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HHS - 31924 - Council of Councils - Statutory (Congress Created)
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameCouncil of CouncilsAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number31924
Original Establishment Date4/11/2007Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*29
Current Charter Date4/11/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI)
Date Of Renewal Charter4/11/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Franziska
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameB.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Grieder
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixDVM, PHD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 USC 402 (l)Designated Federal Officer Phone*301-435-0746
Effective Date Of Authority*1/16/2007Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-480-3819
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*griederf@mail.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council of Councils (Council) advises the Director, NIH, and Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) on matters related to the policies and activities of DPCPSI. The Council makes recommendations in support of research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis and would benefit from the support of additional research that requires collaboration between two or more Institutes/Centers. A major function of the Council is to make recommendations on research that would be funded through the NIH Common Fund (CF), the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), the All of Us Research Program (formerly Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program), and the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The Council also carries out second-level review for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, New Innovator Award, Transformative Research Award, and Early Independence Award programs and for grant programs administered by ORIP, All of Us, and ECHO, as appropriate.

In FY2020, the Council reviewed 1,840 applications requesting $3,078,474,130. In FY2020, the Council met on January 24, 2020, May 15, 2020, and September 11, 2020. At each of the three meetings, the Council conducted business in closed session related to NIH grant applications. The Executive Secretary and program staff presented relevant information and answered questions. Votes were conducted.

At the January meeting, Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Principal Deputy Director, NIH, presented NIH updates, including NIH budget changes. Three concept clearance were presented by NIH staff: First, Dr. Ravi Basavappa, a member of the Common Fund (CF), presented concepts for the CF for reissuance of High Risk, High Reward programs. Specifically, four CF initiatives were cleared by Council including, the Pioneer Award, New Innovator Award, Transformative Research Award, and Early Independence Award. Second, Dr. Stephanie Murphy, representing the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) and the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), described two new linked programs which support early investigators. The two programs are entitled HIV Scholars K01 and New R21 Companion FOA for the HIV Scholars K01. Third, Dr. Hannah Valentine, the Director of the NIH Office for Scientific Workforce Diversity, presented for clearance a new concept to Council entitled Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation. Additional presentation were as follows: Dr. Kevin Johnston, a Council member and professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center updated the Council with an interim report and draft recommendations on the Sequence Read Archive Data working group; Dr. George Santangelo, representing the Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) described OPA’s Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2021 – 2015; Dr. David Murray, speaking for the Office of Disease Prevention, presented an Assessment of Prevention Research Measuring Leading Risk Factors and Causes of Mortality and Disability Supported by the NIH; and Dr. Marina Volkov, representing the Office Evaluation, Performance, and Reporting, presented an update on the NIH-wide Strategic Plan that will cover FY2021-2025.

In March, an Informational Teleconference was held to apprise the Council of a Congressionally mandated program for research on firearm injury and mortality prevention funded by the fiscal year 2020 Further Consolidated Appropriation Act. Research under this program will be supported via competing grants and competitive revisions of existing grants.

At the May meeting, which was conducted by videoconference, Dr. Franziska Grieder, Executive Secretary, presented a change to the Council’s Operating Procedures (or COP) and a vote was taken. Further, three concept clearances were presented by NIH staff: First, Dr. Malgorzata Klosek, representing ORIP, reviewed and discussed a new concept entitled Modernization of Research Facilities Grant Program. Second, Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, Director of the National Library of Medicine, presented a CF concept entitled Design and Use of Artificial Intelligence Platforms. Third, Dr. Cindy Davis, representing the Office of Dietary Supplements, described a concept for reissuance, entitled Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements. Additional updates that solicited Council input included two presentation on two Strategic Plans: Dr. Marina Volkov offered an overview of the Strategic Plan for the Office of Evaluation, Performance, and Reporting Strategic Plan, while Dr. Karen Parker presented information on the NIH FY 2021-2025 Strategic Plan for Sexual and Gender Minority Research. Finally, the Council voted on the establishment of a new Working Group to the Council entitled Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Working Group: Identifying Emerging and Promising Basic Research with Plausible Pathways to Health. Dr. Bill Riley, representing the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, presented the concept.

