NIH Guide PA 97-087 v26(25) 8/1/97

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> NIH GUIDE, Volume 26, Number 25, August 1, 1997
> PA NUMBER:  PA-97-087
> P.T.
> National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
> National Aeronautics and Space Administration
> The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication
> Disorders
> (NIDCD) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
> (NASA)
> seek research grant applications from multidisciplinary teams to
> support research needed to transfer federally developed technology to
> hearing aids, including, but not limited to, the following areas: (1)
> novel algorithms for signal processing; (2) technologies applicable
> to hearing aid hardware; and (3) advanced microelectronics.
> Although not participating in the preliminary activities with the
> National Aeronautics and Space Administration that led to this
> Program Announcement, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) has a
> strong interest in the development of hearing aids that would
> significantly improve the quality of life of the many elderly persons
> who suffer from age-related hearing loss; NIA supports both basic and
> technology-related research in this area.
> The Public Health Service (PHS) is committed to achieving the health
> promotion and disease prevention objectives of "Healthy People 2000,"
> a PHS-led national activity for setting priority areas.  This PA,
> Hearing Aid Improvement Program, is related to the priority area of
> diabetes and chronic disabling conditions.  Potential applicants may
> obtain a copy of "Healthy People 2000" (Full Report:  Stock No.
> 017-001-00474-0 or Summary Report:  Stock No. 017-001-00473-1)
> through the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office,
> Washington, DC 20402- 9325 (telephone 202-512-1800).
> Applications may be submitted by domestic and foreign, for-profit
> and
> non-profit organizations, public and private, such as universities,
> colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local
> governments, and eligible agencies of the Federal government.
> Applications from minority individuals, women, and individuals with
> disabilities are encouraged.
> The mechanism of support will be the individual
> investigator-initiated research project grant (R01) award.  The
> NIDCD/NASA are prepared to fund three to five awards in an amount
> not
> to exceed $1,000,000 total costs (direct and indirect costs) for FY
> 1998.  Because the nature and scope of the research proposed in
> response to the PA may vary, it is anticipated that the size of the
> awards will vary.  However, awards pursuant to this PA are
> contingent
> upon the availability of funds for this purpose.
> Background
> Hearing aids continue to be the management of choice for many
> people
> with sensorineural hearing loss.  Although hearing aids allow for
> improved hearing function in many situations, they provide limited
> benefit in noisy and other adverse listening environments.  Thus,
> user satisfaction remains low for these problematic conditions.
> However, progress in the miniaturization of circuits and transducers
> now allows a wide range of signal processing functions to be
> incorporated into very small devices, thereby alleviating some of the
> cosmetic concerns expressed by many hearing aid users.
> Various signal processing algorithms, technologies and
> microelectronics have been developed for security, military and space
> applications, yet many of these have not been applied to hearing
> aids. The NIDCD, NASA and the Department of Veterans Affairs
> agreed
> in 1995 to initiate a federal technology transfer program for hearing
> aids by developing partnerships among scientists, industry and
> Federal laboratories for commercialization of promising technologies
> for the benefit of individuals with hearing impairment.  A search of
> Federal laboratories for acoustic and electronic technologies that
> might improve hearing aids was completed in September, 1996 utilizing
> a NASA contract with Research Triangle Institute (RTI).  The
> identified technologies were reviewed at the National Institute of
> Standards and Technology, and the most promising were selected for
> presentation by their developers at the NIDCD/NASA/VA Hearing Aid
> Improvement Conference: Facilitating Partnerships for Technology
> Transfer held on May 1 and 2, 1997 on the NIH campus in Bethesda,
> Maryland.  Scientists, representatives of hearing aid and hearing aid
> component manufacturers, and individuals from Federal laboratories
> attended the conference.  The purpose of the conference was to
> initiate the development of partnerships among scientists, hearing
> aid or hearing aid component manufacturers and Federal laboratories
> to carry out research that will lead to the commercialization of the
> promising technologies.  This joint NIDCD/NASA Program
> Announcement
> is a solicitation for applications to support multidisciplinary
> collaborative research needed to transfer promising technologies into
> practical implementation of improvements in hearing aid performance.
> Objectives
> The goals and scope of this joint NIDCD/NASA Program
> Announcement
> include, but are not limited to:
> 1.  Development, assessment, and implementation of technologies
> that
> have the potential to contribute to improved hearing aid performance
> and that constitute advances in signal processing or
> microelectronics.
> 2.  Technology transfer support, in which academic/industrial teams
> work cooperatively with a Federal Laboratory and/or Federally funded
> grantee or contractor, to apply a Federally developed or funded
> technology to hearing aid improvement.
> Appropriate topics that will address the fundamental issues of
> hearing aid performance include, but are not limited to:
> 1.  Innovative algorithms and approaches to acoustic signal
> processing, resulting in reduced background noise, increased speech
> intelligibility, and improved sound quality.
> 2.  New technologies applicable to hearing aid hardware, such as
> improved microphones and remote control devices.
> 3.  Implementation of low power consumption microelectronics
> appropriate for use in hearing aids.
> It is anticipated that multidisciplinary teams will be formed among
> scientists, hearing aid or hearing aid component manufacturers and
> Federal or Federally supported laboratories that developed the
> technology.  Participation of hearing aid or hearing aid component
> manufacturers in these projects is essential to stimulate early
> assessment of commercial viability and to facilitate technology
> implementation.
