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Recovery Act: NIMH Core Centers

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Supporting New Faculty Recruitment to Enhance Research Resources through Biomedical Research Core Centers (P30) (RFA-OD-09-005 )

National Institute of Mental Health

This initiative is designed to provide the necessary resources for U.S. academic institutions to enhance their biomedical research efforts through the development of Biomedical Research Core Centers. These cores are designed to provide scientific and programmatic support for promising investigators, including funds to hire and provide appropriate start-up packages for newly independent investigators, as well as funds for developing their pilot research projects, with the goal of augmenting and expanding the institution’s research efforts.

This initiative is one of several being offered by NIMH to help fulfill the goals of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) to help stimulate the economy through support of biomedical and behavioral research. Additional information the Recovery Act and related NIH opportunities is available through the Office of Extramural Research .

Areas of Priority:

NIMH is supporting the P30 Core Center Grant Program to enhance institutions’ capacity to conduct research in fields that contribute to accomplishing the priorities of the NIMH Strategic Plan, the Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research , and the National Advisory Mental Health Council Workgroup report on research training. NIMH encourages applications from institutions that seek to hire early-stage investigators in tenure-track (or equivalent) research positions at the assistant professor level.

Applications should specify the department(s) or center(s) in which this P30 capacity building will be focused. As described in the Funding Opportunity Announcement , highest priority will be given to institutions that provide 1) institutional support concomitant with P30 support and 2) assurance that appropriate salary support, and other resources necessary for success, will be provided for newly hired individual(s) for two or more years following the termination of this P30 grant.


The NIMH expects to make between 3 and 6 awards during FY 2009, with total funding of approximately $5 million over the two-year period of FY 2009 and FY 2010. Budgets with direct costs of up to $500,000 per year and project duration of up to two years may be requested, for a maximum of $1 million direct costs over a two-year project period.

A U.S. institution may submit no more than one application targeted to hiring clinician-scientists (including MD/PhD physician-scientists) as tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty and no more than one application targeted to hiring non-clinical tenure-track (or equivalent) faculty.

Awarded Core Centers will be subject to extensive reporting requirements, as stipulated by the Recovery Act (see NOT-OD-09-054 ).

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the scientific Program Officer listed at the bottom of the page prior to submitting an application.

All applications for the Recovery Act Core Centers initiative are due May 29, 2009.

Full information on the Recovery Act Core Centers program can be found in the NIH Funding Opportunity Announcement (RFA-OD-09-005) .

Contact Information:

For Information on NIMH’s Recovery Act Core Centers Initiative, Contact:
Nancy Desmond, Ph.D.
Division of Neuroscience & Basic Behavioral Science
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Blvd., Room 7197, MSC 9645
Bethesda, MD 20892-9645 (Rockville, MD 20852 for courier)
Telephone: 301-443-3107
FAX: 301-443-1731

For Financial or Grants Management Questions, Contact:
Rebecca Claycamp, M.S., CRA
Chief Grants Management Officer
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6115, MSC 9605
Bethesda, MD 20892-9605
Telephone: 301-402-7111

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