[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 248 (Tuesday, December 28, 2010)]
[Pages 81611-81612]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-32659]



Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; National Evaluation 
of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Initiative

SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995, the National Center for Research Resources, the 
National Institutes of Health has submitted to the Office of Management 
and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information 
collection listed below. This proposed information collection was 
previously published in the Federal Register on October 12, 2010, pages 
62543-62544, and allowed 60-days for public comment. No comments were 
received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days 
for public comment. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct 
or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an 
information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented 
on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB 
control number.
    Proposed Collection:
    Title: The National Evaluation of the Clinical and 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
                 Respondent type                     number of       hours per     Frequency of    total annual
                                                    respondents     respondent       response      burden hours
                                                                       type                          requested
Users survey....................................             500             .25              .5            62.5
Nonusers survey.................................             500             .08              .5            20.0
Trainees/scholars survey........................           1,213             .33              .5           200.0
Mentors survey..................................           1,350             .25              .5           169.0
    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

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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.
    Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions 
regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding 
the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be 
directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory 
Affairs, [email protected] or by fax to 202-395-6974, 
Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. 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 30-days 
of the date of this publication.

    Dated: December 20, 2010.
Meryl Sufian,
Supervisory Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Science Policy, 
NCRR, National Institutes of Health.
[FR Doc. 2010-32659 Filed 12-27-10; 8:45 am]