Save the Date: Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration!
If you’re new to working with the NIH grants process as an investigator or administrator, then mark your calendar for Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30 for a unique opportunity to learn, share and meet virtually with NIH and HHS experts. The NIH is offering a virtual seminar that you won’t want to miss! Here are our top five reasons: #1: Four days of sessions with live and simu-live sessions, as well as an on-demand video library #2: Three tracks designed around grants policies, processes, case-studies and Q&As #3: Live chats one-on-one with NIH & HHS experts on the grants process ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 4, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Other NIH Happenings NIH Regional Seminar Source Type: funding

Changes to Notice of Award Coming October 1
Starting on October 1, 2020, recipients will see a new layout of Page One of the Notice of Award (NoA).  This new layout is part of HHS’s Reinvent Grants Management initiative to standardize the NoA across various HHS systems and reduce the burden on recipients. The first page will present key award information at a glance. For instance, financial award information and federal agency contacts (program official contact information, etc.) will be available on Page One. The remaining sections of the NoA will remain mostly as is, with some data elements moving to Page One from subsequent pages of the NoA. The ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 31, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories notice of award Source Type: funding

Inclusion Across the Lifespan II Workshop: September 2, 2020
Discussions will include considerations for special populations (e.g. racial/ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, rural/isolated populations, language minority individuals, pregnant and lactating women, people with co-morbidities, sexual and gender minorities, and other groups). The workshop will bring together experts with a variety of backgrounds in clinical study development and execution to discuss topics such as: Inclusion/exclusion criteriaStudy design and metricsRecruitment, enrollment, and retentionData analysis and study interpretation Register before September 1, 2020 and watch the videocas...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 31, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Inclusion inclusion across the lifespan NIH workshops Source Type: funding

Leveraging Standardized Clinical Data to Advance Discovery
Guest blog post authored by: Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, FAAN, Director, National Library of Medicine, NIHSusan Gregurick, PhD, Associate Director for Data Science, NIH; Director of the NIH Office of Data Science StrategyTeresa Zayas Cabán, PhD, Chief Scientist, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; Coordinator, Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) Acceleration, National Library of Medicine, NIHSteven Posnack, M.S., M.H.S., Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology Oppo...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 31, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Guest Blog Tags: blog Open Mike 21st century cures Data sharing USCDI Source Type: funding

Roundup of New COVID-19 Resources for NIH Applicants and Recipients: Part 3
We continue to add new resources to our COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage. We hope they are helpful in navigating this unprecedented situation. Here is a summary of what’s new since the last Nexus: Updated infographic describing the peer review process during COVID-19 highlights policies in effect for the upcoming round of due dates Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for the Fall 2020 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic Link to new dedicated page for funding opportunities specific to COVID-19 provides visibility into expiration dates and separ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

An Early Look at Applications Submitted During the Pandemic
It has been four months since the COVID-19 pandemic shuttered laboratories and clinical studies across the country and the world.  On April 10, only a few weeks into the pandemic, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) published a report on the “Effects of COVID-19 on the Federal Research and Development Enterprise.”  The report described the consequences of social distancing and other pandemic mitigation measures.  These consequences included laboratory closures, de-prioritized projects, cancellation of meetings and conferences, loss of revenue, disrupted personnel processes (e.g. graduation, ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 28, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Funding data Source Type: funding

New Vertebrate Animals Section Training Module
Calling all applicants proposing research with vertebrate animals – check out the latest online learning module on the Vertebrate Animals Section in grant applications. This interactive module will assist applicants and offerors in preparing this section of the application, and will serve as a valuable resource for reviewers in evaluating the Vertebrate Animal Section of applications and proposals. This engaging module takes 30 minutes or less to complete and includes: an overview of the requirements, a checklist for applicants and reviewers, detailed instructions, and responsibilities of applicants...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 24, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Animal Welfare OLAW Training Source Type: funding

New “All About Grants” Podcast – Invention Reporting and Patent Protections for Grantees
Scott Cooper, J.D., Assistant Extramural Inventions Policy Officer, NIH So your supported research led to a nifty new invention, one that might even be patentable. What do you do next? Does NIH need to know about the invention resulting from the awarded grant? What patent protections and rights do you have? Ever heard of Bayh-Dole or iEdison? In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, we will get into the nuts and bolts of what NIH grantees should know about intellectual property, invention reporting, and patent protections (MP3 / Transcript). Scott Cooper, J.D., an Assistant Extra...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 20, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Bayh-Dole iEdison intellectual property invention Source Type: funding

Useful Flexibilities for Animal Care and Use Programs to Comply with the PHS Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic
As we continue to address the effects of COVID-19 and as some states and institutions are considering reopening, we would like to share some administrative flexibilities that NIH is providing to research institutions with laboratory animal programs. These flexibilities are meant to assure personnel safety and animal welfare while enabling research personnel to prioritize and preserve research efforts. Some of these can be useful in reducing administrative burden, too. My colleagues with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), Drs. Catharine Pritchard, Nicolette Petervary, and Neera Gopee, described these ad...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 20, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Animal Welfare COVID-19 OLAW Source Type: funding

NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for COVID-19 Research Now Available
The NIH-Wide COVID-19 Strategic Plan, released on July 13, 2020, provides a framework describing how NIH is accelerating the development of therapeutic interventions, vaccines, and diagnostics in response to the SARS-CoV-2 global pandemic. It describes how NIH is rapidly mobilizing the biomedical research community, such as through establishing new programs that leverage existing resources, to lead a swift, coordinated research response. The plan outlines five cross-cutting strategies: Invest in NIH and NIH-funded researchers to increase fundamental and foundational knowledge of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.Speed innovati...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Source Type: funding

Addressing Foreign Interference and Associated Risks to the Integrity of Biomedical Research, and How You Can Help
On Tuesday, June 23, Dr. Kelvin Drogemeier, the Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), gave a presentation to the Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) on “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise.”  Dr. Drogemeier articulated five “key takeaway” messages: The integrity of our research enterprise rests upon core principles and values, including transparency, honesty, accountability, objectivity, respect, freedom of inquiry, reciprocity, and merit-based competition;Principled international collaboration and foreign contributions ar...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 8, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike other support Research integrity Source Type: funding

Many New and Updated COVID-19 FAQs
All COVID-19 FAQs were reviewed and revised to align with NIH Implementation of OMB Memorandum M-20-26. Impacted FAQs are marked as new/updated. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 2, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources coronavirus COVID19 Source Type: funding

What Is a “Rolling” Submission Date?
Most funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and notices of special interest (NOSIs) provide specific due dates or point to our table of standard due dates. Recently, we’ve posted a growing number of funding opportunities indicating “applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.” This practice is not new, but it is more common with “emergency” or “urgent” funding opportunities meant to get funding to the community as quickly as possible to address a critical need (e.g., COVID-19 Funding Opportunities Specific to COVID-19). You may see a statement in the funding opportunity ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer due date rolling submission Source Type: funding

Inclusion Reporting and FORMS-F
Consistent with the Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy, recipients are now required to submit participant-level data on sex/gender, race, ethnicity, and age at enrollment in progress reports. This applies to applications submitted for due dates January 25, 2019 or later. Recipients must upload participant-level data in the Human Subjects System (HSS) using the template provided. This individual-level data will then populate the cumulative enrollment tables. Take a moment to view this short video about submitting participant level data and become familiar with the data template. Additionally, as of June 13, 2020 all p...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 1, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Forms F Inclusion post-submission Source Type: funding

July 5 Due Date Reminder
Don’t forget that when an application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date shifts to the next business day, according to our submission policies. Therefore, the standard July 5, 2020 R01/U01 due date moves to Monday, July 6, 2020. Remember, NIH and its help desks are closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3, but we’ll be back open on July 6 to assist you. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar due date holiday submission policy weekend Source Type: funding

Requirement for Electronic Submission of All Administrative Supplements
We just announced three important updates to our administrative supplement submission policies: Effective immediately, NIH will begin accepting administrative supplement applications for multi-project awards electronically. Since the administrative supplement applies to the parent award as a whole, the single-project application form package used for research grants and cooperative agreements will be used for these submissions (e.g., Competition ID= “FORMS-F-ADMINSUPP-RESEARCH.”)Effective July 25, 2020, the streamlined submission method through the eRA Commons will be discontinued and replaced with the opt...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories administrative supplements submission policy Source Type: funding

Is Your Application Responsive to the Goals of Your Selected Opportunity?
NIH just announced that, like Requests for Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements with special receipt, referral, and/or review considerations (PARs) and Program Announcements with set-aside funds (PASs) may now include criteria that would make an application non-responsive (i.e., outside the scope of the PAR/PAS). You’ve likely seen PARs and PASs highlight areas of scientific interest in the funding opportunity description (Part 2, Section 1). This practice will continue. In that same section, however, you may also see a new “Applications Not Responsive to this FOA” subheading with explicit non-r...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 25, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories PAR PAS RFA Source Type: funding

Late Window Extension for T32 and T35 Applications to Parent Announcements
Training grant applications submitted to parent funding opportunity announcements PA-20-142 (T32) and PA-20-162 (T35)  for the May 25th due date will be accepted through June 30, 2020 (NOT-OD-20-105). A large percentage of the NIH Institutes/Centers (ICs) who participate on these parent opportunities only accept applications once per year – on the May 25th due date. So, we are providing additional flexibility in accepting late applications due to the impact of the public health emergency. Although this particular flexibility only applies to applications submitted to the T32 and T35 parent announcements,...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 14, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories COVID19 T25 T32 Source Type: funding

Working on an NIH Grant Application? Make Sure You Are Using the Right Forms!
NIH is transitioning to an updated set of application forms we refer to as FORMS-F. Use FORMS-F forms for grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2020 and FORMS-E for due dates on or before May 24, 2020. For tips on navigating this transition, see our previous Nexus post, guide notices (NOT-OD-20-026, NOT-OD-20-077), and the resources listed below. Resources related to form updates: How to Apply – Application GuideGrants Administration Take 10: NIH FORMS-F Application Forms Update videoAnnotated Form Set for NIH Grant ApplicationsDo I Have the Right Form Version For My Application?Application ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 12, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories application forms Forms F Source Type: funding

New “All About Grants” Podcast – All About Contracts
George Kennedy, NIAID Brian O’Laughlin, NIDA Yes, we are talking about contracts in this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series. Our guests will be George Kennedy and Brian O’Laughlin, who are acquisition staff from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institute of Drug Abuse, respectively. The conversation (MP3 / Transcript) will introduce you to the world of contracts at NIH, what they are, how they differ from grants, where to find them, what types of research are solicited, tidbits to focus on when developing a proposal, and more. Check out the...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 12, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources All About Grants contracts podcast research and development Source Type: funding

Extramural Investments in Research: FY 2019 By the Numbers
In times of stress and uncertainty, such as what we are all experiencing now, seeing something different may be welcome.  With that in mind, we are taking a few moments to continue our annual tradition spotlighting NIH’s research investments, grant funding, and success rates from the previous fiscal year (FY). You can read these posts from FY 2018, FY 2017, and FY 2016 as well as information on the NIH Data Book for more. NIH’s total budget in FY 2019 was $39.2 billion (see page 76 of the FY 2021 Congressional Justification overview for more). Of that appropriation, $29.466 billion was awarded to 55,012...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 5, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Funding data FY 2019 Success Rate Source Type: funding

Animal Oversight Changes for Institutions Receiving National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Funding
On April 16, 2020, NIH and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a new agreement to ensure consistent and effective oversight of the welfare of animals used in NASA-funded activities. The agreement provides a framework to enhance communication and harmonize the agencies’ efforts while reducing regulatory burden to supported institutions. According to this agreement, institutions receiving NASA funding will need to: include NASA-supported activities with live vertebrate animals as covered activities in their PHS Animal Welfare Assurance (Assurance), andpromptly report situatio...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 30, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Animal Welfare Top Stories laboratory animal OLAW Source Type: funding

Temporary, Emergency Situations Due to COVID-19 and Application Scores Received During Peer Review
Sally Amero, Ph.D., NIH’s Review Policy Officerand Extramural Research Integrity Liaison Officer As we continue to address the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency on NIH-supported research, we are aware of applicant concerns about the potential impact of this temporary emergency situation on the outcome of peer review.  We want to reassure applicants that we released guidance for reviewers that makes it clear that, when reviewing applications during the coronavirus pandemic national emergency, reviewers should assume that issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, such as the following, shou...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 21, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Sally Amero Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Peer review Source Type: funding

Can recipients change the originally proposed format of a T35 program by devising an electronic curriculum rather than in-person experiences?
Yes, if the alternative methods would provide a meaningful experience related to the goals of the program. Find this and more frequently asked questions on our COVID-19 Flexibilities FAQ page. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer COVID-19 Source Type: funding

What happens if an institution has already submitted an application, and due to effects of COVID-19, some of the information needs to be revised?
Institutions affected by COVID-19 will be allowed to submit post-submission grant application materials to revise information that was submitted in an application as long as the materials are received at least fourteen days before the start of the review meeting. The post-submission grant application materials policy remains in effect.  Only the types of materials allowed under the policy can be accepted.  A letter of explanation (maximum of one page) is required. Find this and more frequently asked questions on our COVID-19 Flexibilities FAQ page. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer coronavirus COVID-19 post-submission materials Source Type: funding

Cyber Safety & COVID-19
The current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has introduced new cybersecurity risks both at NIH and across the globe. As targeted phishing attacks prey on our desire to access trustworthy information and many of us make a shift toward remote work, we all need to be vigilant and take accountability for cyber safety. Be Vigilant – Protect Against Phishing Attacks Phishing attacks related to COVID-19 are on the rise. Over the past few weeks, several federal agencies and international organizations, including the World Health Organization, have issued cybersecurity alerts about criminal groups who a...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Cyber Safety Campaign Team Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID19 cybersecurity Source Type: funding

Roundup of New COVID-19 Resources for NIH Applicants and Recipients: Part 2
We continue to add new resources to our COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage. We hope they are helpful in helping you navigate this unprecedented situation. Here is a summary of what’s new since the last Nexus: Many new and updated FAQs on training grants and career development awards, certificates of confidentiality, and registration requirements for application submission. A listing of specific FAQ changes can be found on our page update history.New funding opportunities specific to COVID-19New NIH Resource to Analyze COVID-19 Literature: The COVID-19...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Security of Our Virtual Peer Review Meetings
Dr. Dipak Bhattacharyya, Chief Information Officer, NIH CSR Guest post by Dipak Bhattacharyya, Chief Information Officer of the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR), originally released on the Review Matters blog CSR will conduct all summer peer review meetings using one of three platforms – 1) video; 2) telephone; 3) web-based discussion. A majority will take place using the Zoom video platform. We want to provide information about how we are maintaining the security and confidentiality of our review meetings. The Zoom video platform that we are using is not the same as that used by schools or by yo...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 16, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Dipak Bhattacharyya Tags: blog Open Mike CSR Peer review Source Type: funding

New NIH Resource to Analyze COVID-19 Literature: The COVID-19 Portfolio Tool
George Santangelo, Ph.D., Director of NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis In the past few months, the scientific community has ramped up research in response to the SARS‑CoV‑2 pandemic; dozens of peer-reviewed articles and preprints on this topic are being added to the literature every day (Figure 1). This rapidly expanding effort has created a need for a human-curated resource to explore and analyze advances in SARS‑CoV‑2/COVID-19 research as they accumulate in real time. To address this need, the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) has assembled a comprehensive portfolio of COVID‑19 publications and preprin...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 15, 2020 Category: Research Authors: George Santangelo Tags: blog Open Mike citations coronavirus COVID-19 portfolio analysis Source Type: funding

