HIRN 2021 Catalyst Award FAQs

We hope that these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) will facilitate the application process. If you have any additional questions please contact the HIRN Coordinating Center directly via email.

Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated: December 1, 2021

1. How do I learn more about the HIRN Catalyst Award?
The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available directly on the HIRN website at: https://hirnetwork.org/catalyst2021 . Specific questions can be submitted to the HIRN Coordinating Center (CC) via email at: hirnec@coh.org 

2. Who can apply for this award?
A detailed summary of eligibility is listed in Section V (Eligibility Information) of the RFP.

3. Does the proposal have to be associated with a current HIRN project? No, applicants must propose an original scientific idea that is distinct from all current HIRN funded research. However, the project must fall within the purview of one (or more) current HIRN consortia.
4. Can I submit a final application if I did not submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)?
Yes, the LOI is non-binding therefore applicants who did not submit an LOI can still submit a final application. Additionally, applicants that submitted a LOI are not required to submit a final application.
5. Will I receive a response regarding my eligibility after submitting the LOI?
No, the LOIs will be reviewed by the HIREC and NIH NIDDK HIRN Program Officers, however, you will not receive a response regarding eligibility based on the LOIs. Eligibility status will be reviewed in detail upon submission of a final application.
6. How do I submit the final application?
We are utilizing an online vendor-based program for direct application submission. Users should apply directly at: https://coh.smapply.org Also, a User Guide can be downloaded HIRN. Catalyst Award. Applicant User Guide.pdf (156 downloads) to assist applicants with the submission.
7. What is the maximum amount awarded?
The funding limit is $125,000 direct cost per year for up to two years.
8. How should the budget be submitted?
Applicants should complete the Public Health Service (PHS) 398 Budget (form page 4) and upload this document into the “Budget” Form of the Final Application. Additionally, a Budget Justification document should be prepared and uploaded into the “Budget Justification” Form of the Final Application. The role/effort of each collaborator should be included in the Budget Justification. Please refer to the following websites for additional information: PHS 398 Forms and NIH Guide to Develop a Budget.
9. Can Letters from Collaborators be included in the Final Application?
Yes, letters from collaborators should be uploaded in the “Appendix” Form of the Final Application. There is no limit on letters from collaborators.
10. Can Letters of Support from individuals currently associated with HIRN be included in the Final Application?
No, letters of support attesting to the applicants abilities or future potential are not allowed and will not be accepted. Any application containing letters of support will be returned without review for noncompliance.
11. When is the Final Application Due?
The application must be submitted online by 11:59 pm Pacific on Monday, May 2, 2022. Late submissions will not be accepted.
12. When will applicants be notified?
Applicants will be notified via email before August 1, 2022 (exact date TBD).
13. When will the awards be issued?
After the scientific review has commenced award recipients will be notified via email. The HIREC will work with the institution of the investigator to issue a subaward. The subaward should be executed on or before August 1, 2022 for the project to commence.
14. Are non-US citizens eligible to apply?
There is no citizenship requirement for the applicant. Applicant may be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States, or been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I‐551, or other legal verification of such status).  Visas are temporary (J1 visas are usually for students, H1B for employees), and so a holder of those visas would not be considered “admitted for permanent residence” in the language above, as they are by their nature only temporary admissions to the country.


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