NIH News

News from NIH on policy/requirement changes

Over the last week, NIH announced various planned changes to policies, forms and instructions for grant applications submitted on or after January 25, 2016 (Phase I) or May 25, 2016 (Phase II, which includes extending Phase I changes to institutional training and individual fellowship applications). Changes will focus on the following areas: Rigor and Transparency:  Changes will be made to application requirements and review language to enhance reproducibility of research findings through increased scientific rigor and transparency. … Read More

OHSU/PNNL team receives $1.8M to support NIH Undiagnosed Disease Network

Investigators from OHSU and the Dept. of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory were awarded a three-year $1.8 million grant from NIH to support a nationwide project targeting undiagnosed diseases. OHSU will leverage its newly established collaboration with PNNL, the Northwest Co-Laboratory for Integrated ‘Omics, to support the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN). This award will be used to establish a Metabolomics Core to detect and quantify metabolites which can provide clues to enhance other types of data … Read More

NICHD seeks input on future directions in gynecologic health and disease research

The Gynecologic Health and Disease Branch (GHDB) of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), is in the process of establishing priorities for the next decade of research in their field. GHDB is inviting comments on the current state of the science, the highest priorities moving forward, and potential barriers to overcome. “Future Directions in Gynecologic Health and Disease Research” will be shaped by your input. The GHDB supports basic, translational, … Read More

NIA applies new strategy to address funding scarcity

In the face of increasing and intense competition for research funding, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) is employing a new short-term strategy to improve investigators’ chances of obtaining long-term funding. In a Sept. 30 blog posting, NIA’s Director of the Division of Extramural Affairs, Robin Barr, Ph.D., announced, “We are aggressively using the NIH R56 activity code for the first time…This award program provides one or two years of support to allow investigators to … Read More

NIH seeks input on large-scale clinical trials on aging and the elderly   

The NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) wants to hear from the research community regarding needs for large (over $2 million direct and/or over $3 million total costs per year) clinical trials on topics related to aging and the elderly. Suggestions will be used to help select high priority research areas that would greatly benefit from such trials to determine risks and benefits of treatments for conditions in the elderly. The Division of Geriatrics and Clinical … Read More

Michael Lauer, M.D., selected as NIH’s new Deputy Director for Extramural Research

Last week, we reported on Sally Rockey’s departure from NIH and the last of her blog postings on Rock Talk. Today, NIH director Francis Collins announced that Michael S. Lauer, M.D., will replace Rockey as Deputy Director for Extramural Research. According to Collins, Lauer “brings both research expertise and administrative skills to the job, as well as keen insights into the world of extramural research.” Lauer has served in leadership roles and exhibited a strong commitment to … Read More

NIH to host webinars on grant application submission and review, Nov. 5 & 6

The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is hosting two webinars for new NIH applicants, mentors, and grant administrators. This opportunity is designed to give participants insights into the application submission and peer review processes. The Nov. 5 webinar will focus on university research administrators. The webinar on Nov. 6 will focus on research project grants (R01s). Both sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST, which includes a 30 minute Q&A period. The CSR experts will … Read More

Farewell to Sally Rockey and Rock Talk

Today, September 25, is National Research Administrator Day, so what better way to commemorate than with a fond farewell to the research administrator who led the Office of Extramural Affairs at NIH for the past five years, Sally Rockey? She departs NIH to assume a new position as director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. Highly regarded by both NIH administration and the research community, Rockey reshaped NIH partnerships and communication with the research community, all … Read More

Precision medicine enters a new phase

It takes a million people to discern the health strategies for one individual–at least, that’s the thinking behind the latest phase of the NIH’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This initiative was first proposed by NIH Director Francis Collins more than a decade ago. It became a reality this January, when President Obama announced his support of it in his State of the Union address, noting that its goal is “to bring us closer to curing diseases … Read More

OHSU scientists awarded major NIH grant to study substance abuse and adolescent brain development

A team of three OHSU researchers were selected by the National Institutes of Health today to receive a major grant for a long-term study tracking the effects of adolescent substance abuse on the developing brain. Damien Fair, P.A.-C., Ph.D., Bonnie Nagel, Ph.D., and Sarah Feldstein Ewing, Ph.D., were awarded one of 13 grants looking at cognitive and social development in approximately 10,000 children across the U.S. The total amount from NIH for this award is … Read More

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