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Revised instructions on K99/R00 eligibility

On November 17, the NIH issued a clarification of the eligibility guidance for investigators applying to the “NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent k99/R00)” as follows: Part 2. Section III.1. Eligible Applicants Current Instruction Eligible Individuals (Program Director/Principal Investigator) K99 applicants must have no more than 4 years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of the initial or the subsequent resubmission or revision application, and must be in mentored, postdoctoral training positions to be eligible … Read More

NIH update on Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

NIH Director, Francis Collins, released a statement on November 17, 2015 about progress made toward establishing a national research cohort that will be involved in  implementing the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). The cohort will consist of roughly one million volunteers from all walks of life who will share genetic data, biological samples and diet/lifestyle information to lay the scientific foundation for precision medicine. According to Collins, the following has already been accomplished since mid-September of this year: The … Read More

OBSSR seeks input for FY 2016-2020 strategic plan

The NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) is in the process of establishing core scientific and policy priorities for their five year strategic plan. Because behavioral and social sciences (BSSR) research is broad in scope, and has seen rapid changes, emerging questions and concerns have come to light and they are seeking input on how to most effectively address these challenges. Input can comprise the current state of social and behavioral science which covers a … Read More

NCI Research Specialist Award FOA released

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) released an FOA Monday, Nov. 2, inviting grant applications for the Research Specialist Award (R50) in any area of cancer research. This award is designed to support exceptional scientists who are not PIs, providing sufficient autonomy so they are not solely dependent on grants held by principal investigators. There has been a continued shift in the way research is conducted with an increased reliance on research specialists in labs, cores, and other support facilities. … Read More

De-mystifying the (NIH) Commons

Large-scale efforts are underway at NIH to tackle hurdles associated with accessing and utilizing Big Data. Making public data, especially large commonly used data sets, easily accessible in the cloud will reduce the burden and cost of individual investigators independently moving and storing data, enable the ability to compute against data sets, and permit new and novel uses across data sets. The (NIH) Commons was created as a platform to make this possible. It is … Read More

Significant Changes to NIH Grants Policy Statement coming soon

The NIH released a Significant Changes document this week summarizing the main grants policy changes and clarifications that will be implemented in the FY2016 NIHGPS. The revised NIHGPS, expected to be available in November, will represent an update to the March, 31, 2015 version and will be applicable across all NIH grants and cooperative agreements effective the revision date. To inform the research community of these changes immediately, the document released this week outlines the following significant … Read More

Proposed changes to “Common Rule” now open for comment

In September of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services published proposed changes to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects, most often referred to as the Common Rule. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is now open for public comment and includes a wide range of changes to the Common Rule with the goal of modernizing regulations to reflect current research conduct. Some of the proposed changes include: Requiring that (in … Read More

New “Open Science Prize” competition seeks applications

The NIH has partnered with Wellcome Trust and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to launch a global science competition for innovative products or services that will advance “open science,” a movement to make scientific data more accessible. “Big data” generated by biomedical research is growing rapidly yet researchers’ ability to derive knowledge from that data is hindered by their ability to find, access and use it. The Open Science Prize aims to support prototyping and the … Read More

NIH’s Michael Lauer launches Open Mike blog

The NIH’s new Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, is carrying on the blogging tradition set by his predecessor, Sally Rockey. In his first post on Oct. 19, Lauer wrote that he plans to use the Open Mike blog to “connect you with the NIH perspective and, even more importantly, to help connect us to yours.” If this first post is any indication, Lauer appears to be committed to the transparency that began with Rockey’s … Read More

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

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