[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 196 (Tuesday, October 12, 2010)]
[Pages 62543-62544]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-25589]



Proposed Collection; Comment Request; National Evaluation of the 
Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Initiative

SUMMARY: In compliance with the requirement of Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment 
on proposed data collection projects, the National Center for Research 
Resources (NCRR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will publish 
periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office 
of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.
    Proposed Collection: Title: The National Evaluation of the Clinical 

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Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Initiative. Type of Information 
Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: The 
CTSA Initiative is directed at transforming the way biomedical research 
is conducted nationwide by reducing the time it takes for basic science 
or laboratory discoveries to become treatments for patients, and for 
those treatments in turn to be incorporated and disseminated throughout 
community practice. The primary purpose of this data collection is to 
provide information about the process and early outcomes associated 
with 46 awardees participating in the first four cohorts of CTSA 
awards, in order to fulfill the congressional expectations for external 
program evaluation. NIH will use the results to understand the extent 
to which the CTSA Initiative is bringing about transformational changes 
in clinical and translational science among academic medical centers 
and their research partners, increasing the efficiency of the research 
process, and enhancing the capacity of the field to conduct clinical 
and translational research. All information collected will be used to 
provide analytical and policy support to NCRR, assisting NIH in making 
decisions about current CTSA programming, future funding, and other 
initiatives to improve clinical and translational science. It may also 
provide information for NIH's Government Performance and Results Act 
(GPRA) report. Frequency of Response: Biennial. Affected Public: 
Individuals. Type of Respondents: Scientific researchers. The annual 
reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,563; 
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours 
Per Response: 0.13; Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 
451.5. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $14,056. 
There are no capital or start-up costs, and no maintenance or service 
cost components to report.

                                                    Estimated       number of                    Estimated total
                Respondent type                     number of       hours per     Frequency of    annual burden
                                                   respondents     respondent       response          hours
                                                                      type                          requested
Users survey...................................             500             .25              .5             62.5
Nonusers survey................................             500             .08              .5             20
Trainees/scholars survey.......................           1,213             .33              .5            200
Mentors survey.................................           1,350             .25              .5            169
    Total......................................  ..............  ..............  ..............            451.5

    Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies should address one or more of the 
following points: (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of 
the agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) Enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and 
(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who 
are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, 
mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms 
of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request more information on the 
proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and 
instruments, contact Patricia Newman, Program Analyst, Office of 
Science Policy, National Center for Research Resources, 6701 Democracy 
Boulevard, MSC 4874, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-4874, or e-mail your 
request, including your address to [email protected].
    Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection 
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60 days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: October 4, 2010.
Patricia Newman,
Program Analyst, Office of Science Policy, NCRR, National Institutes of 
[FR Doc. 2010-25589 Filed 10-8-10; 8:45 am]