Alcohol Research Center Grants

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

Purpose of this program:

To provide long-term support for a concerted and multi-disciplinary research effort into the problems of alcohol use and alcoholism by coordinating the activities of investigators from biomedical, behavioral, and social science disciplines around a basic research theme. An alcohol research center is expected to realize its greater potential for contributing to the basic store of knowledge about alcohol and alcoholism and to become a significant regional and national resource.

Possible uses and use restrictions...

Alcohol research center grant funds may be used for support of core resources including, for example, salaries of center personnel, services and facilities shared by center personnel, and program enrichment activities such as symposia. Support for individual components may include staff salaries, supplies, publication, travel and equipment. Funds may not be used for training, although the applicant is required to demonstrate an institutional training capacity related to alcohol. Funds may not be used for purchase of any land or the purchase, construction, preservation or repair of any building, and grantees must have sufficient laboratory facilities and reference services to carry out the grant. Support will be provided for up to 5 years (renewable for subsequent periods) to qualifying centers selected for funding. No annual grant may exceed $2,000,000 in total costs. The actual amount of support awarded will depend upon the appropriateness of the proposed center budget to the approved Center program, as well as the availability of funds.

Who is eligible to apply...

State and local governments, any domestic (nonfederal) public or private nonprofit and for-profit institution may apply for a center grant. However, the proposed center must be affiliated with an institution, such as a university, medical center, or research center, that has the resources to sustain a long-term coordinated research program around a central theme related to problems of alcohol use and alcoholism. An applicant institution must demonstrate the ability to attract high quality scientists, from biomedical, behavioral, and social science disciplines, who are willing to make a long-term commitment to alcohol research. In addition, the applicant must assure that alcoholism related research and clinical training opportunities will be available.

Eligible Applicant Categories:
Eligible Functional Categories:
Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. For other grantees, costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45 CFR, Part 74, Subpart C, Section 74.27.

Note:This is a brief description of the credentials or documentation required prior to, or along with, an application for assistance.

About this section:

This section indicates who can apply to the Federal government for assistance and the criteria the potential applicant must satisfy. For example, individuals may be eligible for research grants, and the criteria to be satisfied may be that they have a professional or scientific degree, 3 years of research experience, and be a citizen of the United States. Universities, medical schools, hospitals, or State and local governments may also be eligible. Where State governments are eligible, the type of State agency will be indicated (State welfare agency or State agency on aging) and the criteria that they must satisfy.

Certain federal programs (e.g., the Pell Grant program which provides grants to students) involve intermediate levels of application processing, i.e., applications are transmitted through colleges or universities that are neither the direct applicant nor the ultimate beneficiary. For these programs, the criteria that the intermediaries must satisfy are also indicated, along with intermediaries who are not eligible.

How to apply...

Application Procedure:

The standard application forms, as furnished by PHS must be used by grant applicants. An application kit is available on request from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). This program is subject to 45 CFR, Part 92 for State and local governments and Circular No. A-110 for nonprofit organizations.

Note: Each program will indicate whether applications are to be submitted to the Federal headquarters, regional or local office, or to a State or local government office.

Award Procedure:

Grants in support of approved applications are awarded directly to the applicant institution by the NIAAA.

Note: Grant payments may be made by a letter of credit, advance by Treasury check, or reimbursement by Treasury check. Awards may be made by the headquarters office directly to the applicant, an agency field office, a regional office, or by an authorized county office. The assistance may pass through the initial applicant for further distribution by intermediate level applicants to groups or individuals in the private sector.

Deadlines and process...

Deadlines

Deadlines will be announced in specific Requests for Applications (RFA) to be published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Contact Headquarters Office listed below for deadline dates.

Note: When available, this section indicates the deadlines for applications to the funding agency which will be stated in terms of the date(s) or between what dates the application should be received. When not available, applicants should contact the funding agency for deadline information.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The time from receipt of application to final action is approximately 9 months.

Preapplication Coordination

Not applicable. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Note: This section indicates whether any prior coordination or approval is required with governmental or nongovernmental units prior to the submission of a formal application to the federal funding agency.

Appeals

A principal investigator (P.I.) may appeal the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application to the staff of the Institute. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page www.nih.gov/grants/guide/1997/97.11.21/n2.html.

Note: In some cases, there are no provisions for appeal. Where applicable, this section discusses appeal procedures or allowable rework time for resubmission of applications to be processed by the funding agency. Appeal procedures vary with individual programs and are either listed in this section or applicants are referred to appeal procedures documented in the relevant Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).

