Research and Funding

Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology

Frequently Asked Questions about the OAIC RFA

New FAQ’s may be added to this site periodically.

Can an institution submit more than one OAIC application? (3/30/2012)

As corrected in NOT-AG-12-006, an applicant institution may submit only one OAIC application.

Can a Coordinating Center support travel expenses for OAIC trainees attending the annual OAIC investigators meeting? (3/30/2012)

Yes. One of the expected functions of a Coordinating Center is to organize and conduct an OAIC trainee conference in conjunction with the annual investigators meeting. Travel support for OAIC trainees to attend this conference is an acceptable Coordinating Center expense; however, travel support for OAIC Directors and other members of their leadership team to attend the annual OAIC investigators meeting is the responsibility of each OAIC Leadership and Administrative Core (LAC).

How has RFA-AG-13-002 changed compared to previous RFAs?

While the scope of the OAIC program remains unchanged, there are several differences in RFA-AG-13-002:

a. Previously, Section I included the project summary, budget pages, and other general information for the entire application, and Section II contained the scientific overview of the application. These sections have now been consolidated into one section titled, “Summary of the OAIC.”

b. Previously, the Research Strategy for the Summary of the OAIC was limited to 6 pages. Now, the Research Strategy for Section I: Summary of the OAIC is limited to 12 pages.

c. Previously, investigators proposing health services research could include it only as a component of an OAIC. Now, health services research can constitute the theme of an OAIC as long as the NIA DGCG Policy on Health Services Research within the OAICs is followed (see also the RFA text).

d. The emphasis on including geriatricians as RCDC candidates has been removed. OAICs are still encouraged to consider geriatricians as RCDC candidates; however, OAICs may also find equally qualified candidates among clinicians from other specialties. Including at least some RCDC candidates with clinical doctoral degrees remains unchanged.

e. This RFA provides for an OAIC Coordinating Center.

How should RCDC candidates be presented in the application?

Applicants should take advantage of multiple places in the application to present RCDC candidates. These include the candidates’ Biographical Sketches (particularly the Personal Statement), Research Strategy, and Bibliography and References Cited. In addition, the Biographical Sketches of Key Personnel, the Resources section, and Letters of Support from other relevant individuals may also be used to describe resources, expertise, or other assets that will contribute to the candidates’ career development plans.

How should Pilot/Exploratory Studies (PESs) be presented within the page limits of the PESC section?

Applicants are encouraged to keep descriptions of first-year proposed PESs brief and limited to only the most consequential information. Applicants are encouraged to make maximum use of space within the PESC section, as well as other areas of the application, to convey relevant information about proposed PESs, provided that the information is appropriate for inclusion in such areas. Applications that do not adhere to the page and content limits of individual sections will be returned.

What is the budget limit for Resource Cores?

There is no limit for Resource Cores as there is for all other Cores. Resource Cores can request as much as is available after budgeting for all other OAIC components. There are budget limits on Developmental Projects, however; they must range between $35,000 and $70,000 in first-year direct costs.

For renewing applications, if an awardee of a Pilot/Exploratory Study or RCDC performed a secondary analysis using human subjects data, should the subjects be reported in the Inclusion Enrollment Report?

No. Subjects should be reported in the Inclusion Enrollment Report only if there is new contact with the subjects.

Should Inclusion Enrollment Reports be provided for External Projects?

No. Only human subjects enrolled as part of an OAIC-supported project (i.e., Developmental Project) should be reported.

Can renewing OAICs use extra pages for their progress reports?

No. Competitive renewal applications must fit their progress reports within the Research Strategy page limits, which are 12 pages for the Summary of the OAIC and 6 pages for each Core. Applications that use extra pages or the Appendix for progress reports will be sent back.