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FAQ Networks RFA (R24)

Frequently Asked Questions regarding RFA-AG-14-007

High Priority Behavior and Social Research Networks (R24)

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Last updated September 30, 2013

Update on September 25, 2013 – The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Reserach Council (BBSRC), in collaboration with the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), has expressed interest in separately funding components of applications submitted under this initiative in the areas of (1) Reversibility and (2) Epigenetics. Please read the GENERAL INFORMATION and FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS below for more information.

Below are some general details for individuals whose applications include UK components and who wish to seek additional support for their application from the ESRC or BBSRC.This section is followed by answers to frequently asked questions relevant to all applicants.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) COLLABORATION

The ESRC has expressed interest in providing support to applications submitted to NIA under this initiative, if those applications (a) contain UK elements, (b) address topics within the remit of the ESRC, (c) are favorably reviewed through the NIA process, and (d) applicants are willing to share their applications and review results with the ESRC. ESRC support will be managed fully outside the NIA/NIH process. NIA welcomes collaborative US/UK projects and strongly encourages you to share your application with the ESRC and to share the results of peer review with them. ESRC representatives have indicated that the ESRC will support up to £2.5 million for UK components of applications submitted to this RFA and to RFA-AG-14-007 “High Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks (R24).” Contact the ESRC for additional information.

All applications will be submitted to NIA/NIH, and reviewed by NIA. Applications (and review results for those applications) containing UK components can be separately submitted to the ESRC for their consideration.

WHAT TOPICS ARE OF INTEREST TO THE ESRC?

The UK Economic and Social Research Council has expressed that its interest in this funding opportunity is limited to applications addressing 1. Reversibility, 2. Epigenetics, and 3. Valuing Health Research.

WHAT WILL ESRC FUND?

Information on ESRC’s funding is available in the ESRC’s Research Funding Guide: http://www.esrc.ac.uk/funding-and-guidance/guidance/applicants/research-funding-guide.aspx. Applicants hoping to receive UK support are encouraged to read all relevant sections of the Research Funding Guide and to contact the ESRC for additional information. Please email ESRCNIAnetworks@esrc.ac.uk for any questions or visit the web page www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCNIAnetworks for more information. This page will be activated after the RFAs are posted publicly.

DOES ESRC HAVE ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS?

The ESRC will issue separate awards for the portion of any proposals that it funds. These awards will be subject to ESRC’s Terms and Conditions. Please contact the ESRC for information on their reporting requirements.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Reserach Council (BBSRC) COLLABORATION

The BBSRC has expressed interest in providing support to applications submitted to NIA under this initiative, if those applications (a) contain UK elements, (b) address topics within the remit of the BBSRC, (c) are favorably reviewed through the NIA process, and (d) applicants are willing to share their applications and review results with the BBSRC. BBSRC support will be managed fully outside the NIA/NIH process. NIA welcomes collaborative US/UK projects and strongly encourages you to share your application with the BBSRC and to share the results of peer review with them. BBSRC representatives have indicated that the BBSRC will support up to £1 million for UK components of applications submitted to this RFA. Contact the BBSRC for additional information.

All applications will be submitted to NIA/NIH, and reviewed by NIA. Applications (and review results for those applications) containing UK components can be separately submitted to the BBSRC for their consideration.

WHAT TOPICS ARE OF INTEREST TO THE BBSRC?

The UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council has expressed that its interest in this funding opportunity is limited to applications addressing 1. Reversibility, and 2. Epigenetics.

WHAT WILL BBSRC FUND?

Information on BBSRC’s funding is available in the BBSRC Research Grants Guide: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/apply/grants-guide.aspx Applicants hoping to receive UK support are encouraged to read all relevant sections of the Research Funding Guide and to contact the BBSRC for additional information. Please email: bbsrcnianetworks@bbsrc.ac.uk for any questions or visit the web page: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/2013/high-priority-behaviour-socia... for more information. This page will be activated after the RFAs are posted publicly.

DOES BBSRC HAVE ADDITIONAL REPORTING REQUIREMENTS?

The BBSRC will issue separate awards for the portion of any proposals that it funds. These awards will be subject to BBSRC’s Terms and Conditions. Please contact the BBSRC for information on their reporting requirements.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

  1. To whom should the application material be addressed?

All applicants should deal directly with the NIA scientific, grants management, and/or peer review contact at all stages of application and review.Applications not submitted through the NIA RFA will not be considered for funding.

ESRC staff have indicated that investigators may send their NIA applications and review results to the ESRC “Attn: High Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks NIA” at the following email address: ESRCNIAnetworks@esrc.ac.uk or by mail at:

Economic and Social Research Council
Attn: High Priority Behavioral and Social Research Networks NIA
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1UJ
UK

BBSRC staff have indicated that investigators may send their NIA applications and review results to the BBSRC at the following email address: bbsrcnianetworks@bbsrc.ac.uk

  1. What does “funds available” in the announcement refer to?

The NIA “funds available” are the total costs per year that NIA will contribute to this initiative.The NIA intends to commit up to $1.8 million in FY2014 to support approximately 6 awards.These awards may request up to $200,000 Direct Costs per year, for up to 2 years. The total anticipated NIA contribution to this initiative over its 2 years is $3.6 million.

The OBSSR “funds available” are the total costs per year that OBSSR will contribute to this initiative. The OBSSR intends to commit up to $175,000 in FY2014. The total anticipated OBSSR contribution to this initiative over its 5 years is $875,000. The amount of OBSSR funding allocated in a given year will depend on the number and quality of meritorious applications received.

As noted above, ESRC representatives have indicated that the ESRC will support up to £2.5 million for UK components of applications submitted to this RFA and to RFA-AG-14-006 "Mid-life Reversibility of Early-established Biobehavioral Risk Factors (R01)." Contact the ESRC for additional information.

