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HHS - 5166 - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel - Authorized by Law
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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis PanelAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number5166
Original Establishment Date11/20/1985Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date3/8/2001Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Chief, Review Branch
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Thomas
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Vollberg
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPh.D.
Specific Establishment Authority*42 U.S.C. 282(b)(16), section 402(b)(16) of the PHSADesignated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 594-8770
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 480-4049
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteExempt: Merit Review PanelDesignated Federal Officer Email*vollbert@mail.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--(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 (and/or contract proposals) that focus on scientific areas relevant to minority health and health disparities. Operation of this committee is accomplished using a fluid membership, with members designated to serve for individual meetings rather than formally appointed for fixed terms of service. The Special Emphasis Panel reviewed 275 grant applications requesting $901,875,724 and 301 Loan Repayment Proposals.
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 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 or contracts requiring review.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee held 12 FACA and 5 working group 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?*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 and contract proposals. These evaluations and recommendations cannot be obtained from other sources because the specialized, complex nature of the applications and proposals 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 Special Emphasis Panel were closed to the public for the review of grant applications and/or contract proposals. Sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits 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.

Website: There is no dedicated website for this committee.

Occupation/Affiliation: Due to the large 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 Reviewed275
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended275
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$901,875,724.00
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 disease.Grants Review Comment275 grant applications requesting $901,875,724
Number Of Recommendations*9,924Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations Comment275 Grants applications and 301 Loan Repayment ProposalsAccess Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% 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*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*Minutes are provided for each meeting.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 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... This comittee 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 (and/or contract proposals) that focus on scientific areas relevant to minority health and health disparities.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$94,800.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$94,800.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$677,091.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$671,809.00
Payments to Consultants*$27,300.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$27,300.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$61,519.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$61,809.00
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$21,426.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$21,640.00
Total Costs$882,136.00Est. Total Next FY*$877,358.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*4.20Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*4.10
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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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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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036580National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2019
 COM-034788National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2018
 COM-001887National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2017
 COM-002236National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2016
 COM-004133National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2015
 COM-004736National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2014
 COM-006208National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2013
 COM-006588National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2012
 COM-008006National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2011
 COM-008690National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2010
 COM-010419National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2009
 COM-010751National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2008
 COM-012124National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2007
 COM-012564National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2006
 COM-013956National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2005
 COM-014759National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2004
 COM-015878National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2003
 COM-016479National Center On Minority Health And Health Disparities Special Emphasis Panel2002
 COM-018004Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health2001
 COM-018423Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health2000
 COM-019555Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health1999
 COM-020590Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health1998
 COM-021416Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health1997