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Superfund Research Program

The following links provide information for Superfund Research Program Center (P42) applicants to assist in putting together a P42 application. In addition to the information below, please visit the P42 Funding Opportunities Webpage, which contains links to Suggested Research and Activities (436KB), Additional Resources, and Frequently Asked Questions (Coming Soon) for assisting P42 applicants in developing robust and relevant research projects and core activities.

Electronic Application Process

The SRP P42 is part of the multi-project application process facilitated by Application Submission System & Interface for Submission Tracking (ASSIST). ASSIST aids the applicant with the electronic preparation and submission of multi-project applications through Grants.gov to NIH. Applications to this FOA must be submitted electronically; paper applications will not be accepted. ASSIST provides many features to enable electronic multi-project application submission and improve data quality, including: pre-population of organization and PD/PI data, pre-submission validation of many agency business rules, and the generation of data summaries in the application image used for review.

Need help with ASSIST? Please visit the Preparing for Complex Multi-Project Applications section on NIH’s Applying Electronically webpage.

Applicants also should refer to the NIH Office of Extramural Research SF424 (R&R) Application Guide webpage for additional guidelines to prepare these complex multi-project/core applications

Other Attachments for RFA-ES-20-014

Applicants should include, as part of the "Other Attachments" included with the overall component, the following items:

  • Center Organizational Structure. Applicants should include a diagram of the organizational structure of the Center. This diagram should demonstrate how the interactions between the different Center components achieve integration and the mandate-driven goals of the Center. In this diagram, applicants should clearly indicate which projects are biomedical and which are environmental science and engineering. Applicants are encouraged to use a systems approach to represent the linkages between projects/cores. The diagram should be provided as a pdf file titled "Center Organizational Structure".  
  • Table of Integration with Center. To assist the reviewers in determining the relationship between components, a table should be provided showing interactions between projects and cores and why (e.g. the purpose of the interaction) for the achievement of the Center's overall objectives. Applicants are encouraged to use a systems approach to identify problem-solving leverage points the Center will address. This table should be provided as a pdf file titled "Table of Integration with Center".
  • Table of Stakeholder Engagement and Field Sites. To assist the reviewers in identifying significant project and core interactions with key stakeholders (e.g. local/state/federal government organizations, non-government organizations, community organizations/groups, other end-users) and field sites, a table should be provided showing which projects and cores interact with which stakeholder groups as well as the nature of the interaction. Field sites would include Superfund or other hazardous waste sites or other study/research sites. Applicants may include significant ongoing and/or planned interactions, cross-referencing sections of the application where more details are provided. Please do not name individuals. This table should be provided as a pdf file titled "Table of Stakeholder Engagement."
  • Table of Research Support and Data Management and Analysis Core Utilization. To assist the reviewers in determining the relationship between the Research Support Cores and the research projects, a table should be provided that indicates the percentage use of each core relative to the individual projects. Centers may include the Data Management and Analysis Core in this table. This table should be provided as a pdf file titled "Table of Research Support and Data Management and Analysis Core Utilization".
  • Table of Changes to Projects and Cores. To assist review of renewal/resubmission applications, a table should be included that lists projects and core components (by project title and project/core leader) denoting which projects are new, continuing, substantially modified, finished/completed, or discontinued. This table should coincide in order and number with the projects and cores in the current application. Also, the applicant should indicate which projects are considered biomedical research and which are considered environmental science and engineering research (including which environmental science and engineering project addresses SRP's fourth mandate). ASSIST assigns projects/cores consecutively; therefore, when numbering projects and cores, numbering must not be skipped if a project from a previous funding period is discontinued in the renewal application. Please label in the following format: new = N; continuing = C; substantially modified = M; finished/completed = F; or discontinued = D. This table should be provided as a pdf file titled "Table of Changes to Projects and Cores".
  • Table of Research Approaches. To facilitate the identification of projects and cores, a table should be included indicating the use of human subjects, vertebrate animals, international collaborations, and stem cells. Please list all research projects and cores. This table should be provided as a pdf file titled "Table of Research Approaches".
  • For more information and table examples for the overall Center and Training Core, see the Examples of Tables for RFA-ES-20-014 (300KB) document.

Frequently Asked Questions

SRP staff will gather and post Frequently Asked Questions (Coming Soon) throughout the duration of the release of RFA-ES-18-002 until the application due date of February 15, 2021. Please check here for updates.

Note: The P42 Funding Opportunities Webpage contains links to Suggested Research and Activities (436KB)  and Additional Resources for assisting P42 applicants in developing robust and relevant research projects and core activities.

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