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International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups competition announced

NIH, NSF, USDA and DOE invite applications for the establishment or continuation of International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups. The purpose of these groups is to address the interdependence of biodiversity exploration for potential applications in health, agriculture and energy by investing in research that supports sustainable use of these resources, the knowledge to conserve them, and equitable partnerships among research and development organizations in the United States and low- and middle-income countries. Letters of Intent are due November 6, 2007. The application deadline is December 4, 2007 Here is the Executive Summary of the competition announcement. The full announcement is posted at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-TW-08-003.html

  • The National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Energy invite applications for the establishment or continuation of “International Cooperative Biodiversity Groups” (ICBG) to address the interdependence of biodiversity exploration for potential applications in health, agriculture and energy, with investments in research capacity that support sustainable use of these resources, the knowledge to conserve them, and equitable partnership frameworks among research and development organizations in the U.S. and low and middle income countries.
  • The Government is budgeting $3 – 4 million in FY 08 for the initial awards. An applicant may request a project period of up to five years and a budget for direct costs up to $600,000 per year.
  • We anticipate making four to five new and/or competing continuation grants. All NIH awards will be cooperative agreements using the U01 mechanism. Associated awards from the DOE or the USDA/CSREES will use their grant mechanisms and may involve resubmitting a component of a successful ICBG application to one of those agencies for a separate but linked award.
  • Eligible institutions for NIH awards • Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education; Private Institution of Higher Education; Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education); U.S. Territory or Possession; Hispanic-serving Institution; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs); Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Eligible agencies of the Federal government; (except the sponsoring organizations for this RFA)
  • For profit institutions, Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations and Regional Organizations) are eligible to participate as members of a Group but are not eligible to be the principal applicant organization.
  • Eligible Principal Investigators include any individual with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research.
  • This RFA is operating under a pilot initiative for shorter applications than the regular NIH page allowances. See Section IV.1 for application materials and details.
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