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[FR Doc No: 94-20909]

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[Federal Register: August 25, 1994]


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
[Announcement 405]


Grants for Injury Control Research Centers; Notice Availability 
Of Funds for Fiscal Year 1995


    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces 
that grant applications are being accepted for Injury Control 
Research Centers (ICRC's). The Public Health Service (PHS) is 
committed to achieving the health promotion and disease prevention 
objectives of ``Healthy People 2000,'' a PHS-led national activity 
to reduce morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life. 
This announcement is related to the priority areas of Violent and 
Abusive Behavior and Unintentional Injuries. For ordering a copy of 
``Healthy People 2000,'' see the Section ``Where to Obtain 
Additional Information.''


    This program is authorized under Sections 301 and 391-394 of the 
Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 241 and 280b-280b-3). Program 
regulations are set forth in 42 CFR, Part 52.

Smoke-Free Workplace

    The Public Health Service strongly encourages all grant 
recipients to provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use 
of all tobacco products. This is consistent with the PHS mission to 
protect and advance the physical and mental health of the American 

Eligible Applicants

    Eligible applicants include all nonprofit and for-profit 
organizations. Thus, universities, colleges, research institutions, 
hospitals, other public and private organizations, State and local 
health departments, and small, minority and/or women-owned 
businesses are eligible for these grants. Applicants from non-
academic institutions should provide evidence of a collaborative 
relationship with an academic institution. Current recipients of CDC 
injury control research center grants and injury control research 
program project grants are eligible to apply.

Availability of Funds

    Approximately $1,500,000 is expected to be available in fiscal 
year (FY) 1995 to fund approximately one new or re-competing center 
award. (A portion of this amount may be allocated to support 
currently approved but unfunded phases of newly funded ICRCs.) New 
awards can be made for a project period not to exceed three years, 
and re-competing awards can be made for a project period not to 
exceed five years. The amount of funding available may vary and is 
subject to change. Beginning award dates for each submission are 
shown in the ``Receipt and Review Schedule'' section of this 
announcement. Continuation awards within the project period will be 
made on the basis of satisfactory progress and the availability of 
    New center grant awards will not exceed $500,000 per year (total 
of direct and indirect costs) with a project period not to exceed 
three years. Depending on availability of funds, re-competing 
existing center awards may range from $750,000 to $1,500,000 per 
year (total of direct and indirect costs) with a project period not 
to exceed five years. The range of support provided is dependent 
upon the degree of comprehensiveness of the center in addressing the 
phases of injury control (i.e., Prevention, Acute Care, and 
Rehabilitation) as determined by the Injury Research Grants Review 
Committee (IRGRC).
    Incremental levels within this range for successfully 
recompeting ICRC's will be determined as follows:

Base funding (included in figures below): Up to $750,000
One phase ICRC (addresses one of the three phases of injury control): 
Up to $1,000,000
Two phase ICRC (addresses two of the three phases of injury control): 
Up to $1,250,000
Comprehensive ICRC (addresses all three phases of injury control): Up 
to $1,500,000

    Subject to program needs and the availability of funds, 
supplemental awards to expand/enhance existing projects, to add a 
new phase(s) to an existing ICRC grant, or to add biomechanics 
project(s) that support phases may be made for up to $250,000 per 


    The purposes of this program are:
    A. To support injury prevention and control research on priority 
issues as delineated in: Healthy People 2000; Injury Control in the 
1990's: A National Plan for Action; Injury in America; Injury 
Prevention: Meeting the Challenge; and Cost of Injury: A Report to 
the Congress. Information on these reports may be obtained from the 
individuals listed in the section ``Where to Obtain Additional 
    B. To support ICRC's which represent CDC's largest national 
extramural investment in injury control research and training, 
intervention development, and evaluation;
    C. To integrate collectively, in the context of a national 
program, the disciplines of engineering, epidemiology, medicine, 
biostatistics, public health, law and criminal justice, and 
behavioral and social sciences, in order to prevent and control 
injuries more effectively;
    D. To identify and evaluate current and new interventions for 
the prevention and control of injuries;
    E. To bring the knowledge and expertise of ICRC's to bear on the 
development and improvement of effective public and private sector 
programs for injury prevention and control; and
    F. To facilitate injury control efforts supported by various 
governmental agencies within a geographic region.

