New NIH Resource to Analyze Biomedical Research Citations: The Open Citation Collection
Citations from scientific articles are more than lines on a page. They can, when reading between those lines, shed some light on the development of scientific thought and on the progress of biomedical technology.  We’ve previously posted some examples in blogs here, here, and here. But to better see the light, we all would benefit from more comprehensive data and easier access to them. My colleagues within the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis sought to answer this call. Drs. Ian Hutchins and George Santangelo embarked on a hefty bibliometric endeavor over the past several years to curate biomedical citation d...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 16, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike citations iCite OCC Open Citation Collection relative citation ratio Source Type: funding

Delving Further into the Funding Gap Between White and Black Researchers
As is now well known, black scientists are less successful than their white counterparts in obtaining support from NIH R01 awards as designated Principal Investigators (PIs) (see here and here). Though recent NIH efforts are showing promise to enhance diversity in the biomedical workforce (see this post), much work is still needed to address the funding gap. In a paper recently published in Science Advances, we delved into the underlying factors associated with this funding gap. We identified three decision points where disparate outcomes arose between white and black researchers: 1) the decision to bring applications t...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 10, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike application Diversity Funding data topic selection Source Type: funding

Roundup of Research Career Development (K) Award Resources
Whether you’re an awardee or an applicant interested in Career Development (K) awards, you probably have some questions. Use this post as a starting point to getting your answers with the following resources: Clarifying Percent Effort and Support for Career Development (K) AwardeesFrequently asked questionsNIH Grants Policy StatementProvides helpful information on: level of effort, concurrent support, temporary adjustments to the percent effort requirement,And more. Research Career Development Awards page for current funding opportunitiesCheck out the policy notices and NIH resources along the side! Still have ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 3, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Tips Before You Submit career development award concurrent support K award K percent effort level of effort Source Type: funding

Reminder to Review Accuracy of Grant Information Before October 11
We make data on all funded NIH grants available to the public on the RePORT website. One of the ways we provide information is by school/department, which you can explore using the Awards by Location feature. Because of inconsistencies in the way information on department and school names are provided in grant applications, grantee officials may want to make changes in how that information is reflected in NIH systems. NIH’s fiscal year ended on September 30, 2019, so now is the time for Signing Officials to verify the accuracy of their grant assignments to departments or components within ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 3, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA Commons RePORT Source Type: funding

Fall is Here – NIH Regional Seminar Deadlines Near!
General registration rates for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Phoenix, AZ end on October 11. If you are new to the world of NIH funding then don’t miss this opportunity to register before the deadline! 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 SubmissionUnderstanding NIH Funding MechanismsNIH BiosketchPeer Review Mock Study SectionBudget BasicsNavigating N...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 3, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar NIH Regional Seminar Phoenix Source Type: funding

When in Doubt, Reach Out
The NIH Grants & Funding website has a wealth of information to help applicants and grant recipients navigate application submission and grant administration requirements. When you can’t find what you need online, don’t hesitate to reach out to NIH staff. Often, the best folks to talk to will be in one of the NIH institutes or Centers. Our Contacting Staff at the NIH Institutes and Centers page can help you understand the roles of NIH staff and help you contact the right person at each phase of the application and award process. Having trouble navigating our eRA systems? Check out our general Help page ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 2, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Tips Before You Submit Contact help help desk NIH contacts Source Type: funding

Seeking Comments on Using Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources for NIH-Supported Research
NIH is currently accepting public comments on the use of standards for capturing, integrating, and exchanging clinical data for research purposes (NOT-OD-19-150). This is a great opportunity to hear more from the community on ways to strengthen approaches that find, share, and access high-quality patient data, while also making it more interoperable and reusable. Such goals align with long-standing NIH data sharing policies and what was also called for in a related NIH strategic plan on data science. The Request for Information focuses on the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) standard (see also NOT-...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 30, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Uncategorized fast healthcare interoperability resources FHIR request for information Request For Information (RFI) Source Type: funding

Final Report on Reducing Administrative Burdens Associated with Research Involving Laboratory Animals
This report, called for in the 21st Century Cures Act, is the culmination of more than two years of diligent work to address inconsistent and overlapping policies governing oversight of research involving animals, while ensuring research findings remain credible and research institutions safeguard animal welfare.  Regulations and policies overseeing federally-sponsored research help ensure NIH remains a responsible steward of public funds. This extends to properly enforcing the public’s expectation on how laboratory animals will be used in biomedical research, teaching, and testing. Many stakeholders have po...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 25, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Administrative Burden Animal Welfare Source Type: funding

New “All About Grants” Podcast on Letters of Support
Cathleen Cooper, Ph.D., Director, Division of Receipt and Referral of NIH Center for Scientific Review Letters of support are a valuable part of your grant application. They provide an opportunity for you to document the commitment and support of your institution and collaborators, the availability of required resources, and more. In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, Cathleen Cooper, Ph.D., who directs the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review’s Division of Receipt and Referral, joins us to talk all about letters of support (MP3 / Transcript). Hear what informatio...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 23, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources letter of support letters of support Source Type: funding

Don ’t Miss Out! NIH Loan Repayment Applications Now Being Accepted
Ericka Boone, Ph.D., Director of NIH Division of Loan Repayment  Applications are currently being accepted for the FY 2020 NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) until November 15, 2020. And, there are some important changes to the program we would like to spotlight for you. For over three decades, the NIH LRPs have helped recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. LRP award funds repay a recipient’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity. Pri...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 20, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Ericka Boone and Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike biomedical research workforce loan repayment program Source Type: funding

Same Site, Different Look
What’s blue, gray, and read all over? Our refreshed NIH Grants and Funding site! It’s all the content you rely on, but with an improved interface for mobile devices and updated colors and fonts and more to improve the site’s accessibility and streamline navigation. (We made no changes to the site structure or URLs.) Have suggestions for content? We read every comment submitted through the in-page survey tool, so keep the comments coming so we can continue to improve. Take a look and see what you think! (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 12, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources NIH grants and funding site website Source Type: funding

NIH Natural Disaster Policy Reminder
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 an NIH Guide Notice that reminds those impacted by Hurricane Dorian 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 11, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy hurricane hurricane dorian natural disasters Source Type: funding

Reference Letters vs. Letters of Support: What ’s the Difference?
Reference letters and letters of support provide key information for reviewers and NIH staff. Check out the table below for an overview of when each letter is used, who writes them, and what should be included. Reference Letters Letters of Support When are they used?   Used in Fellowships, mentored Career Development Awards, and other programs as requested Used to demonstrate:   -Institutional commitment or resources-Collaboration or role in the project-Potential or current user of a resource or service proposed in the application Who writes them? Referees should be individuals not directly invo...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 11, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit Grant writing letters letters of support reference letters Source Type: funding

Don ’t Forget to Link Your ORCID iD to Your eRA Commons Profile
We encourage everybody from graduate students to senior scientists to register for an ORCID account and link it to their eRA Commons personal profile. Starting October 1, 2019, ORCID identifiers will be required for individuals supported by institutional research training, career development, and other research education awards. xTrain appointments will not be accepted for agency review if potential appointees do not have an ORCID iD linked to their eRA personal profile. ORCID iDs will also be required for PD/PIs on individual fellowship and career development applications submitted for due dates o...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 4, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories eRA Commons ORCID Source Type: funding

Reminder: xTRACT Use Required in FY 2020
Beginning with RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipients must use the xTRACT system to create the required training tables for submission with NIH and AHRQ T15, T32, T90/R90, and TL1 progress reports. While it is not mandatory to use xTRACT for new and renewal applications for the specified types of training grants, it may be required in future years. Check out our resources on xTRACT such as the user guide, instructional videos, and FAQs, available on the eRA website. For more details on its required use and implementation, see the full Guide Notice. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 3, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Xtract Source Type: funding

