Both of today’s RFAs target specialized applicants.
The Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15) seeks to help institutions that are “otherwise unlikely to participate extensively in NIH programs” (i.e., have not received more than $6 million per year in total costs from the NIH in 4 or more of the past 7 years). These 12-p ditties are due Sept 24 (no LOI) and are worth up to $300,000 in total costs over a project period lasting up to 3 years. Each participating IC has a designated contact person. The NIH maintains a nice AREA Resource page to help applicants.
At the other end of the scale, NCRR’s Enabling National Networking of Scientists and Resource Discovery (U24) targets an even more exclusive and elite club: institutions who hold current NCRR Center and Center-like Programs (e.g., CTSA, RTRN, BIRN, BRTC, ABMR, NPRC) as well as the AREA-like center mechanisms (e.g., COBRE, INBRE, RCMI). NCRR will fund 2 awards of $15,000,000 total costs over a 2-year project period. Now, each application must involve a minimum of 6 institutions with one of the eligible NCRR center/center-like awards. Research plan goes for 40 pages and is due June 15; optional though recommended LOI is due May 18 (just the usual info – no mini pre-proposal in the LOI as suggested for RC2s). They’re looking for Web-based tools & infrastructure to make researchers everywhere aware of available resources and to make these resources accessible. NCRR’s preference is for “distributed or federated approaches to both research networking and resource discovery with local control of information sources.” Can’t wait to see how all these egos cram into one proposal and come to consensus on the lead applicant.