This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Silvio O. Conte Digestive Diseases Research Core Centers (DDRCCs). The DDRCCs are part of an integrated program of digestive and liver diseases research support provided by the NIDDK. The purpose of this Centers program is to bring together basic and clinical investigators as a means to enhance communication, collaboration, and effectiveness of ongoing research related to digestive and/or liver diseases. DDRCCs are based on the core concept, whereby shared resources aimed at fostering productivity, synergy, and new research ideas among the funded investigators are supported in a cost-effective manner. Each proposed DDRCC must be organized around a central theme that reflects the focus of the digestive or liver diseases research of the Center members.
Only one application per institution is allowed. Only institutions at which there is a strong ongoing base of digestive and/or liver diseases-relevant research that relates to the proposed theme of the Center are eligible. At least 50 percent of the already funded research base in a new application must be supported by the NIDDK. In renewal applications, the NIDDK-supported research base may be less than 50 percent due, typically, to a growing number of investigators entering digestive or liver disease research from other fields.
NIDDK intends to commit $6 million in FY 2016 to fund 5 awards. Application budgets are limited to $750,000 in direct costs per year but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed Center. This budget is exclusive of F&A costs for consortium and subcontract arrangements.
The above materials must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The selected nominee will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadline of Wednesday, November 19, 2014.
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