What You Need to Know About NIH Grants, Straight from the Source at the NIH Regional Seminar
What better way to learn about NIH grants policy and processes than straight from the source? The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration provides an array of pre-seminar workshops and sessions over the course of three days, all presented by 70 NIH & HHS review, program, grants and policy experts!  Check out some of these topics designed to help you understand the NIH grants process, such as: Application Preparation and SubmissionUnderstanding NIH Funding MechanismsHuman Subjects and Animals in ResearchPeer Review Mock Study SectionResearch IntegrityGrants Policy and Complia...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 3, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Other NIH Happenings NIH Regional Seminar Source Type: funding

New Centralized Notification for Unfunded Applications 
The more you know, and the more that can be sent in a single email, the better. Applicant organizations will begin receiving centralized email notifications listing applications that NIH does not intend to fund from the Advisory Council held approximately 14 months prior. NIH eRA systems will automatically send these consolidated notifications to the Notice of Award email address listed in the organization’s eRA Commons Institutional Profile File (IPF) and the Authorized Organization Representatives (AORs)/Signing Officials (SOs) listed in the included grant applications. In addition, an “Unfunded notification ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 26, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources eRA Commons unfunded applications unfunded notification Source Type: funding

Thoughts on How Institutions Can Promote a Culture of Research Integrity
On May 22, I had the privilege of participating in a terrific national conference that focused on what institutions can do to foster a culture of research integrity (see the agenda here).  The DHHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI), Northwestern University, and the Council of Graduate Schools hosted the conference, “The Role of Research Integrity in Promoting Excellence: Tools for Colleges and University Leaders.”  The conference organizers’ goal was “to engage university and college leaders in lively discussions about strategies, resources, and tools for promoting research integrity for ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 15, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Research integrity Source Type: funding

New “All About Grants” Podcast on NIH’s Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies for Awardees
Dr. Jodi Black, Deputy Director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research Sexual harassment is a serious and long-standing issue within the biomedical research enterprise, and NIH is striving to be part of the solution. On this episode of the “All About Grants” podcast, we sit down with Dr. Jodi Black, Deputy Director for the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, to discuss what institutions, investigators, and others in the research community should know about NIH’s policies and expectations for assuring a safe and harassment-free work environment (MP3 / Transcript). She also outlines how to notif...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 8, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources All About Grants anti-sexual harassment podcast Source Type: funding

Where Are the Application Forms?
You might be surprised to learn that we don’t have a generic set of forms posted on our website that you can use to submit to any NIH grant opportunity. Each funding opportunity announcement (FOA) includes the specific set of forms needed to apply to that program, so you need to find an FOA in order to access the application forms. Walk through the process of finding and accessing application forms with this grant application submission tips for success video. Form-by-form, field-by-field instructions for completing your application may be found on the How to Apply – Application Guide page under t...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 8, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit application forms Source Type: funding

Changes to NIH Requirements Regarding Proposed Human Fetal Tissue Research
NIH recently published a Guide Notice (NOT-OD-19-128) announcing requirements for research involving human fetal tissue (HFT). These changes will apply to competitive applications for grants and cooperative agreements submitted for due dates on or after September 25, 2019 and R&D contract proposals submitted to solicitations issued after September 25, 2019.  The requirements include: specific justification of HFT use within applications or proposals, additional details regarding procurement and costs, and information about how the applicant/contract offeror will use HFT in the research. Applicatio...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 6, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories HFT human fetal tissue Source Type: funding

Linking ORCID Identifiers to eRA Profiles to Streamline Application Processes and to Enhance Tracking of Career Outcomes
Enter once, reuse often. That’s the mantra of ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification), a non-profit organization that promotes the use of its unique digital identifier to connect researchers with their science contributions over time and across changes of name, location and institutional affiliation. It’s a mantra that ties in well with NIH’s goal of finding ways to reduce the administrative burden on investigators of entering the same information in multiple places when applying to different funding agencies. It’s what propelled NIH and other agencies to develop a tool, SciENcv, t...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 5, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike eRA Commons ORCID Source Type: funding

