Stimulus Bill Opportunities

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Subject: Recovery Act Limited Competition for NIH Grants: Research and Research Infrastructure "Grand Opportunities" (RC2)

Title: Recovery Act Limited Competition for NIH Grants: Research and Research Infrastructure “Grand Opportunities” (RC2)

Application Deadline: May 27, 2009 

·  Purpose. This NIH FOA supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 solicits through this limited competition applications from institutions/organizations proposing to develop and implement critical research innovations to advance the research enterprise, stimulate future growth and investments, and advance public health and health care delivery. The purpose of the “GO” grants program is to support high impact ideas that lend themselves to short-term funding, and may lay the foundation for new fields of investigation. The “GO” grants program will support large-scale research projects that accelerate critical breakthroughs, early and applied research on cutting-edge technologies, and new approaches to improve the synergy and interactions among multi and interdisciplinary research teams. The initiative seeks novel approaches in areas that address specific knowledge gaps, scientific opportunities, new technologies, data generation, or research methods that would benefit from an influx of funds to quickly advance the area in significant ways.Applicants may propose to address either a specific research question or propose the creation of a unique infrastructure/resource designed to accelerate scientific progress in the future. This program is a trans-NIH effort supported by Recovery Act funds. For those projects that span the missions of Institutes, Centers and Offices (ICs), support may come from Recovery Act funds allocated to the Common Fund.

Mechanism of Support. This FOA will utilize the NIH RC2 award mechanism.

Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications, approximately $200 million of ARRA funds will be obligated by September 30, 2010 to support requests submitted in response to this notice or any reissuance of this notice. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, the size of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the numbers, quality, and costs of the applications selected for award. Additional information regarding funds available and anticipated number of awards may be found at the participating IC websites. See

Budget and Project Period. Only applications with budgets greater than $500,000 total costs per year for a project period of two years are expected to be considered. The total annual cost for individual awards is expected to vary, depending on the scope of the project and the number of participating institutions.

Please note:

Exclusions from Support. Clinical trials and large clinical studies involving large sample sizes and significant efforts to recruit human subjects are unlikely to be completed in a two year period and therefore are not considered responsive to this FOA.

Josie Rook
Office of the Vice Provost for Research
University of Pennsylvania

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