NIEHS Superfund Hazardous Substances_Basic Research and Education
To establish a unique program linking biomedical research with engineering, geoscience and ecological research. The goals of the Program are to establish and support an innovative program of basic research and training consisting of multi-project, interdisciplinary efforts and individual investigator projects. Areas of research may include: (1) methods and technologies to detect hazardous substances in the environment; (2) advance techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effects of hazardous substances on humans; (3) methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances; and (4) and basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances. It is intended that advanced or graduate training be integrated into the multi-project research program to provide opportunities in biomedical and environmental health, environmental sciences, ecology, and geosciences. The Program encourages the integration of interdisciplinary training to ensure that its students are prepared to tackle the complex issues presented by hazardous waste sites.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, the Superfund Research Program continued to support research and make advances in the areas germane to its legislative mandates: to develop methods to detect hazardous substances in the environment; advance techniques for the detection, assessment, and evaluation of the effects of hazardous substances on humans; research methods to assess the risks to human health presented by hazardous substances; and develop basic biological, chemical, and physical methods to reduce the amount and toxicity of hazardous substances. Fiscal Year 2015: In Fiscal Year 2015, the Superfund Research Program continues to support large, multi-project center grants, individual investigator grants and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in order to advance research in accordance with the mandates specified in with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986. Fiscal Year 2016: In Fiscal Year 2016, the Superfund Research Program will continue to support large, multi-project center grants, individual investigator grants and Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs in order to advance research in accordance with the mandates specified in with the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986.
Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act of 1986, Title I, Section III, and Title II, Section 209, Public Law 99- 499, as amended; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) of 1980, as amended, Section 311(a), Public Law 96-510; Public Health Service Act, Section 301, Public Law 78-410, as amended; Public Law 99-500.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
An accredited institution of higher education, as defined in the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. (annotated) 3381, may submit an application and receive a grant for support of research by a named principal investigator. Subcontracts may be made with public and private organizations, including: generators of hazardous wastes; persons involved in the detection, assessment, evaluation, and treatment of hazardous substances; owners and operators of facilities at which hazardous substances are located; and State, local and Tribal governments. Nonprofit organizations which are incorporated under 501(c)(4) are prohibited from receiving grants. Organizations applying for a grant under the SBIR/STTR programs must qualify as a U.S.-owned Small Business Concern (SBC).
Any accredited institution of higher education engaged in biomedical research and/or engineering and ecological research. SBIR and STTR awards are restricted to small business that meet NIH's criteria for SBC. Tribal entities that meet these requirements are eligible to apply.
Applications must be signed by appropriate officials of the submitting institution. 45 CFR 75 applies to this program. For-profit organizations, costs are determined in accordance with 48 CFR, Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR 75. Prospective applicants are asked to submit a letter of intent. Although it is not required, is not binding, and does not enter into the review of a subsequent application, the information that it contains allows IC staff to estimate the potential review workload and plan the review. It is due one month prior to the receipt of the applications. Applications for the Superfund Research Program are accepted in response to funding opportunity announcements (FOA) which are posted on National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences website (http://www.niehs.nih.gov/research/supported/srp/funding/index.cfm). Applications submitted in response to a multi component FOA must use the PHS 398 (version dated 8/12) paper submission. Application instructions are available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html in an interactive format. Applications submitted in response to an individual investigator FOA must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) forms and the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide. SBIR/STTR grant applications are accepted in response to the NIH Omnibus solicitation using the SF424 electronic application process (http://www.grants.gov). The SBIR/STTR omnibus grant solicitation is released in early spring of each year and has 3 receipt dates: April 5, August 5 and December 5.
Grants are awarded on the basis of a dual review by peer groups of all applications. The first level of review is by a Special Emphasis Panel of peers for scientific merit. The National Advisory Environmental Health Sciences Council provides a secondary level of review for all applications.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
> 180 Days. From 9 to 12 months.
> 180 Days. A principal investigator may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with the staff of the Institute. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/ NOT-OD-11-064.html.
> 180 Days. Renewal requests are subject to the same criteria as new applications.
How are proposals selected?
Major factors considered in the evaluation of responsive applications include: (1) Scientific merit of each proposed project, including the novelty, originality, and feasibility of the approach and the adequacy of the experimental design; (2) technical merit and justification of each core unit; (3) competence of the investigators to accomplish the proposed research goals, their commitments, and the amount of time they will devote to the program; (4) scope of the overall effort in relation to the objective of the program to create unique interdisciplinary programs to eventually include, not only biomedical components, but also engineering, ecological and/or hydrogenological components; (5) adequacy of the facilities to perform the proposed research; (6) integration of the various projects and core units into an effective program and plans for interactions among investigators; (7) adequacy and commitment of institutional resources to administer an integrated, collaborative program; (8) appropriateness of the budget for the proposed program; (9) relevance of proposed research to problems associated with hazardous waste substances; and (10) progress of program to date for completing renewal applications.
How may assistance be used?
Research grants are intended to support the direct costs of a project, in accordance with an approved budget, plus an appropriate amount for indirect costs. Grants made under this program are for university-based programs, and the objective is to establish and maintain coordinated research efforts that link basic biomedical research with related engineering, hydrogeological and ecological studies. In addition, the Superfund Research Program supports small business research through the Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The award and use of funds are subject to applicable provisions of basic statutory authorities, appropriations acts, pertinent regulations, and operating policies of the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No program reports are required. No cash reports are required. Annual and final progress reports, a final invention statement and financial status reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. In accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR 75, Subpart F – Audit Requirements, a nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in §75.503. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal officials.
In accordance with the provisions of 45 CFR 75, Subpart D – Post Federal Award Requirements, Record Retention and Access, §75.361, expenditures and other financial records must be retained for 3 years from the day on which the grantee submit the last expenditure report for the report period.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Research Grants for the multi component and individual investigator may be awarded for up to 5 years, generally in 12-month budget periods. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released primarily on the basis of an Electronic Transfer System.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None. Program Contact: Dr. William Suk, Director, Superfund Hazardous Substance Basic Research and Training Program, Division of Extramural Research and Training, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services, P.O. Box 12233, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org , Telephone: (919) 541-0797. Grants Management Contact: Mr. George Tucker, Chief, Grants Management Officer, Grants Management Branch, e-mail: email@example.com . Telephone: (919) 541-2749.
Benigno Encarnacion, 111 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: (919) 541-5147.
(Project Grants) FY 14 $46,925,239; FY 15 est $46,902,000; and FY 16 est $46,230,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $5,625 to $2,988,361
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
42 CFR 52; 45 CFR 75; 45 CFR 92; NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts; NIH Grants Policy Statement, October 1, 2012. Other publications, information, and applications and kits are available from the Office of Extramural Research, Outreach and Activities Resources, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, and the NIEHS, P.O. Box 12233, 111 Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: A detailed listing and description of NIEHS Superfund Research Program funded projects can be found at http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/programs/index267.cfm. Fiscal Year 2015: A detailed listing and description of NIEHS Superfund Research Program funded projects can be found at http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/programs/index267.cfm. Fiscal Year 2016: A detailed listing and description of NIEHS Superfund Research Program funded projects can be found at http://tools.niehs.nih.gov/srp/programs/index267.cfm.