A Reflection on Impact
Some of you may have heard me quote a thoughtful essay by Daniel Shapiro and Kent Vrana (both of Pennsylvania State College of Medicine) that is critical of research institutions promoting what funds they’ve received over what scientific progress those funds have supported. The authors argue that instead of using a ranking system to measure success that favors number of grants and dollars, we should consider a new system that focuses on the efficiency by which the science was conducted and how the research contributes to answering questions that are meaningful to science. With that in mind, it’s worth reflecting that i...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 26, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike COVID-19 innovation reflection Source Type: funding

New FY 2021 RCDC Categories and Funding Data are Now Available
NIH recently updated its Research, Condition, and Disease Classification (RCDC) system with FY 2021 actual spending data and estimates for FY 2022 and 2023. There are now 309 total RCDC publicly reported categories. The following are new RCDC topics added in FY 2021: Celiac Disease Coronaviruses Diagnostics and Prognostics Coronaviruses Disparities and At-Risk Populations Coronaviruses Therapeutics and Interventions Coronaviruses Vaccines Dissemination and Implementation Research Lymphatic Research Lymphedema Telehealth Tickborne Diseases There were also several existing RCDC categories that were renamed, including: A...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 23, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources NIH funding RCDC Source Type: funding

In What Scenarios Must Information Protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality Be Disclosed?
There are limited circumstances when an investigator and institution are permitted to release a participant’s identifiable sensitive information that is protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality. In fact, disclosure of identifiable, sensitive information, such as the participants name, must be done when such disclosure is required by other applicable Federal, State, or local laws, such as for public health reporting of communicable diseases, or child abuse or elder abuse reporting, even when the information is protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality. See the NIH Certificates of Confidentiality website for addi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 18, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer certificates of confidentiality human subjects Source Type: funding

Hot Off the Presses: Updated RPPR Instruction Guide Available
An updated RPPR Instruction Guide is now available. The instruction guide reflects changes associated with recently issued guide notices on Other Support and Biosketch format pages, human subjects, Trainee Diversity Report and NRSA childcare costs reporting (see NOT-OD-22-130 for details). Note that a final RPPR Instruction Guide will be published on June 23 to reflect the revised screenshots accompanying the new look and feel of the RPPR module. See also: Action Required for In-Progress RPPR Budget Forms By or Before June 22. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 18, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources RPPR Source Type: funding

Action Required for In-Progress RPPR Budget Forms By or Before June 22
The Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) module in eRA Commons is moving June 23 to the new visual appearance of other eRA modules. This is part of a required technology upgrade that will enhance the security and stability of the module. The release will include the addition of the new unique entity identifiers (UEI) where applicable as well as required FORMS-G changes, including updated budget forms. This is a heads up that since the budget forms (applicable to non-SNAP awards only) will be updated to the new Forms-G version, recipients with in-progress RPPRs will need to redo their budget forms if their RPPR is no...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 18, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories RPPR UEI Source Type: funding

Guidance for Applicants Preparing Applications for Summer 2022 Due Dates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
For applicants preparing applications for the summer 2022 due dates, NIH recently extended the guidance that while grant applications should not include contingency or recovery plans for problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, investigators may address effects due to the pandemic on productivity or other scoreable issues in the personal statement of the biosketch. Reviewers will be instructed to take these pandemic-related circumstances into account when assessing applicants’ productivity and other score-driving factors. If needed, NIH staff will request and assess plans to resolve specific problems arising from ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 17, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Allow Extra Time for SAM Registrations and Renewals
Active SAM registration is required in order for an organization to apply for grant funding or to receive an NIH award. Organizations that do business with NIH should allow extra time for System for Award Management (SAM) registration and yearly renewals. On April 7, 2022 SAM.gov issued a system alert stating “Due to high demand, entity legal business name and address validation tickets are taking longer than expected to process. We are working on tickets in the order received.”  Note that SAM advertises ten business day registration turnaround from submission, so you’ll want to add extra time from there. Federal ac...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 17, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories SAM Source Type: funding

