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What to do with the new NIH review criteria

As you are likely well aware, new review criteria and application instructions concerning rigor and reproducibility for many NIH and AHRQ grants go into effect May 25th. As the deadline nears for the June R01 cycle, we are getting a lot of questions about how to manage these changes. While this is still very much unsettled territory, NIH has released some clarifications and resources (as well as a graphical representation). The following represents our best … Read More

Eric Gouaux’s serotonin transporter research featured by NIH

Recent findings by Vollum Institute senior scientist, Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., and team that reveal the molecular structure of the human serotonin transporter, are getting a lot of attention from the biomedical community and the media. Gouaux’s study was featured in NIH Research Matters, the online publication that highlights groundbreaking NIH-funded discoveries. The article, “Serotonin transporter structure revealed,” discusses the innovative technique developed by the team that allowed them to use X-ray crystallography to capture a 3-D image of the … Read More

NIGMS seeks input on team science research

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences is examining the benefits and challenges of team science and considering how best to support this mode of scientific research. In doing so, NIGMS is seeking input from the biomedical research community to assist in considering the needs and opportunities in team science at the multi-investigator, institutional, regional and national levels. For the purposes of this Request for Information (RFI), team science and team-based research are defined as research that involves … Read More

Intel’s Eric Dishman named Director of Precision Medicine Initiative Cohort Program

NIH has announced the selection of Eric Dishman to head up the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program. He will oversee the PMI landmark research study of roughly one million volunteers, designed to provide new insights into human disease and identify how precision medicine can improve health outcomes. One of Oregon’s top executives, Dishman most recently served as VP and Intel Fellow of Intel Corporation’s Health & Life Sciences Group based here in Portland. For … Read More

New NIH application guide, instructions now available

As previously reported, changes to NIH policies and guidelines are being implemented in several phases this fiscal year and into FY 2017, with some confusion surrounding how best to incorporate them. On Mar. 28, the NIH finally released its updated application guide and supplemental instructions for use with grant applications due on or after May 25, 2016. Key changes include but are not limited to: New How to Apply – Application Guide webpage New formatting … Read More

NIH wants your images

Has your research ever resulted in an image so perfect, you wish everyone could see it? The NIH is currently hosting a call for images of NIH-funded research. Selected images will be posted in the official NIH Image Gallery on Flickr. The gallery is a resource for the media, educational institutions, and the public, and the images posted are free to use, with proper credit.  This is a great way to contribute resources to the extramural community … Read More

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

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