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Limited Pilot for NIGMS Legacy Community-Wide Scientific Resources Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

PAR-10-261, Limited Pilot for NIGMS Legacy Community-Wide Scientific Resources (R24)

Key passages in the PAR:

Under Section I. Funding Opportunity Description

Example activities for which support may be requested. The funding requested must be for maintenance operations, not for research and development activities. Maintenance activities may include adding data or materials to a resource already established to contain these items, or improving upon established practice, but should not include new research and development activities.

Budgetary expectations. Although no budget is pre-specified, this program is intended for small- to medium-sized scientific communities directly within the NIGMS mission. Larger-scale resources or joint activities with other agencies will continue to require dedicated initiatives and are beyond the scope of this effort.

Under Section III. Eligibility Information

Number of Applications. Applicants may submit more than one application, provided that each application is a scientifically distinct activity.

Special Requirements. The eligibility is restricted to resources originally funded as part of NIGMS research mechanisms used for initiatives that are expiring and/or the awards are no longer renewable under those initiatives (e.g., 10 year P01 in the Genetics and Developmental Biology Division of NIGMS, P50 for selected NIGMS initiatives, U54 for selected NIGMS initiatives, R24/U24 for selected NIGMS initiatives, and RC1/RC2 awards assigned to NIGMS).


Q. Should a single application cover all resources in a program, or should different applications be submitted for the resources?

A. Because an applicant can submit multiple applications that are scientifically distinct, different resources should have different applications (for example, maintenance of a database of study results would be distinct from a repository for tools like clones or antibodies).

Q. NIGMS co-funds many resources, and investigators and their program officers in other institutes want to know - can they apply?

A. This initiative is intended for NIGMS-funded efforts as determined by existing primary grant assignments, not co-funding.

Q. Can an investigator who has developed databases with part of his/her R01 funds apply?

A. Resources developed on R01 grants are not eligible for this pilot program.

Q. Are there other options to apply for support or resources?

A. Some other options include: programs from other institutes for R24s, selected NCRR programs, administrative supplements to grants, or other specialized initiatives aimed at resources. It is not possible to provide a complete inventory here – talk to your program director, who can discuss further and may be able to refer you at NIH.

Q. Will applicants get feedback from the Letters of Intent?

A. NIGMS plans to examine the Letters of Intent, and where possible will provide feedback to applicants if they are not eligible.

Q. There is no mention of funds set aside. What is a reasonable size request?

A. An applicant should consider what has been invested in the resource to date. This funding opportunity is for maintenance, not for expansion of a resource. Moreover, this is intended for smaller- to medium-sized resources.

Q. How would an application for maintenance funding be viewed if other funding is used for resource development?

A. When funding decisions are made, the need for funds will also be considered, and this may be questioned if other funding is available. A priority of the program is to help resources that have no other options for support, and this is reflected in the stated funding criteria.

Q. What if funding came from a trans-NIH initiative to which NIGMS may have contributed (for example, the NIH Blueprint), as did many other institutes?

A. This sounds Roadmap-like and is therefore not eligible. The NIGMS pilot program is focused on resources central to the NIGMS mission and not trans-NIH endeavors at this time.

This page last reviewed on August 19, 2011