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NHLBI Announces Plan to Fund a Limited Phase VII Exam in the Strong Heart Study

March 22, 2018

In recent posts on this Digital Forum, NHLBI announced plans to fund limited examinations in several of its population-based cohort studies.  NHLBI would now like to announce its intent to fund a new limited Phase VII clinic examination in the Strong Heart Study (SHS; see NIH Guide Notice NOT-HL-19-687).  The exam, which will take place from approximately February 15, 2022 through February 14, 2024, will serve as a platform for investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed, independently funded exam components that will enrich the exam data collection with additional hypothesis-driven content.  The intent of Notice HL-19-687 is to allow ample time for interested researchers to comply with SHS requirements and develop NIH grant applications to fund exam components addressing innovative research questions in SHS.  It is also to inform interested investigators that the SHS invites investigators to discuss ideas for potential collaborations/ancillary studies with the SHS investigators at the SHS Steering Committee meeting on June 11-12, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Table summarizes timing considerations for submitting grant applications proposing components for the SHS Phase VII exam.  (See this website for more information about NIH grant application cycles, due dates, etc.)

Potential applicants may wish to consider the following:

  • New (A0) applications and resubmission (A1) applications received by the January 2020 Council Cycle (Cycle II) and that receive fundable scores would enable an award approximately 14 months before the SHS Phase VII begins.
  • New (A0) applications and resubmission (A1) applications received by the May 2020 Council Cycle (Cycle III) and that receive fundable scores would enable an award approximately 10 months before the SHS Phase VII begins.
  • New (A0) applications and resubmission (A1) applications received by the October 2020 Council Cycle (Cycle I) and that receive fundable scores would enable an award approximately 7 months before the SHS Phase VII begins.
  • For new (A0) applications received by the January 2021 Council Cycle (Cycle II) standard due dates that do not receive fundable scores, resubmission (A1) applications will be funded approximately 3 months before the SHS Phase VII begins. It will have to be determined whether this will be enough time to begin data collection prior to the start of the SHS Phase VII exam.  If not, a start date during the first year of the Phase VII exam may be possible.

Therefore, for grant applications received after the October 2020 Council Cycle (Cycle I), applicants will need to consider timing of their data collection relative to that of the planned exam and any additional time and associated costs that may be required to complete their exam components as proposed.

If you are interested in partnering with the SHS in developing and obtaining funding for innovative content for the upcoming limited Phase VII exam, please carefully read the NIH Guide Notice HL-19-687 and visit the SHS website for its ancillary studies policies and other relevant information.

 

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