This funding opportunity announcement will use the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Dissertation Award (R36) mechanism. The predoctoral student is the Project Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI) of the application. As an applicant, you will be solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project under the supervision, and with the approval, of a university-approved and appointed doctoral committee. The student-PD/PI must have an appointment at the applicant institution (e.g., research assistant).
Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. Although the financial plans of the Centers, Institutes, and Offices (CIOs) provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this funding opportunity are contingent upon the availability of funds and the submission of a sufficient number of meritorious applications. The total project period for an application submitted in response to this FOA may not exceed one year and may be extended without additional funds for up to 12 months. Grants to support dissertation research will provide no more than $35,000 in direct costs per year.
Research Strategy: Part of the research strategy must describe any potential outcomes, products and/or impact of the proposed dissertation on policy or practice, as well as dissemination plans, which involve traditional academic as well as nontraditional means of communicating relevant research findings to policymakers or health care delivery personnel. A clear description of the unique contribution of this effort must be included, especially if the research builds upon ongoing or previously conducted work by the principal investigator, or other dissertation committee member/faculty. Note: As described in the SF 424 (R&R), the “Project Summary/Abstract” and “Project Narrative” are separate from the Research Strategy
. Are the PD/PI and mentor(s) appropriately trained and well suited to the proposed research project? Is there evidence that an appropriate level of effort will be devoted by the mentor(s) to ensure the successful completion of the dissertation project? Is there evidence that mentor(s) have been adequately prepared to actively work with the PD/PI and have actively worked with the PD/PI to date in the development of the proposed dissertation project? Does a viable mentoring plan and/or mentor/PD/PI agreement exist? Does the PD/PI demonstrate potential to have a successful career in health services research?
This FOA will use the research dissertation grant (R36) award mechanism. Candidates will be solely responsible for planning, directing, and executing the proposed project.