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Trans-NIH Research Support

Common Fund Research Support
Number: 93.310
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.310 Trans-NIH Research Support
Federal Agency (030):
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Section 402A, Public Law 109-482, 42 U.S.C 282A.
Objectives (050):
To provide support for new initiatives designed to address major opportunities and gaps in biomedical research that no single NIH institute could address alone, but which the agency as a whole can pursue to stimulate the progress of biomedical research and to catalyze changes that will serve to transform new scientific knowledge into tangible benefits for public health. Information on recent and current initiatives is available at
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
To support research and other projects that will accelerate fundamental biomedical discovery and translation of that knowledge into effective prevention strategies and new treatments.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Awards can be made to domestic, public or private, for-profit or nonprofit organization, university, college, hospital, laboratory, or other institution, including State and local units of government, and individuals. Some initiatives will accept applications from foreign organizations. Additional details on eligibility are specified in the Common Fund Grants and Funding Opportunities funding announcement, listed at
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Institutions as described above.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applications must be submitted in compliance with instructions provided with each initiative. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Prepare and submit applications according to instructions provided in the applicable Common Fund Grants and Funding Opportunities announcement, located at . This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 74 including applicable federal cost principles as referenced, the NIH Grants Policy Statement (rev. 11/2003), and the provisions in the funding announcement. NIH is transitioning to an electronic application by grant mechanism. Details, including the appropriate application form, can be found at
Award Procedure (093):
Applications are reviewed for scientific and technical merit by a scientific review group and for program relevance by a national advisory council/board.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
The length of the review cycle is four to nine months.
Appeals (096):
A principal investigator may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with the NIH Scientific/Research contact, as provided on an initiative. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH Web site at .
Renewals (097):
Renewal (competing continuation, type 2) applications to Common Fund programs are not accepted unless specifically accepted by NIH staff.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Almost all awards are made for at least one year, with additional support (up to four more years) depending on the recommendation of the scientific review group, the national advisory council, successful annual performance, and availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: drawn from established accounts.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Annual progress reports and selected financial reports are required for continuing projects. Final progress reports, invention statements, and expenditure reports are required at the end of the projects. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual progress reports and selected financial reports are required for continuing projects. Final progress reports, invention statements, and expenditure reports are required at the end of the projects. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Grantees generally must retain financial and programmatic records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records that are required by the terms of a grant, or may reasonably be considered pertinent to a grant, for a period of 3 years from the date the annual FSR is submitted. For awards under SNAP (other than those to foreign organizations and Federal institutions), the 3-year retention period will be calculated from the date the FSR for the entire competitive segment is submitted. Those grantees must retain the records pertinent to the entire competitive segment for 3 years from the date the FSR is submitted to NIH. Foreign organizations and Federal institutions must retain records for 3 years from the date of submission of the annual FSR to NIH. See 45 CFR 74.53 and 92.42 for exceptions and qualifications to the 3-year retention requirement (e.g., if any litigation, claim, financial management review, or audit is started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until all litigation, claims, or audit findings involving the records have been resolved and final action taken). Those sections also specify the retention period for other types of grant-related records, including F&A cost proposals and property records. See 45 CFR 74.48 and 92.36 for record retention and access requirements for contracts under grants. In accordance with 45 Code of Federal Regulations, Part 74.53(e), the HHS Inspector General, the U.S. Comptroller General, or any of their duly authorized representatives have the right of timely and unrestricted access to any books, documents, papers, or other records of recipients that are pertinent to awards in order to make audits, examinations, excerpts, transcripts, and copies of such documents. This right also includes timely and reasonable access to a recipientís personnel for the purpose of interview and discussion related to such documents. The rights of access are not limited to the required retention period, but shall last as long as records are retained.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $424,350,000; FY 14 est $452,616,000; and FY 15 est $535,151,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
$10,000 to $15,462,500 with the average being $737,000.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Not Applicable.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Director of the Office of Strategic Coordination, phone 301-402-7617.
Headquarters Office (152):
Elizabeth Wilder Building One, Room 201, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 Email: Phone: (301) 402-7617 Fax: (301) 435-7268.
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Funding decisions are based on scientific merit (42 CFR 52h) and program relevance. Scientific merit review encompasses: the peer review criteria detailed in the specific funding announcement, as well as the significance, approach, and innovation of the proposed research; the competency of the principal investigator; the adequacy of the resources and environment; the proposed budget and requested period of support; and, where applicable, the adequacy of the measures for protecting against adverse effects upon humans, animals, or the environment.