FAQs

Scholar & Pilot RFAs:

Q: Are stipends allowed in Scholar and Pilot Program budgets for graduate students and post-doctorate fellows?
A: Although stipends for graduate students and post-doctoral trainees are NOT allowed, wages and salary support for students ARE allowed.

Q: Can a non-citizen/non-permanent resident lead a Pilot or Scholar project?
A: A non-citizen/non-permanent resident is eligible to lead a Pilot or Scholar project if s/he is faculty, has a project relevant to the CTR and his/her own institution allows him/her to apply for NIH grants.

Q: Can projects involve collaborators from non-IDeA-CTR sites?
A: There are no restrictions per se in where collaborators are from. For the Scholar and Pilot Programs, the only IDeA-CTR restrictions would apply to the Scholar and the primary mentor. Collaborators and co-mentors from different sites are encouraged.

Q: Is an individual eligible to apply for the Scholar or Pilot Program if s/he was the recipient of a COBRE grant?
A: Individuals are eligible to apply if they will not be funded by a COBRE during grant award period.

Q: Fringe benefit rates - the RFA allows a fringe benefit rate of 23% for UNMC faculty but other institutions have different (higher) rates. Can we utilize the fringe benefit rate of our institutions?
A: It is fine to utilize a fringe benefit rate that varies from the 23% rate. The individual should follow his/her institution's policy.

Q: Will institutions of Pilot and Scholar awardees receive indirect payments?
A: All moneys coming from the NIH for the Scholar and Pilot Program will have indirect costs payable the participating institution. Salaries will pay the locally accepted fringe benefit rate at the participating institution.

Q: Can a PI submit more than one Pilot grant?
A: A PI can only submit one Pilot grant application. However, the individual can also be a collaborator on someone else's research. In addition, an individual can submit an application for both the Pilot and Scholar Programs.

Q: The Pilot RFA states that equipment purchase is not allowed (This disallowance of equipment purchase does NOT apply to the Scholar Program). Are items such as, wristband monitors that monitor physiological stress, sleep and physical activity considered equipment?
A: The definition for equipment, as stated in 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92, is an article of tangible nonexpendable personal property having a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit. (45 CFR Part 74.2 and 74.34 and NIHGPS)(Frequently Asked Questions Equipment Under NIH Grants, retrieved 12/20/2016 from NIH)

Q: The NIH face page form requires institutional signature when it is used for official NIH submissions. Is the institutional signature a requirement for the Pilot Program submissions?
A: This signature is not required at the time of application submission. Individuals who are awarded funding will be asked to complete this step after the applicant selection process.

Q: The Scholar Program application requests that I provide a CV. Can I simply provide an NIH biosketch instead?
A: No, a CV is required.

Q: I’m applying for the IDeA-CTR Scholar Program. I read that the funds cannot be used for graduate student or postdoctoral stipends. Can I use the budget to compensate my mentor and for consultant’s that offer knowledge outside of the topics offered by the core?
A: Mentor(s) can have cumulative support of up to 1.0 person-month. Thus, if two mentors are listed, their total/sum FTE supported by the grant cannot exceed 1 person-month.  As for other consultants/co-investigators, there are no restrictions beyond the typical NIH and local guidelines, however, the intent of the Scholar Program is to support the Scholar. Please keep this in consideration while preparing your application. A budget that disproportionately supports senior personnel/faculty may be critiqued on those grounds.

Q: What qualifies as Clinical and Translational Research?
A: "Classifying publications from the clinical and translational science award program along the translational research spectrum: a machine learning approach (2016)" for guidance in defining clinical and translational research.

Q: If an investigator is granted an IDeA-CTR scholar award is that investigator ineligible for a K-award?
A: A CTR scholar awardee is not precluded from receiving a K-award. That said, if a CTR scholar receives a K-award, the CTR may want to consider supporting another junior investigator for a scholar award in lieu of the K-awardee.

NIH defines Clinical and Translational research as per below:

Clinical Research

Research with human subjects that is:

  1. Patient-oriented research. Research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens, and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator (or colleague) directly interacts with human subjects. Excluded from this definition are in vitro studies that utilize human tissues that cannot be linked to a living individual. It includes: (a) mechanisms of human disease, (b), therapeutic interventions, (c) clinical trials, or (d) development of new technologies.
  2. Epidemiological and behavioral studies.
  3. Outcomes research and health services research

Studies falling under 45 CFR 46.101(b) (4) (Exemption 4) are not considered clinical research by this definition.;

(NIH. Glossary and acronym list. 2013b. [February 13. 2013]. NIH.)

Translational Research

Translational research includes two areas of translation. One is the process of applying discoveries generated during research in the laboratory, and in preclinical studies, to the development of trials and studies in humans. The second area of translation concerns research aimed at enhancing the adoption of best practices in the community. Cost-effectiveness of prevention and treatment strategies is also an important part of translational science.

(NIH. Glossary and acronym list. 2013b. [February 13. 2013]. NIH.)

Schematic diagram to demonstrate types of translational research:

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