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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameNational Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis PanelAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1959
Original Establishment Date9/30/1994Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL 
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*Unlimited
Current Charter Date9/30/1994Designated Fed Officer Position Title*DIRECTOR, DIVISION OF EXTRAMURAL ACTIVITIES
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jean
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameG.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Noronha
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPHD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 USC 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 443-3367
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*301-443-4720
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*jnoronha@mail.nih.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Special Emphasis Panel
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad. Section 492 of the PHS Act states that the Secretary...shall by regulation require appropriate technical and scientific peer review of - (A)applications...; and (B)biomedical and behavioral research and development contracts.... In keeping with this mandate and NIH's mission, the committee reviewed 1021 applications requesting $1,331,099,765 in total direct costs for all years. They also reviewed 194 contract proposals for the Loan Repayment Program of which 103 proposals for $4,495,291 were awarded.
How is membership balanced?*This committee has a fluid membership, with members designated to serve for individual meetings rather than formally appointed for fixed terms of service. The reviewers for each meeting are selected to evaluate grant applications or contract proposals for a specific, perhaps narrow, expertise area. Participants for each meeting are assembled to most efficiently cover the number and breadth of applications or contracts requiring review.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The committee held 42 meetings during this reporting period. The flexibility in review allowed by this committee structure has proved both efficient and effective. There was one other committee activity on 3/23.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*This committee is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities who represent the forefront of research and technical knowledge and who provide first-level merit review of highly scientific and technical research grant applications and contract proposals. These evaluations and recommendations cannot be obtained from other sources because the specialized, complex nature of the applications and proposals requires a unique balance and breadth of expertise not available on the NIH staff or from other established sources.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel were closed to the public for the review of grant applications and/or contract proposals. Sections 552b(c)(4) and 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits closing of meetings where discussion could reveal confidential trade secrets or commercial property such as patentable material and personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksReports: This committee did not produce any public reports during the fiscal year.

Dr. Jean Noronha serves as both the Designated Federal Official and the Committee Decision maker based on assignment of duties in this Institute.

URL: This committee does not have a website.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*No
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesNo
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsYes
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentAn action of “approved” or “recommended” for grants receiving initial peer review by this committee does not infer that the grant will be or has been funded. Research grant applications submitted to NIH must go through a two-step review process that includes the initial peer review for scientific and technical merit and a second step of review and approval by a National Advisory Council for program relevance. In addition, prior to an award or funding being made, NIH staff must conduct an administrative review for a number of other considerations. These include alignment with NIH’s funding principles, review of the project budget, assessment of the applicant’s management systems, determination of applicant eligibility, and compliance with public policy requirements. After all these steps have been completed, NIH officials make funding decisions on individual grant applications.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*Yes
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed1,021
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended1,021
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$1,331,099,765.00
Cost Savings CommentNIH supported basic and clinical research accomplishments often take many years to unfold into new diagnostic tests and new ways to treat and prevent diseases.Grants Review CommentThese numbers reflect the total number of applications considered (both scored and unscored) and the dollar amount requested in FY 2018. The committee does not make a recommendation for approval.
Number Of Recommendations*15,035Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentGrant Review - This includes the applications that were reviewed by the Special Emphasis Panels for FY2003 through FY2018.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNIH Peer Review Committees are involved in the initial review of research grant applications. The NIH dual peer review system is mandated by statute in accordance with section 492 of the Public Health Service Act. The charge to this committee is to determine scientific and technical merit of the individual grants or contracts. These recommendations are forwarded to Federal officials who generally accept the committee’s recommendations and favorable applications are then forwarded for the second level of review performed by Institute and Center (IC) National Advisory Councils or Boards. Only applications that are favorably recommended by both the initial peer review committee and the Advisory Council may be recommended for funding.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNIH Peer Review Committees are involved in the initial review of research grant applications. The NIH dual peer review system is mandated by statute in accordance with section 492 of the Public Health Service Act. The charge to this committee is to determine scientific and technical merit of the individual grants or contracts. These recommendations are forwarded to Federal officials who generally accept the committee’s recommendations and favorable applications are then forwarded for the second level of review performed by Institute and Center (IC) National Advisory Councils or Boards. Only applications that are favorably recommended by both the initial peer review committee and the Advisory Council may be recommended for funding.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*NoAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentNANarrative Description*The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. The NIH mission is to uncover new knowledge that will lead to better health for everyone. NIH works toward that mission by supporting the research of non-Federal scientists in universities, medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions throughout the country and abroad. Section 492 of the PHS Act states that the Secretary...shall by regulation require appropriate technical and scientific peer review of - (A)applications...; and (B)biomedical and behavioral research and development contracts.... In keeping with this mandate and NIH's mission, the committee reviewed 1021 applications requesting $1,331,099,765 in total direct costs for all years. They also reviewed 194 contract proposals for the Loan Repayment Program of which 103 proposals for $4,495,291 were awarded.
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COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff* Estimated Payments to Federal Staff* 
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members* 
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY* 
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)* Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY* 
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DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001721National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2017
 COM-002435National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2016
 COM-004029National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2015
 COM-004454National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2014
 COM-005876National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2013
 COM-006655National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2012
 COM-008047National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2011
 COM-009108National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2010
 COM-010336National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2009
 COM-011037National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2008
 COM-011948National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2007
 COM-012588National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2006
 COM-014019National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2005
 COM-014762National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2004
 COM-016052National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2003
 COM-016510National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2002
 COM-017899National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2001
 COM-018444National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2000
 COM-019704National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel1999
 COM-020669National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel1998
 COM-021737National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel1997
 COM-034707National Institute of Mental Health Special Emphasis Panel2018