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Program Summary

The overall goal of the Administrative Oversight component (Admin Oversight) is to coordinate the development and high impact functioning of a national center (NC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to support researchers in the field of neuromodulation for rehabilitation (NM4R). In order for the NC NM4R to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the field of NM4R, we will oversee numerous individual component functions to ensure a cohesive program that aligns with the needs of the research community and actively contributes to the coalescing of research priorities. The oversight and evaluation functions of this component are organized under the following specific aims:

Leadership & Oversight

The Executive Committee (EC) will provide balanced leadership, program integration, oversight and accountability for all NC NM4R programs, services, and interactions. Specific responsibilities encompass all activities except operations. Oversight of the Executive Committee will be provided by the External Advisory Board.

Operations & Fiscal Management

The PD/Pl and the Admin Oversight staff will be responsible for operations. Dr. Kautz will create an effective administrative infrastructure that ensures efficient implementation of Executive Committee decisions and directives, sound fiscal management and compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.

Program Evaluation

The Executive Committee will be responsible for developing an integrated, long-term evaluation plan to ensure quality control of programs and continual improvement responsive to research community needs as well as document the impact of the NC NM4R on the research community.

Prioritizing Investigator/Collaboration Opportunities & Pilot Study Funding

All investigators who wish to access NC NM4R programs with capacity constraints will be required to apply to be a Center affiliate. An Admissions Committee will rank applicants and the Executive Committee will make the final decision on each affiliate's priority status. This process will define the framework for acceptance for workshops, advanced hands-on training programs and consultative services.

Diversity Planning

The Executive Committee will be responsible for approving the diversity recruitment and retention plan to be operationalized by the Program Coordinator under the PD/Pl's oversight.

Collaboration & Networking

The PD/Pl will work effectively with NIH Program personnel and other Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure Network (MRRIN) sites to ensure that the NC NM4R program contributes significantly to overall network goals.

Specific Aims

The overall goal of the Administrative Oversight component (Admin Oversight) is to coordinate the development and high impact functioning of a national center (NC) at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) to support researchers in the field of neuromodulation for rehabilitation (NM4R). In order for the NC NM4R to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the field of NM4R, we will oversee numerous individual component functions to ensure a cohesive program that aligns with the needs of the research community and actively contributes to the coalescing of research priorities. The PD/Pl (Kautz) will lead Admin Oversight and manage all necessary functions with input and assistance from an Executive Committee (composed of the

PD/Pl as chair, Associate/Scientific Director (George), Associate/Education Director (Segal) and the two other component leaders (Adkins and Thompson), who have diverse expertise and experience in NM4R) and the External Advisory Board (composed of 5 eminent scientists who will represent the broad NM4R research community and provide objective oversight, evaluation and strategic interactions to optimize the Center's impact). Admin Oversight will integrate diverse visionary leadership, sound operations and fiscal management policies, coordination with NCMRR program staff and other rehabilitation infrastructure network sites, and a multifaceted program evaluation plan design to ensure NC NM4R success. The functions of this component are organized under the following specific aims:

Aim 1: Leadership & Oversight

The Executive Committee (EC) will provide balanced leadership, program integration, oversight and accountability for all NC NM4R programs, services and interactions. The EC will meet monthly and more often as needed. Specific responsibilities encompass all activities except operations; for example, the Executive Committee will discuss and confirm all strategic decisions, issue approvals for all independent component requests and/or policy revisions, and prioritize and approve the annual budget. Oversight of the Executive Committee will be provided by the External Advisory Board.

Aim 2: Operations & Fiscal Management

The PD/Pl and the Admin Oversight staff will be responsible for operations. Dr. Kautz will create an effective administrative infrastructure that ensures efficient implementation of Executive Committee decisions and directives, sound fiscal management and compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.

Aim 3:  Program Evaluation

The Executive Committee will be responsible for developing an integrated, longterm evaluation plan to ensure quality control of programs and continual improvement responsive to research community needs as well as document the impact of the NC NM4R on the research community. Admin Oversight staff, chiefly the Program Coordinator, will execute the evaluation plan under the PD/Pl's supervision and will report directly to the EC for regular monitoring of the progress of each component and program. The EC will report to the External Advisory Board, who will act as representatives of the NM4R research community; the EC will heed their critical guidance in developing programmatic revisions annually or more frequently as indicated.

Aim 4: Prioritizing Investigator/Collaboration Opportunities & Pilot Study Funding

All investigators who wish to access NC NM4R programs with capacity constraints will be required to apply to be a Center affiliate. An Admissions Committee will rank applicants and the Executive Committee will make the final decision on each affiliate's priority status. This process will define the framework for acceptance for workshops, advanced hands-on training programs and consultative services. The EC also will prioritize individual pilot studies for funding. In each of these functions the EC will act like an NIH Council, setting priorities based on the results of a first-level merit review by a separate review group and strategic criteria.

Aim 5: Diversity Planning

The Executive Committee will be responsible for approving the diversity recruitment and retention plan to be operationalized by the Program Coordinator under the PD/Pl's oversight.

Aim 6: Collaboration & Networking

The PD/Pl will work effectively with NIH Program personnel and other Medical Rehabilitation Research Infrastructure Network (MRRIN) sites to ensure that the NC NM4R program contributes significantly to overall network goals.

Admin Oversight houses the Executive Committee, which effectively runs the NC NM4R with guidance, oversight of resources and interactions with the NM4R research community provided by the External Advisory Board. The Executive Committee will ensure balanced leadership and diverse expertise. The PD/Pl will chair the EC to provide consistency, coordination and communication at the leadership level, and also answer to the EC to provide accountability, avert conflicts of interest and enhance strategic direction. Critical review and feedback from the External Advisory Board will weigh heavily in determining ongoing improvements and changes to remain highly responsive to the needs of the NM4R research community.

The National Center for Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation (NC NM4R) is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under award number P2CHD086844. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.