Basic Assistance Grant
Charge I Initiatives I Documents I Committee Members
Charge of the Committee
To evaluate grant award mechanisms that can be used to provide funding and develop a new award mechanism based on program as opposed to project model to be tested by participating FDP members.
Justification for the Need of a Basic Assistance Grant Task Force
Essentially all current Federal mechanisms to support basic research are project oriented. Investigators are required to submit separated applications, proposing discreet specific aims (non-overlapping with existing support), to win funding that must be separately accounted-for. This often leads to conflicts for these investigators who operate their program as a single unit in pursuit of scientific interests, but are expected to administer this program as individual units of funding.
Proposed Areas of Study and Emphasis...
- Expand the NIH Modular Application process both within NIH (higher dollar thresholds and more award types - perhaps program projects) and to other agencies (initial target is NSF).
- Explore further the notion of project relatedness - at both the postaward and preaward levels - consider the possibility that relatedness can be considered a positive aspect (i.e., a strength) of an application and not necessarily a negative (e.g. overlap) issue.
- Define the elements of a basic assistance award mechanism. Examples might include: core support for the research team; continuity of support; permitting certain types of administrative expenses (i.e., A-21 sensitive) for multiple project investigators; permit higher degree of scientific freedom.
Results from Institutional Budget Requirements Survey
Minutes from the 1/12 meeting of the basic assistance grant task group (PDF)
Summary of the BAG meeting (PDF)
Letter to NSF regarding proposed demonstration – September 19, 2005 (PDF)
The Basic Assistance Grant – the Federal Research Chair- Draft of 12/08/03 (PDF)
May 2006 (PDF)
January 2006 (PDF)
September 2005 (PDF)
May 2005 (PDF) and Budget Streamlining: Objectives and Options (PDF)
January 2005 (PDF)
September 2004 (PDF)
May 2004 (PDF)
January 2004 (PDF)
Committee Mailing List - FDP-BASICAWARDTF-L@LSW.NAS.EDU