The Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAIC) program was established in honor of the late Representative to establish centers of excellence in geriatrics research and research career development to increase scientific knowledge leading to better ways to maintain or restore independence in older persons. A listing of the currently active OAICs, their achievements, and other pertinent information can be found on the National Pepper Center Website .
RFA-AG-16-011: Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (P30)  (Receipt Date: October 21, 2015)
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The RFA indicates that biosketches should be included for each senior/key person of a Core or component including the co-Leader(s) and other Core staff. REC program faculty are not considered senior/key persons, so their biosketches should not be included. Instead, their qualifications should be described in the Program Faculty part of the Research Strategy section.
The main difference is that the Research Career Development Component (RCDC) is now the Research Education Component (REC), which uses a linked R25 Institutional Research Education Program mechanism, or RL5. This change was made to increase flexibility in the level of participants’ professional effort; however, the overarching purpose and scope remain the same.
There is no minimum salary or professional effort requirement for REC participants. In addition, REC participants may receive salary support from other federal sources consistent with the institution's salary scale as long as those sources do not specifically prohibit such salary supplementation. Individuals supported by NIH training and career development mechanisms (K, T, or F awards) may receive, and indeed are encouraged to receive, educational experiences supported by the REC as participants, but may not receive salary or stipend supplementation from the REC.
The REC Research Strategy includes a Program Plan that is limited to 12 pages. Subsections within the Program Plan are
Other sections outside the Program Plan include Other Attachments (described below), Protection of Human Subjects, Letters of Support, Resource Sharing Plans, and Appendix (if necessary). These sections may not contain information that should be included in the Program Plan.
Participants in a Research Education Program such as the RL5 are not considered senior/key personnel. Up to five REC participants proposed for support during the first year of the award may be described as indicated in the RFA. Biosketches for REC participants should not be included; rather, all information pertaining to REC participants should be contained within the Program Plan of the REC section.
As noted in the RFA, this should be provided as an Other Attachment to this component. This attachment should be no longer than one page.
As noted in the RFA, progress report information should be included in the “Proposed Research Education Program” subsection. New applicants may use this section to describe current research education opportunities or other preparatory activities for an REC. Do not upload a separate progress report.
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Targeted/Planned Enrollment Tables can be included in the Protection of Human Subjects section.
Yes, biographical sketches may be provided for pilot/exploratory study awardees identified in the application. These individuals should be considered as senior/key personnel.
No. According to NOT-OD-11-080  and its related Notices, information should not be included in appendices or sections lacking page limits as a way of circumventing page limits of other sections of the application. NIH may withdraw applications in egregious cases.
As indicated in NOT-OD-00-004 , internet addresses or URLs should not be included in the application to convey information necessary for review.
Applicants are encouraged to keep descriptions of first-year proposed PESs brief and limited to only the most consequential information. Applicants are encouraged to make maximum use of space within the PESC section, as well as other areas of the application, to convey relevant information about proposed PESs, provided that the information is appropriate for inclusion in such areas. Applications that do not adhere to the page and content limits of individual sections may be returned.
There is no budget limit for Resource Cores themselves. Applicants may request as much as is available for Resource Cores after budgeting for all other OAIC components. However, there are budget limits on Developmental Projects, which must range between $35,000 and $70,000 in first-year direct costs.
No. Subjects should be reported in the Inclusion Enrollment Report only if there is new contact with the subjects.
No. Only human subjects enrolled as part of an OAIC-supported project should be reported.
No. Competitive renewal applications must fit their progress reports within the Research Strategy page limits for each component. Applications that include progress report information in other sections may be sent back.
No. An applicant institution may submit only one OAIC application.
Yes. One of the expected functions of a Coordinating Center is to organize and conduct an OAIC trainee conference in conjunction with the annual investigators meeting. Travel support for OAIC trainees to attend this conference is an acceptable Coordinating Center expense; however, travel support for OAIC Directors and other members of their leadership team to attend the annual OAIC investigators meeting is the responsibility of each OAIC Leadership and Administrative Core (LAC).