Renewals

Support is recommended for a specified project period of up to 5 years. Prior to termination of a project period, the grantee may apply for renewal of support for a new project period. An application for renewal is processed as a competing request.

Note: In some instances, renewal procedures may be the same as for the application procedure, e.g., for projects of a non-continuing nature renewals will be treated as new, competing applications; for projects of an ongoing nature, renewals may be given annually.

Who can benefit...

Public and private nonprofit and for-profit organizations.

Beneficiaries
About this section:

This section lists the ultimate beneficiaries of a program, the criteria they must satisfy and who specifically is not eligible. The applicant and beneficiary will generally be the same for programs that provide assistance directly from a Federal agency. However, financial assistance that passes through State or local governments will have different applicants and beneficiaries since the assistance is transmitted to private sector beneficiaries who are not obligated to request or apply for the assistance.

What types of assistance...

Project Grants

The funding, for fixed or known periods, of specific projects. Project grants can include fellowships, scholarships, research grants, training grants, traineeships, experimental and demonstration grants, evaluation grants, planning grants, technical assistance grants, survey grants, and construction grants.

How much financial aid...

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,237,000 to $1,986,000; $1,635,000.

Note: This section lists the representative range (smallest to largest) of the amount of financial assistance available. These figures are based upon funds awarded in the past fiscal year and the current fiscal year to date. Also indicated is an approximate average amount of awards which were made in the past and current fiscal years.

Obligations

(Grants) FY 03 $26,171,000; FY 04 est $29,625,000; and FY 05 est $31,253,000.

Note: The dollar amounts listed in this section represent obligations for the past fiscal year (PY), estimates for the current fiscal year (CY), and estimates for the budget fiscal year (BY) as reported by the Federal agencies. Obligations for non-financial assistance programs indicate the administrative expenses involved in the operation of a program.

Account Identification

75-0894-0-1-552.

Note: Note: This 11-digit budget account identification code represents the account which funds a particular program. This code should be consistent with the code given for the program area as specified in Appendix III of the Budget of the United States Government.

Examples of funded projects...

Genetic approaches to neuropharmacology of ethanol, effects of alcohol on the central nervous system, the etiology and treatment of alcoholism, metabolism of alcohol and pathological effects, epidemiology of alcohol problems, environmental approaches to prevention, and neurobehavioral effects of fetal alcohol exposure.

About this section

This section indicates the different types of projects which have been funded in the past. Only projects funded under Project Grants or Direct Payments for Specified Use should be listed here. The examples give potential applicants an idea of the types of projects that may be accepted for funding. The agency should list at least five examples of the most recently funded projects.

Program accomplishments...

During fiscal year 2003, 15 alcohol research center grants were awarded. In fiscal years 2004 and 2005, the estimate is for 15 grants to be awarded.

Criteria for selecting proposals...

Scientific/technical merit, the feasibility of the research, alcoholism implications and relevance to NIAAA priorities and public health issues are all considerations in determining what projects will be funded.

Assistance considerations...

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The normal project period for an alcohol research center grant is 5 years. Grantees may apply for renewal of support on a competing basis. Within the project period, continuation applications must be submitted on a non-competing basis for each year of approved support. Payments will be made either on a Monthly Cash Request System or under an Electronic Transfer System. Necessary instructions for the appropriate type of payment will be issued shortly after an award is made.

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching requirements.

Note:
A formula may be based on population, per capita income, and other statistical factors. Applicants are informed whether there are any matching requirements to be met when participating in the cost of a project. In general, the matching share represents that portion of the project costs not borne by the Federal government. Attachment F of OMB Circular No. A-102 (Office of Management and Budget) sets forth the criteria and procedures for the evaluation of matching share requirements which may be cash or in-kind contributions made by State and local governments or other agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals to satisfy matching requirements of Federal grants or loans.

Cash contributions represent the grantees' cash outlay, including the outlay of money contributed to the grantee by other public agencies, institutions, private organizations, or individuals. When authorized by Federal regulation, Federal funds received from other grants may be considered as the grantees' cash contribution.

In-kind contributions represent the value of noncash contributions provided by the grantee, other public agencies and institutions, private organizations or individuals. In-kind contributions may consist of charges for real property and equipment, and value of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the grant program. When authorized by Federal legislation, property purchased with Federal funds may be considered as grantees' in-kind contribution.

