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Maintaining integrity in peer review: new NIH guidelines

Do you know someone on the study section reviewing your NIH application? Do you want to give them a friendly call to update them on your current results? The NIH says DON’T! Because the research community is inherently small, investigators within the same field often have contact with the very people who may be reviewing their NIH applications. How then should confidentiality be maintained? What are the parameters? Last week, the NIH issued new guidelines … Read More

The NIH takes on the challenge of reproducibility: new requirements for 2016

Coming this fall, you will see changes to application instructions for NIH grant applications. Advances in science are built upon previous observations and findings: that’s why replication and corroboration of research results are essential to the scientific process. In response to continued failures in the reliability and reproducibility of published research, the NIH has been analyzing possible causes and exploring potential interventions for some time. A series of pilot projects were run over the past … Read More

Considering sex as a biological variable; new NIH requirement effective Jan. 2016

Women comprise slightly more than half of the population–and their representation is relatively well balanced in NIH-sponsored clinical research, where they now account for roughly half of all participants. But this shift has not occurred in the preclinical realm. Today, most NIH-sponsored animal studies are focused on males, and many investigators do not report on the sex of the subjects from whom cells are obtained for cell line work. This lack of balance may obscure … Read More

Sally Rockey to depart NIH for Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research

This week, National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins announced that Sally Rockey, Ph.D., will depart NIH to become the director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Rockey has served as the deputy director for extramural research for NIH since 2008. The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill; it will support research on a range of issues from plant and animal health to agricultural and … Read More

NIGMS wants to hear from you!

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences examining innovative ways to best support biomedical researchers. Last week we reported on NIGMS’s new funding mechanism for early-career scientists and now they’re seeking input on how best to foster technology development for the research community. More specifically, the Institute is asking for information on the need for development of technologies and the relationship of technology development to other biomedical research. Of particular interest are ideas about: The value … Read More

A bird’s eye view of NIH

Wondering what NIH leadership really thinks about the future of federal funding for biomedical research? Interested in learning about the impact NIH-funded research is having and the progress that’s been made on large NIH initiatives? Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Sally Rockey, addressed these topics and more in a recent opening plenary presentation at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore. The full 55 minute presentation, View of NIH from … Read More

NIH launches new and updated web resources

This week, the NIH unveiled two valuable resources for the biomedical research community: The new Biomedical Data Science website was launched on Apr. 13 as part of the NIH’s push to harness the potential of  computational data to advance biomedical research. The new site features information on the following NIH-wide efforts: Data Science Community: Read about the Community’s mission, recent news and events, community engagement, training, and the NIH Data Science Workforce Development Center. Here you … Read More

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute seeks input on research priorities

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) is looking for input from scientists–and the public–to help shape its funding priorities. If you’re funded by NHLBI, or hope to be, or if you benefit from the several hundred million dollars per year that they spend on biomedical research–in short, if you are living and breathing, this is your opportunity to shape the research of the future. Specifically, they want to identify the most compelling questions … Read More

NIH seeks additional input on how to sustain the biomedical research enterprise, neuroscience research funding

In recent months, NIH has issued requests for information on various initiatives, resources, and ongoing projects. On April 2,  Jon Lorsch, director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Sally Rockey solicited a request titled “Input on Strategies for Optimizing the Impact and Sustainability of Biomedical Research.” Lorsch and Rockey are heading two NIH-wide working groups focused on maximizing the impact and sustainability of NIH-funded research. Rockey’s … Read More

NCI experiments with staff scientist funding

Later this year, the National Cancer Institute will be offering a new “research specialist” award, using a K05 mechanism, to support scientists who are not PIs–think lab scientists and core facility managers. This award would require sponsorship from a PI, similar to other K awards, although recipients could take it with them if they moved to another lab. This new funding mechanism was discussed at NCI’s recent meeting of the Board of Scientific Advisors (if … Read More

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