Applicants may request up to $20,000 per conference per year. Multi-year applications are NOT allowed.
The number of awards will depend upon the number, quality, and cost of the applications received. Facilities and
Administrative (F&A) costs are NOT allowed.|
Conferences do not have to be solely focused on diabetic complications to be eligible for support under this program. Priority will be
given to conferences and organizers that have not traditionally supported complications research or communities.
Provide a narrative justification for each proposed personnel position, including the role of the
individual in the conference and the proposed level of effort, and how they will advance the field of diabetic complications.
If travel awards for junior investigators are proposed, please describe how many awards are anticipated and how they will be selected. Budget
requests should be commensurate with the relative ability of the conference to promote complications. Include information regarding
efforts to obtain funding for this conference from other sources.
Allowable Costs: Salary (in proportion to the time or effort spent directly on the complications portion of the conference); rental of necessary
equipment; travel and per diem or subsistence allowances; supplies needed for conduct of the conference (only if received for use during the conference);
conference services; publication costs; funds to help defray registration costs for some select attendees (for example, women, racial/ethnic minorities,
persons with disabilities, other individuals who have been traditionally underrepresented in science, graduate students); speakers’ fees.
Non-allowable costs: Meals/food and beverages; purchase of equipment; transportation costs exceeding U.S. carrier coach class fares; visas; passports;
entertainment; tips; bar charges; personal telephone calls; laundry charges; dues; honoraria or other payments for the purpose of conferring distinction
or communicating respect, esteem or admiration; patient care; alterations or renovations; facilities and administrative costs/indirect costs.
Awards will be made as subcontracts from the DiaComp Coordinating and Bioinformatics Unit (CBU) at Augusta University and not directly by the NIH.
Requests for conferences held outside of North America are generally not allowed. Funded awards are not allowed to submit a competitive renewal application and
unfunded applications are not allowed to revise and resubmit an amended application.
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Each application will receive a primary review by multiple external referees and be given scores for:|
Significance of the Conference:
Does this scientific conference address an important problem relative to DiaComp’s mission?
What is the importance of the proposed conference to the diabetic complications community and to the general biomedical
community? Is the conference timely for the subject matter to be discussed at the conference? Has this subject matter been
addressed by other recent conferences? Does the conference address current, cutting edge research topics?
Scope and Content of the Conference: Is the format and agenda
appropriate for achieving the goals of the conference? Are the plans to publish or otherwise disseminate results of the conference
appropriate? Does conference bring together investigators that will benefit from cross-talk?? If travel awards for junior investigators
are proposed, is the anticipated number of awards appropriate and the selection process adequate?
Organizers and Selected Speakers: Are the organizers well suited for organizing this conference?
Are the qualifications of the lead organizer appropriate and is their past performance adequate? Are the key personnel and selected speakers
appropriate and well suited for their described roles in the conference?
Applicant Organization: Does the applicant organization have the ability to contribute to the
probability of success of the conference? Is there evidence of institutional support?
Environment: How appropriate is the conference site? Do the proposed meetings, exhibits, interactions,
etc. take advantage of unique features of the scientific environment or employ useful collaborative arrangements? If the conference is to
be held in a foreign country, is there good reason for it to be held at the time and the site proposed? Have the proposed accommodations
for people with disabilities been addressed satisfactorily in the application?
Inclusion of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities: How well do the plans for inclusion
of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities provide for their appropriate representation in the planning, organization, and
implementation of the proposed conference?
An Overall Score will be based on the
NIH Scoring System for Research Applications. Scores will range from 1 to 9, where a score of 1-3 indicates an application addressing a problem
of high importance/interest in the field and may have some or no weaknesses. A score of 4-6 may be addressing a problem of high importance in the
field, but weaknesses in the criteria bring down the overall impact to medium. A score of 7-9 may be addressing a problem of moderate/high importance
in the field, but weaknesses in the criteria bring down the overall impact to low. A score of 9 indicates an application with serious and substantive
weaknesses with very few strengths. A score of 5 is considered an average score. The entire scale (1-9) should always be considered. Please note that
the Overall Score is NOT an average of the other scores. Reviewers will strongly consider the goal of the program to
broadly advance the study of diabetic complications and promote communication and collaboration between research communities investigating similar
pathologic mechanisms in different end organs of diabetic complications. The DiaComp External Evaluation Committee (EEC) will provide a
secondary review of all applications. Priority will be given to conferences and organizers that have not traditionally supported complications
research or communities. All applications should meet a critical need not currently met by societies or industry and provide an excellent
training environment for junior investigators. Applications that are incomplete, non-compliant and/or nonresponsive will not be reviewed. No
additional materials may be submitted after the receipt date. Scientists from the applicant institution are in conflict and excluded from review.
