Frequently Asked Questions
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A. Scope anntent of Pd IROMIS
This trans-NIH initiative, managed by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), aims to develop new ways to measure patient-reported symptoms such as pain, fatigue, physical functioning, and other aspects of health-related quality of life across a wide variety of chronic diseases and conditions.
The overall goals of the second funding phase are to validate the PROMIS domains in the context of clinical studies and to develop the PROMIS system to facilitate adoption by clinical researchers, consistent with the overall goals of the program.
The objectives of the NIH RM PROMIS initiative during the next four years include:
The size of a proposed site relates to the intended goal of this site. Small sites might consider focusing exclusively on psychometric development of new domains. Other small sites may want to conduct some initial validation of these new domains, or further study of domains already in the PROMIS network, in appropriate, enriched patient populations. Large sites could propose to develop new domains, or further evaluate existing PROMIS domains in large scale clinical validation studies similar in size and scope to NIH phase III clinical trials that are intended to change patient care.
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B. General Questions
NIH expects to make three U54 awards and five to ten U01 awards in FY09.
For the U54 awards, the total project period for this funding opportunity should request a 9/1/2009 start date and may not exceed four years. Direct costs are limited to $400,000 per year for a four-year period.
For the U01 awards, the total project period for this funding opportunity may not exceed four years. Direct costs are limited to $350,000 per year for a small domain site and $1,000,000 per year for a large clinical site.
Principal investigators (PIs) are expected to devote time commensurate to project needs, and follow general guidelines as for other NIH projects of similar size, complexity and duration. PIs of a U54 application are expected to commit 3.6 person months or more effort to ensure success of the program. PIs of a U01 application is expected to commit 3.0 person months or more effort to ensure success of the program.
No. Applicants may submit more than one application, provided each application is scientifically distinct. An individual may serve as PI on only one U54 award. The PI of a U54 award may also serve as a co-PI on a U01 award. The same project may not be included by any investigator in more than one application.
No. Institutions are not limited in the number of applications that may be submitted in response to any of the four interrelated RFAs of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA): RFA-RM-08-022 (U54), RFA-RM-08-023 (U01), RFA-RM-08-024 (U54), or RFA-RM-08-025 (U54). If an institution applies for more than one U54, the applicant needs to give careful consideration to the different scope of each of the U54s and the value of diversity of scientific leadership and project teams to each application in optimally achieving the overall goals of the program. An institution should also ensure that commitment levels in each submission are adequate and consistent for the proposed project.
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Foreign institutions are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant but they may enter into collaborations with a domestic institution that is the primary applicant.
Yes. Any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the PI is invited to work with his/her institution to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH programs.
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D. Application Documents
The deadline for Letters of Intent (LOI) is 5:00 p.m. local time, February 3, 2009. Applications must be successfully received by Center for Scientific Review and the National Institute of Arthritis Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases no later than 5:00 p.m. local time (of the applicant institution/organization), March 3, 2009. Application materials will not be accepted after that time and applications that are not complete will not be evaluated. Submit the original and five identical, legible, single-sided photocopies of each application. The original must be signed by an authorized organizational official.
All applications and proposals for NIH funding must be self-contained within specified page limitations.
The page limit for the U54 application research plan (including overview, and specific aims, background, and significance, preliminary studies, and research design and methods) is 40 pages. The page limit for the U01 application research plan is 25 pages.
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For help with the technical aspects of submitting an application to Grants.gov, check the resources available at Grants.gov. If you need assistance, contact Grants.gov Contact Center at 1-800-518-4726 (Toll Free), Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time), or at email@example.com.
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E. 2009 Evaluation and Selection of Awards
Applications that are complete and responsive to the FOA will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate peer review group convened by CSR and in accordance with NIH peer review procedures (http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/peer/).
Questions about review should be directed to the scientific review officer (SRO) assigned to the application.
Yes. All applicants will receive a summary statement.
The following will be considered in making funding decisions:
Awardees will be notified of review outcomes in August 2009. The earliest anticipated award start date will be September 1, 2009.