Maintenance of effort (MOE) is a requirement contained in certain legislation, regulations, or administrative policies stating that a grantee must maintain a specified level of financial effort in a specific area in order to receive Federal grant funds, and that the Federal grant funds may be used only to supplement, not supplant, the level of grantee funds.

Post assistance requirements...

Reports

Centers will be required to submit detailed annual progress reports (including substantive information about research results to date, status of ongoing research, research plans for the next year and any modifications in long-term research plans). Also, inventions reporting, financial status reports, final progress reports, and other reports are required to be filed in accordance with PHS policy.

Note: This section indicates whether program reports, expenditure reports, cash reports or performance monitoring are required by the Federal funding agency, and specifies at what time intervals (monthly, annually, etc.) this must be accomplished.

Audits

Audits are to be carried out in accordance with the provisions set forth in 45 CFR Part 74, Subpart C, Section 74.26 and in OMB Circular No. A-133, as appropriate. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133, (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal Awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for the year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Note: This section discusses audits required by the Federal agency. The procedures and requirements for State and local governments and nonprofit entities are set forth in OMB Circular No. A-133. These requirements pertain to awards made within the respective State's fiscal year - not the Federal fiscal year, as some State and local governments may use the calendar year or other variation of time span designated as the fiscal year period, rather than that commonly known as the Federal fiscal year (from October 1st through September 30th).

Records

Records must be retained at least 3 years; records shall be retained beyond the 3-year period if audit findings have not been received.

Note: This section indicates the record retention requirements and the type of records the Federal agency may require. Not included are the normally imposed requirements of the General Accounting Office. For programs falling under the purview of OMB Circular No. A-102, record retention is set forth in Attachment C. For other programs, record retention is governed by the funding agency's requirements.

Regulations...

Authorization

Public Health Service Act, as amended, Sections 301 and 464J; 42 U.S.C. 241 and 42 U.S.C. 285n-2.

Note: This section lists the legal authority upon which a program is based (acts, amendments to acts, Public Law numbers, titles, sections, Statute Codes, citations to the U.S. Code, Executive Orders, Presidential Reorganization Plans, and Memoranda from an agency head).

Regulations, Guidelines, And Literature

42 CFR, Part 54a, Subpart E. Guidelines are included in application kits. PHS Grants Policy Statement, DHHS Publication No. (OASH) 94-50,000, (Rev.) April 1, 1994. Specific RFAs are published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

Contact information...

Web Sites
Regional Or Local Office

The Headquarters Office (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) is responsible for the administration of this program.

Note: This section lists the agency contact person, address and telephone number of the Federal Regional or Local Office(s) to be contacted for detailed information regarding a program such as: (1) current availability of funds and the likelihood of receiving assistance within a given period; (2) pre-application and application forms required; (3) whether a pre-application conference is recommended; (4) assistance available in preparation of applications; (5) whether funding decisions are made at the headquarters, regional or local level; (6) application renewal procedures (including continuations and supplementals) or appeal procedures for rejected applications; and (7) recently published program guidelines and material. However, for most federal programs, this section will instruct the reader to consult the so-called Appendix IV of the Catalog due to the large volume of Regional and Local Office Contacts for most agencies. This information is provided in Additional Contact Information (see below).

Headquarters Office

Program Contacts: Dr. Sally Anderson, Division of Neuroscience and Behavior: Telephone: (301) 402-9406. Dr. Ralph Hingson, Director, Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research: (301) 443-6371. Dr. Robert Huebner, Acting Director, Division of Treatment and Recovery Research: (301) 443-4344. Dr. Samir Zakhari, Division of Metabolism and Health Effects: (301) 443-0799. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, 5635 Fishers Lane, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304. Grants Management Contact: Ms. Judy Fox, Grants Management Officer, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, Department of Health and Human Services, 5635 Fishers Lane, Room 3023, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9304. Telephone: (301) 443-4704. Use the same numbers for FTS.

Note: This section lists names and addresses of the office at the headquarters level with direct operational responsibility for managing a program. A telephone number is provided in cases where a Regional or Local Office is not normally able to answer detailed inquiries concerning a program. Also listed are the name(s) and telephone number(s) of the information contact person(s) who can provide additional program information to applicants.

Additional Contact Information (Appendix IV)

Due to the large volume of regional and local office contacts for most agencies, full contact information is also provided separately here in a PDF format: