Enhancing Diversity at NIH-Funded Conferences
A recent Harvard Business Review article noted that the gap between awareness and action when it comes to gender equity is ‘gender fatigue’ – a “phenomenon of simultaneously acknowledging that gender inequality exists in general while denying that it exists in one’s immediate work environment.” And the article questions why organizations are not making more progress towards gender equity, while making recommendations to avoid the mismatch. At NIH, we have and continue to focus not just on gender equity but on ensuring greater diversity in all aspects of the biomedical workforce...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 22, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike conference Diversity gender equity R13 scientific workforce diversity Sexual Harassment Source Type: funding

Check Out NIH ’s New COVID-19 Research Website
We are pleased to announce that the new NIH COVID-19 website launched last week. The site provides a central location for trusted, up-to-date, accurate information about NIH research and our strategic role in COVID-19 research. The site complements information made available on our COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage. The new site includes information about key programs such as the Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines public-private partnership and the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative to develop state-of-the-science diagnostic tests for COV...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 19, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

What You Read in 2020
Looking back on 2020 includes seeing how well we have done to capture your interest with our Open Mike blog posts.  Did we hit the mark? Here we analyze page views on the Open Mike blog. Similar to what we did for 2018, below we show the top ten blog posts from 2020 based on overall page views pulled from Google Analytics. We issued 43 blogs last year on many different subjects. Posts on topics that are directly related to grant funding were the ones that were viewed the most. Rank Title Page Views 1 COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities 51,295 2 COVID-19 Resources for Applicants and Recipients of NIH Fund...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 19, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Reminder: NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through August/October 2021 Councils
In recognition of the fact that COVID-19 may still be adversely affecting the ability of applicants to generate preliminary data, NIH will continue to accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for the August/October 2021 council (beginning with applications submitted for the January 25, 2021 due date for Summer 2021 review meetings), ONLY if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application (NOT-OD-20-179). The deadline for submitting all post-submission materials, including preliminary data, will be 3...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 13, 2021 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories coronavirus COVID-19 preliminary data Source Type: funding

Explore RePORTER ’s State Map Visualizations
Ever find yourself wondering what and how much research NIH supports near you? Check out what the modernized RePORTER site has to offer in three easy steps! RePORTER’s main search page offers a new map visualization, highlighting active NIH projects by state. As first mentioned in this NIH Open Mike post from October, these maps are fast and interactive so you can dive into the results in your local area. Let’s take Texas as an example. Hovering your mouse cursor over the state, it shows 3,948 projects are active, totaling $1,976,727,849 in funding (Figure 1). Figure 1 Going deeper, if you click on Texas, you c...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 6, 2021 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Funding data RePORTER Source Type: funding

January 20 (Wednesday), 2021: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, for the federal holiday (Inauguration Day). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 6, 2021 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar federal holiday Source Type: funding

January 18 (Monday), 2021: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, January 18, 2021, for the federal holiday (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 6, 2021 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Uncategorized federal holiday Source Type: funding

All About Grants Podcast: Human Subjects ’ Research Post-Award
So you have confirmed that you are doing human subjects’ research after listening to the first podcast in our human subject mini-series. And you have a clear human subjects’ protection and monitoring plan developed for your application after tuning in to the second episode in the series. Now, what should you keep in mind after the award is made? Lyndi Lahl, R.N., NIH Human Subjects’ Officer The latest NIH All About Grants podcast episode delves into just this issue (MP3 / Transcript). Lyndi Lahl, R.N., an NIH Human Subjects’ Officer, joins us (and her dog too!) in this final episode of this human su...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 5, 2021 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Compliance human subjects IRB podcast Source Type: funding

Reflections on 2020, Looking Towards 2021
It probably goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyways, what a year 2020 was. Our principal focus throughout the year, of course, was on COVID-19 and its disruptions on NIH-supported research and the workforce. Its effect can still be felt, even many months in, and with various grant flexibilities we put into place. Though the stress it has caused will be with us for some time longer, our response to this public health emergency was not the only story that will continue into 2021. Our work towards ensuring safe work environments free from harassment, encouraging dialogue on peer review integrity, protecting our nat...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 4, 2021 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Biomedical Workforce COVID-19 reflection Source Type: funding

