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HHS - 1957 - National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Institute of Mental Health Initial Review GroupAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1957
Original Establishment Date9/30/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/funding/grant-writing-a...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date9/30/1994Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Director, Division of Extramural Activities
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jean
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameG.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Noronha
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPhD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 USC 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 443-3367
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 443-4720
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*jnoronha@mail.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Grant Review Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*This committee is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge and who provide first-level merit review of highly scientific and technical research grant applications in the fields of mental health and mental disorders, mental health treatment interventions and services. During this reporting period, the committee reviewed 124 applications requesting $146,237,862 in total direct costs for all years.
How is membership balanced?*This committee is composed of members who are authorities knowledgeable in the fields relating to the design and evaluation of the efficacy, effectiveness, and/or safety of various treatment interventions for mental disorders and the delivery of mental health services.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*This committee held 3 meetings during this reporting period.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge and who provide first-level merit review of highly scientific and technical research grant applications. These evaluations and recommendations cannot be obtained from other sources because the specialized, complex nature of the applications requires a unique balance and breadth of expertise not available on the NIH staff or from other established sources.
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 RemarksReports: This committee did not produce any public reports during the fiscal year.

Dr. Jean Noronha is both the DFO and the Committee Decision Maker for the NIMH Initial Review Group based on the assignment of duties in this Institute.

Members: Deborah Cohen, Amy Kratchman, and Knashawn Morales were reappointed for another year.
Member Benjamin Le Cook was reassigned as Chair.

Due to the larger number of members serving on this committee, NIH staff are unable to provide additional information on Occupation and Affiliation. Additional information on an individual’s affiliation may be obtained by contacting staff listed in this report.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentAn action of “approved” or “recommended” for grants receiving initial peer review by this committee 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 a National Advisory Council for 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 Reviewed124
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended124
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$146,237,862.00
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 CommentThese numbers reflect the total number of applications considered (both scored and unscored) and the dollar amount requested in FY2020. The committee does not make a recommendation for approval.
Number Of Recommendations*5,824Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentGrant Review - This is the number of applications reviewed by the Initial Review Group for FY2003 through FY2020.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNIH Peer Review Committees are involved in the initial review of research grant applications. The NIH dual peer review system is mandated by statute in accordance with section 492 of the Public Health Service Act. The charge to this committee is to determine scientific and technical merit of the individual grants or contracts. These recommendations are forwarded to Federal officials who generally accept the committee’s recommendations and favorable applications are then forwarded for the second level of review performed by Institute and Center (IC) National Advisory Councils or Boards. Only applications that are favorably recommended by both the initial peer review committee and the Advisory Council may be recommended for funding.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNIH Peer Review Committees are involved in the initial review of research grant applications. The NIH dual peer review system is mandated by statute in accordance with section 492 of the Public Health Service Act. The charge to this committee is to determine scientific and technical merit of the individual grants or contracts. These recommendations are forwarded to Federal officials who generally accept the committee’s recommendations and favorable applications are then forwarded for the second level of review performed by Institute and Center (IC) National Advisory Councils or Boards. Only applications that are favorably recommended by both the initial peer review committee and the Advisory Council may be recommended for funding.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*Not ApplicableAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*NANarrative 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 supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad. Section 492 of the PHS Act states that the Secretary...shall by regulation require appropriate technical and scientific peer review of - (A)applications...; and (B)biomedical and behavioral research and development contracts... The mission of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Initial Review Group (IRG), as authorized by law, is to review grant and cooperative agreement applications for research and research training activities that focus on scientific areas relevant to mental health and mental disorders. During this reporting period, the committee reviewed 124 applications requesting $146,237,862 in total direct costs for all years.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$24,800.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$24,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$130,617.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$134,013.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$21,978.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$22,163.00
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$24,599.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$24,844.00
Total Costs$201,994.00Est. Total Next FY*$205,820.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.80Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.80
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

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

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-036548National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2019
 COM-034760National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2018
 COM-001683National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2017
 COM-002351National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2016
 COM-004046National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2015
 COM-004366National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2014
 COM-005915National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2013
 COM-006676National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2012
 COM-007990National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2011
 COM-008824National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2010
 COM-010245National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2009
 COM-010741National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2008
 COM-011926National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2007
 COM-012569National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2006
 COM-014113National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2005
 COM-014753National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2004
 COM-015984National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2003
 COM-016400National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2002
 COM-017597National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2001
 COM-018440National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group2000
 COM-019830National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group1999
 COM-020422National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group1998
 COM-021684National Institute of Mental Health Initial Review Group1997