The National Institutes of Health has implemented the
Modular Grant Application and Award Process. This is a significant change in
the way proposal budgets and other sections of the application are submitted.
The new procedure redefines the research project grant as an assistance
mechanism and simplifies administration. Refer to the following websites for
details and check the Announcement section of the OSP web site for possible
Implementation is as follows:
||Applies to all unsolicited new, revised, competing renewal, and
competing supplement research project grant mechanisms: R01, R03, R15,
R21, R41, and R43s, requesting up to a maximum of $250,000 per year in
direct costs. Direct costs must be requested in $25,000 modules not
exceeding $250,000 per year. There is no escalation for future year costs.
Applications requesting over $250,000 per year must follow the current
procedures in the PHS 398.
||A typical application will contain the same number of modules for each
year. Separate detailed budgets are eliminated and replaced with a
narrative format. (Example provided: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398_ver0406/modbudgetsample_same.pdf)
The budget narrative must be completed for ALL personnel, including
consultants and “to be appointed positions.” Subcontractor(s) must be
addressed in the budget narrative, indicating whether foreign or domestic,
and a letter of commitment or intent included with the application. If a
variation in the number of modules is requested, additional justification
will be required in the budget narrative.
(Example provided: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398_ver0406/modbudgetsample_variation.pdf)
||Biographical sketches for key personnel, including consultants, must
include a description of research projects on-going or completed during
the last three years. The page limitation is increased to three pages to
accommodate this. “Other Support” pages are not to be included in the
application. These will be requested only if the application is selected
for award and requested during the “just-in time” award process.
||Include the Checklist page as instructed in the PHS 398, except at the
bottom of the Checklist page, provide the Modified Total Direct Cost (MTDC)
base, Facilities and Administrative (F&A) rate applied and subsequent
F&A cost for EACH year separately. For Cornell internal purposes
only provide a copy of a spreadsheet or F&A detail sheet.
||Your Modular Grant Application will be considered
Please refer to: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-00-046.html
||Modular Grant frequently asked questions:
Forward completed proposals (accompanied by an Academic Approval Form 10) to the Office of Sponsored Programs or authorized College Research Office. If subcontracts were proposed, a letter of commitment from each subcontractor, signed by an institutional representative, must accompany the proposal (for internal use only).
Contact your Grant and Contract Officer with any questions, or refer to the NIH web page on Modular Grants.