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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental HealthAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number805
Original Establishment Date8/27/1987Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.nimh.nih.gov/labs-at-nimh/scientific...
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*12
Current Charter Date1/13/1987Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Scientific Advisor
Date Of Renewal Charter Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Jennifer
Exempt From Renewal*YesDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameE
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Mehren
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer SuffixPHD
Specific Establishment Authority*42 USC 282(b)(16)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(301) 451-3810
Effective Date Of Authority*11/20/1985Designated Federal Officer Fax*(301) 480-8348
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*mehrenj@mail.nih.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health.” The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists. The Board reviews the research of each of the NIMH Laboratories and Branches as well as the independent Sections every 4 years or sooner where appropriate. In FY2018 the Board reviewed several laboratories/branches in the NIMH intramural program. At the January 2018 BSC Review, the Section on Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism; Laboratory of Neuropsychology: Section on Neurobiology of Learning and memory; Section on Neural Coding and Computation; Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology; and Section on Learning and Decision Making were reviewed. At the June 2018 BSC Review, the Section on Critical Brain Dynamics; Section on Molecular and Cellular Signaling, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology; and Section on Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders, Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch were reviewed. In September 2018, the Developmental Neurogenomics Unit; Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory; Statistical Genomics and Data Analysis Core; and Human Brain Collection Core were reviewed. The Board continues to provide evaluation and advice for the management of the research efforts of the intramural program. The Board provides to the National Advisory Mental Health Council for review a description of its activities annually.
How is membership balanced?*The Board consists of members who are outstanding authorities knowledgeable in the basic and clinical medical sciences related to the research activities of the Institute. The advisory role of the Board is scientific and substantive. The Board, through periodic visits to the Laboratories, assesses the research in progress and evaluates productivity and performance of staff scientists.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The full Board met three times during this reporting period. The Board holds approximately three meetings each year for the peer review of intramural laboratories on a rotating basis as required by the PHS Act. Members of the BSC also participated in other activities on 1/25 and 5/11.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee is composed of recognized biomedical and/or behavioral research authorities from outside the NIH in order to secure unbiased and objective evaluation of intramural research programs. Their recommendations are invaluable because the complex nature of research in each Laboratory requires a unique balance and breadth of expertise not available on the NIH staff or from other established resources.
Why close or partially close meetings?The meetings of the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health, were closed for the review, discussion, and evaluation of individual programs and projects conducted by the Institute, including consideration of personnel qualifications and performance, the competence of individual investigators, and similar items, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Section 552b(c)(6) of the Government in the Sunshine Act permits the closing of meetings where discussion could reveal personal information, the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.
Recommendation RemarksCommittee Function: Other - Scientific and Technical Peer Review.
Dr. Jennifer Mehren is both the DFO and the Committee Decision Maker for the BSC based on the assignment of responsibilities within this Institute.

Reports: This committee did not produce any reports during the fiscal year.
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentThe Scientific Director and other NIH officials use the recommendations made by the BSC in evaluating the quality of the intramural research programs including scientific priorities and resources available. As a result the following decisions were made: The BSC made recommendations related to the specific research priorities of reviewed laboratories, as needed. Additionally, the BSC recommended changes in resources within reviewed laboratories, as needed.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
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 CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*0Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIt is not possible to assign a number for the recommendations made by the Board. They review the research and the scientists and make numerous recommendations.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*0.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentNAAccess GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*0.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentNAAccess OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentNA
Agency Feedback CommentThe agency provides feedback to the committee at the meetings and in reports on the research in the Laboratories.Narrative Description*Section 402(b)(3) of the Public Health Service Act states that “the Director, NIH...shall assure that research at...the National Institutes of Health is subject to review in accordance with section 492.” Section 492(b) states that the “Director of NIH shall establish procedures for periodic technical and scientific peer review of research at the National Institutes of Health.” The mission of the Board of Scientific Counselors is to assess the quality of the Institute’s intramural research programs and to evaluate the productivity and performance of intramural scientists. The Board reviews the research of each of the NIMH Laboratories and Branches as well as the independent Sections every 4 years or sooner where appropriate. In FY2018 the Board reviewed several laboratories/branches in the NIMH intramural program. At the January 2018 BSC Review, the Section on Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism; Laboratory of Neuropsychology: Section on Neurobiology of Learning and memory; Section on Neural Coding and Computation; Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology; and Section on Learning and Decision Making were reviewed. At the June 2018 BSC Review, the Section on Critical Brain Dynamics; Section on Molecular and Cellular Signaling, Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology; and Section on Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders, Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch were reviewed. In September 2018, the Developmental Neurogenomics Unit; Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory; Statistical Genomics and Data Analysis Core; and Human Brain Collection Core were reviewed. The Board continues to provide evaluation and advice for the management of the research efforts of the intramural program. The Board provides to the National Advisory Mental Health Council for review a description of its activities annually.
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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-001658Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2017
 COM-002304Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2016
 COM-004076Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2015
 COM-004463Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2014
 COM-005874Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2013
 COM-006555Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2012
 COM-008030Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2011
 COM-008862Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2010
 COM-010398Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2009
 COM-010761Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2008
 COM-012122Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2007
 COM-012837Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2006
 COM-013974Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2005
 COM-014452Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2004
 COM-015839Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2003
 COM-016764Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2002
 COM-017593Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2001
 COM-018378Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2000
 COM-019560Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health1999
 COM-020336Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health1998
 COM-021394Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health1997
 COM-034659Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2018