At the September meeting, which was also conducted by videoconference, Dr. Francis Collins, Director, NIH, presented NIH updates, including the NIH budget review. Next, Dr. James Anderson, Director, DPCPSI, presented a change to the Council’s Operating Procedures and a vote was taken. During the September meeting, NIH staff presented four concept clearances to the Council. Members representing the CF described three concepts, including two new concepts entitled All of Us Nutrition Program and Cellular Senescence. The third CF concept was the second phase of an existing program under the Gabriella Miller Kids First Pediatric Research Program. The fourth concept clearance was for the Office of Data Science Strategy. Drs. Susan Gregurick and Bill Riley presented the concept entitled Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science. The Council was also updated with a report from the Council Working Group on the Sequence Read Archive Data. Council member Dr. Kevin Johnson, a professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, presented the report. The final presentation was by Dr. James Anderson who described to Council members the content of the final draft NIH-Wide Strategic Plan (FY 2021-2025) and solicited the Council’s input.
How is membership balanced?*The Council is composed of 27 members appointed by the Director, NIH, with the concurrence of the Secretary, from among the list, updated and maintained by the Director, NIH, of individuals who have been nominated to serve on the Council. The list of nominees contains: For each national research institute and national center, three individuals nominated by the head of such institute or center from among the members of the advisory council of the institute or center, of which (1) two are scientists and (2) one is from the general public or a leader in the field of public policy, law, health policy, economics or management. For each office within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives, one individual nominated by the head of such office. In selecting the members of the Council, the Director, NIH, ensures (1) the representation of a broad range of disciplines and perspectives; and (2) the ongoing inclusion of at least one representative from each national research institute whose budget is substantial relative to a majority of the other institutes. The Chair is the Director, DPCPSI. DPCPSI program office directors serve as Liaisons. Ex officio members include the Deputy Director, NIH, and any additional officers or employees of the United States Government as the Director, NIH, determines necessary for the Council to effectively carry out its function.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council meets approximately three times a year and provides advice and recommendations to the Director, NIH or other appropriate delegated officials on matters related to the policies and activities of DPCPSI, including making recommendations with respect to the conduct and support of research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis and would benefit from conducting or supporting additional research that involves collaborations between two or more national research institutes or national centers, or would otherwise benefit from strategic coordination and planning. In FY2020, the Council met three times: January 24, 2020, May 15, 2020, and September 11, 2020. An informational teleconference was held on March 2, 2020 as described previously. In addition, all four working groups, the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) External Scientific Board, the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Working Group (SGMRWG), Sequence Read Archive (SRA) Data Working Group, and the All of Us Research Program Advisory Panel (All of Us) met on the following dates: October 22 , 2019 (SRA/in-person); November 5 and 25, 2019 (SRA/WebEx); December 4 and December 17, 2019 (SRA/WebEx); March 11, 2020 (SRA/WebEx); May 21, 2020 (All of Us/WebEx); May 27, 2020 (ECHO/WebEx), July 21, 2020 (SRA/WebEx). The newly established working group, Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Working Group: Identifying Emerging and Promising Basic Research with Plausible Pathways to Health, has not met during the reporting period.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*Public Law 42 USC 402(l) requires the Director, NIH, to establish the Council for the purpose of advising on matters related to the policies and activities of the DPCPSI.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the committee were closed to the public for the review of grant applications. Sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permit the closing of meetings where discussion could reveal confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material and personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other- National Scientific and Advisory.

Members: Dr. Terry Magnuson term end date is different than what was reported on the FY 2019 ACR due to an administrative extension.

