Posts Tagged ‘NIH’

Assessing scientific productivity: A new metric

Publication data – journal impact factors, number of first author publications, prestige of the journal – are commonly used to assess research productivity. But the metrics used to generate these data have substantial limitations. H-index, which looks at the cumulative impact of scientists’ work, disadvantages junior researchers; citation habits and dynamics can be vastly different in different research fields. Alternative methods for quantifying scientific accomplishment are under development, and though many of them have improved our understanding … Read More

NIH wants to hear from you

Help shape the agenda of a planned future conference on coronary heart disease In 1978, the Bethesda Conference on the Declining Mortality from Coronary Heart Disease brought together international experts from a wide range of disciplines and expertise to call attention to and illuminate the previously unappreciated and unexplained abatement of the epidemic of heart disease. Since then cardiovascular death rates have continued to decline sharply, and despite the huge growth in knowledge and advances in treatment, … Read More

NIH director to give annual Mark O. Hatfield Lecture, Oct. 24

The Director of the National Institutes of Health, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, will be giving this year’s Mark O. Hatfield Lecture. The talk will examine recent advances in fundamental knowledge about biology—and highlight the ways in which that knowledge is serving to improve human health. Topics may include research developments at the NIH at the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center, the Precision Medicine Initiative, the Cancer Moonshot, and updates on Zika and other global … Read More

New NIH policy on appendix materials in applications

A notice was issued on Aug. 12, 2016 detailing plans to eliminate most appendix materials for applications submitted to the NIH, AHRQ or NIOSH on or after Jan., 2017. According to the notice, the new policy is “intended rectify inequities in the peer review process that can arise from submission of inappropriate or excessive appendix materials by some applicants and consideration of appendix materials in peer review by some, but not all reviewers.” New application instructions … Read More

NIH seeks input on biomedical digital repositories

The era of “Big Data” in biomedical research presents both opportunities and challenges. Increasing access to digital data allows for expanded accountability and accelerated discovery. But to take advantage of these opportunities, data must be managed and shared appropriately. The data repository is a common mechanism for managing and storing content, and the number, scale, and complexities of these repositories continue to grow. In the context of increased demand, it’s vital to understand and measure the value these … Read More

Peer review scoring: Why some grant applications are more likely to be funded than others

Anyone who’s worked hard on an NIH grant application that didn’t get funded wonders what they could have done differently to improve their chances of success. A recent analysis on peer review scoring by the NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) provides insight into how to improve overall impact scores and the likelihood of getting funded. In a July 22 Open Mike blog post, OER Director Mike Lauer, describes NIH’s quest to better understand the “stories behind [NIH] … Read More

Coming soon: MIRA funding for early-stage investigators

We first reported on the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for New and Early-Stage Investigators (R35) mechanism when it was introduced by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences about a year ago. The pilot program represented a new funding strategy focused on supporting PIs rather than specific projects. The rationale behind this novel funding strategy was to improve funding distribution and invest in scientists, thereby providing them with funding stability to explore new, creative directions in … Read More

NIGMS wants your input on modernizing biomedical graduate education

Last week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about NIGMS’ push to modernize how graduate students in biomedical research are educated and trained in December of last year. At the time, Director Jon Lorsch had just announced a number of activities NIGMS was incorporating into its training modules as part of a much larger effort to completely overhaul the … Read More

The data on the competition for NIH funding

We all know the NIH budget is not keeping pace with demand and that success rates are at historically low levels but what are the actual numbers that reflect the funding climate? NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research Mike Lauer addresses this question in detail in his May 31 Open Mike blog post, “How Many Researchers?” Using published findings from a workshop held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Kimble et al.) as a starting point, Lauer explores the … Read More

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

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