Roundup of New COVID-19 Resources for NIH Applicants and Recipients
We continue to add new resources to our COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage. We hope they are helpful in helping you navigate this unprecedented situation. Here is a summary of what’s new since the last Nexus: An overview of information for NIH applicants and recipients related to COVID-19 (available in PowerPoint and Word document formats)Many new and updated FAQs on foreign components, animal welfare, continuous submission, timing of reference letters, salaries, donating PPE, prior approval, contracts, and training, fellowship and career development awards. A listin...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Supporting Yourself and Your Trainees During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Online Workshops
Sharon Milgram, Ph.D., Director of NIH OITE While we all want to be highly productive during this period of self-quarantine, the reality for us and for our trainees and research staff may be very different. We are stressed, they are stressed, and all of us are dealing with unique issues that impact our ability to be productive at this time.  My mission, as the director of NIH’s Office of Intramural Training and Education (OITE), is to help trainees (summer interns, postbacs, grad students, and postdocs) in the NIH Intramural Research Program develop career and professional skills that will help them succee...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Dr. Sharon Milgram Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities
As you can imagine, NIH is devoting significant resources to COVID-19. In addition to dedicating regularly appropriated funds, to date NIH has received emergency funding for COVID-19-related activities in two supplemental bills (available from the NIH Office of Budget website), that together provide: $1.532 billion for NIAID$103.4 million for NHLBI$60 million for NIBIB$36 million for NCATS$30 million for the NIH Office of Director$10 million for NIEHS$10 million for NLM To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, we are using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 funding opportunity announcement Source Type: funding

Can ESI Status Be Extended Due to Disruptions From COVID-19?
Yes. Be sure to describe the nature of the disruption to your research in your ESI extension request. We suggest you submit the request once you know how much research time was lost, unless your upcoming application deadline is imminent and an ESI extension is urgently needed. In this case you would be able to submit another extension once you know the full extent of the time lost.  ESI extension submission instructions may be found here.  Here are a few other things that can impact ESI status: (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 9, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit Early Stage Investigator ESI ESI extension Source Type: funding

Some Thoughts on Cybersecurity – Part 1
Working from home is the new reality for many people these days. As part of this new world, we are using our internet tools more and more, challenging the safety and security of these electronic systems likely to a degree not seen before. It is with that in mind that I would like to take a few minutes in this, and upcoming, posts reminding everybody about the importance of cybersafety in our online lives.     Imagine this scenario: Last night, unknown intruders vandalized the office suite next door.  They shattered glass, busted locked doors open, rifled through drawers, and stole some computer...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 9, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike COVID-19 cybersecurity Source Type: funding

2-Factor Authentication for eRA Modules
eRA is moving to two-factor authentication via login.gov, meaning that log-in will require something you know (password) and something you have (a phone or other device). This new log-in method, optional at first but which may be required later, will be available Wednesday, April 8, 2020 for users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile, IAR and ASSIST. This change, part of HHS’s Reinvent Grants Management initiative, will help reduce the burden on principal investigators and research administrators by providing them the ability to log in to four different grants systems (eRA, Grants.gov, GrantSolutions and Payment Managem...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 8, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: eRA News 2 factor authentication eRA Commons Source Type: funding

eRA Moving to the Cloud April 17 to April 20; Systems Unavailable During This Time
Just a reminder that eRA is planning a major undertaking this month, to migrate its modules and data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud April 17-20 (Fri-Mon). During this cloud migration, from 8 a.m. ET on Friday, April 17 to 8 p.m. ET on Monday, April 20, all eRA modules (eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, iEdison, etc.) and all informational websites (era.nih.gov, etc.) will be unavailable.  Any affected due dates will be covered under NIH’s late application policy due to COVID-19, which allows all applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, to be accepted through May 1,...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 7, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: eRA News Top Stories ASSIST eRA Commons Source Type: funding