Early Stage Investigator (ESI) Extension Request Process Moving to eRA Commons
NIH recognizes that a lot can happen to interrupt the ten-year eligibility window of your Early Stage Investigator (ESI) status, such as family care responsibilities, military service, medical concerns, and more. While you may currently request an extension of that ten-year period by completing an Extension Request Form, the process for requesting an extension of ESI status will soon be moving to the eRA Commons. Beginning on August 22, 2019, investigators will be able to request an extension of their ESI eligibility directly through eRA Commons via an ESI Extension request button in the Education section of their perso...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 5, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Early Stage Investigator ESI ESI extension Source Type: funding

Continuing to Work with the Community on Registration and Results Reporting for Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans
William Riley, Ph.D., Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, NIH Carrie Wolinetz, Ph.D., Associate Director for Science Policy, NIH The research that NIH funds doesn’t always fall neatly into a single category.  Basic research involving humans that seeks to understand the fundamental aspects of phenomena also may meet the NIH-definition of a clinical trial. We refer to these studies as BESH – Basic Experimental Studies involving Humans (see our previous blog). Since this type of research meets the NIH definition of a clinical trial, these trials must register and report summa...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 24, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Carrie Wolinetz, Michael Lauer, and William Riley Tags: blog Open Mike basic science BESH Clinical Trials Clinicaltrials.gov Source Type: funding

Achieving Gender Equity at Conferences
In 2015, an international conference on quantum chemistry drew a fierce backlash from scientists when it featured only male speakers and chairs.  About 1,700 scientists signed a petition on Change.org to change the makeup of the speakers. The result? Conference organizers added 6 female speakers to the agenda (read the coverage). This was not an isolated case. The lack of gender equity at scientific conferences persists across the board. There have been several papers written about the imbalance; there is even a website, BiasWatchNeuro, that tracks the speaker composition at neuroscience conferences. Inviting wo...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 22, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Diversity gender equity manel R13 Source Type: funding

New to NIH Grants? Would a Workshop on Intellectual Property, Human Subjects, NIH Policy-Making, eRA, or an NIH Administrator ’s Boot Camp Help?
If you’ve been searching for an opportunity to learn more about the NIH grants process and perhaps delve into more specific topics to help you do your job…then look no further! The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration provides an array of pre-seminar workshops and sessions over the course of three days that may be just what you’ve been looking for from NIH. Take a peek at what’s offered at our next seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-8, 2019. The Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 6 will provide an in-depth look at some important grant-related topi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 11, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar NIH Regional Seminar NIH workshops Source Type: funding

New to NIH Grants? Would an Workshop on Intellectual Property, Human Subjects, NIH Policy-Making, eRA, or an NIH Administrator ’s Boot Camp Help?
If you’ve been searching for an opportunity to learn more about the NIH grants process and perhaps delve into more specific topics to help you do your job…then look no further! The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration provides an array of pre-seminar workshops and sessions over the course of three days that may be just what you’ve been looking for from NIH. Take a peek at what’s offered at our next seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-8, 2019. The Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 6 will provide an in-depth look at some important grant-related topi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 11, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Source Type: funding

Clarifying Long-Standing NIH Policies on Disclosing Other Support
Who funds your current research? Make sure to let NIH know. It is required. Institutions and investigators must disclose all forms of what is termed “other support” when applying for and receiving NIH grants. Other support, as described in the NIH Grants Policy Statement (GPS) Section 2.5.1, includes all resources, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value, available in direct support of an individual’s research endeavors. This is not new, but rather a long-standing requirement for those seeking NIH grants to be fully transparent regarding all of their research activities both domestic ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 11, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Policy foreign other support Source Type: funding

Have Inclusion Questions? Our Revamped Inclusion Webpages Have Answers!
Wondering where to go for information on NIH’s Inclusion policies? Visit the new Inclusion Policies for Research Involving Human Subjects landing page, where you can navigate to learn more about NIH policies on the inclusion of women and minorities and the inclusion of individuals across the lifespan. The revamped pages include sections on how the policies have been implemented in applications, peer review, and progress reports, and tables with policy notices and resources you can quickly scan to get to the information you need. Still have questions? Check out our inclusion FAQs. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 9, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Source Type: funding

