Posts Tagged ‘NIH’

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has a new name

NIH’s NCCAM has been renamed the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). The name change, included in the Congressional omnibus budget, is meant to reflect the reality that most people don’t use ‘alternative medicine.’ It’s more common to bring together conventional and complementary approaches to health care. The new name speaks to the importance, according to NIH director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., of bringing a scientific approach to the health and wellness practices … Read More

NIH S10 funding for high-end instrumentation

The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10), which provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade shared equipment costing up to $600,000) was announced in late January.  A new S10 opportunity will open for applications on April 29, 2015. The High-End Instrumentation (HEI) Grant Program is specifically designed to fund instrumentation that costs at least $600,000. The maximum award is $2,000,000. Types of instruments supported include, but are not limited to, X-ray diffraction systems, nuclear … Read More

NIH wants your input

NIH is seeking time-sensitive input on various initiatives within four separate Institutes: National Library of Medicine (NLM): NIH Director Working Group deliberations In order to chart the course for the future of the world’s largest biomedical library, the NIH Director established a working group to review the current state of the NLM as well as to articulate a strategic vision for its future as an international leader in biomedical and health information. Comments are being … Read More

Special Characters in Grants: Not Yet

A note from the OHSU Office of Proposal and Award Management director, Deborah Golden-Eppelein: On January 30, 2015, NIH published the following in the NIH Guide:  Expanding Support of Unicode Character Set in Grant Applications Submitted after February 17, 2015.  In this notice, the NIH announced that Unicode characters such as Greek letters will be functional in after February 17. But OHSU investigators should NOT use these codes yet. might be able to handle … Read More

How should we balance the needs of senior and junior investigators?

The NIH wants to know. We all know that the U.S. biomedical workforce is in trouble: years of disinvestment at the national level has led to a challenging environment for younger scientists (and their older colleagues, for that matter). One proposed solution, implied by this week’s request for information from NIH, would be to create a new award mechanism for senior investigators who may want to transition out of the PI role. Is this a … Read More

New NIH RePORT tool: Matchmaker

Are you curious about which NIH institutes or centers (ICs) may be interested in your research and which study section may review work like yours? Matchmaker is a new query interface in NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) that grants access to information about NIH funded research in order to address these questions. This tool allows users to enter manuscript abstracts, research bios, or other scientific text and retrieve a list of similar projects … Read More

NIH S10 applications for 2015

The Shared Instrument Grant Program (S10) provides groups of NIH-supported investigators funds to purchase or upgrade a single item of specialized, commercially available instrumentation or an integrated instrumentation system. The cost of instrumentation must be at least $50,000 (note that this figure is different from past years, where the lower limit was $100,000) and no more than $600,000. Types of instruments supported include confocal and electron microscopes, biomedical imagers, mass spectrometers, DNA sequencers, biosensors, cell-sorters, … Read More

NIH news roundup for January 2015

Several key announcements were issued by NIH in the last month that bear noting: NIH announced its fiscal policy for FY 2015 operations, implementing the 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed by President Obama on December 16, 2014. A separate announcement was also issued providing information on statutory provisions in the appropriations act that limit the use of funds on NIH grants, cooperative agreements and contracts, including salary caps. In an effort to continue to fund … Read More

Funding Focus – New NIH Biosketch Format, Feb. 19

Research Funding and Development Services will resume hosting monthly Funding Focus workshops every third Thursday beginning in February.  First up: Advice on the new NIH Biosketch format requirements.  In the meantime, for questions on the new format, please see the most recent NIH announcement, which includes instructions and samples. In addition, the Science Experts Network (SciENcv) is now up and running and available to support the new biosketch format. A YouTube video provides instructions for … Read More

NIH Fiscal Policy for FY2015

Need budget guidance for NIH awards? Here’s the latest: Funding levels for noncompeting renewals, which have been at about 90% of award, will likely be restored. Those that have yet to be awarded may be awarded in a range between full commitment level to 3% below. See your specific IC for more information. NRSA stipends will increase by about 2%. New investigators should still retain their ‘bonus’. Salaries are capped at $183,300. Responses to more … Read More

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