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Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Process Evaluation of the Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP)

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Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on November 30, 2007, and allowed 60 days for public comment. No public comments were received. The Start Printed Page 9578purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. 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: Process evaluation of the Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP). Type of Information Collection Request: NEW. Need and Use of Information Collection: This study will assess the outputs of the Global Health Research Initiative Program for New Foreign Investigators (GRIP) to date, assess the program's alignment with new strategic goals of the FIC, and identify potential directions for program enhancement. The primary objectives of the study are to determine if GRIP awards (1) promote productive re-entry of NIH-trained foreign investigators into their home countries, (2) increase the research capacity of the international scientists and institutions, and (3) stimulate research on a wide variety of high priority health-related issues. The findings will provide valuable information concerning: (1) Specific research advances attributable to GRIP support; (2) specific capacity and career enhancing advances that are attributable to GRIP; (3) policy implications for GRIP at the program level based on survey responses, such as successes and challenges of the program's implementation, the GRIP support mechanism, etc. Frequency of Response: Once. Affected Public: None. Type of Respondents: Foreign researchers. The annual reporting burden is as follows: Estimated Number of Respondents: 101; Estimated Number of Responses Per Respondent: 1; Average Burden Hours Per Response: 0.50; and Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours Requested: 50.5. The annualized cost to respondents is estimated at: $656.50. There are no Capital Costs to report. There are no Operating or Maintenance Costs to report. Table 1 and Table 2 respectively present data concerning the burden hours and cost burdens for this data collection.

Table 1.—Annualized Estimate of Hour Burden

Type of respondentsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseAverage time for response (hr)Total hour burden*
GRIP Awardees10110.5050.5
Total Burden = N Respondents x Response Frequency x minutes to complete/60.

Table 2.—Annualized Cost to Respondents

Type of respondentsNumber of respondentsFrequency of responseApprox. hourly wage rateTotal respondent cost*
GRIP Awardees1011$13/hr$656.50
Total Respondent Cost = N Respondents x Response Frequency x minutes to complete/60 x hourly rate.

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) Evaluate 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) Evaluate 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) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) 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 at, or by fax to 202-395-6974. To request more information on the proposed project or to obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, contact Dr. Linda Kupfer, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, 16 Center Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number 301-496-3288, or email 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 30 days of the date of this publication.

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Dated: February 12, 2008.

Timothy Tosten,

Executive Officer, FIC, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. E8-3166 Filed 2-20-08; 8:45 am]