NINR recently held an applicant information webinar related to funding opportunity announcement RFA-NR-22-001, "Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)." The webinar recording is now available to view. Application Due Date: April 7, 2022
The webinar provided an overview of the funding opportunity announcement and addressed questions submitted in advance by interested applicants. NIH staff discussed the:
- Purpose and scope of the funding opportunity.
- Scientific review process and review criteria.
- Research interests of each of the participating NIH Institutes and Offices.
Frequently Asked Questions
A1. All applications must be submitted electronically. Applicants should follow the instructions in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Links to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide can also be found in the RFA.
A2. Yes, applications with multiple principal investigators, or MPIs, are permitted. For institutions/organizations proposing multiple PDs/PIs, please refer to the Multiple PI policy and submission details in the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. Links to the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide can also be found in the RFA.
A3. Yes, applicant organizations may submit more than one application provided that each application is scientifically distinct.
A4. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Scientific/Research contacts listed in the RFA to ensure that proposed aims of the project are consistent with the participating Institutes’ missions and priorities. The Institute-specific information that is included in the RFA, in addition to the information provided in the webinar, can help guide you in determining which contact to reach out to. However, if you are uncertain, please feel free to reach out to any of the Scientific/Research contacts listed in the RFA.
A5. Applicants whose research may be relevant to more than one NIH Institute are highly encouraged to discuss potential research aims with the Scientific/Research contacts listed in the RFA. We encourage you to do this well in advance of the application deadline (April 7, 2022) to ensure the overall fit of the proposed research with programmatic priorities, as stated in the RFA.
A6. The following will be considered in making funding decisions: (1) Scientific and technical merit of the proposed project as determined by scientific peer review, (2) Availability of funds, and (3) Relevance of the proposed project to program priorities. Applicants are highly encouraged to discuss potential research aims with the Scientific/Research contacts listed in the RFA to help determine the fit of the proposed research with programmatic research priorities.
A7. Ultimately you and your team must decide how much is enough. You may want to consider what reviewers would like to see in your application; in other words, you should have enough information to convince them that your proposed project can be accomplished and is likely to have high impact. Furthermore, you should assess whether or not your preliminary data are sufficient to convince reviewers that your project has a high likelihood of success. This information is used to evaluate both the merit of your proposal and your skills as a scientist.
A8. Yes. The research objective of this RFA is to use a natural experiment approach to examine how food and housing policies and programs (such as those federal actions described at https://www.nutrition.gov/ and https://www.hud.gov/) that aimed to lessen the impact of the pandemic affected health and health equity, to understand the pathways of these effects, and to describe the long-term consequences. Other experimental designs are allowable if the study fits within the scope of the RFA.