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Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; Application Forms for the NIDA Summer Research Internship Program (NIDA)

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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 National Institute of Drug Abuse, 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.

Written comments and/or suggestions from the public and affected agencies are invited to address 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) 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.

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: Albert Avila, Ph.D., Director, Office of Diversity and Health Disparities, NIDA, NIH, 6001 Executive Blvd., Room 3106, Rockville, MD 20852, or call non-toll-free number (301) 443-0441 or Email your request, including your address to: 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: NIDA Summer Research Internship Program, 0925-NEW, National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA, National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Need and Use of Information Collection: The NIDA Summer Research Internship program introduces high school and undergraduate students of underrepresented populations to substance abuse research through internships with NIDA grantees at universities across the United States and Puerto Rico. Students intern with NIDA principal investigators for 8-10 weeks during the summer. The internship experience may include laboratory experiments, formal courses, data collection, data analysis, patient recruitment, manuscript preparation, literature reviews and library research. Start Printed Page 53165This outreach and pipeline program exposes students interested in biomedical and behavioral research careers to cutting edge substance abuse research.

This program fills a significant unmet need to encourage and support individuals from underrepresented groups to pursue careers in substance abuse research. The NIDA Summer Research Internship program offers a unique opportunity to increase the diversity and creativity of the biomedical research workforce by fostering the development of young talent through the creation of mentorship and training opportunities with premier substance abuse research laboratories around the country.

OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 350.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Form nameType of respondentNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage time per response ( in hours)Total annual burden hour
Student Application FormIndividuals/Households—High School Students10011100
Student Application FormIndividuals/Households—Undergraduates25011250
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Dated: August 27, 2015.

Genevieve deAlmeida,

Project Clearance Liaison, NIDA, NIH.

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[FR Doc. 2015-21702 Filed 9-1-15; 8:45 am]