eRA Moving to the Cloud April 17 to April 20
Just a reminder that eRA is planning a major undertaking this month, to migrate its modules and data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud April 17-20 (Fri-Mon). During this cloud migration, from 8 a.m. ET on Friday, April 17 to 8 p.m. ET on Monday, April 20, all eRA modules (eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, iEdison, etc.) and all informational websites (era.nih.gov, etc.) will be unavailable.  Any affected due dates will be covered under NIH’s late application policy due to COVID-19, which allows all applications submitted late for due dates between March 9, 2020, and May 1, 2020, to be accepted through May 1,...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 7, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: eRA News Top Stories ASSIST eRA Commons Source Type: funding

NIH Moving Ahead with FORMS-F Grant Application Form Update
Hopefully, you’ve seen our notices (NOT-OD-20-026, NOT-OD-20-077), tweets, and previous Nexus post regarding our pending transition to an updated set of grant application forms we refer to as FORMS-F. If so, you already know that you must use FORMS-F forms for grant application due dates on or after May 25, 2020 and FORMS-E for due dates on or before May 24, 2020. You might have even started preparing your FORMS-F application. Here are a few updates and tips to help navigate the transition. FORMS-F application packages are now available on our active, non-parent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Both F...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 6, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories Forms F Source Type: funding

Responding to Frequent Questions on Flexibilities Related to NIH Funding and COVID-19
The public health emergency due to COVID-19 is causing difficulties in many aspects of our lives. My colleagues and I here at NIH are well aware of the challenges being felt in the research community as institutions are closing, people are being asked to practice social distancing, and resources and attention are justifiably focused on public health needs. We are listening to your concerns and are working quickly to develop answers to your many questions. We recently updated our Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients website with a slew of additional FAQs, new funding opportu...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 27, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike coronavirus COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Special OLAW Webinar on March 19: Pandemic Contingency Planning and Its Impact on Animal Care
Are you testing or implementing your institution’s pandemic response plan for the first time? Do you have questions about flexibilities provided by the PHS Policy that may be helpful during a pandemic? All PHS-assured institutions are required to develop disaster plans that account for both the well-being of animals and consideration of personnel during unexpected events that may compromise ongoing animal care. This includes contingency planning for pandemics such as the current outbreak of COVID-19. We are hosting a special webinar on March 19th to help your institution prepare for a pandemic that may impact...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Top Stories Animal Welfare COVID-19 webinar Source Type: funding

Flexibilities for Assured Institutions for Activities of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) Due to COVID-19
The NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) is deeply concerned about the impact of the expanding outbreak of the respiratory illness, COVID-19, on the ability of Assured institutions to support the well-being of animals and personnel during this public health emergency. See NOT-OD-20-088 for flexibilities provided in the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Policy) that are applicable to implementing a pandemic plan for animal care and use programs.  (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories Source Type: funding

Guidance for NIH-Funded Clinical Trials and Human Subjects Studies Affected by COVID-19
NIH recognizes the significant effects that this emergency is having on NIH-funded clinical trials and other human subjects studies. For details on expanded flexibilities, such as mid-project period extensions and administrative supplements for unanticipated costs, see NOT-OD-20-087. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 17, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories Clinical Trials COVID-19 human subjects Source Type: funding

COVID-19 Resources for Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding
The NIH is deeply concerned for the health and safety of people involved in NIH research, and about the effects on the biomedical enterprise in the areas affected by the HHS declared public health emergency for COVID-19. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and we are aware that many institutions are taking a variety of “social distancing” measures, including switching to telework and cancelling or postponing classes and non-essential meetings.  Due to the potential exceptional impact of the declared public health emergency, we want to assure our recipient community that NIH will be doing our part to ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 13, 2020 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Uncategorized applicants COVID-19 natural disasters Source Type: funding

