Administrative Supplements for the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program

May 1, 2018

Opportunity for supplemental funding: NOT-TR-18-022

The National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) announces the opportunity for investigators with relevant active NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Hub Awards (UL1) and CTSA Collaborative Innovation Awards (U01 and R21) to submit administrative supplement requests according to PA-18-591, “Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)”.

These requests should be for funded projects that could benefit from achieving certain new research objectives that are within the original scope of the peer reviewed and approved project, or for unanticipated expenses within the original scope of the project.

NCATS will support projects that may be developed, demonstrated and/or disseminated within the remaining active budget period that started in FY18 for the existing parent award.  The intent of these supplements is to provide short-term and/or catalytic support for projects with a significant and unmet need.  Applicants for the administrative supplements are encouraged to form new collaborations to enhance the reach and impact of the activity.  Administrative supplements must add value to the science proposed in the aims of the original project; as such, they must be within the scientific scope of the parent grant.  Enthusiasm will be higher for requests that describe a clear outcome and that have the potential for greatest impact across the CTSA Program consortium. 

The CTSA Program priority research areas that would be appropriate for requests for supplemental funding include, but are not limited to, the topics listed here.

Award Project Period

Supplement project and budget periods are limited to the remaining active budget period that started in FY18 for the existing parent award.  To be eligible, the parent award must be active (i.e. not be in an extension period), and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the remaining active budget period that started in FY18 for the existing parent award. The earliest anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

Examples:

  • For parent awards with FY18 budget periods that started on April 1, 2018, supplement applicants could request a project period from July 1, 2018, through March 31, 2019.
  • For parent awards with FY18 budget periods that start on July 1, 2018, supplement applicants could request a project period from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019.

Budget and Available Funds

Supplement budget requests may not exceed 25% of the direct costs of the current parent award and must reflect actual needs of the proposed project. 

Submitting an Application

Applicants should begin their Research Strategy by stating: “This application is being submitted in response to NOT-TR-18-022".  For application instructions, see the parent program announcement to Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional) PA-18-591

Through this Notice, NCATS will only consider submissions in which the Research Strategy does not exceed six pages.

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. local time on June 1, 2018.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss these potential requests with their NCATS Program Official listed in the Notice of Grant Award of the parent grant.  If submitting an application please alert your Program Official.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Mary Purucker, M.D., Ph.D.
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
Telephone: 301-435-0741 
Email: puruckerm@mail.nih.gov