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Proposed Collection; 60-Day Comment Request; PHS Applications and Pre-Award Reporting Requirements (OD)

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National Institutes of Health, HHS




In compliance with the requirement of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, 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.


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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To obtain a copy of the data collection plans and instruments, submit comments in writing, or request more information on the proposed project, contact: Ms. Mikia P. Currie, Chief, Project Clearance Branch (PCB), Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA), 6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 350, Bethesda, Maryland 20892, or call a non-toll-free number 301-435-0941 or Email your request, including your address to Formal requests for additional plans and instruments must be requested in writing.

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Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires: 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 Start Printed Page 14957collection techniques or other forms of information technology.

Proposed Collection Title: Public Health Service (PHS) Applications and Pre-Award Reporting Requirements, Revision, OMB 0925-0001, Expiration Date 3/31/2020, Office of the Director (OD), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Need and Use of Information Collection: Starting in January 2020, NIH will require applicants and recipients to address Human Fetal Tissue requirements within the SF-424 R&R and the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) due to Congressional ((Sections 498A and 498B of the PHS Act (42 U.S.C. 289g-1 and 289g-2)) and Department of Health and Human Services (45 CFR 46.204 and 46.206) mandates regarding human fetal tissue research. Applicants and recipients will be required to comply with Federal and state laws concerning the acquisition of human fetal tissue (including cell lines) as well as include a concise description of the proposed characteristics of the human fetal cells/tissue outlining the procurement budget details, and how the applicants/recipients will document the processes for how they will use the human fetal tissues and cells. Additionally, this revision will clarify information regarding an institutional commitment to ensuring that proper policies, procedures, and oversight are in place to prevent discriminatory harassment and other discriminatory practices. This collection also continues to includes PHS applications and pre-award reporting requirements: PHS 398 [paper] Public Health Service Grant Application forms and instructions; PHS 398 [electronic] PHS Grant Application component forms and agency specific instructions used in combination with the SF424 (R&R); PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form and agency specific instructions used in combination with the SF424 (R&R) forms/instructions for Fellowships [electronic]; PHS 416-1 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Fellowship Application Instructions and Forms used only for a change of sponsoring institution application [paper]; Instructions for a Change of Sponsoring Institution for NRSA Fellowships (F30, F31, F32 and F33) and non-NRSA Fellowships; PHS 416-5 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Fellowship Activation Notice; and PHS 6031 Payback Agreement. The PHS 398 (paper and electronic are currently approved under 0925-0001. All forms expire 3/31/2020. Post-award reporting requirements are simultaneously consolidated under 0925-0002 and include the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). The PHS 398 and SF424 applications are used by applicants to request Federal assistance funds for traditional investigator-initiated research projects and to request access to databases and other PHS resources. The PHS 416-1 is used only for a change of sponsoring institution application. PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form and agency specific instructions is used in combination with the SF424 (R&R) forms/instructions for Fellowships and is used by individuals to apply for direct research training support. Awards are made to individual applicants for specified training proposals in biomedical and behavioral research, selected as a result of a national competition. The PHS 416-5 is used by individuals to indicate the start of their NRSA awards. The PHS 6031 Payback Agreement is used by individuals at the time of activation to certify agreement to fulfill the payback provisions. Clinical trials are complex and challenging research activities. Oversight systems and tools are critical for NIH to ensure participant safety, data integrity, and accountability of the use of public funds. NIH has been engaged in a multi-year effort to examine how clinical trials are supported and the level of oversight needed. The collection of more structured information in the PHS applications and pre-award reporting requirements will facilitate NIH's development of data systems to facilitate oversight of clinical trials as well as understand where gaps in the research portfolio may exist. In addition, some of the data collected here will ultimately be accessible to investigators to pre-populate certain sections of forms when registering their trials with

OMB approval is requested for 3 years. There are no costs to respondents other than their time. The total estimated annualized burden hours are 2,150,389.

Estimated Annualized Burden Hours

Information collection formsNumber of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per response (in hours)Total annual burden hours
PHS 398—Paper4,247135148,645
PHS 398/424—Electronic:
PHS Assignment Request Form37,120130/6018,560
PHS 398 Cover Page Supplement74,2391174,239
PHS 398 Modular Budget56,6931156,693
PHS 398 Training Budget1,122122,244
PHS 398 Training Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form561190/60842
PHS 398 Research Plan70,866110708,660
PHS 398 Research Training Program Plan1,12211011,220
Data Tables1,515146,060
PHS 398 Career Development Award Supplemental Form2,25111022,510
PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information (includes inclusion enrollment report)54,838114767,732
Biosketch (424 Electronic)80,94612161,892
PHS Fellowship—Electronic:
PHS Fellowship Supplemental Form (includes F reference letters)6,707112.583,838
PHS Assignment Request Form3,354130/601,677
PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trial Information (includes inclusion enrollment report)5,03011470,420
Biosketch (Fellowship)6,7071213,414
PHS 416-56,70715/60559
PHS 60316,21715/60518
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VCOC Certification615/601
SBIR/STTR Funding Agreement Certification1,500115/60375
Total Annual Burden Hours421,777421,7772,150,389
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Dated: April 5, 2019.

Lawrence A. Tabak,

Deputy Director, National Institutes of Health.

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[FR Doc. 2019-07324 Filed 4-11-19; 8:45 am]