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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act)

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research (RC4)
National Institute on Drug Abuse

This NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), supported by funds provided to the NIH under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law 111-5, solicits applications from domestic (United States) institutions/organizations proposing to support the development, expansion, or reconfiguration of infrastructures needed to facilitate collaboration between academic health centers and community-based organizations for health science research. The NIH has established a new program entitled "Building Sustainable Community-Linked Infrastructure to Enable Health Science Research," hereafter called the "Community Infrastructure" grants program. Such collaboration should transform the way in which health science research is conducted in communities, and accelerate the pace, productivity, dissemination, and implementation of health research; applications that build upon extant collaborative infrastructures supported by other Federal agencies are strongly encouraged.

This initiative is one of several being offered by the NIH to help fulfill the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to help stimulate the economy through support of biomedical and behavioral research. Additional information the Recovery Act and related NIH opportunities is available through the Office of Extramural Research ( )

Additional Information:

The Community Infrastructure grants program will support the development, expansion, or reconfiguration of bi-directional relationships between academic health centers and community entities in the pursuit of improved public health through research. Projects could involve the development of public-private partnerships; connections between academic health centers and their constituent institutions and community entities; facilitate development of practice-based research; create needed information technology to support research, etc. The Academic Health Center (AHC), in order to facilitate this bi-directionality, may need to plan significant training of the community entities in the rationale and skills necessary to achieve equity in these partnerships. To maximize their potential, community infrastructure projects will ideally span scientific disciplines, diseases, and conditions, and will offer the potential for sustained collaboration and future research.

The NIH strongly encourages applicants to propose infrastructures that may build upon or be linked to extant infrastructures supported by other Federal agencies (e.g., Administration on Aging [AoA], Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ], Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], Health Resources and Services Administration [HRSA], Indian Health Service [IHS], Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], US Department of Agriculture [USDA], etc.) and thus heighten their potential for long-term sustainability. Examples of potential community-linked infrastructure projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Collaborations that develop community organizations' infrastructure for developing tools and skills for building research portfolios.
  • Collaborations that establish or expand community-based infrastructure for collaborative clinical and translational research addressing health disparities in medically underserved areas, including health promotion, disease prevention research and dissemination.
  • Collaborations that develop or expand telehealth networks linking academic health centers and health care providers in rural and other medically underserved areas by leveraging existing telehealth and related programs to increase community capacity for clinical and translational research.

Funding Information:

NIH has designated up to $30 million in FY2009-2010 to fund 30 or more grants, contingent upon the submission of a sufficient number of scientifically meritorious applications.

Budget and Project Period. Budget requests should be commensurate with project needs. However, the requested duration may not exceed three years. (Research & Related Budget required for all applications; No modular budgets will be accepted.) The total cost for individual awards is expected to vary, depending on the scope of the project, but is limited to a maximum of $1 million total costs for the full project period.

The purpose of the Recovery Act is to stimulate the American economy through job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment, energy efficiency and science, and other means. Consistent with these goals, domestic (United States) institutions/organizations planning to submit applications that include foreign components should be aware that requested funding for any foreign component may not exceed 10% of the total requested direct costs or $25,000 (aggregate total for a subcontract or multiple subcontracts), whichever is less.

Eligible Institutions: Applications are invited from domestic (United States) institutions/organizations proposing to develop or expand needed infrastructures that will fundamentally transform collaboration and communication between academic health centers and local communities. Foreign organizations/ institutions are not permitted as the applicant organization.

Other Information:

  • NIH intends that academic health centers will be the applicant organizations for this RFA. Please see "Section III. Eligibility Information" of the RFA for more information
  • Applicants must designate a Community Research Associate, who will be a community representative and serve as a primary liaison facilitating communication and collaboration between the academic health center and the community.
  • More than one PD/PI (i.e., multiple PDs/PIs) may be designated on the application.
  • This is a one-time-only solicitation, resubmissions are not permitted.
  • The research plan may not exceed 12 pages, including tables, graphs, figures, diagrams, and charts.

Key Dates:

Letters of Intent Receipt Date(s): November 12, 2009
Application Due Date(s): December 11, 2009
Peer Review Date(s): February/March 2010
Earliest Anticipated Start Date(s): July 2010
Expiration Date: December 12, 2009

Letter of Intent

Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent that includes the following information:

  • Descriptive title of proposed research.
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the PD(s)/PI(s).
  • Names of other key personnel.
  • Participating institutions.
  • Number and title of this funding opportunity.

Although a letter of intent is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate and plan for the potential review workload.

The letter of intent should be sent to:

Contact Information:

Program Contact(s):

Lori J. Ducharme, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator Services Research Branch / DESPR
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Blvd., Rm 5180 MSC 9589
Rockville, MD 20892-9589
Phone: (301) 443-2279
Fax: (301) 443 6815

Grants Management Contact(s):

Pam Fleming
Chief, Grants Management Branch
National Institute on Drug Abuse
6001 Executive Blvd., RM 4000 MSC 9560
Rockville, MD 20892-8403
Phone: (301) 253-8729
FAX: (301) 594-6849

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