NIH SBIR

Michael Kerlman filed this request with the National Institutes of Health of the United States of America.
Tracking #

56068, 56259, 56264

56068

56264

56259

Status
Rejected

Communications

From: Michael Kerlman

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Copies of the following grant applications (including all historical projects associated with the listed project number) and corresponding Summary Statements with the expert opinion of the reviewers for each application, along with the Notice of Award.:

1) 2R44GM130185-02 with Principal Investigator Kevin Gunderson by Organization Encodia from Fiscal Year 2020 with title "Design and directed evolution of an 'Edmanase' enzyme for high-throughput peptide sequencing."
2) 5R44CA203629-03 with Principal Investigator Kevin Gunderson by Organization Encodia from Fiscal Year 2019 with title "Development of Reagents for Sequencing Proteins and Protein Fragments on a Next-Generation DNA Sequencer"
3) 1R43GM134752-01 with Principal Investigator Kevin Gunderson by Organization Encodia from Fiscal Year 2019 with title "Development of Engineered Trypsin for Proteomics Sample Prep."
4) 3R44CA203629-03S1 with Principal Investigator Kevin Gunderson by Organization Encodia from Fiscal Year 2020 with title "Development of Population Level Serotyping Technology and Antibody Profiling for Infectious Pathogens with focus on Influenza and SARS-CoV-2"
5) 1R43NS119141-01 with Principal Investigator Tal Somekh by Organization Erisyon from Fiscal Year 2020 with title "Single molecule protein sequencing of alpha-synuclein species for Parkinson's disease diagnostics"
6) 2R44GM123836-02A1 with Principal Investigator Kenneth Kuhn by Organization Encodia from Fiscal Year 2020 with title "Directed evolution of N-terminal amino acid binding proteins for application to protein sequencing"

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Michael Kerlman

From: Michael Kerlman

I would like to add that I am willing to pay up to $100 for this request. If the amount is anticipated to exceed this, please let me know.

-Michael

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman, This is an automated message from the NIH FOIA Request Portal. Your submission has been received by the National Institutes of Health.  NIH will review your request and contact you regarding next steps. Regards, National Institutes of Health, FOIA Program

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56068 has been updated to the following status 'Received'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman, This is an automated message from the NIH FOIA Request Portal. Your request has been received by the National Institutes of Health. NIH will review your request and contact you regarding next steps. To track the status of your request, please log in to your account at https://foiaportal.nih.gov. Thank you, National Institutes of Health, FOIA Program

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #'56259' has been updated to the following status 'Received'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56259 has been updated to the following status 'Assigned for Processing'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #'56264' has been updated to the following status 'Received'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56264 has been updated to the following status 'Assigned for Processing'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Good morning, Mr. Kerman,

I apologize for just getting in touch now; the NIH FOIA Office just sent us your request on Friday, April 30th. This office will be responding to the portion of your request involving the National Cancer Institute, i.e., grant ## 5R44CA203629-03 and 3R44CA203629-03S1. I just reviewed the grant files for this project number. The -03 year is just a progress report year, so there isn't a grant application for that one; the -03S1 is a supplemental application. Because of the type of grant this is, there was an application in the -01 year and another in the -02 year. Do you want to amend your request or keep it the way it is?

The other issue is that the summary statements get heavily redacted. All evaluative material is removed before they get released. Do you still want a copy of the summary statement?

Let me know when you get a chance, and I'll draft the pre-disclosure notification letter to send to the grantee.

Tim

Tim Sweeney, J.D.
Freedom of Information Specialist
National Cancer Institute
Building 31, Room 10A48
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
(P) 240-781-3397
(F) 240-541-4519

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56068 has been updated to the following status 'Assigned for Processing'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Good Afternoon,

Please be advised that your request seeks grants at three different NIH Institutes, (NIGMS, NCI, and NINDS) and the simplest way for it to be processed is for it to be split into three requests. Henceforth, request number 56068 will remain with NCI for their grants, the NIGMS case number is 56259, and the NINDS case number is 56264.

Please confirm receipt of this email.

Thank you.

