Please visit the following links for new policies on Enhancing Peer Review:
Enhancing Peer Review: The NIH Announces Updated Implementation Timeline (12-02-2008)
New Scoring Procedures for Evaluation of Research Applications Received for Potential FY2010 Funding (12-02-2008)
Enhanced Review Criteria for Evaluation of Research Applications Received for Potential FY2010 Funding (12-02-2008)
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) limits costs on Program Project (P01) applications (See: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-07-008.html). NIA normally accepts for review and funding consideration only new (Type 1) and competing renewal (Type 2) P01 applications with requested costs limited to no more than $1.5 million in direct costs in the first year (exclusive of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs on subcontracts). Budget increases in non-competing years will reflect NIH policy in effect for the year of the non-competing continuation and may be requested to reflect an anticipated inflationary 3% annual increase only. P01 applications requesting more than these amounts must be nominated for acceptance by an NIA program division and approved by an NIA senior committee to be accepted.
Revision applications (see PAR-10-284) may request costs that would increase the total direct costs of the awarded P01 to more than $1.5 million in a single year. Revision applications may be submitted only after the parent P01 has been awarded.
NIA has implemented new cost control measures for applications requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs in a single year. These measures are described at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-11-001.html
It is particularly important for applicants considering program project submissions to contact program division staff as early as possible in the development of the project and at least six weeks before the intended submission.
Full instructions to submit program project applications are available in PAR-11-066 and in the PHS 398 form. The following FAQs are intended to help address the transition to the FOA format for submission.
Question: P01 applicants formerly completed five tables (Consolidated Table of Contents; Sample Title Page for Individual Core or Component; Consolidated Direct Costs for First year of Support; Distribution of Personal Effort on this Application; Percentage Use of Each Core by Each Project in the First Year.) Are these tables not required in the new format? How is this information submitted?
Question: How do I now submit appendices?
Answer: PAR-11-066 indicates that one consolidated appendix should be submitted for the program project. Appendix material should be sent to the Chief, SRB, NIA. The PHS 398 application guide provides full instructions for what may and may not be included in an appendix. Please note that the limits on appendices described in the PHS 398 form apply individually to each subproject and core. However, the separate materials should be consolidated into one appendix. NIA strongly recommends that you submit the appendix as a single pdf file using Bookmarks to indicate various sections. Please set the file so that Bookmarks open when the file opens. If the total file is larger than 23 MB then separate it into two files.
Question: Are color images in the application faithfully scanned in the electronic version sent to reviewers?
Answer: NIH converts the paper application you send to a pdf file. The scan is a low resolution black and white scan, so color as well as fine-grained black and white images do not present well. If your application does involve color or fine-grained black and white images we recommend that you include full-scale images as part of the Appendix. Include a figure legend with each image and indicate the page in the paper application where the image is located.