SUMMARY: Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has
submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for
review and approval of the information collection listed below. This
proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on July 9,
2014, Vol. 79, page 38921, and allowed 60-days for public comment. No
public comments were received during the 60-day period. The purpose of
this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The
Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health, may not
conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to,
an information collection that has been extended, revised, or
implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently
valid OMB control number.
Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions
regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding
the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be
directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory
Affairs, OIRA_submission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974,
Attention: NIH Desk Officer.
DATES: Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection
are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30-days
of the date of this publication.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To obtain a copy of the data
collection plans and instruments or request more information on the
proposed project, contact Michelle M. Timmerman, Ph.D., Director, AREA
Program, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health, 6705
Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, Maryland 20892 or call non-toll-free number
301-402-0672, or email your request, including your address to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Formal requests for additional plans
and instruments must be requested in writing.
Proposed Collection: Evaluation of the NIH Academic Research
Enhancement Award, 0925, NEW submission, Office of the Director (OD),
National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Need and Use of Information Collection: The Academic Research
Enhancement Award (AREA) Program is a grant mechanism spanning most of
the Institutes and Centers (ICs) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). The AREA program was established by Congress in 1985 to provide
support to scientists at public and private colleges and universities
that receive relatively small amounts of NIH funding. The purpose of
the program is to support meritorious research, expose undergraduate
and graduate students to research, and strengthen the research
environment of the institutions receiving the grants. In the past three
years alone, the federal government has awarded approximately 78
million dollars annually in AREA grants. The evaluation will allow NIH
and Congress to assess the extent to which the AREA program is meeting
its goals and make recommendations so that this significant investment
of public funds may be used as effectively as possible.
The evaluation will utilize the NIH's archived data on grants,
institutions, Principal Investigators (PIs) and students funded with
AREA monies. The evaluation will collect new data about (1) the
quantity and quality of student participation in AREA projects, (2)
records of PIs' subsequent funding histories, (3) applicants'
experiences with the application process, (4) PIs' experiences
implementing AREA Program objectives, and (5) the impact of AREA
Program research participation on student career paths and outcomes.
The results of the evaluation will indicate the extent to which the
AREA Program is meeting its goals of supporting meritorious research,
strengthening the research environment at institutions of higher
education that are not research intensive, and recruiting and training
subsequent generations of the United States' biomedical scientist
workforce. Intended audiences include the United States Congress, staff
at NIH's Institutes and Centers which make AREA awards, and staff at
NIH's Office of the Director.
OMB approval is requested for one year. There are no costs to
respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized
burden hours are 458.