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HHS - 807 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on AgingAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number807
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date12/1/1987Designated Fed Officer Position Title*SCIENTIFIC DIRECTOR, National Institute on Aging
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*LUIGI
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*FERRUCCI
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixMD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(410) 558-8110
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*(410) 558-8137
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*lf27z@nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that ...the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at ...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492. Section 492(b) states that the Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. This Board assesses the quality of the Institute's Intramural Research Program (IRP) and evaluates the productivity and performance of staff scientists, necessary functions for the operation of a highly effective intramural research program. The Board is composed of scientific and technical experts. The Board continues to provide indispensable evaluations and advice in the scientific management of IRP. In addition to the peer review of each laboratory, the Chair and individual members of the Board are frequently consulted for advice on program development and staff appointments. The Board's crucial role is assuring the continued high quality of NIA intramural research was demonstrated by the reviews held during the past year. In October 2019, the Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science. three scientists were reviewed, none of whom are on tenure tracks. In September 2020, the Laboratory of Epidemiology and Population Science and the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience were reviewed. The Board reviewed the work of five scientists, none of whom were on a tenure track.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of twelve members who are outstanding authorities knowledgeable in the fields of biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, clinical medicine, immunology, neurosciences, behavioral sciences, endocrinology, and longitudinal studies. The advisory role of the Board is scientific and substantive. The Board, through periodic visits to the laboratories and meetings with investigators and program leaders, assesses the research in progress and evaluates the productivity and performance of staff.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings are generally held twice a year. In FY 2020, they were held in October 2019 and September 2020.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board is composed of recognized biomedical research authorities from outside the NIH in order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs. Their recommendations are invaluable because the complex nature of research in each laboratory requires a unique balance and breadth of expertise not available on the NIH staff or from other established resources.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the Board were partially closed for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual programs and projects conducted by the Institute, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, the competence of individual investigators and other similar items. Section 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits the closing of meetings where discussion could reveal personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other - Scientific and Technical Peer Review.

Reports: This committee did not produce any public reports during the fiscal year.

DFO/Committee Decision Maker: Based on the assignment of responsibilities in this Institute, the roles of the committee's designated federal officer and the committee decision maker are held by the same individual.

URL: This committee does not have a website.

Drs. Hazuda and Morimoto were reappointed for one year due to the cancellation of the
Spring 2020 meeting.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH officials use the recommendations made by the BSC in evaluating the quality of intramural research programs including scientific priorities and resources available. No changes were made to existing laboratory research priorities or resources.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentAlthough grant reviews are included in the duties of this Board, there were no grant reviews performed during this fiscal year.
Number Of Recommendations*81Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring each meeting the members evaluate the scientific programs of three or four Laboratories/Branches (every Lab/Branch is evaluated once every four years) and will review the progress of junior scientists at the midpoint of or during the final year of the six to eight year period of their tenure track appointment.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentInformation on the research funded by NIH is available through the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool) website. RePORT provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities that advance the mission of the NIH, including information on NIH expenditures, strategic plans, reports on NIH funding, and reports on the organization and people involved in NIH research and research training. The RePORT website is located at http://report.nih.gov.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*As part of the reports to the Board of Scientific Counselors, the Executive Secretary presents appropriate remarks regarding actions taken to implement the Board's recommendations and guidance from previous meetings.Narrative Description*The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by conducting research in its own laboratories. Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that "the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492". Section 492(b) states that the "Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health. The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute's intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended."
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$7,400.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$7,400.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$88,862.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$91,173.00
Payments to Consultants*$3,200.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$3,200.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$7,753.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$7,799.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$9,990.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$10,052.00
Other Costs$29,275.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$29,568.00
Total Costs$146,480.00Est. Total Next FY*$149,192.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.40Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.40
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
Hide Section - Interest Areas

Interest Areas

Category
Area
Health
Health Care
Aging
Medicine
Health and Health Research
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036499Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2019
 COM-034704Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2018
 COM-001635Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2017
 COM-002390Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2016
 COM-004127Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2015
 COM-004485Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2014
 COM-005869Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2013
 COM-006654Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2012
 COM-008049Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2011
 COM-009121Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2010
 COM-010224Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2009
 COM-010770Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2008
 COM-011950Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2007
 COM-012552Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2006
 COM-013978Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2005
 COM-014617Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2004
 COM-015711Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2003
 COM-016734Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2002
 COM-017903Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2001
 COM-018454Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging2000
 COM-019536Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging1999
 COM-020468Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging1998
 COM-021753Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute on Aging1997