required to be U.S. citizens. However, some parent grants eligible for supplementation under this notice may have unique citizenship requirements, and these citizenship requirements will apply to any supplement awarded under this notice.
The funding method being used to support this program, administrative supplements, can be used to cover cost increases that are associated with providing research experiences in the conduct of NIH supported research, as long as they are within the original scope of the parent project. Any cost increases need to result from making modifications to the parent project in order to take advantage of opportunities that would increase the value of the project consistent with its originally approved objectives and purposes or to accelerate the tempo of scientific research.
For Research Grants, supplements may request salary support for summer employment, as long as it reflects a direct contribution to accelerating the tempo of scientific research, is reasonable, consistent with institutional salary policies, and complies with the following dollar limits:
* High school students – Should comply with hourly minimum wage limitations, unless justification is provided
* Undergraduate students – No more than $10 per hour, unless justification is provided.
* Science teachers and faculty – Up to $18,000, plus fringe benefit costs of up to $2,500
Supplements for summer research experiences may request an additional $1,000 per person for the costs of laboratory supplies and other related allowable costs, such as relevant travel.