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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

To resubmit or not resubmit – that is the question

The biomedical research funding climate remains challenging despite the words of optimism NIH Director, Francis Collins, shared with OHSU during his campus visit last week. In 2015, only 13.1% of new R01 applications were funded. If you were among those PIs whose application scored outside of funding range, you’re likely considering resubmission and wondering what types of changes might improve your chances of success. In his Oct. 28 Open Mike blog post, NIH Deputy Director for … Read More

Reminder: What’s new with peer review? First panel discussion this Thursday

You’re invited to hear a panel discussion with OHSU faculty who are currently serving on NIH study sections to learn about best practices for grant writing–and especially what they’re seeing in grants they’re reviewing with respect to the new requirements on rigor and reproducibility and more. Among other things, they will discuss guidance they’ve received from NIH as reviewers, as well as how study sections are responding. Bring your questions! This week’s session will be held: Thursday, … Read More

NINDS restructures funding support for postdocs

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke will no longer participate in the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Parent F32). As of the Dec. 8, 2016 due date, F32 postdoctoral fellows research training support will be available through a separate announcement with several key differences from the parent F32. Most notably, applicants are only eligible prior to starting, or within the first 12 months of starting, their postdoctoral training. As … Read More

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