New eRA Commons Screens Are Almost Here!
The new eRA Commons home screen (log-in screen) and landing screen (screen when first logged in) are going to be unveiled on Tuesday, January 12, 2021. See Figure 1. Figure 1: The eRA Commons log-in screen overlaying the old log-in screen. With the new, streamlined design, navigation to eRA modules within Commons (Status, IAR, XTrain, etc.) will be through the apps icon in the upper left corner of the landing screen. See Figure 2. Figure 2: 9-square apps icon with the eRA Commons modules menu displayed Need more information? Here are some helpful resources: Guide Notice: NOT-OD-21-028 Demonstration Video: New eRA Commons ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 22, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA eRA Commons Source Type: funding

Case Study in Review Integrity: Sharing an Application Being Reviewed
A series to raise awareness, encourage dialog and inspire creative problem solving of the challenges in maintaining integrity in peer review Sharing an application with anyone who has not been officially designated to participate in the peer review process is a big no-no. It undermines the integrity of peer review. It disregards the confidentiality that is required of peer reviewers, who specifically sign a confidentiality agreement before accessing the applications. And it is specifically prohibited by NIH peer review policy. We have a case for you where this sharing occurred (based on a true story; details have been chan...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 18, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike case study Peer review Source Type: funding

eRA Will Require the Use of Login.gov to Access eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR and Commons Mobile in 2021
Users will be required to use two-factor authentication (2FA) through login.gov to access eRA Commons, ASSIST, Internet Assisted Review (IAR), and Commons Mobile by September 15, 2021. This secure 2FA allows users to log in to four different grants systems (eRA, Grants.gov, GrantSolutions.gov and Payment Management System) using the same login.gov credentials. We first shared information about eRA initiating the use of 2FA as part of HHS’ Reinvent Grants Management Initiative in April 2020. eRA is first phasing in the requirement for reviewers using IAR. The new requirement started being phased in December 14, 2020, ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 15, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: eRA News Top Stories 2 factor authentication eRA Commons Source Type: funding

New OLAW Webinar: Developments in FOIA in the Context of Animal Research
The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare released a new 30-minute webinar discussing how Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests related to animal welfare compliance are handled. You can listen to an engaging discussion between OLAW Deputy Director, Dr. Axel Wolff, and NIH FOIA Program Officer, Mr. Gorka Garcia-Malene on:   Reviewing and fulfilling FOIA requests at NIH Applying FOIA Exemptions Recent trends in FOIA requests related to animal activities and the implications for your institution Meeting OLAW reporting requirements without submitting additional, unnecessary information   (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 14, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Animal Welfare FOIA OLAW webinar Source Type: funding

Some Thoughts Following the NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan 2 Workshop
“The [NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan] policy, and the review and reporting requirements associated with it, should help ensure that children and older adults are not inappropriately excluded from clinical studies. The policy also has the potential to provide a more robust understanding of the full spectrum of participants recruited into clinical studies.” Together with my NIH colleagues Drs. Marie Bernard and Janine Clayton, we made this point in a 2018 JAMA opinion piece following the inaugural NIH Inclusion Across the Lifespan workshop. Fast forward, we revisited this issue at the NIH’s Inclusion Acr...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 10, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike COVID 19 Inclusion inclusion across the lifespan Source Type: funding

January 1 (Friday), 2021: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021, for the federal holiday (New Year’s Day). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar holiday Source Type: funding

Federal Financial Report (FFR) Required to be Submitted in the Payment Management System, Effective January 1, 2021
Recipients will be required to submit the SF-425 Federal Financial Report, a statement of expenditures associated with their award, to the Payment Management System (PMS) instead of eRA Commons, effective January 1, 2021 (see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-20-127). The change in submission requirement is part of an HHS initiative to consolidate FFR reporting from all the HHS Operating Divisions into PMS. To make it seamless for recipients, clicking on the new Manage FFR button next to a particular grant on the Search for Federal Financial Report (FFR) screen in eRA Commons will take the recipient directly to PMS, where the recipi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA FFR Source Type: funding

New FAQs on Policy for Charging PPE to NIH Grants & Cooperative Agreements (NOT-OD-20-164)
FAQs now available to clarify our recent guidance on the ability to direct charge personal protective equipment (PPE) costs to clinical trials and clinical research awards (NOT-OD-20-164). (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer coronavirus COVID-19 FAQs Source Type: funding

