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HHS - 1874 - Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameVaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious DiseasesAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1874
Original Establishment Date1/3/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*15
Current Charter Date1/3/1994Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Vaccine Research Center
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*John
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Mascola
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixMD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282 (b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 594-8487
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-480-0274
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*jmascola@mail.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. 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.”The Board is composed of scientific and technical experts.The Board continues to provide indispensable evaluation and advisory functions in the science management of the intramural research programs. Besides the formal meetings for peer review of each laboratory, the chairman and individual Board members are frequently consulted for advice on staff appointments and program development. The actions of the laboratories reviewed are in keeping with the recommendations of the Board. The Board provides the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council with a review and description of its activities.
How is membership balanced?*The committee is composed of up to 15 members who of are authorities knowledgeable in the fields of biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, and vaccine research as it relates to allergy and infectious diseases. Members work in universities and other organizations across the United States.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee did not meet during this reporting period.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This Board is composed entirely of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral 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 Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors, NIAID, closes meetings 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 similar items, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. 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.

URL: This committee does not have a website.

The DFO and Decision Maker are the same person, Director of the Vaccine Research Center, NIAID. Limited resources and the strict confidentiality of the work of this Board make this a necessity.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings scheduled for FY20 have been postponed until FY21.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction 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 OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH officials use the recommendations made by the BSC in evaluating the quality of the 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 CommentN/ANumber 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*33Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentReviews of laboratories in the Vaccine Research CenterAccess 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 CommentContact IC Committee Management Officer. 240-669-5201
Agency Feedback Comment*The institute provides the committee members with a report of actions taken due to recommendations made by the committee.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, 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. This Board assesses the quality of the Institute intramural research programs and evaluates the productivity and performance of staff scientists, necessary functions for the operation of a highly effective intramural research programs 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*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$2,000.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$5,180.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$33,089.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$5,323.00
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*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$5,180.00Est. Total Next FY*$40,412.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.03Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Cost RemarksDue to COVID-19 pandemic, the committee did not meet in FY20. Salary costs have been included for administrative costs associated with managing this committee.Est Cost RemarksIf in-person meetings resume, committee costs for FY 21 may be higher.
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Health
Health Care
Medicine
Health and Health Research
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MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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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-036485Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2019
 COM-034685Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2018
 COM-001639Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2017
 COM-002635Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2016
 COM-004165Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2015
 COM-004417Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2014
 COM-006255Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2013
 COM-006642Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2012
 COM-008282Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2011
 COM-008894Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2010
 COM-010314Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2009
 COM-010841Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2008
 COM-011876Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2007
 COM-012663Vaccine Research Center Board of Scientific Counselors National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases2006
 COM-014020Biochemical Sciences Integrated Review Group2005
 COM-014756Biochemical Sciences Integrated Review Group2004
 COM-015905Biochemical Sciences Integrated Review Group2003
 COM-016792Biochemical Sciences Integrated Review Group2002
 COM-017783Biochemical Sciences Integrated Review Group2001
 COM-018465Biochemical Sciences Integrated Review Group2000
 COM-019585Biochemical Sciences Initial Review Group1999
 COM-020346Biochemical Sciences Initial Review Group1998
 COM-021795Biochemical Sciences Initial Review Group1997