Program Requirements

    A. Applicants must demonstrate and apply expertise in at least 
one of the three phases of injury control (prevention, acute care, 
or rehabilitation) as a core component of the center. The second 
and/or third phases do not have to be supported by core funding but 
may be achieved through collaborative arrangements. Comprehensive 
ICRC's must have all three phases supported by core funding.
    B. Applicants must document ongoing injury-related research 
projects or control activities currently supported by other sources 
of funding.
    C. Applicants must provide a director (Principal Investigator) 
who has specific authority and responsibility to carry out the 
project. The director must report to an appropriate institutional 
official, e.g., dean of a school, vice president of a university, or 
commissioner of health. The director must have no less than 30 
percent effort devoted solely to this project with an anticipated 
range of 30 to 50 percent.
     D. Applicants must demonstrate experience in successfully 
conducting, evaluating, and publishing injury research and/or 
designing, implementing, and evaluating injury control programs.
    E. Applicants must provide evidence of working relationships 
with outside agencies and other entities which will allow for 
implementation of any proposed intervention activities.
    F. Applicants must provide evidence of involvement of 
specialists or experts in medicine, engineering, epidemiology, law 
and criminal justice, behavioral and social sciences, biostatistics, 
and/or public health as needed to complete the plans of the center. 
These are considered the disciplines and fields for ICRC's. An ICRC 
is encouraged to involve biomechanicists in its research. This, 
again, may be achieved through collaborative relationships as it is 
no longer a requirement that all ICRC's have biomechanical 
engineering expertise.
    G. Applicants must have an established curricula and graduate 
training programs in disciplines relevant to injury control (e.g., 
epidemiology, biomechanics, safety engineering, traffic safety, 
behavioral sciences, or economics).
    H. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to disseminate injury 
control research findings, translate them into interventions, and 
evaluate their effectiveness.
    I. Applicants must have an established relationship, 
demonstrated by letters of agreement, with injury prevention and 
control programs or injury surveillance programs being carried out 
in the State or region in which the ICRC is located. Cooperation 
with private-sector programs is encouraged.
    Applicants should have an established or documented planned 
relationship with organizations or individual leaders in communities 
where injuries occur at high rates, e.g., minority health 
    Grant funds will not be made available to support the provision 
of direct care. Studies may be supported which evaluate methods of 
care and rehabilitation for potential reductions in injury effects 
and costs. Studies can be supported which identify the effect on 
injury outcomes and cost of systems for pre-hospital, hospital, and 
rehabilitative care and independent living.
    Eligible applicants may enter into contracts, including 
consortia agreements (as set forth in the PHS Grants Policy 
Statement, dated April 1, 1994), as necessary to meet the 
requirements of the program and strengthen the overall application.

Evaluation Criteria

    Upon receipt, applications will be reviewed by CDC staff for 
completeness and responsiveness as outlined under the previous 
heading ``Program Requirements.'' (A listing of where these 
requirements are described and/or documented in the application will 
facilitate the review process.) Incomplete applications and 
applications that are not responsive will be returned to the 
applicant without further consideration.
    Applications which are complete and responsive may be subjected to 
a preliminary evaluation by reviewers from the Injury Research Grants 
Review Committee (IRGRC) to determine if the application is of 
sufficient technical and scientific merit to warrant further review; 
the CDC will withdraw from further consideration applications judged to 
be noncompetitive and promptly notify the principal investigator/
program director and the official signing for the applicant 
    Those applications judged to be competitive will be further 
evaluated by a dual review process. The primary review will be a peer 
evaluation (IRGRC) of the scientific and technical merit of the 
application. The final review will be conducted by the CDC Advisory 
Committee for Injury Prevention and Control (ACIPC), which will 
consider the results of the peer review together with program need and 
relevance. Funding decisions will be made by the Director, National 
Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), based on merit and 
priority score ranking by the IRGRC, program review by the ACIPC, and 
the availability of funds.

