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AHCPR Small Project Grant Program—Addendum

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Release Date: January 29, 1999

PA Number: PAR-96-028

Agency for Health Care Policy and Research


The purpose of this addendum is to inform potential applicants of clarification to the review process and changes in submission location and receipt dates for PAR-96-028 (published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Vol. 25, No. 5, on February 23, 1996), "Small Project Grant Program," administered by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR).

This small grant program (R03) supports research and promotes improvements in clinical practice and in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care services. The Program Announcement describes the small project grant program which provides support for focused research projects, developmental studies, and high-risk projects. High-risk projects might employ techniques or theories from other fields not traditionally linked to health care research, including qualitative as well as quantitative analyses. The grant program is particularly relevant for new investigators as a means of encouraging individuals to enter the health services research field.

Through the small project grant program, AHCPR seeks to take advantage of time-dependent opportunities; reduce the costs of developing applications for small research projects, including demonstrations and evaluations; and shorten the time and burden of the review process.

With respect to review considerations, AHCPR small project applications typically will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit in accordance with the criteria stated in the original announcement. Reviewers are selected on the basis of knowledge and expertise in areas germane to the application. The review may be by field reader review or through standing study sections convened in accordance with AHCPR peer review procedures. All other review considerations specified in the February 23, 1996 announcement remain in effect.

The earliest possible date of award is 4.5 months after the receipt of the application by AHCPR. Potential applicants should consider priority program areas identified in the AHCPR Program Announcement (PA-98-049), "AHCPR Health Services Research," which was published in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts on March 26, 1998.

The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 4/98) is to be used in applying for these grants. State and local government applicants may use form PHS-5161-1, Application for Federal Assistance (rev. 5/96), and follow those requirements for copy submission.

All applications submitted for AHCPR small project grant support must be submitted to:

Center for Scientific Review
(formerly Division of Research Grants)
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD 20857-7710
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service)

The dates for receipt of the original and four copies of small project applications at the Center for Scientific Review are:

March 24
July 24
November 24

At the time of submission, one copy must also be sent to:

Small Project Program Coordinator
Office of Research Review, Education, and Policy
Scientific Review Division
2101 E. Jefferson Street, Suite 400W
Rockville, MD 20852-4908


Direct inquiries regarding programmatic issues, including the suitability of research topics and information on the policy of inclusion of women, minorities, and children in study populations to members of the AHCPR staff as follows:

Improving Health Outcomes

Jean R. Slutsky, P.A., M.S.P.H.
Acting Director, Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Telephone: (301) 427-1600

Evidence-based Practice

Beth Collins Sharp, Ph.D., R.N.
Acting Director, EPC Program
Phone: (301) 427-1503 E-mail:

Cost and Financing

Steven B. Cohen, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends
Telephone: (301) 427-1406

Organization, Delivery, and Markets

Irene Fraser, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Delivery, Organization, and Markets
Telephone: (301) 427-1410

Priority Populations:

Debbie Rothstein, Ph.D.
Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
Telephone: (301) 427-1525

Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Director, Women's Health
Telephone: (301) 427-1550

Denise Dougherty, Ph.D.
Child Health Coordinator
Telephone: (301) 427-1868

Clinical Preventive Services

David Atkins, M.D.
Medical Officer, Center for Outcomes and Evidence
Telephone: (301) 427-1608

For other program referral assistance, contact:

Kelly Morgan
Telephone: (301) 427-1570

Direct inquiries regarding fiscal and administrative matters to:

Mable L. Lam
Grants Management Staff
Telephone: (301) 427-1448

AHCPR Publication No. 98-R040
Current as of August 2000

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