ARRA Funding Opp: Administrative Supplements to Support Core Consolidation

Of interest to a select audience … one application per parent grant but no limit on the number of applications from a given institution. The big “have” institutions will have lots of these big core center awards and will no doubt get in line for an extra $1.2M+ for each of these facilities, complements of ARRA.

Today’s notice of Administrative Supplements to Support Core Consolidation provides up to $500,000 in equipment, up to $500,000 for alteration and renovation, and/or up to $200,000 (DC) for other costs such as personnel and supplies. The NIH plans to spend ~$15 million of ARRA funds by September 30, 2010 to support requests submitted in response to this notice. Participating ICs include NCRR (G12 plus all P and U awards), NCI (only Cancer Center Support P30s are eligible), NIAID (only CFAR P30s are eligible), NIAMS (only P30s are eligible), NIDDK (only P30s & P60s are eligible), NIEHS (only P30s are eligible), and NIDA (“particularly interested in consolidation that results in synergistic enhancement of existing research capabilities, while continuing current services”).

The Notice provides full application details. Applications are due January 13, 2010.



  1. luna Halloween said

    I read the Notice. Would you guys explain to me what are the urgent priorities here and who are going to be legitimate beneficiaries of these ARRA gifts?.

    Maybe I did not understand it. It looks like MORE OF THE SAME: Promoting Sizeable track records.

    Please correct me if I am mistaken. I wish you ‘d prove me wrong.

  2. Yeah. That’s gonna drive some serious innovation.

  3. THE RICH GET RICHER!!!!!!!!!

  4. luna Halloween said

    The “RICH to be RICHER group” seem to have NIH in their side.

    Why ?. Possibilities ?

    NIH might be too busy listening to and getting feedback on their well-reasoned plans and strategies ?

    NIH might be unaware of what’s going on in real life.

    Hello NIH,

    Could the Notice be changed ? That would have a touch of “innovation” in policies and procedures in the face of urgent priorities.

    What about using those 15 millions in fellowships for postdocs looking for independence ?. We know that there are already some mechanism to take care of those ?. But the ARRA is special money for a crisis situation.

    Beautifying and amplifying Facilities already beautiful and sizeable !!!, Is it going to help getting science in track and create scientific future in the USA ?

    I DOUBT IT but I could be wrong !

  5. Yet more money that new investigators can never touch. Screw these damned supplements – where the hell are the NI/ESI-only R03s or shortened R01s to promote the quick generation of new and amazing preliminary data? You want to keep people in jobs and stimulate the economy? Give me a chunk of cash today and I’ll hire a postdoc, a tech and take on an additional student, all of whom will be grinding out supercool data like there’s no tomorrow. Why not help those who are despairing about their tenure prospects due to the insurmountable odds of getting funded in a climate where, as PP says, the rich continue to get richer? Grrr.

  6. chrislakersome said

    You’re right Professor in Training. That’s a possibility for proper use of ARRA funds, rather than misusing them to consolidate the consolidated Core Facilities of big institutions. This is neither the appropriate time, nor the best use of public money. Urgency versus convenience.

  7. arthur miller said

    Oh well,

    “Why not help those who are despairing about their tenure prospects due to the insurmountable odds of getting funded in a climate where, as PP says, the rich continue to get richer?.”

    Why not help those established investigators, who have been opening new avenues for years, and are despairing with just one R01 ending in 2010?.

    And so on…………..there are quite a number of why(s)

    Putting all the blame on the peer review is falling short. Does NIH have any room to correct for inherent limitations of peer review?. I don’t know but that is what is expected of any government that is supposed to govern.

    Let’s go, inquire and find out who is governing ??????


    Inquiries and discussion of plans for responding to this Notice are strongly encouraged. 

    For scientific or technical questions relating to research that would be supported by this solicitation, contact the PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR assigned to the PARENT GRANT.

    For administrative questions related to this solicitation, contact the GRANTS MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST noted on the Notice of Award for the PARENT GRANT.

    Questions about the overall program should be addressed to any of the following contacts:

    Dr. Gregory Farber
Office of Extramural Activities
National Center for Research Resources
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 904
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 
Telephone: (301) 435-0778
FAX: (301) 480-3658

    Dr. Jaswant S. Bhorjee
National Cancer Institute
6116 Executive Boulevard, Room 700
Rockville, MD 20892-8335 
Telephone: (301) 435-9035
FAX: (301) 402-0181

    Dr. Barbara C. Sorkin
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 401
Bethesda, MD 20892-5475 
Telephone: (301) 594-8018
FAX: (301) 480-3621

    Ms. Ann N. Lee
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID)
6700 B Rockledge Drive, Room 4211
Bethesda, MD 20892-7626 
Telephone: (301) 496-9176
FAX (301) 402-3211

    Mrs. Justine F. Buschman
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 877
Bethesda, MD 20892-2350 
Telephone: (301) 496-4811
FAX: (301) 480-1284

    Dr. Alicia Dombroski
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 660
Bethesda, MD 20892-4874 
Telephone: (301) 594-4805

    Dr. James Hyde
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease
6707 Democracy Boulevard, Room 789
Bethesda, MD 20892-5460 
Telephone: (301) 594-7692
FAX: (301) 480-0475

    Dr. Christine Colvis
National Institute of Drug Abuse 
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 5261
Rockville, MD 20892-9581 
Telephone: (301) 443-6480

    Dr. Leslie Reinlib
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 
Division of Extramural Research and Training
530 Davis Drive, Room 3072
Research Triangle Park, NC 27713 
Telephone: 919-541-4998
FAX: 919-316-4606

    Dr. Jeanette Hosseini
National Institute of Nursing Research
6701 Democracy Boulevard, Room 718
Bethesda, MD 20892-4870 
Telephone: (301) 594-5972
FAX: (301) 480-8260

    Dr. Roger Little
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 8211
Rockville, MD 20892-9667 
Telephone: (301) 402-5844
FAX: (301) 443-1328

    Dr. Thomas Miller
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 2139
Rockville, MD 20892-9527 
Telephone: (301) 496-1779
FAX: (301) 402-1501

  8. Why not help those established investigators, who have been opening new avenues for years, and are despairing with just one R01 ending in 2010?.

    This is not an issue of peer review, this is a conscious decision by the NIH to distribute ARRA funds to established PIs. Ummm … supplements, anyone?

    No. ARRA opportunities available to established PIs: all of them, mostly in the form of supplements which required NIH funding in order to be eligible.

    No. ARRA opportunities available to NI/ESI: Challenge Grants for which established investigators were also eligible … and we all saw how that turned into a feeding frenzy.

    Those poor, poor established PIs that have their R01s finishing in 2010, indeed.

  9. The more I think about this the more repellent it is. Just disgusting.

    • writedit said

      Even more so in light of the millions in ARRA-funded supplements already awarded to current CTSA PIs via limited competition solicitations.

  10. John said

    Kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth as well. Agree!! The rich get richer.

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