Gearing Up for 2023 Part II: Implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy
Guest post by Dr. Lyric Jorgenson, Acting Associate Director for Science Policy and Acting Director of the NIH Office of Science Policy, originally released on the Under the Poliscope blog. Lyric Jorgenson, NIH Acting Associate Director for Science Policy and Acting Director of the Office of Science Policy. Sequels are all the rage these days.  I figure if Marvel can make endless “Avengers” movies, I could start making blog sequels.  Back in the beginning of the year, I wrote Part I of this blog series about how NIH is working to implement the new NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy (DMS Policy).  I mentione...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 12, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Lyric Jorgenson Tags: blog Open Mike Uncategorized biospecimen data management Data sharing informed consent privacy Source Type: funding

NIH All About Grants Podcast: Building Bridges
Bonnie Burgess-Beusse, Ph.D., Program Director: Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition, NIDDK, NIH Lakshmi Ramachandra, Ph.D., Section Chief; Tuberculosis Research Advancement Centers, NIAID, NIH You may have heard that NIH can provide limited, interim research support for applications with creative and innovative approaches that fell just outside the payline. These “bridge awards” are helpful for researchers to gather additional data to revise their current application. But, how do we decide on which applications to support this way? Join us for this NIH All About Grants podcast episode to learn more about R56/b...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 12, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Bridge Awards podcast Source Type: funding

Congress Strengthens NIH ’s Ability To Address Harassment in NIH-funded Activities
Marie A. Bernard, M.D., NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity. The recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2022 includes “Section 239,” which is a milestone in our efforts to ensure safe working conditions for people engaged in NIH-supported research. The law requires NIH grant recipients to notify us when their senior key personnel are removed from their position or are otherwise disciplined due to concerns about harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions. This is a major step in our continued effort to change the culture of harassment in biomedical science....
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 10, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike anti-harassment workforce Source Type: funding

Legislative Mandates for FY 2022
NIH issued a notice detailing statutory provisions that limit or condition the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2022. These provisions include: Salary Limitation Gun Control Indirect Costs Anti-Harassment Anti-Lobbying Acknowledgment of Federal Funding Restriction on Abortions Exceptions to Restriction on Abortions Ban on Funding Human Embryo Research Limitation on Use of Funds for Promotion of Legalization of Controlled Substances Restriction on Disclosure of Political Affiliation for Federal Scientific Advisory Committee Candidates Dissemination of False or Misleading Informat...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 10, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories legislative mandates Source Type: funding

How Many Researchers: the FY 2021 Cumulative Investigator Rate
Our annual snapshot of how many researchers NIH supports is back. As with previous posts, the data presented here are also available in the NIH Data Book and represent awards made with traditional and supplemental coronavirus appropriations. The data are distinct from success rates, however, which are application-based metrics (see this post). Our cumulative investigator rate is an NIH-wide person-based metric. The metric is calculated as the number of unique principal investigators who were designated on an NIH Research Project Grant (RPG), activity or mechanism, divided by the number of unique principal investigators who...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 3, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike cumulative investigator rate Funding data funding rate Source Type: funding

Reminder: NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through January 2023 Councils
NIH will continue to accept a one-page update with preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for summer 2022 due dates, ONLY if the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) used for submission allowed preliminary data in the application. The deadline for submitting all post-submission materials, including preliminary data, will be 30 days before the study section meeting or as stipulated in the FOA. Because applications for emergency competitive revisions and urgent competitive revisions undergo expedited review, post-submission materials will not be accepted for those applications. For a visua...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 28, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories COVID-19 Source Type: funding

Same Systems, New Look to eRA Website
A refreshed eRA website was launched on Monday, April 25. The redesign updates the home page, as well as the About eRA page with extensive new information about eRA and the services it offers to existing and potential agency partners.  Don’t worry – the information sections you rely on every day for applicants, recipients and reviewers remain unchanged. The changes reflect the modern, trusted trans-agency program that eRA has become. eRA is recognized as an experienced service provider to NIH and an ever-growing number of HHS operating divisions and federal agencies, including AHRQ, CDC, FDA, SAMHSA, VA, DoD, and Unif...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - April 26, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources eRA eRA Commons Source Type: funding

May 30 (Monday), 2022: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2022 for the federal holiday (Memorial 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 - April 22, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar federal holiday General Source Type: funding