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Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Training Tomorrow's Scientists: Linking Minorities and Mentors Through the Web

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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 Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR), 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: Training Tomorrow's Scientists: Linking Minorities and Mentors Through the Web. Type of Information Collection Request: REVISION, OMB control number 0925-0475, Expiration Date 3/31/3005. Need and Use of Information Collection: This Web site allows federally-funded researchers supported by any of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the NIH to submit an electronic form describing his or her research areas, as well as interests in mentoring minority students or junior faculty. The researcher's description is posted on the Web site for searching by interested minority applicants. Minority students or junior faculty search the Web site to identify researchers with whom they would like to work. The research projects in the database are located all over the country and involve cutting edge research activities by scientists funded through the Institutes and Centers of the NIH. These research projects range from studies of children to research on older adults, from laboratory research to field research, from social research to a combination of biological and behavioral research. Applicants conduct an electronic search using categories such as research areas of interest, desired geographic location of the researcher, and their level of education. The primary objective of the program is to ensure that, in the coming decades, a concentration of minority researchers will be available to address behavioral and social factors important in improving the public health and eliminating racial disparities. Increasing the number of minority scientists in the U.S. will expand our currently limited knowledge about the epidemiology and treatment of diseases in minority population. Frequency of Response: On occasion. Affected Public: Individuals or households. Type of Respondents: Students, Post-doctorals, Junior Faculty, and Principal Investigators. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 400; Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours per Response: 10 minutes; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 148. There is no annualized cost to respondents. There are no Capital Costs, Operating Costs and/or Maintenance Costs to report.

Annual Burden Hours for Respondents

Type of respondentsEstimated No. of respondentsFrequency of responseActivityAverage time per responseEstimated annual burden hours
NIH-Funded Behavioral Researchers501Peruse Site.1688
201Complete Form.510
High School Students501Peruse Site.2512
51Complete Form.744
College Students701Peruse site.2517
151Complete Form.66810
Graduate Students1001Peruse site.2525
251Complete Form.584515
Postdoctoral Fellows651Peruse site.2516
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201Complete Form.510
Junior Faculty651Peruse site.2516
101Complete Form.55
Total per year400148

Requests 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: To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Ms. Dana Sampson, Program Analyst, OBSSR, OD, NIH, Building 1, Room 256, 1 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number (301) 402-1146 or e-mail your request, including your address to:

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.

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Dated: December 27, 2004.

Fred C. Walker,

Acting Executive Officer, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 05-465 Filed 1-10-05; 8:45 am]