Written comments will be provided for all reviewed applications. Final funding decisions will be made by the NIH. All decisions are final and appeals
will not be accepted for applications submitted in response to this solicitation. Funded awards are not allowed to submit a competitive renewal application
and unfunded applications are not allowed to revise and resubmit an amended application. Multi-year funding requests are not allowed.
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|January 1, 2017
RFA for DiaComp Support for Conferences is posted on DiaComp website, other related websites, and notification of the postings is
sent to all US academic and research institutions.
|June 12, 2017
||Applications Submitted to CBU (Dr. Richard McIndoe, CA 4127, Augusta University, Augusta, Georgia, 30912) |
|September 1, 2017
||Earliest start date for DiaComp Conference Funding
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The application is the standard PHS 398 form including face, abstract,
detailed budget, Biosketch (up to 4 pages), and research plan (or "Conference Plan"). The "Conference Plan" (Sections A-D are limited to 5 pages)
should include the following sections:
- Specific Aims,
- Background and Significance,
- Preliminary Studies,
- Research Design and Methods,
- Literature Cited
Applicant organizations may submit more than one application, provided that each application is scientifically distinct. All
applications must be submitted via the DiaComp website (PDF format only please).
In the "Conference Plan" section of the application (uploaded as the Research Strategy attachment), describe the objectives,
specific program, and logistical arrangements for the conference. Describe the format and list the agenda and speakers, including
the principal topics to be covered, problems to be addressed, and developments or contributions the conference might stimulate.
All applicants must:
Provide a detailed justification for the conference, including the scientific need, timeliness, and usefulness of the
conference to the diabetic complications community.
Provide specific examples of how individual sessions or speakers will advance the study of diabetic complications amongst
the broader audience. If travel awards for junior investigators are proposed, please describe how many awards are anticipated
and how they will be selected.
Estimate the expected size and composition of the audience. Describe how the conference will foster communication and
collaboration between investigative communities already involved in complications research and/or inform investigative
communities that have not traditionally been involved in complications research about exciting new opportunities in the field.
Describe the composition and role of the organizing committee, and provide the names and credentials of key participants (i.e. speakers,
presenters, session moderators) in the conference, including the basis for their selection and documentation of their agreement to participate.
Describe plans for publicizing the conference to all interested participants and for publishing the proceedings (with the latter plan not being
required). Identify related conferences held on the subject during the past 3 years and how the proposed conference is similar to and/or different
from these, and why it is still necessary and useful. Conferences do not have to be solely focused on diabetic complications to be eligible for
support under this program. Priority will be given to conferences and organizers that have not traditionally supported complications research or
communities. All applications should meet a critical need not currently met by societies or industry and provide an excellent training environment
for junior investigators. Funded awards are not allowed to submit a competitive renewal application and unfunded applications are not allowed to
revise and resubmit an amended application. Multi-year funding requests are not allowed.
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Higher Education Institutions|
Nonprofits Other Than Institutions of Higher Education
- Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
Private Institutions of Higher Education
The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply
for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:
- Hispanic-serving Institutions
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
- Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
- Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)
- Small Businesses
- For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)
- State Governments
- County Governments
- City or Township Governments
- Special District Governments
- Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)
- Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)
- Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government
- U.S. Territory or Possession
- Independent School Districts
- Public Housing Authorities/Indian Housing Authorities
- Native American Tribal Organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
- Faith-based or Community-based Organizations
- Regional Organizations
Domestic institutions or organizations, including established scientific or professional societies, are eligible to apply for conference support.
Foreign institutions are NOT eligible to apply for conference support. Both domestic and international conferences may be supported; however, an
international conference can be supported only through the U.S. representative organization of an established international scientific or professional
society. Requests for conferences held outside of North America are generally not allowed. An individual is not eligible to receive a grant in support
of a conference.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are NOT eligible to apply.
Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are NOT eligible to apply.
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A summary is due two months following the completion of the Conference.|
Financial acknowledgment of award: Please acknowledge support
using funds from the Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp) using the following
text: 'Financial support for this Conference provided by the NIDDK Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp,
www.diacomp.org), grant DK076169'.
Presentations and slides: Please use the PowerPoint slides found in the zip file here -
- to indicate that DiaComp is a funding source for your conference and to inform your attendees about current DiaComp Funding Opportunities.
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Richard McIndoe, Ph.D. (Coordinator)
Coordinating and Bioinformatics Unit
Center for Biotechnology and Genomic Medicine
1120 15th Street, CA4124
Augusta, GA 30912-4810
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