EGRP News Flash - November 3, 2009

8 Weeks Advance Notice Required by Our Division for Submission of Large-Budget Epidemiology Grant Applications

The Epidemiology and Genetics Research Program (EGRP) reminds current and prospective grantees that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) require grant applications with requested budgets of $500,000 or more in direct costs in any one year to contact the appropriate program staff member and receive approval before submitting the proposals to NIH's Center for Scientific Review (CSR). The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts' Notices NOT-CA-02-029External Web Site Policy and NOT-OD-02-004External Web Site Policy state that approval must be sought 6 weeks prior to submitting such applications. However, approval for applications assigned to our Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), of which EGRP is a part, must be sought at least 8 weeks prior to submission to CSR in order to complete the necessary internal processing. EGRP cannot guarantee that requests received fewer than 8 weeks prior to submission will be considered for approval.

Investigators must follow this policy, speak to the appropriate Program Director, and respond to requests for information. If advance notice of the proposed research and budget is not received and approval given by DCCPS, CSR will not accept the application, which will result in a delay in consideration until the next submission deadline. This policy applies to new, competing continuation, competing supplement, and amended/resubmitted applications. However, it does not apply to applications submitted in response to Requests for Applications (RFAs) or other funding opportunities with specified budget limits. Investigators should also be aware that an approval given to submit a large-budget application is limited to the cycle for which the proposal is being submitted.

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