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FAQ Reversibility (R01)

Frequently Asked Questions regarding RFA-AG-14-006

Mid-life Reversibility of Early-established Biobehavioral Risk Factors (R01)

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Last updated August 15, 2013

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. 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) are favorably reviewed through the NIA process, and (c) 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 WILL THE 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 ESRCNIAreversibility@esrc.ac.uk for any questions or visit the web page www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCNIAreversibility 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.

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: NIA Collaborative Program on Reversibility” at the following email address: ESRCNIAreversibility@esrc.ac.uk or by mail at:

Economic and Social Research Council
Attn: NIA Collaborative Program on Reversibility
Polaris House
North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1UJ
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 amount of NIA 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-14-007 “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.

  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 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 both the NIA 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 ESRC

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

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

  1. How do I contact the ESRC?

Please email ESRCNIAreversibility@esrc.ac.uk for any questions or visit the web page www.esrc.ac.uk/ESRCNIAreversibility for more information. This page will be activated after the RFAs are posted publicly.

FAQS BELOW ADDED ON 8/15/13

  1. How is midlife defined for the purpose of this RFA?

NIA does not have a formal definition of mid-life, just as there is no formal definition of “older adult.” The MIDUS (Midlife in the US), a longitudinal national survey at the University of Wisconsin funded by NIA, defines mid-life as ages 40-60. Some studies consider adults aged 35-64 as being middle-aged, while 65+ are older adults.

  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 January 3 to February 3, 2014. 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 February 3, 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 May of 2014, so reviews should be available mid to late Summer.

  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 $200,000 Direct Cost cap per year. Applications cannot exceed this cap even if they are seeking support from both NIA and ESRC.