This FOA solicits applications to participate in the Autoimmunity Centers of Excellence (ACE) program, a cooperative network intended to improve the understanding and treatment of autoimmune diseases (www.autoimmunitycenters.org). The ACE program was founded on the premise that collaboration among basic and clinical scientists can accelerate both fundamental and applied research. For this reissued FOA, the formerly integrated Centers are divided into Basic and Clinical research programs. This FOA solicits applications for the Basic research program; a companion FOA solicits applications for the Clinical research program. The members of the Basic and Clinical ACE will work together to design and conduct studies of mechanisms of action of the immune-modulating agents being tested in the clinical trials.
A Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) may NOT apply to both this ACE Basic program FOA and the companion Clinical program FOA.
Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed. The same institution may also apply to the companion FOA. A single PD/PI, and PDs/PIs on a multiple-PD/PI application, may NOT also serve as PDs/PIs on an application to the companion FOA.
Each individual Project and Core must be led by a single Project or Core Leader. Multiple PDs/PIs for projects and cores are not allowed.
An individual may serve as PD/PI on an application to either this ACE Basic program FOA or the companion Clinical program FOA but not both. PD(s)/PI(s) should commit at least 2.4 person months effort (total for multiple PDs/PIs). A PD/PI may lead no more than one of the proposed Projects. The PD/PI (or one of the PDs/PIs if multiple PD/PIs) should also lead the Administrative Core.
Cooperative Agreement. NIAID anticipates awarding up to $5 million in total costs in FY 2014 to fund up to 5 new or renewal grants within the ACE Basic program. Additional funds will be awarded to a single ACE institution to support the Clinical Project Fund and an Opportunity Fund. Future year amounts will depend on annual appropriations.
Applicants to the ACE Basic program can request up to $1 million in total costs to support the program, including the Principal, Pilot, and Collaborative Projects, Administrative Core, and the [optional] scientific core. See special budget instructions for each Project & Core. Support for the optional ACE Funds Management Core is limited to $250,000 per year in direct costs.
The maximum project period is five years.
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