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Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Evaluation of the Brain Disorders in the Developing World Program of the John E. Fogarty International Center

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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 John E. Fogarty International Center, 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.

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.

To Submit Comments and for Further Information: To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Dr. Rachel Sturke, Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, 16 Center Drive, Building 16, Room 202, Bethesda, MD 20892, or call non-toll-free number 301-496-1491, or Email your request, including your address to: sturkerachel@mail.nih.gov. Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

Comment 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.

Proposed Collection: Evaluation of the Brain Disorders in the Developing World Program of the John E. Fogarty International Center, 0925-New, Fogarty International Center (FIC), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Need and Use of Information Collection: This study seeks to evaluate the management, effectiveness, and outcomes of the Brain Disorders in the Developing World extramural research program administered by the John E. Fogarty International Center of the NIH. The purpose of the Brain Disorders in the Developing World Program is to develop collaborative research and capacity building projects on brain disorders throughout life relevant to low- and middle-income countries. Awardees are expected to develop innovative projects that contribute to the long-term goal of building sustainable research capacity in nervous system function and impairment throughout life. Between FY 2003 and 2012, a total of 132 awards were made under the Brain Disorders program, and the total investment by Fogarty and its partners at NIH has been approximately $75 million. The findings of this evaluation study will provide valuable information concerning: (1) Whether and how the program has met its goal of supporting research and research capacity-building on brain disorders in low- and middle-income countries; (2) the extent to which the program as implemented functions efficiently and effectively; (3) the extent to which the program is consistent with the strategic priorities of Fogarty and its partners at NIH; (4) opportunities to improve upon the current implementation of the program if NIH chooses to continue supporting it; and (5) models, best practices, and lessons learned that may be applicable to other NIH programs, now and in the future.

OMB approval is requested for 1 year. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 151.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Form nameType of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total annual burden hour
Awardee Interviews (LMIC)Researchers301130
Awardee Interviews (US)Researchers301130
Trainee InterviewsResearchers151115
Awardee Survey (LMIC)Researchers115120/6038
Awardee Survey (US)Researchers114120/6038
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Dated: March 18, 2013.

Dexter Collins,

Executive Officer, John E. Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 2013-07555 Filed 4-1-13; 8:45 am]

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