NIH Late Application Policy, Administrative Flexibilities, and FAQs Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed or unable to submit grant applications due to the effects of COVID-19, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis and has other flexibilities available. See the Guide Notices below for information on: NIH Late Application Policy Due to Public Health Emergency for COVID-19Flexibilities Available to Applicants and Recipients Affected by COVID-19General Frequently Asked Questions – Proposal Submission and Award Management Related to COVID-19 (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 11, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories coronavirus COVID COVID-19 late application Source Type: funding

NIH Late Application Policy and FAQs Related to 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
When delays occur because the applicant or recipient organization is officially closed or unable to submit grant applications due to the effects of COVID-19, the NIH will consider accepting applications late, on a case-by-case basis. See the Guide Notice: NOT-OD-20-082, for details. NIH will be issuing additional guidance related to this public health emergency in the near future. For frequently asked questions on proposal submission and award management related to COVID-19, see the Guide Notice: NOT-OD-20-083. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 11, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories coronavirus COVID COVID-19 late application Source Type: funding

NIH Hosting Public Webinars to Answer Your Questions About the Next NIH-Wide Strategic Plan
Learn more about the planning process and ask questions at one of the upcoming webinars hosted by NIH, registration required: March 9 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET March 16 from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. ET. NIH is also seeking public input on the framework for the NIH-Wide Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2021–2025. The Request for Information invites the public to provide feedback via the RFI submission site through March 25. Please see the NIH Open Mike post for more about the process to develop and comment on the FY 2021-2025 NIH-wide Strategic Plan framework. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 4, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Other NIH Happenings NIH strategic plan RFI webinar Source Type: funding

Important Reminder: Revised Deadlines for Continuous Submission
The NIH Center for Scientific Review recently updated the continuous submission policy. Among the changes are revised cut-off dates for assignment to advisory council rounds. For example, applications submitted under the continuous submission policy for the standard February and March R01, R21 or R34 due dates must now be submitted by April 10 and applications for the standard May 7 AIDS due date must be submitted by June 1 in order to be included in the October advisory council round.   Have questions about the updated policy? Check out our FAQs on Continuous Submission. Still need help? Reach out to CSR.cont.sub....
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories continuous submission Peer review Source Type: funding

New Certificates of Confidentiality System for Non-NIH Funded Research
Certificates of Confidentiality protect identifiable, sensitive research information from disclosure. While Certificates of Confidentiality are issued automatically for NIH-funded research, non-NIH funded research that collects identifiable, sensitive information can request a certificate. NIH has updated its Certificate of Confidentiality request process for non-NIH funded research through a new online system. The new system simplifies the request process by using self-certification statements and shortened text fields, rather than attachments. Note that the new Certificates of Confidentiality system requires direct s...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources certificates of confidentiality human subjects Source Type: funding

Preparing for Updated Application Forms (FORMS-F)
Although the FORMS-F version of our grant application forms won’t be used until due dates on or after May 25, 2020, preparation for their use is well underway. In fact, we just posted the FORMS-F application guides on our How to Apply – Application Guide page. Read through the significant changes setction to familiarize yourself with what’s new. Throughout March you’ll see FORMS-F application packages being added to non-parent funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) and we expect to complete that process by March 25th.  We’ll reissue Parent Announcements with updated text and FORMS-F ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 3, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories application forms Forms F Source Type: funding

Bring Your NIH Grants Questions to the Baltimore NIH Regional Seminar: General Registration Rates End Soon
General registration rates end on March 30th for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD. If you are new to the world of NIH funding then don’t miss this opportunity to register before the deadline! Over 100 NIH & HHS experts will be on hand, ready to provide you with the latest policy and process information. The NIH Regional Seminar is a great introduction to NIH grants process and policies, offering flexible session tracks for administrators, new investigators, and all interests. Just some of the featured hot topics include: Application Preparation and Submi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 27, 2020 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Baltimore 2020 NIH Regional Seminar Source Type: funding