December 25 (Friday), 2020: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Friday, December 25, 2020, for the federal holiday (Christmas Day). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar 2020 holiday Source Type: funding

Check Out the New eRA Commons Screens!
The newly redesigned eRA Commons log-in screen and landing screen, providing a cleaner, modern interface that reflects user feedback, will be released in January 2021. The new design will also provide enhanced security and stability for the Commons module. The login screen has been simplified by removing much of the non-essential text in the original design. Key resources for institutions new to eRA Commons are now central on the screen. For example, eRA Service Desk contact info, links to register an organization, how to create an account, and how to submit a reference letter are easily located on the screen. Figure 1: Th...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA eRA Commons Source Type: funding

Extended Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NIH grant applications should NOT include contingency plans that would outline steps needed to recover from temporary, emergency situations, or institutional return-to-the-workplace plans, resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Contingency plans will not be considered in peer review but, if needed, COVID-19 contingency plans will be requested and carefully considered by NIH staff before funding. Reviewers will continue to receive instruction to assume that temporary, emergency problems arising from the COVID-19 pandemic will be resolved and complications related to COVID-19 should not affect their scores. Reviewers will be ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

New Human Research Protection Training Available!
Reminder: Investigators and all key personnel involved in human subjects research are required to receive education in the protection of human subjects (see NOT-OD-00-039).  One way to satisfy this requirement is by completing the newly launched Human Research Protection Training offered by the HHS Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP). The training targets the broad research community including IRBs, investigators and key personnel, and anyone interested in the Common Rule. Access is free and viewers can print a completion certificate upon completing each of the 4 lessons. Check out the training on O...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - December 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources human subjects OHRP Source Type: funding

Should We Keep Meeting This Way?
We examined roster composition carefully to see if reviewer demographics have changed during the pandemic. So far, we see little change. Interpretation is complicated by the fact that reviewers are dealing with two large changes at once – video format, which may make it easier to participate, and COVID, which likely makes it harder. We are all still learning. “How to run better Zoom meetings” is a frequent topic of workshops, meetings, and staff conversations. Reviewers have reached out, for example, reminding us of the challenging home/work realities they are contending with. We understand that many revi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 19, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Bruce Reed Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Peer review Source Type: funding

“All About Grants” Podcast – Alternatives to Animals
Your experimental designs are coming into focus. Sample sizes…power analyses…and treatment conditions, oh my! And, all throughout, perhaps laboratory animals are needed. But, are they? Can you actually replace them and still rigorously test the hypothesis? If not, maybe the protocol can be refined in such a way to reduce their overall numbers, while still ensuring their humane care and use? Dr. Neera Gopee, NIH OLAW Dr. Christine Livingston, NCATS Considering alternatives to animals in your application is the topic of our next NIH All About Grants podcast. Drs. Neera Gopee with the NIH Office of Laboratory An...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 18, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Alternatives to Animals laboratory animal podcast Source Type: funding

NIH Challenges Academia to Share Strategies to Strengthen Gender Diversity
Has your school made an important contribution to helping women become leaders in their field? Maybe your department made noticeable strides recently in diversifying the gender and race or ethnicity of its workforce? What about your institution’s response to reversing the “backward slide” experienced by women in biomedicine because of COVID-19? Well, tell us about it! Your institution could improve leadership prospects for women in science—and win a prize. On behalf of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers, the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health has launched a new challeng...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 16, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Challenge Competition gender equity scientific workforce diversity Source Type: funding

Introducing the Stephen I. Katz Early Stage Investigator Research Grant Program
Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D. Stephen I. Katz, M.D., Ph.D., led the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases from 1995 until his passing in 2018. Dr. Katz was a talented physician scientist, NIH leader, and civil servant throughout his career who was profoundly dedicated to mentoring and training the next cadre of scientists. During his memorial service at NIH, you can see this dedication on full display. I, along with countless NIH colleagues, were blessed with Dr. Katz’s mentoring and sage advice. That is why, in his honor, we are pleased to announce the publication of Funding Opportunity Announc...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 9, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike funding opportunities funding opportunity announcement Source Type: funding

Continued Impact of COVID-19 on Biomedical Research
It’s been over eight months since the COVID-19 pandemic crisis struck, changing every facet of life as we knew it. The U.S. biomedical research enterprise was not spared, as lockdowns and severe restrictions on activities took hold across the country. At the time, we offered our perspectives on efforts we could take to cushion the shock. Since that time, much has happened. COVID-19 research has blossomed with impressive results including FDA approval of a therapeutic agent (remdesivir, which was found to have value in a large-scale NIH-funded trial), development of several candidate vaccines that have already made to...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 4, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike COVID 19 Source Type: funding

Did You Miss the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration?
Not to worry, the entire conference is still available to you on the event platform until Nov 19! The only thing missing is the immediate access to staff that the “live” event offered. Recordings of the presentations and related materials, as well as a plethora of resources from the Institute and Center Exhibit Hall booths await your exploration. How to access seminar materials: Step 1: Register for the seminar if you have not already done so. Step 2: Log-in with the email address you used to register. Step 3: Explore! Tips for finding what you are looking for: There are three ways to get to presentation reco...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 4, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources conference NIH seminar Regional Seminar virtual seminar Source Type: funding

November 26 (Thursday), 2020: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Thursday, November 26, 2020, for the federal holiday (Thanksgiving Day). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar holiday Source Type: funding

November 11 (Wednesday), 2020: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, for the federal holiday (Veterans Day). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar holiday Source Type: funding

Exceptions to Use of a Single IRB During the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Conducting research involving human subjects during COVID? Read here for information on requesting an exception to the use of a single IRB. NIH released a Guide Notice to inform the extramural research community how NIH is implementing the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP)’s determination of Exception to the Single IRB Review Requirements for Certain HHS-Conducted or -Supported Cooperative Research Activities Subject to the 2018 Requirements During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency. The Notice provides instructions for Applicants, Offerors, and Recipients subject to the 2...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - November 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories human subjects sIRB Source Type: funding

How Can I Monitor Institutional Compliance With NIH ’s Public Access Policy?
The NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor (PACM) provides an institution with the current compliance status of all journal articles that are associated with the institution that fall under the NIH Public Access Policy. This database is provided as a service to our awardees to help them track compliance, should they wish to use it. Check out the PACM User Guide to learn more! (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer Public access Source Type: funding

NIH Releases New Policy for Data Management and Sharing
Guest post by Carrie Wolinetz, Ph.D., NIH Associate Director for Science Policy, originally released on the Under the Poliscope blog Carrie Wolinetz, Ph.D.,Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH Today, nearly twenty years after the publication of the Final NIH Statement on Sharing Research Data in 2003, we have released a Final NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing. This represents the agency’s continued commitment to share and make broadly available the results of publicly funded biomedical research. We hope it will be a critical step in moving towards a culture change, in which data management an...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 29, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Carrie Wolinetz Tags: blog Open Mike data management Data sharing Source Type: funding

“ All About Grants ” Podcast – Human Subjects’ Protection and Monitoring Plans
Dawn Corbett, M.P.H., NIH’s Inclusion Policy Officer You’ve done your homework: read the requisite materials on human subjects, spoken with program staff at NIH, even listened to Part 1 of this podcast mini-series for some insights on how you know you are actually doing human subjects’ research. Now you’re ready to explain in your NIH grant application how research participants will be protected and monitored. Dawn Corbett, NIH’s Inclusion Policy Officer, shares why human subjects’ protection and monitoring plans are important in this next NIH’s All About Grants podcast (MP3 / Tran...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 29, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources applications human subjects Source Type: funding

Researchers, if You Received a Survey, Please Provide Us with Your Perspective on the Impact of COVID-19
Since March, COVID-19 has greatly impacted the way we all work. NIH has been tracking how well our policies meet the needs of our research community in response to the ongoing pandemic. To get a better understanding of how COVID-19 is impacting our extramural researchers, we launched the Impact of COVID-19 on Extramural Researchers Survey in mid-October. If you received an invitation to take this survey, please take 15-20 minutes to complete it. This survey will be open until Friday, November 13th. The results from the survey will inform policy and program decisions, so participation is critical. Thousands of you have resp...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 29, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Seeking Your Ideas on the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research
In less than a year, we have learned much about SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 disease. The NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research, released last July, has helped us get to this point. The Plan prioritizes conducting fundamental research; advancing diagnostics, treatments and prevention strategies; and redressing poor COVID-19 outcomes in health disparity and vulnerable populations. Cutting across all of these priorities is an emphasis on the importance of scientific collaboration, the research workforce, and data science as keys to the response. From shifting public health needs to the unprecedented pace of biomedical dis...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 29, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike COVID 19 Request For Information (RFI) strategic plan Source Type: funding