New “All About Grants” Podcast on Writing a Fellowship Application
Shoshana Kahana, Ph.D., NIH Research Training Policy Officer NIH offers a variety of opportunities for researchers early in their career. Individual fellowship (F) awards provide research training opportunities to trainees at the predoctoral, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, Shoshana Kahana, Ph.D., NIH Research Training Policy Officer, discusses the F application process, sharing tips and best practices for developing a strong application (MP3 / Transcript). Tune in for the A to Z on F applications, including where to start, the role of ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 28, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources f application fellowship Grant writing Source Type: funding

Project Summary/Abstract and Project Narrative: What ’s the Difference and What to Include
When writing an NIH grant application, applicants are asked to develop a Project Summary/Abstract and a Project Narrative, two sections that, if funded, are made available on RePORTER to help the public understand the value of NIH-funded research. Check out the table below to see how they compare and what to include. Project Summary/Abstract Project Narrative A succinct and accurate description of the proposed work Communicates the public health relevance of the project to the public 30 lines of text or less No more than 2-3 sentences Use plain language understandable by a general audience Use plain language under...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 28, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit project abstract project narrative project summary Source Type: funding

Breaches of Peer Review Integrity
Sally Amero, Ph.D., NIH’s Review Policy Officer and Extramural Research Integrity Liaison Officer It is a priority to us to continue to engage with the community about what constitutes a breach of NIH peer review integrity – including, but not limited to: A reviewer sending grant applications to their postdocs to write their critiquesSomeone revealing that they reviewed a particular applicationA reviewer disclosing how another reviewer scored an applicationA principal investigator (PI) approaching a reviewer at a scientific conference to discuss her/his institution’s application in which s/he i...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 25, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer and Sally Amero Tags: blog Open Mike Enhancing Peer Review Source Type: funding

Noticing More Notices of Special Interest?
You might have noticed an increased use of Guide Notices called Notices of Special Interest (NOSI), rather than full program announcements, to alert the community of specific research topics of interest. This is not a new concept, as some NIH institutes have been using this approach for many years – we are just formalizing it and expanding its use across all institutes. Notices of Special Interest highlight areas of scientific interest and point to existing funding opportunity announcements (often parent announcements) for submission of the applications. NIH currently has a large number of non-parent program annou...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 17, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories NOSI notice of special interest notices of special interest Source Type: funding

Take Advantage of Sizzling Savings on the Fall 2019 NIH Regional Seminar in Phoenix, AZ
New to the world of NIH funding? The NIH Regional Seminar is a great introduction, offering flexible session tracks for administrators, new investigators, and all interests, covering hot topics such as: Application Preparation and SubmissionUnderstanding NIH Funding MechanismsNIH BiosketchPeer Review Mock Study SectionBudget BasicsNavigating NIH Programs to Advance Your CareerAnd more, including the opportunity to meet with NIH experts one on one! Get to know the ins and outs of NIH funding by joining us on November 6-8 for the Fall 2019 NIH Regional Seminar in Phoenix, Arizona. Early registration rates end on June 3...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 17, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Other NIH Happenings NIH Regional Seminar Source Type: funding

How to Notify NIH about a Concern that Sexual Harassment is Affecting an NIH-Funded Activity at a Grantee Institution
In February, as part of a statement from NIH leadership on addressing sexual harassment in science, we encouraged the community to notify us about specific concerns by sending an email to GranteeHarassment@od.nih.gov. We received dozens of notifications through this channel and are taking each one seriously. We are working with the supported institutions to address these concerns and to assure that NIH-funded activities are conducted in a safe and harassment-free work environment. As part of our continued efforts, we are pleased to announce a new webform that allows for anybody in the biomedical research community to sh...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 14, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Sexual Harassment Source Type: funding

Where to Post Informed Consent Forms for NIH-Funded Clinical Trials
The revised Common Rule requires that an IRB-approved version of an informed consent form be posted on a public federal website for all NIH-funded clinical trials. This must be done after enrollment ends and within 60 days of the last study visit. See Guide Notice NOT-OD-19-050. NIH has just released additional guidance regarding which federal websites allow for the posting of these informed consent forms.   ClinicalTrials.gov You can upload an IRB-approved version of the form to the ClinicalTrials.gov study record. Note that ClinicalTrials.gov does not accept non-English documents. Be sure to follow the Pr...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 4, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy Top Stories Clinical Trials Clinicaltrials.gov informed consent regulations.gov Source Type: funding

Explore xTRACT Before Its Required Use in FY 2020
There is much to explore on xTRACT, an electronic system for creating research training data table and tracking trainee outcomes that has been available on a pilot basis in the eRA Commons since 2015. In the xTRACT system, users can: access data already available in the eRA Commons to pre-populate their tables with information;retrieve publication information from PubMed;upload selected training-related data from their institutions to the xTRACT system in batches; andcopy data already entered for one application or progress report into another. Beginning with RPPRs due on or after October 1, 2019 (FY 2020), recipient...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 3, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Xtract Source Type: funding

Outcomes for NIH Loan Repayment Program Awardees: A Preliminary Look
Since 1988, the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) have been successful in recruiting and retaining early stage investigators into promising biomedical and behavioral research careers. As I have written about before, one of the most significant benefits of these programs is that NIH can repay up to $35,000 in educational loans per year for these talented professionals, which helps alleviate an often cited barrier to entering the biomedical research workforce. Since their inception, NIH LRPs have funded more than 25,000 new and renewal awards totaling more than $950 million (see more data on the LRP Dashboard). Repaying ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 21, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike LRP Source Type: funding

The Do ’s & Don ’ts of Hyperlinks in Grant Applications
The do’s and don’ts of hyperlinks in grant applications are simple: Do include hyperlinks when explicitly requested in application guide, funding opportunity, or NIH Guide notice instructionsDo use hyperlinks in relevant citations and publications included in biosketches and publication list attachmentsDon’t use hyperlinks anywhere else in your application It would be hard to read more than a couple paragraphs on the internet these days without encountering a hyperlink to a definition or additional clarifying information. Hyperlinks are everywhere. So, why does NIH limit the use of hyperlinks in gra...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 13, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit Source Type: funding

NIH Inclusion Data by Research and Disease Category Now Available
This reporting step continues our move towards enhancing transparency and accountability of the research we support. As part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act and responding to recommendations from the Government Accountability Office, public reporting by NIH Research, Condition, and Disease Classification (RCDC) category helps ensure that women and minorities are appropriately included in biomedical research across a diverse array of diseases and conditions. At a recent meeting of the NIH Advisory Committee on Research on Women’s Health (go to 02:45), where this announcement was made, we also reported that ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 6, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Janine Clayton, Dawn Corbett, Marie Bernard, and Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Inclusion RCDC Source Type: funding

Sample Grant Applications, Summary Statements, and More
If you are new to writing grant applications, sometimes seeing how someone else has presented their idea can help as you are developing your own application. With the gracious permission of successful investigators, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) makes available examples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, summary statements, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. When referencing these resources, it is important to remember: These applications were developed using the application forms and instructions that were in effect at the time of their submission...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 1, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit grant tips sample application Source Type: funding

NIH Wants Your Input on Increasing Diversity Among Biomedical Research Faculty
Promoting scientific environments that can encourage and benefit from a full range of talent is necessary in biomedical research today. Because previous approaches focused on individuals have only slowly “moved the needle,” targeting systemic change is the next step for NIH. The NIH Common Fund is conducting strategic planning for a potential new program exploring ways to create a route of entry and advancement for talent from diverse backgrounds into independent academic faculty positions. The goal is to employ a cohort model at the faculty level as a catalyst for institutions to create a route of entry an...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 1, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Research Training and Career Development Common fund Diversity RFI Source Type: funding

Redesigned eRA Website Provides New Resources
A newly revamped eRA website that serves as an informational gateway to applicants, grantees and reviewers was launched April 30.  The site provides new and updated ‘how-to’ information on navigating eRA systems like eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, xTrain and xTRACT; intuitive navigation; and improved accessibility. Key highlights Main screenshots of systems added to help figure out process at a glanceeRA Commons/ASSIST log-in buttons moved to prominent location on upper right-hand corner of home pageHover drop-down menus added to menu topics on home page to provide a glimpse of inside content at a glance...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 1, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources ASSIST eRA eRA Commons Xtract Source Type: funding

