Posts Tagged ‘NIH’

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

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

NIGMS Director Jon Lorsch to visit OHSU Nov. 13

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences, with director Jon Lorsch, Ph.D., at the helm, is breaking new ground on funding and workforce development strategies. Come and hear Lorsch talk about exciting changes taking place at NIGMS as he presents: “Developing a More Productive, Efficient and Sustainable Biomedical Research Enterprise” Nov. 13th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. OHSU Hospital, 8th floor Auditorium Lorsch will share the latest news out of NIGMS and outline the institute’s strategic plan as … 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

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

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

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

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