Minority International Research Training Grant in the Biomedical and Behavioral Sciences

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Purpose of this program:

(1) To enable qualified minority undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty members to participate in international biomedical and behavioral research programs; (2) to acquaint minority students and scientists with the full range of career opportunities in biomedical and behavioral research; (3) to strengthen teaching programs at U.S. institutions; and (4) to strengthen ties with research institutes abroad.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Each training grant may include the three following components: (1) The undergraduate program for training minority students abroad for 8 to 12 weeks to include language training and a research experience; (2) The predoctoral component which will support minority students seeking a graduate research degree (Ph.D. or D.Sc.) for 3 to 12 months while abroad at a major international research center, or unique study population site; and (3) 3-12 months of support for faculty mentors providing guidance to undergraduates in (1) above. Grants may support stipends, travel, health insurance, foreign living expenses, tuition and fees, and other educational expenses at the foreign institutions. Stipends are $800 per month for undergraduates, $1,225 per month for graduate students, and $1,250 per month for faculty mentors. Requests may be made for health insurance, foreign tuition, and fees. Foreign living expenses will be a maximum of $1,000 per month for undergraduate and graduate students and $2,000 for faculty mentors. Research training support for each participant may be requested for use at the foreign institution for up to $600 per month. Travel expenses from the home institution to and from the foreign training site may be requested. Also, domestic administrative expenses of up to 10 percent of total direct costs may be requested.

Who is eligible to apply...

The applicant institution and its associated consortia institutions must be U.S. colleges or universities that offer baccalaureate degrees in fields relevant to biomedical and behavioral sciences. Each training grant may include any or all of the three following components: (1) The undergraduate program for training minority students abroad for 8 to 12 weeks to include language training (if necessary) and a research experience; (2) The post-baccalaureate component which will support minority students seeking a graduate research degree (M.S., Ph.D. or D.Sc.) for 3 to 12 months while abroad at a major international research center, or unique study population site; and (3) the faculty mentor program to provide 3-12 months of support to provide guidance to undergraduates in (1) above. Grants may support stipends, travel, health insurance, foreign living expenses, tuition and fees, and other educational expenses at the foreign institutions. Stipends are $800 per month for undergraduate, $1,225 for graduate students and $1,250 per month for the faculty member. Requests may be made for health insurance, foreign tuition and fees. Foreign living expenses will be $1,000 per month for undergraduate and graduate students and $2,000 for faculty members. Research training support for each participant may be requested for use at the foreign institution for up to $600 per month. Travel expenses from the home institution to and from the foreign training site may be requested. Also, domestic administrative expenses of up to 10 percent of total direct costs may be requested.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

None.

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:

Applications are to be submitted on the institutional training grant application form PHS 398 (Rev. 04/98). Application kits are available at most institutional business offices or may be obtained from: Division of Extramural Outreach and Information, National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910, Bethesda, MD 20892-7910. Telephone: 301/435-0714, e-mail grantsinfo@nih.gov. The title and number of the announcement must be typed in Section 2a on the face page of the application. Completed applications should be sent to the Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health.

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 will be reviewed for scientific and technical merit by an NIH initial review group, followed by a second level review by the Fogarty International Center National Advisory Board.

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

An application deadline date will appear in the Request for Applications (RFA) for each competition. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for information on when RFAs may be published.

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 4 to 6 months.

Preapplication Coordination

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 or her application by communicating with the staff of the Center. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/not97-232.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

Competing renewal applications from funded grantee institutions may be submitted in response to a Request for Applications (RFA) from the Fogarty International Center.

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...

African American, Hispanic American, Native American, and Pacific Islander undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members.

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

Approximately $200,000 per year to the grantee institution.

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) FY 01 $5,456,000. Now consolidated into 93.989.

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

75-0819-0-1-552.

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...

The MIRT program at Cornell University brings students to the Yutaje field site of the Institute Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas in the Amazon rain forest to collect and screen samples of ethnomedical value for potential as new drugs. Students from Hampton University in Virginia work on similar projects at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. The MIRT students from the University of Michigan participate in studies examining how children's health problems relate to psycho-educational function in Chile, China, Costa Rica, India and South Africa. Students in the University of New Mexico MIRT program perform biochemical studies to determine how nutrition affects a variety of diseases in Northern Nigeria. MIRT students from the University of Pittsburgh are trained in epidemiological methods and participate in studies on diabetes in minority populations at sites in the Caribbean.

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 2001, 28 continuation awards.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

(1) Contribution of proposal to achievement of program's objectives; (2) scientific and technical merit of the application as determined by peer review; and (3) availability of funds.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Awards are made for a period of 4 years. Funds are allocated annually based on availability of funds and progress in the preceding year. Assistance is awarded by an electronic transfer system.

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

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 report is required before disbursement of funds for the next budget period. A financial status report is required not later than 90 days from the end of each budget period. Final progress and financial status reports are required within 90 days of termination of the project.

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 cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government 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

Expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submits the last expenditure report for the report period.

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, Sections 301 and 405, 42 U.S.C. 241 and 284.

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 52 and 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92; NIH Guide TW-00-001, November 22, 1999; NIH Grants Policy Statement http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps/.

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

Dr. Barbara Sina, Division of International Training and Research, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Building 31, Room B2C39, Bethesda, MD 20892-2220. Telephone: (301) 496-1653. Grants Management Contact: Mr. Bruce Butrum, Grants Management Officer, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Building 31, Room B2C39, Bethesda, MD 20892-2220. Telephone: (301) 496-1670. 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: