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HHS - 805 - Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health - Authorized by Law
Hide Section - GENERAL INFORMATION

GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameBoard of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental HealthAgency NameDepartment of Health and Human Services
Fiscal Year2022Committee 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
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*mehrenj@mail.nih.gov
Committee Type*Continuing
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Other Committee
Hide Section - RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

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 FY2022 the Board reviewed several laboratories/branches, sections/units, cores, and investigators in the NIMH intramural program. At the February 2022 BSC Review Meeting, the Unit on Neuromodulation and Synaptic Integration (Mid-Tenure Review), Transgenic Core (Interim Review), Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Core, and the Section on Synapse Development Plasticity were reviewed. At the June 2022 BSC Review Meeting, the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, including the Section on Neurobiology of Learning, Section on Neural Coding and Computation, Section on Learning and Decision Making, and Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging 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 intramural scientists.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*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. During this reporting period, the full Board met two times on the following dates 2/2-3/2022 and 6/1-3/2022. The BSC members participated in one other activity on 1/31/2022. The Chair of the BSC participated in one other activity as part of his duties on 5/13/2022.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Board 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.

Members: Dr. Andre Fenton was reassigned to chair from 7/1/2022 to 6/30/2024 and extended for a year.
Hide Section - PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 and core facilities, as needed. Additionally, the BSC recommended changes in resources within reviewed laboratories and core facilities, 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 CommentAlthough grant reviews are included in the duties of this Board, there were no grant reviews performed during this fiscal year.
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 CommentContact Designated Federal Officer.
Agency Feedback Comment*Information resulting from closed Board of Scientific Counselors meetings is subject to the Freedom of Information Act. The public can view information on NIH Intramural Research Reports found on the NIH Intramural Research Sourcebook website located at https://oir.nih.gov/sourcebook/intramural-research-communications-resources/annual-reports-bibliographies/.Narrative Description*Section 402(b)(9) 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 and shall also, as requested by the Director, NIH, undertake peer review of extramural funding applications as required by section 492 of the Public Health Service Act, as amended. 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.
Hide Section - COSTS

COSTS

Payments to Non-Federal Members*$13,400.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$13,400.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$164,003.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$168,431.00
Payments to Consultants*$2,400.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$2,400.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$9,161.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$25,146.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$46,101.00
Other Costs$31,820.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$32,138.00
Total Costs$220,784.00Est. Total Next FY*$287,616.00
Date Cost Last Modified9/8/2022 11:55 AMEst. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.80
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.80Est Cost RemarksProjected costs for FY23 were increased in the event that in-person/hybrid meetings resume.
Cost RemarksActual costs for the committee for this fiscal year were less than projected because the committee held less meetings that projected. The committee also only held 1 in-person while the other meeting was virtual due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  
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Interest Areas

Category
Area
Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Health
Health Care
Medicine
Health and Health Research
Hide Section - MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

MEMBERS,MEETINGS AND ADVISORY REPORTS

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Hide Section - CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

CHARTERS AND RELATED DOCS

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Hide Section - DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

DATA FROM PREVIOUS YEARS

Committee

Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-040309Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2021
 COM-038588Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2020
 COM-036460Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2019
 COM-034659Board of Scientific Counselors, National Institute of Mental Health2018
 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