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New NIH policy on electronic submission of diversity supplements

Effective January 25, 2018, the NIH will require all single and multi-project diversity supplement requests to be submitted electronically. This is a change in NIH policy, which currently uses paper forms for these diversity supplements. The diversity supplement funding opportunity announcement will be reissued with new FORMS-E application forms and instructions for supplement requests. For supplement requests prior to January 25, prepare requests using the current FOA. Funds from diversity supplement requests are used to improve … Read More

New NIH policy on Certificates of Confidentiality

On Sep. 7, 2017, the National Institutes of Health issued a notice of changes for their policy regarding the issuing of Certificates of Confidentiality (CoC). This change comes as a result of the implementation of Section 2012 of the 21st Century Cures Act. A CoC is a privacy provision that will prevent “compelled disclosure” (a subpoena) of research data. Previously, a researcher had to apply for a CoC. With this new policy, any NIH-funded research … Read More

NIH under continuing resolution: What does it mean to you?

The NIH released a notice on December 19 indicating that all Department of Health and Human Services agencies will be acting under a continuing resolution through Jan. 19, 2018. (Note that Congress extended funding after the NIH notice was released.) This means that until at least mid-January, grants will be funded up to 90% of the previously committed level. Adjustments may be made later, but there are no guarantees. So be cautious of spending ahead on your award. … Read More

FY2016 NIH numbers released

NIH recently released their annual web reports, success rates, and NIH Data Book for fiscal year 2016. In a February 3 blog post, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, summarized FY2016 numbers and compared them to previous years. Here are the highlights: NIH received 54,220 competing research project grant applications, an increase of over 3,000 applications from 2014. Roughly 45% of those were applications for R01-equivalent grants. The success rate for these applications … Read More

New NIH font guidelines go into effect Jan. 25

NIH has updated their recommended font list for applications submitted on or after Jan. 15, 2017. Following is a summary of guidelines that will apply to text in PDF grant application attachments: Text color: Perhaps the most notable change, text in PDF attachments is no longer restricted to the color black. Though not required, black or other high-contract colors are recommended. Read: no fuchsia comic sans.   Font size: Must be 11 points or larger. Smaller … Read More

Supplemental funding available for research on sex/gender influences

The recently implemented NIH policy requiring grant applicants to consider sex as a biological variable in the design of basic and pre-clinical animal studies has prompted considerable discussion. Translating this policy into action is complex. For example, the cost associated with expanding the scope of a study to include additional cell lines or study animals is a pressing issue for many investigators. The Office of Research on Women’s Health is responding to this concern by … Read More

NIH seeks input on data sharing and data management

NIH is seeking stakeholder feedback on strategies for data management, sharing, and citation as part of an ongoing effort to ensure the results of federally-funded scientific research are made available to the public. Specifically, NIH wants to hear from data users, data generators, and data scientists on issues pertaining to what types of data should be shared; the costs and benefits of sharing different types of data; and standards for citation of data and software. … Read More

New NIH application guidelines: Changes to appendix and post-submission materials policies

NIH has released an updated application guide that includes two significant policy changes effective Jan. 25, 2017. 1) As we reported earlier this year, most appendix materials for applications have been eliminated. The only materials you may submit in the appendix section are: For applications proposing clinical trials (unless the FOA provides other instructions for these materials): Clinical trial protocols Investigator’s brochure from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate For all applications: Blank informed consent/assent … Read More

NIH reports on R01 and R21 trends

NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Mike Lauer looks at funding trends and relationships for R01 and R21 mechanisms in a recent Open Mike blog post. In this follow-up to previous analyses of NIH funding competition, and outcomes for R01 “virtual A2s,”Lauer and team examined how R21s, intended to foster exploratory research at the conceptual stage, compare to R01s in terms of application and success rates and career stage of investigators applying for and receiving funding. They also investigated the relationship between … Read More

New resources to support diversity in NIH-funded research

The NIH has developed a new portal to information about how scientific workforce diversity is promoted and supported in extramural programs. The website focuses on four main areas: Background on NIH initiatives in support of scientific workforce diversity Resources for scientific leadership & faculty members to use to further diversity in their programs Resources for investigators and trainees to develop their careers, find training and mentorship, and learn about others’ careers through personal stories and … Read More

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