My resubmission of a competing renewal application (Type 2 A1) was not funded. May I submit a new renewal (Type 2 A0)?
No. Only a single resubmission of a competing new, revision, or renewal application (A0) will be accepted. After a resubmission of a competing renewal (Type 2) application that is not funded, a subsequent new renewal (Type 2 A0) application may not be submitted. The next application submitted on this topic should be submitted as a new application (Type 1 A0) on an appropriate due date for new applications (see NOT-OD-18-197 for exceptions). For more information on resubmissions of NIH applications, see our FAQ page. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 25, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer competing renewals resubmission Source Type: funding

Upcoming Change in Federal-wide Unique Entity Identifier Requirements
Currently when applying for Federal grants or cooperative agreements, all applicant organizations must have a DUNS number as the Universal Identifier. The General Services Administration (GSA) recently announced that DUNS will be replaced by a new Government-owned unique entity identifier in all systems, including Grants.gov and eRA Commons. The new government unique identifier will be incorporated into the SAM registration process, eliminating the need for applicants to seek external identifiers in order to register. The transition is ongoing, and more information on this to come as NIH learns more. For other deta...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 24, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy DUNS SAM Source Type: funding

How Many Researchers? …Revisited…the FY 2018 NIH’s Cumulative Investigator Rate
In March 2018, we showed data suggesting that, despite still being in a state of hyper-competition (as described in this post), the severity may be lessening. The number of unique applicants for NIH research project grants (RPGs) appeared to stabilize after many years of uninterrupted growth. Furthermore, a person-based metric, called the cumulative investigator rate, started to rise in fiscal year (FY) 2015 for RPGs after declines in previous years. With FY 2018 grants information now available in the NIH Data Book, we wanted to see if this positive trend continued. As in my March 2018 blog, the FY 2018 cumulative...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 22, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike cumulative funding rate Funding data Source Type: funding

FY 2019 Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements
The Office of Personnel Management has recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 6, 2019, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $192,300. For more information, see the full Guide Notice. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 18, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Policy FY 2019 salary cap salary limit Source Type: funding

New “All About Grants” Podcast on Maintaining Confidentiality in Peer Review
Sally Amero, Ph.D., NIH’s Review Policy Officer Confidentiality is at the core of ensuring research ideas submitted in grant applications are protected. In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, Sally Amero, Ph.D., NIH’s Review Policy Officer, discusses how NIH strives to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and integrity in the peer review process (MP3 / Transcript). She highlights the core values of peer review, what reviewers agree to when serving on study sections, what may be discussed regarding study section meetings, and how applicants can learn more about...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 9, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Enhancing Peer Review Source Type: funding

Looking for Help Developing Your Biosketch?
The biosketch provides an opportunity for each senior/key person listed in an NIH grant application to describe why they are well-suited for their role(s) in the project through a personal statement. Among other things, it allows the senior/key person to: Cite up to four publications or research products, including interim research products such as preprints, that highlight their experience and qualifications for the project.Explain factors that might have affected past productivity, such as family care responsibilities, illness, military service, etc.Describe up to five of their most significant contributions to scien...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 2, 2019 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources biosketch Source Type: funding

Association Between Receiving an Individual Mentored Career Development (K) Award and Subsequent Research Support
NIH’s career development K awards intend to help early career scientists become independent. These awards afford the recipient protected time for research, publishing, and generating new ideas. As part of ongoing efforts to take a data driven approach to managing NIH programs, my colleagues within the NIH Division of Biomedical Research Workforce (DBRW) in the Office of Extramural Research sought to determine whether K awards might be achieving this goal, and published their findings in Academic Medicine last December. Dr. Silda Nikaj and Dr. P. Kay Lund focused their attention on a particular subset of K awards ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 2, 2019 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike career development K application K award Source Type: funding