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Research Addressing Spinal Cord Trauma

Translational Research Projects (TRP) in Spinal Cord Injury (Round 4)

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New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB)

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12/09/21 4:00 PM EST


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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and government agencies for medical research addressing spinal cord injuries. Some applicants must register and prequalify prior to submitting an application. Proposals will be considered for early-stage research that can be advanced into mid/late-stage translational and/or pre-clinical research.

The SCIRB’s mission and goal is to:

  1. Seek major advances toward a cure and not simply incremental research gains or incremental improvements for SCI patients.
  2. Support research that tests novel hypotheses and/or advances innovative research approaches that could move the field of SCI research significantly toward discovering a cure for SCI.

The SCIRB’s mission is to stimulate high-quality, innovative SCI research that will help promote treatment and cure for SCI, including methods for reversing paralysis or restoring function caused by injury, or for minimizing or preventing damage occurring during acute phases of injury. To achieve this mission, the Program offers competitive research awards to support the New York State scientists and their collaborators from a variety of biomedical disciplines in initiating and pursuing such efforts. 

Purpose of the Funds

The SCIRB wishes to stimulate the growth of SCI research and to accelerate the pace with which basic (preclinical) findings are translated into clinical benefits for spinal cord-injured persons. In addition, SCIRB wishes to fill fundamental gaps in knowledge that are barriers to scientific advances in SCI research.

This Request for Applications (RFA) offers researchers the opportunity to advance well-proven hypotheses and early translational research findings into mid/late-stage translational and/or pre-clinical research that has a clear and feasible translational path to clinical application. The RFA also offers the opportunity to validate and optimize or iteratively refine devices, tools and technologies to treat or cure SCI paralysis in ways that significantly improve current capabilities.

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GrantWatch ID#: 157069

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Number of Grants:

Up to 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Annual direct costs for each award are capped at $1,000,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

The contract term will be up to five years. It is expected that contracts resulting from this RFA will have the following time period: 10/1/2022 – 9/30/2027.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a not-for-profit organization or governmental organization in New York State. Awarded organizations will be expected to monitor the use of funds, maintain individual accounts and fulfill other fiscal management criteria. Subcontracting and collaborating organizations may include public, not-for-profit and for-profit entities within or outside of New York State.

The eligible Principal Investigator (PI) is designated by the application organization, has the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed Workplan, and is not a postdoctoral fellow or other dependent research staff.

An eligible organization is not limited to the number of applications it can submit in response to this RFA provided that each application is scientifically distinct. However, the eligible PI may submit only one application in response to this RFA, regardless of the organization under which (s)he submits the applications. If an eligible PI submits more than one application, all applications from that PI will be disqualified and will not be forwarded to peer review.

Eligibility to apply also includes the following mandatory items:
- The PI is not restricted from receiving Public Health Service (PHS) funding or debarred by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any other federal or New York State government entity;
- The application does not propose support for a research center;
- The application does not propose support for a Phase III clinical trial;
- The application does not propose expansion of enrollment for an ongoing clinical trial;
- The PI has not submitted more than one application.
- The applicant is pre-qualified in the NYS Grants Gateway, on the application due date, if not exempt.

Submission of an application certifies that the applicant organization and the PI meet the eligibility criteria stated here.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An applicant conference will be held for this project. The conference will be held via webinar (WebEx) only on November 2, 2021 at 10:30 AM EST. The Department requests that potential applicants register for this conference by emailing the NYSDOH Contact in Contact Information below. Deadline for reservations is posted below.

Link to meeting:

Call in Number: 1-844-633-8697 or 1-518-549-0500
Meeting number (access code): 161 036 0727
Meeting password: Trans4-Oct5

Applicants unable to participate in the webinar will have the option to view the applicant conference slides at their convenience. The applicant conference slides will be posted with the Questions and Answers document on the NYS Grants Gateway website on the dates posted below. Failure to attend the applicant conference will not preclude the submission of an application.

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:
- Letter of Intent Due (Strongly encouraged): October 27, 2021
- Conflict of Interest Due (Optional): October 27, 2021
- Applicant Conference Registration Due: November 1, 2021
- Applicant Conference: November 2, 2021
- Questions Due: November 8, 2021
- Questions, Answers and Updates Posted (on or about): November 15, 2021
- Applications Due: December 9, 2021 by 4:00 PM

All not-for-profit vendors subject to prequalification are required to prequalify prior to grant application and execution of contracts. Pursuant to the New York State Division of Budget Bulletin H-1032, dated July 16, 2014, New York State has instituted key reform initiatives to the grant contract process which requires not-forprofits to register in the Grants Gateway and complete the Vendor Prequalification process in order for applications to be evaluated. For more information, see pages 15-17 of the RFA in Attached Files below.

Letter of Intent:
Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to complete and submit a letter of intent. Submission of a letter of intent is not a requirement or obligation upon the applicant to submit an application in response to this RFA. Applications may be submitted without first having submitted a letter of intent.

Conflict of Interest:
The SCIRB aims to conduct a review process that is rigorous and impartial. All participants in a review (including scientific reviewers, NYSDOH staff members and members of the SCIRB) are required to disclose financial interests and declare all conflicts that meet relevant SCIRB and State of New York conflict of interest regulations. Applicants who wish to submit a Conflict of Interest Form, must do so as part of the Letter of Intent by the deadline stated above.

Once the application is complete, prospective grantees are strongly encouraged to submit their applications at least 48 hours prior to the due date and time. This will allow sufficient opportunity for the applicant to obtain assistance and take corrective action should there be a technical issue with the submission process. Both DOH and Grants Management staff are available to answer applicant’s technical questions and provide technical assistance prior to the application due date and time.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

David Googins
Extramural Grants Administration
New York State Department of Health
Wadsworth Center
Empire State Plaza, Room C345
Albany, NY 12237-0012
(518) 474-7002 (phone)

Grants Gateway Team Email:
Phone: 518-474-5595
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 4pm
(Application Completion, Policy, Prequalification and Registration questions)

Agate Technical Support Help Desk
Phone: 1-800-820-1890
Hours: Monday thru Friday 8am to 8pm
(After hours support w/user names and lockouts)

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA #18482 / Grants Gateway ID: DOH01-TRANS4-2022

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