Automated Trainee Diversity Report Required with RPPRs for Most T, K and Research Education Awards Beginning October 30, 2020
An automatically generated Trainee Diversity Report will replace the manual report that signing officials are required to submit with Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) for most institutional training, career development awards and research education grants, effective October 30, 2020. The automated report will leverage existing electronic demographic data entered by trainees in the Personal Profile of eRA Commons to minimize the need for manual data entry by recipients and reduce their burden. The report can be generated by recipients from the xTrain and RPPR modules and the signing official (SO) will submit th...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 23, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Diversity eRA eRA Commons trainee Source Type: funding

Institutions to Submit FCOI Policy Electronically in eRA Commons, Effective November 12, 2020
NIH requires institutions to maintain an up-to-date, written, and enforced policy to identify and manage Investigator Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) and to post the policy on their publicly accessible website. Starting November 12, 2020, NIH recipients will be required to submit their publicly assessible FCOI policy to NIH via the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF) Module. This new feature will apply to all NIH applicants and/or recipients, with the exception of Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) applicants and/or recipients. (See NIH GPS Section 4.1.10...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 23, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA eRA Commons FCOI financial conflict of interest Source Type: funding

Share Your Ideas to Foster Research Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
We all have a vested interest in maintaining the integrity of biomedical research. It is critically important to do so, after all, so the public can trust the resulting scientific findings. These posts from 2020, 2019, and 2018 highlight a few ways NIH works toward this goal of an environment promoting integrity and discouraging misconduct (check out this NIH All About Grants podcast for more on this). Now it’s your turn to share some ideas. Our colleagues with the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) recently published a Request for Information seeking your input. The feedback they receive will be invaluable for c...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 22, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Request For Information (RFI) Research integrity Source Type: funding

NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through August/October 2021 Councils
In recognition of the fact that COVID-19 may still be adversely affecting the ability of applicants to generate preliminary data, NIH will continue to accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for the August/October 2021 council (beginning with applications submitted for the January 25, 2021 due date for Summer 2021 review meetings), ONLY if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application (NOT-OD-20-179). The deadline for submitting all post-submission materials, including preliminary data, will be 3...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 21, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories COVID19 post-submission materials preliminary data Source Type: funding

Developing a Culture of Safety in Biomedical Research Training
The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is committed to supporting safety in the nation’s biomedical research and training environments. Last April, we shared with you resources for enhancing lab safety in biomedical research training environments. Now, in a Perspective in the current issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBoC), we focus on strategies for improving laboratory safety. Some of these strategies are also applicable to other forms of safety including the prevention of harassment, intimidation, and discrimination. We frame the problem of laboratory safety using a number of recent examp...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 15, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Michelle Bond, Alison Gammie, and Jon Lorsch Tags: blog Open Mike lab safety NIGMS Training Source Type: funding

Welcome the New RePORT and RePORTER Tools!
Ten years ago, NIH launched the RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) website to serve as a one-stop shop for reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities. Well, drum roll please, a new and modernized RePORT site as well as a faster and easier to use NIH RePORTER have now arrived. The updated RePORT site strives to meet the needs of today’s users based on feedback received over the years. It is easier, simpler, and quicker to access the same information you have come to rely upon. Right from the homepage, for instance, you can jump into data with interactive charts that connect out to...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike ExPORTER Funding data NIH Data Book RePORT RePORTER Source Type: funding

Required Submission of Financial Conflict of Interest Policy into the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF) Module
Effective November 12, 2020, NIH funded recipients will be required to submit their publicly assessible Financial Conflict of Interest policy to NIH via the eRA Commons Institution Profile (IPF) Module (IPF Module). A PDF of the FCOI policy must be submitted by the institutional signing official (SO) via the IPF Module under a new tab labeled, “Policy Documents”. While the automated requirement goes into effect in November, NIH recognizes that recipients will need to modify their internal systems in order to comply. Therefore, applicants and recipients have until December 1, 2020, to comply with this requiremen...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA FCOI Source Type: funding

