National Institutes of Health (NIH) staff plays different roles at each step of the way.
Prior to submission, you may contact a Program Official (PO)
the United State's medical research agency, a federal government agency composed of diverse Institutes and Centers
that conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research. NIH Homepage
Program Official (PO) for questions about a particular research topic, suitability of your research idea for NHLBI, study design, collaborations with other institutions or meeting human subjects
staff member who oversees a scientific program and the progress of grants and contracts in a portfolio. This title is most frequently used to refer to the scientific or technical representative for grants, but the generic "program official" term also may refer to a Project Officer
the NIH staff member designated as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) to coordinate the substantive aspects of an acquisition from its development through to contract award and administration. Also known as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative ( COTR ).
if the funding mechanism is a contract. Also known as Health Scientist Administrators or Program Director.
Human Subject requirements. For questions about the submission or review process, you may contact a Scientific Review Administrator ( SRA
Legally defined term for living persons about whom an investigator obtains specimens or data through direct interaction
any communication or other interpersonal contact between an investigator and a human subject. For more information, go to definitions in 45 CFR 46.102
and full 45 CFR 46
or intervention or through identifiable, private information. Regulations include but are not limited to human organs, tissues, body fluids, and recorded information. Term is defined differently by FDA.
Scientific Review Administrator (SRA) ), either in our Scientific Review Branch or in NIH's Center for Scientific Review ( CSR
presides over a scientific review group, and coordinates and reports the initial peer review of each grant application assigned to it. They are intermediaries between applicants and reviewers, and prepare summary statements for all applications reviewed.
Center for Scientific Review (CSR) ), depending on where the application will be reviewed. NHLBI
the portal for NIH grant
financial assistance mechanism providing money, property, or both to an eligible entity to carry out an approved project or activity. A grant is used whenever the NIH Institute or Center anticipates no substantial programmatic involvement with the recipient during performance of the financially assisted activities.
applications and their review for scientific merit. It organizes the peer review groups that evaluate the majority (70%) of the research grant applications sent to NIH. CSR Homepage
National Heart, Lung, Blood Institute (NHLBI) Grants Management Specialists ( GMS
a NIH Institute that provides leadership for a national program in diseases of the heart, lung, and blood as well as blood resources, sleep disorders and the Woman's Health Initiative. NHLBI Homepage
Grants Management Specialists (GMS) ) can help you with questions related to business-type or budgetary questions. The Program Official (PO) will be able to direct you to the appropriate review and budget staff.
staff members who are the focal point for all business and policy activities associated with the negotiation, award and administration of a grant or cooperative agreement, and who interpret and apply grants policies.
After peer review, your Program Official (PO) serves as your main contact for all issues related to the review, the summary statement and human subjects. He or she confirms the involvement of human subjects and looks at potential risks and proposed protection measures. He or she will advise you what documentation is needed before NHLBI can fund the grant.
If you would like to contact a Program Official (PO) see, NHLBI Program, Review and Budget Staff Contacts.
Review Branch in the Division of Extramural Research Activities contact
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