Question 1: It is my understanding that the federal F&A rate applies to the NCORP funding levels. Is that correct and is any element of the budget not subject to the F&A rate?
Question 2: Instructions read that separate budget must be submitted for clinical trials and CCDR. Please explain how the clinical trials budget and CCDR budgets should be presented on the PHS 398 Face Page.
Question 3: In the current UM1 funding opportunity announcement, there is no mention of any guidelines for allowed amounts for clinical trials. Are there limits, and if yes, what are they?
Question 4: If an NCORP accrues more than 200 credits will the $4000/credit apply only to the credits that exceed 200 or to all the credits that the NCORP accrues?
Question 5: The RFA says that the application budgets are not limited. However, the PHS 398 says that we need to obtain an authorization for budgets where direct costs will exceed $500,000 in any given year of the budget. Our direct costs will be greater than $500,000 per year, and according to PHS 398 we need an authorization but do not know to whom this notification should be addressed. Can you point us in the right direction?
Question 6: Please clarify – with this RFA, the budget year will be September 2014 – August 31, 2014? Correct?
Question 7: In the past we have used grant funds to support translations of consent forms. With the transition to the CIRB, will consents be translated, or should this continue to be included in the budget?
Question 8: Are there specific things that we can and can't use grant funding for, i.e. are there any funding restrictions?
Question 9: According to the guidelines, we can request $300,000 for infrastructure, $350,000 for clinical trials (as a basic accrual site), and $300,000 for CCDR (for 3 components), providing a budget baseline of $950,000. Would this $950,000 be inclusive of indirect costs for consortium sites and the prime recipient?
Question 10: The program guidelines Part 2 section on budget considerations (p 156) keeps referring to Part 4 Appendices - Section IV...is this an error as this is the suggested Table of Contents section?
Question 11: On page 284 of the Community Program Guidelines the Table in D Says Average # of Credits. Should this say Accruals?
Question 12: Our Cancer Center does not have an established indirect cost rate with a federal agency. Can this be negotiated after the application is submitted?
Question 13: Is there a maximum amount that may be requested for NCORP infrastructure funding? If there is a max for infrastructure support, would you please provide it?
If there is a max, does it include the main budget and sub-budgets combined?
I know there is a $300K max request for CCDR. However, I "heard" there is a max for infrastructure too.
Question 14: In the sample budget in Appendix 4, page 284, what is the definition of "molecular screening credits" and "biospecimen collection credits"? Can you give some examples of protocols that have these?
Question 15: Can we budget for the PI/Admin meeting that the NCI usually has on an annual basis or is not eligible for NCORP grant funding?
Question 16: In the budget, are we supposed to include the anticipated amount for patient accrual?
Question 17: We are planning to have multiple PI's for the NCORP, one for Clinical Research, one for Cancer Delivery and a Pediatric PI. In developing the budget we are clear that there is only one Grant Award but that Clinical Research will have a budget, and Cancer care will have another budget. While incorporating Pediatric trials to our CCOP, must we add these incremental expenses to the Clinical Research Budget, or do we develop a separate budget for Pediatric Trials?
Question 18: Should we have only ONE page titled "Detailed Budget for Initial Budget Period" and only ONE page titled "Budget for Entire Proposed Project Period Direct Costs Only" with each of these pages containing the entire budget requested (Clinical Trials & CCDR)?
Question 19: According to the guidelines, we can request $300,000 for infrastructure, $350,000 for clinical trials (as a basic accrual site), and $300,000 for CCDR (for 3 components), providing a budget baseline of $950,000. Would this $950,000 be inclusive of indirect costs for consortium sites and the prime recipient?
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