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Extramural Research Programs in the Neurosciences and Neurological Disorders

Published on AidPage by IDILOGIC on Jun 24, 2005

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Research grants may be used to provide salaries, equipment, supplies, travel and other expenses for research. The grantee institution is obliged to expend grant funds prudently for the purposes stated in the application and award document. National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) are made directly to individuals for research training in specified biomedical shortage areas, or to institutions, to enable them to make NRSAs to individuals selected by them. Each individual who receives a NRSA is obligated upon termination of the award to comply with service and payback provisions. Career Development Awards such as the Independent Scientist Awards provide support for newly independent scientists with health related degrees who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means of enhancing their research careers. Mentored Clinical Research Scientist Development Awards provide support for clinically trained health professionals who need an additional period of sponsored research experience as a way to gain expertise in a research area new to the candidate or in an area that would demonstrably enhance the candidate's scientific career. The Mentored Research Scientist Development Award are of three types: Re-Entry into the Neurological Sciences (RENS) which are made to women and men who have been out of neuroscience research for at least 3 years to give them an opportunity to re-establish their skills as independent neuroscientists, the Career Development Award for Minority Scholars in Neuroscience which contribute to the further career development of Minority faculty members at eligible colleges and universities, and Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards in Translational Research to support new investigators to build a program of translational research in neurological disorders. The Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award provide support for a period of supervised study and research for clinically trained professionals who have the potential to develop into productive clinical investigators. The Mid-career Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research provide support for clinicians to allow them protected time to devote to patient-oriented research and to act as mentors for beginning clinical investigators. The Collaborative Neurological Sciences Award is to develop and promote competitive neurological science research programs at predominantly minority institutions through collaborations with grantees from research intensive institutions who have NIH grant support to conduct neurological science research. SBIR Phase I grants (of approximately 6-months' duration) are to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research effort that may lead to a commercial product or process. Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research efforts initiated in Phase I that are likely to result in commercial products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are eligible to receive Phase II support. STTR Phase I grants (normally of 1-year duration) are to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of proposed cooperative effort that has potential for commercial application. Phase II funding is based on results of research initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial potential of Phase II application. Grant funds may be expended only for the purpose stated in the application and award document. The NINDS participates in the NIH SBIR/STTR "fast track" initiative.