> It is the policy of the NIH that women and members of minority
> groups
> and their subpopulations must be included in all NIH supported
> biomedical and behavioral research projects involving human subjects,
> unless a clear and compelling rationale and justification is provided
> that inclusion is inappropriate with respect to the health of the
> subjects or the purpose of the research. This new policy results from
> the NIH Revitalization Act of 1993 (Section 492B of Public Law
> 103-43) and supersedes and strengthens the previous policies
> (Concerning the Inclusion of Women in Study Populations, and
> Concerning the Inclusion of Minorities in Study Populations), which
> have been in effect since 1990.  The new policy contains some
> provisions that are substantially different from the 1990 policies.
> All investigators proposing research involving human subjects
> should
> read the "NIH Guidelines for Inclusion of Women and Minorities as
> Subjects in Clinical Research," which have been published in the
> Federal Register of March 28, 1994 (FR 59 14508- 14513) and
> reprinted
> in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts, Volume 23, Number 11,
> March 18, 1994.
> Investigators also may obtain copies of the policy from the program
> staff listed under INQUIRIES.  Program staff may also provide
> additional relevant information concerning the policy.
> The research grant application form PHS 398 (rev. 5/95) is to be
> used
> in applying for these grants.  These forms are available at most
> institutional offices of sponsored research and may be obtained from
> the Division of Extramural Outreach and Information Resources,
> National Institutes of Health, 6701 Rockledge Drive, MSC 7910,
> Bethesda, MD 20892-7910, telephone 301/435-0714, email:
> ASKNIH at  Application kits may also be obtained
> electronically via the WWW at
> The title and number of the program announcement must be typed in
> Section 2 on the face page of the application.
> The completed original and five legible copies must be sent or
> delivered to:
> 6701 ROCKLEDGE DRIVE, ROOM 1040 - MSC 7710
> BETHESDA, MD  20892-7710
> BETHESDA, MD  20817 (express/courier service)
> Applications will be received on the standard NIH application receipt
> dates, with an initial application receipt date of October 1, 1997.
> The earliest date of award is July, 1998.
> If the application submitted in response to this program
> announcement
> is substantially similar to a grant application already submitted to
> the NIH for review, but not yet reviewed, the applicant will be asked
> to withdraw either the pending application or the new one.
> Simultaneous submission of identical applications will not be
> allowed, nor will essentially identical applications be reviewed by
> different review committees.  Therefore, an application cannot be
> submitted in response to this announcement that is essentially
> identical to one that has already been reviewed.  This does not
> preclude the submission of substantial revisions of applications
> already reviewed, but such applications must include an introduction
> addressing the previous critique.
> Applications will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by
> an appropriate peer review group convened by the Division of
> Research
> Grants in accordance with NIH peer review procedures.  As part of
> the
> initial merit review, all applications will receive a written
> critique and undergo a process in which only those applications
> deemed to have the highest scientific merit, generally the top half
> of applications under review, will be discussed, assigned a priority
> score, and receive a second level review by the National Deafness
> and
> Other Communication Disorders Advisory Council.
> The review criteria are: scientific, technical, or medical
> significance and originality of proposed research; appropriateness
> and adequacy of the experimental approach and methodology
> proposed to
> carry out the research; qualifications and research experience of the
> Principal Investigator and staff, particularly, but not exclusively,
> in the area of the proposed research; availability of the resources
> necessary to perform the research; appropriateness of the proposed
> budget and duration in relation to the proposed research; and
> adequacy of plans to include both genders and minorities and their
> subgroups as appropriate for the scientific goals of the research.
> Plans for the recruitment and retention of subjects will also be
> evaluated.
> Applications will compete for available funds with all other
> applications in response to this PA. The following will be considered
> in making funding decisions: quality of the proposed project as
> determined by peer review; availability of funds; and program
> priorities among research areas of the program announcement.
> Written, telephone, and email inquiries concerning this PA are
> encouraged; the opportunity to clarify any issues or questions from
> potential applicants is welcome.
> Direct inquiries regarding scientific content to:
> Amy M. Donahue, Ph.D.
> Chief, Hearing and Balance/Vestibular Sciences Branch
> Division of Human Communication
> National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
> Executive Plaza South, Room 400-C
> 6120 Executive Boulevard MSC 7180
> Bethesda, MD  20892-7180
> Telephone:  (301) 402-3458
> FAX:  (301) 402-6251
> Email:  Amy_Donahue at
> Direct inquiries regarding fiscal matters to:
> Sharon Hunt
> Chief, Grants Management Branch
> National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
> 6120 Executive Boulevard, Room 400-B, MSC 7180
> Bethesda, MD  20892-7180
> Telephone:  (301) 402-0909
> FAX:  (301) 402-1758
> Email:  Sharon_Hunt at
> This program is described in the Catalog of Federal Domestic
> Assistance No. 93.173. Awards are made under authorization of the
> Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Part A (Public Law 78-410, as
> amended by Public Law 99-158, 42 USC 241 and 285) and
> administered
> under PHS grants policies and Federal Regulations 42 CFR 52 and 45
> CFR Part 74.  This program is not subject to intergovernmental review
> requirements of Executive Order 12372 or Health Systems Agency
> review.
> The PHS strongly encourages all grant and contract recipients to
> provide a smoke-free workplace and promote the non-use of all
> tobacco
> products.  In addition, Public Law 103- 227, the Pro- Children Act of
> 1994, prohibits smoking in certain facilities (or in some cases, any
> portion of a facility) in which regular or routine education,
> library, day care, health care or early childhood development
> services are provided to children.  This is consistent with the PHS
> mission to protect and advance the physical and mental health of the
> American people.

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