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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Revision of OMB No. 0925-0001/exp.05/31/01, “Research and Research Training Grant Applications and Related Forms”

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Under the provisions of requirement of section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Office of the Director (OD), Office of Extramural Research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. The proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on December 7, 2000, Page 76649 and allowed 60-days for public comment. No public comments were received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comments. The National Institutes of Health may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Proposed Collection: Title: Research and Research Training Grant Applications and Related Forms. Types of Information Collection Request: Revision, OMB 0925-0001, Expiration Date 05/31/01. Form Numbers: PHS 398, 2590, 2271, 3734 and HHS 568. Need and Use of Information Collection: The application is used by applicants to request Federal assistance for research and research-related training. The other related forms are used for trainee appointment, final invention reporting, and to relinquish rights to a research grant. Frequency of response: Applicants may submit applications for published receipt dates. If awarded, annual progress is reported and trainees may be appointed or reappointed. Affected Public: Individuals or Households; Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions; Federal Government; and State, Local or Tribal Government. Type of Respondents: Adult scientific professionals. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 114,407; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours Per Response: 12.040; and Estimated total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 1,377,548. The estimated annualized cost to respondents is $48,214,180.

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 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.

Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time should be directed to the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, New Executive Office Building, Room 10235, Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for NIH. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Ms. Jan Heffernan, Division of Grants Policy, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, NIH, Rockledge 1 Building, Room 1196, 6705 Rockledge Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-7974, or call non-toll-free number (301) 435-0940, or E-mail your request, including your address to: Heffernj@OD.NIH.GOV.

Comments Due Date: comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received on or before April 23, 2001.

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Dated: March 8, 2001.

Carol Alderson,

Acting Director, OPERA, NIH.

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[FR Doc. 01-7224 Filed 3-22-01; 8:45 am]