A. Review by the Injury Research Grants Review Committee (IRGRC)

    Peer review of ICRC grant applications will be conducted by the 
IRGRC, which may recommend the application for further consideration or 
not for further consideration. Site visits will be a part of this 
process for recompeting ICRC's. Reverse site visits may be a part of 
this process for new applicants.
    Factors to be considered by IRGRC include:
    1. The specific aims of the application, e.g., the long-term 
objectives and intended accomplishments.
    2. The scientific and technical merit of the overall application, 
including the significance and originality (e.g., new topic, new 
method, new approach in a new population, or advancing understanding of 
the problem) of the proposed research.
    3. The extent to which the evaluation plan will allow for the 
measurement of progress toward the achievement of stated objectives.
    4. Qualifications, adequacy, and appropriateness of personnel to 
accomplish the proposed activities.
    5. The soundness of the proposed budget in terms of adequacy of 
resources and their allocation.
    6. The appropriateness (e.g., responsiveness, quality, and 
quantity) of consultation, technical assistance, and training in 
identifying, implementing, and/or evaluating intervention/control 
measures that will be provided to public and private agencies and 
institutions, with emphasis on State and local health departments, as 
evidenced by letters detailing the nature and extent of this commitment 
and collaboration. Specific letters of support or understanding from 
appropriate governmental bodies must be provided.
    7. Evidence of other public and private financial support.
    8. Progress thus far made as detailed in the application if the 
applicant is submitting a competitive renewal application. Documented 
success examples include: development of pilot projects; completion of 
high quality research projects; publication of findings in peer 
reviewed scientific and technical journals; number of professionals 
trained; provision of consultation and technical assistance; 
integration of disciplines; translation of research into 
implementation; impact on injury control outcomes including 
legislation/regulation, treatment, and behavior modification 

B. Review by CDC Advisory Committee for Injury Prevention and Control 

    Factors to be considered by ACIPC include:
    1. The results of the peer review.
    2. The significance of the proposed activities as they relate to 
national program priorities and the achievement of national objectives.
    3. National and programmatic needs and geographic balance.
    4. Overall distribution of the thematic focus of competing 
applications; the nationally comprehensive balance of the program in 
addressing; the three phases of injury control (prevention, acute care, 
and rehabilitation); the control of injury among populations who are at 
increased risk, including minority groups, the elderly and children; 
the major causes of intentional and unintentional injury; and the major 
disciplines of injury control (such as biomechanics and epidemiology).
    5. Within budgetary considerations the ACIPC will establish annual 
funding levels as detailed under the heading ``Availability of Funds.''

C. Applications for Supplemental Funding

    Supplemental grant awards may be made when funds are available to 
support research work or activities. Applications should be clearly 
labeled to denote their status as requesting supplemental funding 
support. These applications will be reviewed by the IRGRC and the 

D. Continued Funding

    Continuation awards within the project period will be made on the 
basis of the availability of funds and the following criteria:
    1. The accomplishments of the current budget period show that the 
applicant's objectives as prescribed in the yearly workplans are being 
    2. The objectives for the new budget period are realistic, 
specific, and measurable;
    3. The methods described will clearly lead to achievement of these 
    4. The evaluation plan allows management to monitor whether the 
methods are effective by having clearly defined process, impact, and 
outcome objectives, and the applicant demonstrates progress in 
implementing the evaluation plan;
    5. The budget request is clearly explained, adequately justified, 
reasonable, and consistent with the intended use of grant funds; and
    6. Progress has been made in developing cooperative and 
collaborative relationships with injury surveillance and control 
programs implemented by State and local governments and private sector 

Award Priorities

    Special consideration will be given to re-competing Injury Control 
Research Centers.

Executive Order 12372

    Applications are not subject to the review requirements of 
Executive Order 12372, entitled Inter-Governmental Review of Federal 

Public Health System Reporting Requirements

    This program is not subject to the Public Health System Reporting 

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number

    The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number is 93.136.