The working group report was deliberated on and approved by the Council of Councils.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentAn action of approved or recommended for grants receiving review by this Council does not infer that the grant will be or has been funded. Research grant applications submitted to NIH must go through a two-step review process that includes the initial peer review for scientific and technical merit and a second step of review and approval by the National Advisory Council that includes program relevance. In addition, prior to an award or funding being made, NIH staff must conduct an administrative review for a number of other considerations. These include alignment with NIH's funding principles, review of the project budget, assessment of the applicant's management systems, determination of applicant eligibility, and compliance with public policy requirements. After all these steps have been completed, NIH officials make funding decisions on individual grant applications.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed1,840
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended1,840
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$3,078,474,130.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to be translated into new diagnostics, prevention approaches, and treatments for diseases and disorders.Grants Review CommentThe Council carries out second-level review for Common Fund programs such as the NIH Director's Pioneer Award, New Innovator Award, Transformative Research Award, and Early Independence Awards, the All of Us Research Program, Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes, and for Office of Research Infrastructure Program grant applications.
Number Of Recommendations*16,440Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentDuring the reporting period, there were 1,840 grant review recommendations made by the Committee. The Council of Councils reviewed and deliberated on concepts covering a wide variety of topics including the following: 1. The High Risk, High Reward program - the Pioneer Award; 2. The High Risk, High Reward program - New Innovator Award; 3. The High Risk, High Reward program - Transformative Research Award; 4. The High Risk, High Reward program - Early Independence Award; 5. The HIV Scholars K01 and the linked, R21 Companion Funding Opportunity for the HIV Scholars K01; 6. The Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation; 7. The Modernization of Research Facilities Grant Program; 8. The Design and Use of Artificial Intelligence Platforms; 9. The Administrative Supplements for Research on Dietary Supplements; 10. The All of Us Nutrition Program; 11. The Cellular Senescence; 12. The Gabriella Miller Kids first Pediatric Research Program; 13. NIH Lasker Clinical research Scholars Program; and 14. The Smart Health and Biomedical Research in the Era of Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Data Science. The committee also voted on the following: 15. Changes to the Council’s Operating Procedures; 16. Establishing the Basic Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Working Group: Identifying Emerging and Promising Basic Research with Plausible Pathways to Health; and 17. A Report from the Sequence Read Archive Data Working Group.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% 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. Due to the complexity of the recommendations made by this committee on policy and program areas, staff is unable to determine which recommendations have been fully or partially implemented solely in response to this committee's activities.
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. Due to the complexity of the recommendations made by this committee on policy and program areas, staff is unable to determine which recommendations have been fully or partially implemented solely in response to this committee's activities.Access OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNIH website: http://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/. Committee information listed here includes the committee charter, minutes, agenda and future meeting dates.
Agency Feedback Comment*Minutes, written reports, and oral presentations.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, in part, through advice provided by the NIH Council of Councils (Council). The Council advises the Director, NIH, and Director, Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI) on matters related to the policies and activities of DPCPSI. The Council makes recommendations in support of research that represents important areas of emerging scientific opportunities, rising public health challenges, or knowledge gaps that deserve special emphasis and would benefit from the support of additional research that requires collaboration between two or more Institutes/Centers. A major function of the Council is to make recommendations on research proposals that would be funded through the NIH Common Fund (CF), the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP), the All of Us Research Program, or the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program. The Council assesses the policies and activities of the above-mentioned programs, particularly whether the research can provide transformative outcomes of broad application to a range of disease research areas. The Council also carries out second-level review for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, New Innovator Award, Transformative Research Award, and Early Independence Award programs and for grant programs administered by ORIP, All of Us, and ECHO. In FY2020, the Council met on January 24, 2020, May 15, 2020, and September 11, 2020. During the three 2020 meetings, updates or reports were provided by members of the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, the Office of Strategic Coordination, the Office of Portfolio Analysis, the Office of Disease Prevention, the Office Evaluation, Performance, and Reporting, the Office of Dietary Supplements, the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, the Office of Data Science Strategy, and the Office of Sexual and Gender Minority Research. Drs. Francis Collins and Lawrence Tabak presented NIH update.

Council business matters, including review of and vote on the 2020 meetings minutes which were or will be posted on the DPCPSI website https://dpcpsi.nih.gov/council/index.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$16,200.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$16,200.00
Payments to Federal Members*$1,965.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$1,965.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$24,612.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$25,252.00
Payments to Consultants*$3,400.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$3,400.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$16,621.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$16,734.00
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*$7,988.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$8,055.00
Other Costs$169,674.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$171,371.00
Total Costs$240,460.00Est. Total Next FY*$242,977.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.10
Cost RemarksActual costs lower than projected in FY19. Some meetings held virtually instead of in-person in response to COVID-19 pandemic. The reduction in Federal Staff costs and support in FY19 is due to a change in reporting of Federal Member Staff Costs. Daily salary costs have been estimated for Ex Officio members of this committee. The dollar figure represents a portion of their annual salary. No funds have been transferred between the committee and the agency. No additional funds are paid to Federal employee due to membership on this committee. There are two Ex officio members identified in the member section, and one attended meetings during the fiscal year.Est Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Government
Federal Government
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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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036546Council of Councils2019
 COM-034758Council of Councils2018
 COM-001905Council of Councils2017
 COM-002303Council of Councils2016
 COM-003979Council of Councils2015
 COM-004404Council of Councils2014
 COM-006113Council of Councils2013
 COM-006539Council of Councils2012
 COM-008405Council of Councils2011
 COM-008787Council of Councils2010
 COM-010317Council of Councils2009
 COM-010793Council of Councils2008
 COM-012279Council of Councils2007