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NINDS FY2009 Program for Competitive Revision Applications Utilizing Recovery Act Funds

Application Submission Update (4/22/2009)

Competitive Revision applications utilizing ARRA funds are no longer being accepted for FY 2009. Additional updates regarding NINDS and the use of ARRA funds can be found on the NINDS and the Recovery Act web page.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA; Public Law 111-5) was signed on February 17, 2009, with the purpose of job preservation and creation, investment in infrastructure, energy efficiency and science. The act provides NIH with up to $10.4 billion over two years for a variety of biomedical research, behavioral research and infrastructure support activities. This competitive revision application opportunity is one part of the overall NIH Recovery Act investment strategy, which is described at

NIH has published a Notice (NOT-OD-09-058, describing this opportunity. What follows is further NINDS-specific guidance for applicants to the ARRA Competitive Revision Applications Program


The purpose of this program is to provide researchers supplementary funds that can be used to accelerate the tempo of scientific research on active grants, with the ultimate goal of promoting job creation and economic development. The program allows investigators with active NINDS funding to submit competitive revision applications that extend the scope of their currently approved projects. Support for these supplements will come from funds available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

Funding Priorities:

Overall, NINDS estimates that it will allocate approximately $ 40 million to the ARRA supplement program, which includes opportunities for competitive revision supplements, administrative supplements and supplements for summer research. The requested budget must be reasonable and appropriate for the work being proposed. In addition, no single item of equipment should be requested that exceeds $100,000 in cost.

For each single-component grant, NINDS will award no more than one supplement (i.e. either administrative supplement or competitive revision but not both - note that this does not include administrative supplements for summer research). For multi-component grants (e.g. P01s, P50s, U54s), up to one supplement will be awarded to each subproject or core (please note that such multiple requests should be submitted together).

To be eligible, the parent grant must be active and the research proposed in the supplement must be accomplished within the current competitive segment, including projects in a no-cost extension. Any no-cost extension must be in place before the revision application is submitted. The proposed supplement must significantly expand the scope of the peer-reviewed activities and aims approved for the parent grant. Due to the limited, two-year nature of Recovery Act funds, the scope and budget of the requested revision must reflect aims and goals that can be accomplished within that timeframe.

Applications from foreign institutions are not permitted. Consistent with the goals of the Recovery Act to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery in the United States, applicant must be domestic (United States) institutions/organizations (i.e., located in the 50 states, territories and possessions of the United States, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, or District of Columbia).

IMPORTANT: The funds requested by the NINDS grantee in the competitive revision applications must support new research objectives and aims that are outside the scope of the approved and funded parent grant. The funding mechanism being used to support this program, competitive revision applications, can be used to cover costs associated with increasing the tempo of scientific research for new and expanded activities of the initial grant. Examples include adding personnel and investing in equipment and technology to achieve the goals of the project more quickly. NINDS anticipates that funds will be used to enhance employment opportunities in the conduct of NINDS-supported research. NINDS will not consider requests which are solely to compensate for previously applied budget adjustments to a project or to supplant institutional commitments supporting individuals and other cost previously committed to projects.

NINDS intends to accept applications for supplements in all scientific areas relevant to the Institute's mission. NINDS will accept competitive revision applications linked to the following types of active awards:

  1. Research Project Grants (P01, R01, R00, R15, R21, R33, R34, R37, R41, R42, R43, R44, R56, U01) and Research Center Grants (P30, P50, U24, U44, and U54). The supplement budget requested must be consistent with the scope of the project, be for work that can be realistically be accomplished within the period of the award and before September 30, 2010, and must be thoroughly justified. For multi-component grants up to one supplement will be awarded to each subproject or core. For purposes of this announcement, NINDS will treat P30 grants as single-component awards.
  2. Other Research (K01, K08, K23, K25, R24, R25, R34, T32, S11). In general, applications up to $50,000, direct costs, will be considered for these mechanisms. In unusual circumstances, and with a compelling justification, larger requests may be considered. Funds requested for R24, U19 and R34 grants should be commensurate with the scope of the funded project, be for work that can realistically be accomplished within the period of the award, and must be thoroughly justified.

Application Receipt Date for Competitive Revision Applications:

April 21, 2009

Whenever possible, competitive revision applications will be reviewed by the Study Section that reviewed the parent grant.

For electronic applications (R01, R15, R21, R25, R33, R21/R33, SCs: Follow the instructions provided in the "How to Apply" section of NOT-OD-09-058.

For paper Program Project, Center, and Cooperative Agreement applications: Use the PHS 398 forms (rev. 11/2007; available at: (
Note: Paper applications will not be accepted for activity codes that have transitioned to electronic submission.

Submit a signed, typewritten original of the application, including the checklist, and three signed photocopies in one package to:
Center for Scientific Review
National Institutes of Health
6701 Rockledge Drive, Room 1040, MSC 7710
Bethesda, MD 20892-7710 (U.S. Postal Service Express or regular mail)
Bethesda, MD 20817 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)

In addition, at the time of submission, two additional copies of the application and all copies of the appendix material should be sent to:
Chief, Scientific Review Branch
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
Room 3201, MSC 9529
6001 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-9529
(Rockville, MD 20852 for express/courier service)
Telephone: (301) 496-9223
Fax: (301) 402-0182

Timeline for Review of Competitive Revision applications:

For FY 2009, competitive revision applications will be reviewed by the Center of Scientific Review and the NINDS Review Branch with all other applications. The process will be completed by the end of July with notification of award by September 30, 2009.

Additional information on: How to Apply, Peer Review Process and Award Notices can be found in NOT-OD-09-058 (

NINDS also requires an update of active and pending "other support," including other ARRA supplement requests being submitted to the NIH, and a description of any scientific or budgetary overlap with the current request. This update should include:

  • A statement regarding currently available unobligated grant funds. You must describe plans to spend remaining funds in order to support the need for additional funds.
  • Justification that the proposed activity does reflect a change in the parent project's IRG-approved scope.

Contact Information:

Grants Management Contact: NINDS Grants Management Specialist noted on the Notice of Award for the parent grant.

Last updated December 23, 2013