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NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Institute of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

LOI Date:

05/20/22

Deadline Date:

06/20/22 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to USA early-career researchers affiliated with nonprofits, for-profits, IHEs, government agencies, Tribal governments, and school districts to support research related to mental illness. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take six weeks or more.

The NIMH Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) award is intended to support the research and research career advancement of outstanding, exceptionally productive scientists who are in the early, formative stages of their careers and who plan to make a long-term career commitment to research in specific mission areas of the NIMH. This award seeks to assist these individuals in launching an innovative clinical, translational, basic, or services research program that holds the potential to profoundly transform the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of mental disorders. The NIMH BRAINS program will focus on the research priorities and gap areas identified in the NIMH Strategic Plan.

Research Objectives

The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for recovery, prevention, and cure. An essential element of this mission is the support and career promotion of the future generation of exceptionally talented and creative new scientists who will transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses and enable the NIMH to fulfill its vision of a world in which mental illnesses are prevented and cured. The NIMH supports a number of training and fellowship programs for pre- and postdoctoral training, as well as mentored career development awards for faculty in the early stages of their career. However, even with these career development mechanisms in place, to fulfill its mission of assuring a cadre of productive, highly innovative mental health investigators for the future, the NIMH needs to support additional programs to identify and inspire the best new investigators and facilitate their establishing high impact, independent research programs in areas relevant to the mission of the NIMH. This award is intended to provide support for highly promising early stage investigators who may lack the preliminary data required for a traditional R01 and allow them to pursue their most innovative, creative, and potentially most impactful ideas at an earlier stage in their career.

For Research Scope and Goals, see the URL for Full Text below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183732

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

NIMH intends to fund 7-10 awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

An applicant may request a budget for direct costs up to $500,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA may not exceed five years.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Public housing authorities
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession;

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.

Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are not allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

- Open Date (Earliest Submission Date): May 20, 2020
- Letter of Intent Due Date(s): 30 days prior to the application due date
- Application Due Date(s): June 20, 2020; June 20, 2021; June 20, 2022

All applications are due by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.

There are several options available to submit your application through Grants.gov to NIH and Department of Health and Human Services partners. You must use one of these submission options to access the application forms for this opportunity.
1) Use the NIH ASSIST system to prepare, submit and track your application online.
2) Use an institutional system-to-system (S2S) solution to prepare and submit your application to Grants.gov and eRA Commons http://public.era.nih.gov/commons/ to track your application. Check with your institutional officials regarding availability.
3) Use Grants.gov Workspace to prepare and submit your application and eRA Commons to track your application.

Applicant organizations must complete and maintain the following registrations as described in the SF 424 (R&R) Application Guide to be eligible to apply for or receive an award. All registrations must be completed prior to the application being submitted. Registration can take 6 weeks or more, so applicants should begin the registration process as soon as possible. The NIH Policy on Late Submission of Grant Applications states that failure to complete registrations in advance of a due date is not a valid reason for a late submission.
- Dun and Bradstreet Universal Numbering System (DUNS) - All registrations require that applicants be issued a DUNS number. After obtaining a DUNS number, applicants can begin both SAM and eRA Commons registrations. The same DUNS number must be used for all registrations, as well as on the grant application. http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform
System for Award Management (SAM) – Applicants must complete and maintain an active registration, which requires renewal at least annually. The renewal process may require as much time as the initial registration. SAM registration includes the assignment of a Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) Code for domestic organizations which have not already been assigned a CAGE Code. https://www.sam.gov/portal/public/SAM/
- eRA Commons - Applicants must have an active DUNS number to register in eRA Commons.Organizations can register with the eRA Commons as they are working through their SAM or Grants.gov registration, but all registrations must be in place by time of submission. eRA Commons requires organizations to identify at least one Signing Official (SO) and at least one Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) account in order to submit an application. https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/url_redirect.htm?id=11123
- Grants.gov – Applicants must have an active DUNS number and SAM registration in order to complete the Grants.gov registration.

Application Guide: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=326102

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online using ASSIST: https://public.era.nih.gov/assist

Application Submission Contacts
eRA Service Desk (Questions regarding ASSIST, eRA Commons, application errors and warnings, documenting system problems that threatensubmission by the due date, and post-submission issues)
Finding Help Online: http://grants.nih.gov/support/ (preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-402-7469 or 866-504-9552 (Toll Free)

General Grants Information (Questions regarding application instructions, application processes, and NIH grant resources)
Email:GrantsInfo@nih.gov(preferred method of contact)
Telephone: 301-945-7573

Grants.gov Customer Support(Questions regarding Grants.gov registration and Workspace)
Contact Center Telephone: 800-518-4726
Email:support@grants.gov

Scientific/Research Contact(s)
Eric R. Murphy, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-443-9230 
Email: eric.murphy@nih.gov

Peer Review Contact(s)
Nick Gaiano, Ph.D.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-827-3420
Email: nick.gaiano@nih.gov

Financial/Grants Management Contact(s)
Rita Sisco
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-443-2805
Email:siscor@mail.nih.gov

CFDA Number:

93.242

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA-MH-20-525

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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