T-21 Days Left Until the NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration
As everything has gone virtual these days, so do we. Join us from your favorite chair, at your favorite table, and in your favorite room for the 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration at the end of October. Some things will remain the same… This event is still geared towards administrators, early stage investigators, graduate students, and others new to working with the NIH grants process. Pros will be delighted to hear as well that there will still be in-depth sessions to learn more about the ins and outs of grants policies, processes and programs. …while some things will be d...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike conference NIH Regional Seminar virtual seminar Source Type: funding

Friendlier Approach for Cross-Referencing NOSIs in FOAs Used for Submission
Going forward, you will no longer see individual Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) cross-referenced in the Related Notices section of the funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) they use for application submission. Instead, FOAs identified for use with NOSIs will include a single link at the top of the Related Notices section that takes you to two NOSI tables – one for active and another for expired NOSIs associated with the FOA. The table format enables you to see, at a glance, the NOSIs that are still active along with the expiration date, activity code(s), and participating organizations. We expect this new, fr...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories funding opportunities funding opportunity announcement NOSIs notices of special interest Source Type: funding

Encouraging Participation in Upcoming NIH Surveys to Identify Impacts of COVID-19 on Extramural Research
NIH has been working diligently to support the extramural research community since the pandemic began in March. We are now preparing to reach out with surveys to gather data on how COVID-19 is impacting our extramural researchers and their institutions. If you receive such a survey, we hope that you will take the time to provide us with your perspective. The results of the surveys  will be extremely valuable to inform policy and program decisions as NIH seeks to identify ways to continue to support the biomedical research enterprise as we move forward. We will be launching two surveys. The first is the NIH Impact of C...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Program Officials Are Here to Help
Program Officials (POs) in the NIH institutes/centers (ICs) serve as your scientific and programmatic contacts. Among their many responsibilities, POs develop research and research training initiatives, write funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) to solicit applications in support of those initiatives, manage a scientific portfolio, and monitor grant progress. Many of them were even in your shoes prior to joining NIH and have first-hand knowledge of the challenges you may be facing. So, who better to provide guidance to investigators pre- and post-award? Although they can answer many questions, it is important to unders...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit NIH contacts program officials Source Type: funding

Reminder: NIH Policy on Use of Hypertext in NIH Grant Applications
The use of hypertext (e.g. hyperlinks and URLS) in NIH applications is restricted due to concerns including reviewer confidentiality, “overstuffing” applications, review consistency, and malware. There is no change in the NIH policy on the use of hyperlinks. The policy, documented in the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application Guide and a recent reminder Guide Notice, reads: Hyperlinks and URLs are only allowed when specifically noted in funding opportunity announcement (FOA) and form field instructions. The use of hyperlinks is typically limited to citing relevant publications in biosketches and p...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit hyperlinks hypertext Source Type: funding

More Thoughts on Cyber Safety and NIH-Funded Research
  October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. In recognition, we are reminding our extramural research community about the importance of prioritizing cybersafety across all functions of your organization and understanding how important it is to practice cyber-safe behaviors every day. As we have discussed in previous posts here and here, our current virtual environment makes it more important than ever that we stay vigilant and maintain strong cybersecurity protocols.   In this post, we would like to remind you of some of the important cybersecurity policies that apply to your NIH-supported research. These...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike cybersecurity Source Type: funding

Guidance on Charging Personal Protective Equipment for Grants that Support Clinical Trials and Clinical Research
NIH has received many inquiries from recipients regarding their ability to direct charge personal protective equipment (PPE) costs to their clinical trials and clinical research awards. In this recent Guide Notice, NIH provides criteria for applicants/recipients on when it is appropriate to direct charge PPE costs. Note: This guidance applies to all applicants and recipients of NIH grants conducting clinical trials and clinical research as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement section 1.2. This guidance does not apply to grants nor cooperative agreements that are not conducting clinical trials/clinical research. (Sour...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 28, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories personal protective equipment PPE Source Type: funding

NIH Natural Disaster Policy Reminder – Hurricane Laura and Wildfires
If your institution closes due to severe weather or other natural disasters, NIH has policies in place to help your research to continue. We recently published NIH Guide Notices that remind those impacted by Hurricane Laura and the US wildfires about the flexibilities for application and report submission provided by these policies.  For more resources, including guidance on animal welfare issues, check our Extramural Response to Natural Disasters  page. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 16, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories hurricane laura natural disaster Source Type: funding