As noted above, BBSRC representatives have indicated that the BBSRC will support up to £1 million for UK components of applications submitted to this RFA. Contact the BBSRC for additional information.

  1. I am an investigator at an US institution. Can I apply for a project with UK collaborators?

Yes. NIA welcomes collaborative US/UK projects and strongly encourages you to share applications containing UK components with the ESRC or BBSRC and to share the results of peer review with them.

  1. Our project is a collaboration between UK and US investigators, can a non-US investigator be a lead on our project?

Yes, a non-US investigator can be a lead on a collaborative project.Please see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/foreign/ for information on applications to the NIH that contain foreign components.

  1. Can non-UK foreign investigators also be on leads or co-investigators on projects?

Yes, a non-UK foreign investigator can be a lead or co-investigator on a collaborative project.Please see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/foreign/ for information on applications to the NIH that contain foreign components.

  1. Can research on vertebrate animals be funded?

Yes, NIA supports research using vertebrate animals.

  1. Do I need to submit letters of intent to the NIA, BBSRC, and ESRC?

All letters of intent should be sent to the NIA. If your application includes a UK component, we encourage you to share your letter of intent with the BBSRC or ESRC.

  1. Do I need to submit progress reports to NIA, BBSRC, and ESRC?

If your application is funded by the NIA, standard progress reporting requirement apply. Contact the BBSRC OR ESRC for information on their reporting requirements.

  1. How do I contact the ESRC?

Please email ESRCNIAnetworks@esrc.ac.uk for any questions or visit the web page www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCNIAnetworks for more information.

  1. How do I contact the BBSRC?

Please email bbsrcnianetworks@bbsrc.ac.uk for any questions or visit the web page: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/opportunities/2013/high-priority-behaviour-social-research-networks.aspx for more information.

  1. Should I contact OBSSR directly about applications?

All inquiries about applications to this FOA should be sent to the NIA scientific, review, or grants management contacts. NIA will share communications with OBSSR and will coordinate with OBSSR colleagues on administration of this RFA. You are welcome to discuss your applications with OBSSR staff. However, to insure consistent communications with applicants, OBSSR and NIA encourage applicants to communicate directly with the contacts listed in the announcement.

  1. Do applicants have to wait for a response from NIA to their letter of intent before submitting an application?

No. Letters of intent are solely for the purpose of planning the review. They inform NIA of who may be planning to submit and what institutions are implicated. If applicants want feedback on whether their applications are responsive to the RFA, they are encouraged to communicate with NIA scientific staff regarding the specific aims of their application. Applications will be screened for responsiveness prior to review, and non-responsive applications will not be reviewed for this call. NIA staff can provide feedback on responsiveness and scientific content prior to submission.

  1. What is the timeframe for applicants from submission of letter of intent to submission of application?

The application can be submitted any time between September 22 and October 22, 2013. Applicants and their institutions should familiarize themselves with the requirements of electronic submission through grants.gov, including registration of the applicant and the institution through the NIH Commons. Applicants should arrange to submit their materials several days in advance of the deadline, so that any errors in submission can be corrected by the deadline (5:00 pm October 22, local time of applicant organization). Late applications will not be accepted for review.

  1. When will review results be sent to applicants?

Review results will be available in the NIH Commons (in the account of the PI, linked to the application number) approximately one month to six weeks after the review meeting. The review will be held in February/March of 2014, so reviews should be available in the early Spring.

  1. Is the ESRC funding additional components “above and beyond” what is requested in the applications to NIA?

No. The ESRC may co-fund a portion of a project submitted to NIA. All applications are limited to the $175,000 Direct Cost cap per year. Applications cannot exceed this cap even if they are seeking support from both NIA and ESRC.

  1. Numbers of Key Personnel and conflicts of interest on networks

Network applicants are advised to limit the number of key personnel on the application, so as not to create conflicts of interest throughout the field, and to enable the National Institute on Aging to identify sufficient numbers of eligible reviewers for the RFA. As you prepare your application, please consider the following:

  1. If an applicant mentions someone’s name as a “potential consultant” in the text of a Network application, and says they have not been approached yet, does that put them in conflict with the proposal?

Yes. If the name is mentioned then it has the appearance of a conflict because other reviewers do not know to what extent the communication has taken place between these two parties. The best scenario would be to mention the areas of expertise they will be looking for without mentioning the name/person. For the purposes of review, individuals from the Department/Institution of the potential consultant are not in conflict with the application, but any collaborators of that individual would be in conflict.

  1. Do “named consultants” on proposals create conflicts of interest for review?

Since consultants are paid directly (unlike collaborators whose payment includes overhead to the institution and there by everybody at the institution get the benefit) other people at the institution are not in conflict. Collaborators of the named consultant are in conflict with the application for the purposes of review.

  1. I am confused about how to submit a budget for this proposal. Do I submit separate budgets to NIA, OBSSR, ESRC, BBSRC?

No. Only one budget should be submitted at this time. It should follow the budget restrictions as outlined in the NIA RFA, and not exceed the direct cost cap stated there. In the case that an application is selected for funding, OBSSR, ESRC, or BBSRC funds may be used to offset the NIA costs.

If you consider your application to have a UK element you are asked to submit an estimate of the UK portion of the overall budget to the ESRC/BBSRC using the costs template on their respective websites. This will be used to aid the UK funders in identifying the UK costs in a proposal. If the ESRC or BBSRC decides to fund a portion of your application, additional budget materials will need to be submitted to them at that time.

  1. Can I ask for more than the direct cost cap in my application, given that ESRC, BBSRC and/or OBSSR might be interested in funding my application?

No. All applications submitted must conform to the direct cost cap stipulated in the RFA or they will be not be considered responsive and will not be reviewed.