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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; A Process Evaluation of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA) Program

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In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the Office of the Director, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval.

Proposed Collection: Title: A Process Evaluation of the NIH Director's Pioneer Award (NDPA) Program. Type of Information Collection Request: Extension of a currently approved collection. Need and Use of Information Collection: This study will assess the NDPA Program operations and the outputs of the identification, evaluation and selection process. The primary objectives of the study are to: (1) Assess the NDPA award selection process; (2) determine if the program was implemented as planned; and (3) determine if the process was conducted in accordance with the overall mission of the NDPA program. The findings will provide valuable information concerning: (1) The characteristics of applicants and reviewers; (2) the criteria used to evaluate and select awardees; and (3) aspects of the process that could be revised or improved.

Frequency of Response: Once. Affected Public: none. Type of Respondents: Applicants, Reviewers and Panelists, Liaisons. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report. Frequency of Response: Once. Affected Public: none. Type of Respondents: Applicants, Reviewers and Panelists. Estimated Number of Respondents: 710; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1: Average Burden Hours Per Response:.25 (15 minutes), and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 177.50 and the annualized cost to respondents is estimated at $9,662.50. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report. Table l and Table 2 respectively present data concerning the burden hours and cost burdens for this data collection.

 

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Table 1.—Annualized Estimate of Hour Burden Back to Top
Type of respondents Number of respondents Frequency of response Average time for response (hr) Total hour burden*
Total Burden = N Respondents * Response Frequency * minutes to complete/60.
Applicants 600 1 .25 150
Extramural evaluators 110 1 .25 27.50
Total 710 1 .25 177.50
Table 2.—Annualized Cost to Respondents Back to Top
Type of respondents Number of respondents Response frequency Approx. hourly wage rate Total respondent cost**
**Total Respondent Cost = N Respondents * Response Frequency * minutes to complete/60 * hourly rate.
Applicants 1200 1 $55.00 $8,250
Extramural evaluators 220 1 55.00 1,512.50
Total 710 1 55.00 9,662.50

Request for Comments: Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited on one or more of the following points: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the function of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact G. Stephane Philogene, PhD, Assistant Director for Policy and Planning, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health, 31 Center Drive. Building 31, Room B2-B37 Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number 301-402-3902, or E-mail your request, including your address to: philoges@od.nih.gov.

Comments Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 60-days of the date of this publication.

Dated: July 31, 2007.

G. Stephane Philogene,

Assistant Director for Policy and Planning, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, National Institutes of Health.

[FR Doc. E7-15350 Filed 8-6-07; 8:45 am]

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