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Alzheimer’s-focused administrative supplements for NIH grants that are not focused on Alzheimer’s disease

The participating Institutes and Centers (ICs) are inviting applications to expand existing awards that are not currently focused on Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias (AD/ADRD)—frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, vascular cognitive impairment with dementia, and multiple etiology dementias—to allow the research to develop such a focus. Active awards with project end dates in FY 2021 or later are eligible. The award may not be in terminal no cost extension or going into no cost extension in FY 2020. Please note that a few ICs limit no cost extensions in the final non-competing year of an award. For that reason, it is important to contact staff at the Institute supporting the award when planning the request.

As administrative supplements the work proposed needs to be within the scope of the research or training that is already supported. Center awards and resource awards are most likely to be able to justify these supplements as they tend to have a broad content scope. Some research grants will also qualify if the current research is on a related topic (such as cognitive decline in aging; caregiving; the biology of neurodegeneration; genetics; imaging; computational methods; pain perception; or biostatistical tools that have application to research on AD/ADRD). NIA hosts a website that provides details on how Alzheimer’s disease and its related dementias are defined and provides some examples of currently supported research. Awardees are expected to seek competing support to continue promising leads from the research supported through the supplement.

Awards that currently focus on research on Alzheimer’s disease or on its related dementias are not eligible for this program. If an investigator is uncertain whether the project does carry an Alzheimer’s focus as defined by NIH, then the investigator may contact the appropriate program officer who can check that status. (For example, the parent award may be focusing on cognitive change due to chemotherapy in cancer patients. Does that research have a current focus on Alzheimer’s or its related dementias? Contact the program officer for the award to check its status.)

Applications for this initiative must be submitted using the following opportunity or its subsequent reissued equivalent.

PA-18-591 – Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

First Available Due Date: March 06, 2020