Application Submission and Deadlines

A. Preapplication Letter of Intent

    In order to schedule and conduct site visits as part of the formal 
review process, potential applicants are encouraged to submit a 
nonbinding letter of intent to apply to the Grants Management Officer 
(whose address is given in this section, Item B). It should be 
postmarked no later than one month prior to the submission deadline 
(September 24, 1994, for October 24, 1994, submission deadline). The 
letter should identify the relevant announcement number for the 
response, indicate the submission deadline which will be met, name the 
principal investigator, and specify the injury control theme or 
emphasis of the proposed center (e.g., acute care, biomechanics, 
epidemiology, prevention, intentional injury, or rehabilitation). The 
letter of intent does not influence review or funding decisions, but it 
will enable CDC to plan the review more efficiently.

B. Applications

    Applicants should use Form PHS-398 (Rev. 9/91) and adhere to the 
ERRATA Instruction Sheet for PHS-398 contained in the Grant Application 
Kit. The narrative section for each project within an ICRC should not 
exceed 25 typewritten pages. Refer to section 4, page 10, of PHS-398 
instructions for font type and size. Applications not adhering to these 
specifications may be returned to applicant. Applicants should submit 
an original and five copies to Henry S. Cassell, III, Grants Management 
Officer, Grants Management Branch, Procurement and Grants Office, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 255 East Paces Ferry 
Road, NE., Room 300, Mailstop E-13, Atlanta, Georgia 30305.

C. Deadlines

    Applications shall be considered as meeting the deadline above if 
they are either:
    1. Received on or before the deadline date; or
    2. Sent on or before the deadline date and received in time for 
submission to the peer review committee. Applicants should request a 
legibly dated U.S. Postal Service postmark or obtain a legibly dated 
receipt from a commercial carrier or the U.S. Postal Service. Private 
metered postmarks shall not be acceptable as proof of timely mailing.
    Applications which do not meet the criteria in C.1. or C.2. above 
are considered late applications and will be returned to the applicant. 
Supplemental materials received later than thirty days after the 
application receipt date are considered late and will be returned to 
the applicant.

D. Receipt and Review Schedule

    This is a continuous announcement. Consequently, these receipt 
dates will be ongoing until further notice. The proposed timetables for 
receiving applications and awarding grants are as follows: 

     Receipt of new/revised/supplementary/                                                                      
       competitive renewal applications            Initial review       Secondary review     Earliest award date
October 24, 1994..............................  January.............  March...............  September 1, 1995.  

    Future receipt dates are as follows: 

     Receipt of new/revised/supplementary/                                                                      
       competitive renewal applications            Initial review       Secondary review     Earliest award date
October.......................................  January.............  March...............  September.          

Where to Obtain Additional Information

    To receive additional written information call (404) 332-4561. You 
will be asked to leave your name, address, and phone number and will 
need to refer to Announcement Number 405. You will receive a complete 
program description, information on application procedures, and 
application forms.
    If you have questions after reviewing the contents of all the 
documents, business management technical assistance may be obtained 
from Maggie Slay, Grants Management Specialist, Centers For Disease 
Control and Prevention (CDC), 255 East Paces Ferry Road, NE., MS-E13, 
Atlanta, Georgia 30305, telephone (404) 842-6797. Programmatic 
technical assistance may be obtained from Tom Voglesonger, Program 
Manager, Injury Control Research Centers, National Center for Injury 
Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 
(CDC), 4770 Buford Highway, MS-K58, Atlanta, Georgia 30341-3724, 
telephone (404) 488-4265.
    Potential applicants may obtain a copy of ``Healthy People 2000'' 
(Full Report; Stock No. 017-001-00474-0) or ``Healthy People 2000'' 
(Summary Report; Stock No. 017-001-00473-1) through the Superintendent 
of Documents, Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402-9325, 
telephone (202) 783-3238.

    Dated: August 17, 1994.
Joseph R. Carter,
Acting Associate Director for Management and Operations, Centers for 
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
[FR Doc. 94-20909 Filed 8-24-94; 8:45 am]