University of California Office of the President
Senior Vice President--Business and Finance

Research Administration Office

Memo Operating Guidance

No. 99-03

May 18, 1999


CONTRACT AND GRANT OFFICERS (CAMPUS AND LAB)*

VICE CHANCELLORS--ADMINISTRATION

Subject: NIH Modular Grant Applications and Awards


The National Institutes of Health is implementing its modular grant application process for all competing research project grants and Request For Applications (RFAs) requesting direct costs up to $250,000 in any year. Enclosed are some materials providing specific details of this new process:

  1. NIH Modular Research Grants Frequently Asked Questions;
  2. NIH Guide: Treatment of Administrative and Clerical Salaries under NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements;
  3. NIH Review of Modular Research Grant Applications; and
  4. Overview and Summary of Changes prepared by the Research Administration Office.

The purpose of this memo is to highlight significant changes and address current issues of interest to Contract and Grant officers. Because the modular grant process represents a major change, we see this as an opportunity for implementing modifications to existing application and award administration practices. 

CAMPUS GUIDANCE 

The following recommendations are provided for your consideration in the implementation of NIH's Modular Grant Application and Award process:

Please send any questions or further suggestions for improving the University’s implementation of modular grants to Meredith O’Connor. It is expected that as both the NIH and the Universities have more experience with modular grants, further refinements and improvements of the process will occur. 

Refer: Barbara Yoder
(510) 987-9848
Barbara.Yoder@ucop.edu

Meredith O'Connor
(510) 987-9847
Meredith.Oconnor@ucop.edu

Subject Index: 02, 19
Organization Index: F-405

David F. Mears
Director


Cc: Barbara Lester
Jorge Ohy
Extramural Fund Accounting Officers
 

Enclosures:

Modular Research Grants Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.nih.gov/funding/modular/modular_faq_pub.htm

Treatment of Administrative and Clerical Salaries under NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements Awarded to Educational Institutions at http://www.nih.gov/grants/guide/1994/94.09.23/notice-treatment-of-007.html

Review of Modular Research Grant Applications at http://www.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular_review.htm


 Enclosure 4

 

NIH MODULAR GRANT OVERVIEW AND SUMMARY OF CHANGES

Prepared by the Research Administration Office, UCOP

 

The National Institutes of Health is implementing its modular grant application process for all competing research project grant mechanisms (RO1, RO3, R15, R21, R41 and R43) as well as for Request for Applications (RFAs) requesting direct costs up to $250,000 in any year. RFAs exceeding $250,000 per year may use the modular grant mechanism at the discretion of the program officer as published in the RFA. 

Implementation begins with the June 1, 1999 application deadline for all competing individual research project grants (RO1), small grants (RO3), and exploratory/developmental grants (R21). Implementation begins with the May 25, 1999 application deadline for Academic Research Enhancement Awards (R15). Small Business Technology Transfer grants, Phase I ((R41) and Small Business Innovation Research grants, Phase I (R43) due April 1999 were submitted under the Modular Grant Application and Award Process.

The NIH recently added a question and answer document to its modular grant website at http://www.nih.gov/grants/funding/modular/modular_faq_pub.htm (Enclosure 1).


SUMMARY OF CHANGES

PHS 398 Application Highlights: