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HHS - 238 - National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis PanelAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number238
Original Establishment Date1/26/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttps://www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/special-emphasi...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date1/26/1993Designated Fed Officer Position Title*CHIEF, SCIENTIFIC REVIEW BRANCH
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*MELISSA
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameJ.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*STICK
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPHD, MPH
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 496-8683
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-402-6250
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*melissa_stick@nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Special Emphasis Panel
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*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. . . 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 hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech and language. During this reporting period, the committee reviewed 321 applications requesting $164,998,143 in direct costs and recommended 321 applications.
How is membership balanced?*This committee has a fluid membership, with members designated to serve for individual meetings rather than formally appointed for fixed terms of service. The reviewers for each meeting are selected to evaluate grant applications and/or contract proposals for a specific, perhaps narrow, expertise area. Participants for each meeting are assembled to most efficiently cover the number and breadth of applications requiring review.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel held 28 meetings during this reporting period. The flexibility in review allowed by this committee structure has proved both efficient and effective.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The evaluations and recommendations provided by the expert members 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 National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel 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: The committee did not issue any reports during this fiscal year.

Occupation/Affiliation: Due to the larger number of members serving on this committee, NIH staff are unable to provide additional information on Occupation or Affiliation. Additional information on an individual’s affiliation may be obtained by contacting the designated federal officer listed in this report.
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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 MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction 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 Reviewed321
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended321
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$164,998,143.00
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 CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*4,308Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment4308 is the number of grants reviewed from 2003-2020.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 OtherYes
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentContact NIDCD Committee Management Officer, Ms. Nanette Stephenson, 301-402-3588.
Agency Feedback Comment*MinutesNarrative Description*The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) Special Emphasis Panel (SEP) provides advice to the Director, NIDCD. This advice is in the form of recommendations resulting from the review of grant/cooperative agreement applications for research projects/research and training activities in the communication sciences (hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language). In spite of the greatly increased number of reviews over the past two years, the NIDCD s SEP continues to successfully fulfill its mission. The mission of the SEP should not be changed, as it is currently meeting the needs of the Institute and its Director for high quality, timely reviews of applications and proposals submitted to the NIDCD. 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. . .
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$57,400.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$57,400.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$758,676.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$778,402.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$8,952.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,024.00
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$14,995.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$15,144.00
Total Costs$840,023.00Est. Total Next FY*$859,970.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.30Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.30
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Communications
Broadcasting and Communications
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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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036525National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2019
 COM-034733National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2018
 COM-001857National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2017
 COM-002666National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2016
 COM-004033National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2015
 COM-004750National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2014
 COM-006164National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2013
 COM-006602National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2012
 COM-007968National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2011
 COM-008819National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2010
 COM-010257National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2009
 COM-010731National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2008
 COM-012211National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2007
 COM-012520National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2006
 COM-013801National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2005
 COM-014451National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2004
 COM-015986National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2003
 COM-016431National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2002
 COM-017573National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2001
 COM-018417National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel2000
 COM-019801National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel1999
 COM-020335National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel1998
 COM-021686National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Special Emphasis Panel1997