Roger Bordine

Program Support

Freedom of Information Office

National Institutes of Health

Building 31, Room 5B35

31 Center Drive

Bethesda, MD 20892

Phone: 301-496-5633

Fax: 301-402-4541

Roger.bordine@nih.gov<mailto:Roger.bordine@nih.gov>

<http://www.nih.gov/>

From: Michael Kerlman

Thanks for the information. I believe the public would appreciate the -01 and -02 year applications as well. And yes, the summary statement would be helpful even if redacted.

-Michael

From: National Institutes of Health

Good morning,

We have received your request for records pertaining to SBIR grants. Our office is responsible for records with NIGMS items 1, 3 and 6 (56259) and NINDS item 5 (56264).

Please understand that SBIRs are commercial in nature and requesters are charged as commercial requesters. You are being categorized as a commercial requester. These requests will have search and review costs. In your request you ask for all grant applications, summary statements, and notice of grant awards for all of the 6 listed grants. This could be a combined total well over $500, not to mention SBIRs require careful review of the awardee (as part of pre-disclosure notification,) and can take some extra time to review. This process can also cause delays in getting these records to you.

In order for us to proceed, you will need to agree to pay all fees associated. As the cases are processed, we can provide a better estimate to you. We do estimate $500 at this time.

Additionally, summary statements are heavily redacted and the only portion that is released is what is available online via NIH RePORTER. Please let us know if you still want to request them. Again, you will be charged for review costs.

My suggestion is to narrow the request to just the most recently awarded grant application, including the notice of grant award, and agree to fees. If you are still interested in the other project years you can always come back for those after these requests are processed. If you know that you only want certain portions, such as specific aims and research strategy, for example, then it would aid in reducing cost and time required to complete your request.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you,
Elisabeth

Elisabeth West
Government Information Specialist
NIH/NHLBI/OM/FOIA Service Center
Rockledge One, 4th Floor
elisabeth.west@nih.gov<mailto:elisabeth.west@nih.gov>
301-496-9737 (FOIA Main Line)
301-827-6259 (Direct Line)

From: National Institutes of Health

Good afternoon,

Please see the below message. If we do not hear from you by May 17th we will assume you are no longer interested in these records.

Thank you,
Elisabeth

From: Michael Kerlman

Hi Elisabeth,

Thanks for the follow-up. We would wish to focus on the specific aims and research strategy/plan portions and let's start with the most recent year.

-Michael

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56264 has been updated to the following status 'Closed'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56259 has been updated to the following status 'Assigned for Processing'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56259 has been updated to the following status 'In Process'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56259 has been updated to the following status 'Closed'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

From: National Institutes of Health

Good afternoon, Mr. Kerman,

When you have a chance, please let me know how you would like to proceed with this request. I'm not sure which records you are interested in for grant ## 5R44CA203629-03 and 3R44CA203629-03S1.

Tim

Tim Sweeney, J.D.
Freedom of Information Specialist
National Cancer Institute
Building 31, Room 10A48
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
(P) 240-781-3397
(F) 240-541-4519

From: National Institutes of Health

Good afternoon, Mr. Kerman,

I'm still trying to figure out exactly what records you are interested in. Since you haven't responded to my earlier two e-mails, I plan on sending you an official letter to let you know that we will close your request if we do not hear from you in 20 days.

Tim

From: Michael Kerlman

Hi Tim,

For these grants, can we start with the most recently awarded grant application, including the notice of grant award . We would wish to focus on the specific aims and research strategy/plan portions.

-Michael

From: National Institutes of Health

Good morning, Mr. Kerman,

Please see the attached letter regarding the above-referenced request.

Tim

Tim Sweeney, J.D.
Freedom of Information Specialist
National Cancer Institute
Building 31, Room 10A48
31 Center Drive, MSC 2580
Bethesda, MD 20892-2580
(P) 240-781-3397
(F) 240-541-4519

From: National Institutes of Health

Dear Michael Kerman,
The status of your FOIA request #56068 has been updated to the following status 'Closed'. To log into the NIH FOIA Public Portal click on the Application URL below.
https://foiaportal.nih.gov
Sincerely,
National Institutes of Health

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