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NCCIH seeks input on draft strategic plan

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) has developed a draft strategic plan for FY 2016-2021 and is asking for feedback from researchers, health care providers, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, and scientific or professional organizations. Of particular interest to NCCIH is input on the five strategic objectives and six high priorities listed in the draft. Organizations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of the organization … Read More

Clarifications on new biosketch format issued

Since establishing changes to biosketch format requirements over a year ago, the NIH has received questions and feedback from the biomedical research community on how to best implement these changes. In response, clarifications on instructions and format pages were issued on Mar. 23 for applications due on or after May 25, 2016, as follows: A URL for a publication list is optional, and, if provided, must be to a government website (.gov) like My Bibliography. … Read More

NIH seeks public comment on draft clinical trial protocol template

In an effort to make it easier for investigators to prepare protocols that are consistently organized and contain all the information necessary for the clinical trial to be properly reviewed, the NIH and FDA are developing a template with instructional and sample text for NIH-funded investigators to use in writing protocols for phase 2 or 3 clinical trials that require applications for Investigational New Drugs (INDs) or Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs). They would like you to weigh … Read More

New vs. renewal applications: Which are more likely to be funded?

With NIH’s interest in supporting junior scientists trying to get their first grants, other investigators are wondering if it’s more difficult to get their grants renewed than to get one in the first place. The NIH looked into the matter by gathering data on R01-equivalent success rates for new and experienced investigators seeking funding in FY 2013 through 2015.  In his most recent Open Mike blog post, Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer reported … Read More

NIH announces cancellation of T32 in the neurosciences FOA

On February 9th, the NIH issued a notice of cancellation of PAR-15-178 “Jointly Sponsored Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Predoctoral Training Program in the Neurosciences (T32).” Applications due on May 25, 2016 will not be accepted but a new Institutional Training Funding Opportunity Announcement will be issued in time for preparation of applications due in May, 2017. Stay tuned for further notifications.

Further guidance on new NIH application requirements, Mar. 9

Over the past few months, we’ve been reporting on changes to NIH grant application guidelines, many of which are meant to enhance rigor, transparency, and reproducibility of NIH-funded research. For those of you who are still uncertain about how to address rigor in your NIH applications, Research Funding and Development Services will be holding a workshop to review the new guidelines and answer any questions you may have: Wednesday, Mar. 9 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Mackenzie … Read More

Clarification from NIH on recent grant policy changes

On Jan. 28, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Affairs Mike Lauer published the first in a series of blog posts addressing recent NIH policy changes related to rigor and transparency. The Open Mike series will focus on four key areas related to reproducible research: scientific premise, rigorous experimental design, consideration of relevant biological variables, and authentication of key biological and chemical resources. The first post examines scientific premise and why it warrants special consideration in grant review. … Read More

Timing of proposal submissions may influence success rates

Does the thought of writing your grant proposal leave you standing in a puddle of procrastination? Is a looming deadline the only thing that can force you to put pen to paper? New data from NIH on success rates of proposals submitted long before the deadline vs. those that come in just under the wire may motivate you to resist task avoidance and get those grants in early. In a Dec. 30, Open Mike blog … Read More

Clarifications on new NIH requirement to consider sex as a biological variable

This past summer, we reported on a new NIH policy that goes into effect Jan. 25, 2016, requiring a deliberate approach to the consideration of sex as a biological variable (SAVB) in pre-clinical research. In a Dec. 11 Open Mike blog post, Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer, Ph.D., clarified the application and review process and provided additional information on the origins of the policy. A current high-priority focus at NIH is improved rigor and transparency in federally … Read More

NIH up for budget increase, releases strategic plan

NIH to receive $2 billion budget increase A massive federal spending bill released on Dec. 16 provides the National Institutes of Health with a $2 billion funding increase, the agency’s first raise in more than 12 years. The bill was passed on Dec. 18. The bill provides the following for medical and healthcare-related research: $200 million to the Obama administration’s Precision Medicine Initiative $350 million increase for Alzheimer’s disease research $85 million increase for the BRAIN Initiative … Read More

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