New and Updated Other Support FAQs Now Available
The answers to these and other new and updated FAQs are now available on our Other Support FAQ page. Just look for the  and  icons for updates made in the last 60 days. Can Other Support be signed with a wet signature or typed name? The new Other Support format page includes a chart that asks for the Year (YYYY). Is this calendar year or fiscal year? If only pending support has changed since the competing submission or latest RPPR, is updated Other Support required in the next RPPR submission? With the new Other Support format page, are pending grants now required on Other Support pages submitted for RPPRs? If an Ot...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 10, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources other support Source Type: funding

Designing Analyses by Sex or Gender, Race, and Ethnicity in NIH-defined Phase 3 Clinical Trials
NIH-defined phase 3 clinical trials are required to conduct and report analyses by sex or gender, race, and ethnicity for each primary outcome. These analyses, referred to as “valid analyses” are unbiased assessments that on average, yield the correct estimate of the difference in outcomes between two groups of participants. One can think of valid analysis as a stratified analysis that explores how well an intervention works among sex or gender, racial and ethnic groups. Investigators may ask, “how do I conduct an ‘unbiased assessment’ as stated in the definition of valid analysis?” Bias can be reduced in s...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 10, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Clinical Trials human subjects Inclusion Source Type: funding

Updated Resources for Registration in eRA Commons
Simplified wizard-like screens will greet signing officials who are completing the one-time registration for their organization in eRA Commons. The updated Registration screens accommodate SAM-issued Unique Entity Identifiers (UEIs) and will pre-populate institutional information based on available active registration data in SAM.gov. Note that assignment of a UEI is sufficient to register in eRA Commons while your full SAM.gov registration is being processed, though pre-population of SAM.gov data is not available. While the registration process remains the same, the link to the registration screens has changed to https://...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 9, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources eRA Commons UEI Source Type: funding

Check Your Application for Completeness Before Submitting
We really care about the details. It is important to a fair review that all applicants competing together for funding have adhered to the same rules. It is also important that your application is submitted in a way that allows us to efficiently process your application and make it available for funding consideration. Consequently, your application will be checked at Grants.gov, by our eRA systems and finally by our staff before it is referred for review. This may sound daunting, but the key to getting through this series of application checks is simple: Follow the application guide and funding opportunity announcemen...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 9, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit applications Source Type: funding

FY 2021 By the Numbers: Extramural Grant Investments in Research
Building on my 2021 reflections from January, we are presenting fiscal year (FY) 2021 extramural investments in research. The grant funding and success rate data presented here are in line with other related “By The Numbers” posts focusing on NIH’s annual enacted appropriations. Historical data may be found in the NIH Data Book, with FY 2021 data to be published soon. Spending related to special appropriations for coronavirus may be found using RePORTER’s advanced search capabilities. In FY2021 NIH spent $32.3 billion of its total $42.9 billion appropriation for competing and noncompeting awards . This is a 5.1...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 7, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike awards grants Success Rate Source Type: funding

Strengthening Efforts to End Harassment and Discrimination at NIH-Supported Conferences
A year ago, we began requiring plans to enhance and strengthen diversity in applications seeking funding for scientific conferences and meetings. Our guide notice NOT-OD-21-053 reiterated the long-standing expectation that recipients maintain a safe and respectful environment, free from harassment and discrimination. Building on these efforts, we are now asking recipients to proactively show how they will address safety and harassment. Conferences, unfortunately, may present increased risks for harassment compared to campus environments.  Increased harassment risks at off-campus events have been linked to a lack of awaren...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - March 2, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike anti-sexual harassment conference non-discrimination R13 U13 Source Type: funding

How Virtual Convenings Can Enhance Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility
Marie A. Bernard, M.D., NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity. Guest post by Marie A. Bernard, M.D., NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, originally posted on the NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Office Blog. In the COSWD Office, we continually explore ways to foster inclusive excellence in the biomedical research enterprise. As such, I have decided to hold all COSWD seminars, conferences, and meetings entirely online throughout 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic-induced shift to online events has led to a growing body of research on the impacts of virtual scientific convening...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 24, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Marie A. Bernard Tags: blog Open Mike COVID-19 Diversity Source Type: funding

Notice of Change to NIH ’s Policy on Special Council Review of Research Applications
NIH recently announced an update to the Special Council Review (SCR) policy to align with updated Other Support disclosure requirements. Effective with the FY 2022 May/June Council round, Advisory Council members will continue to provide additional consideration of new and renewal applications from well-supported investigators who currently receive $2 million or more in total costs, per year of active NIH funding. The main change from the existing policy is that the threshold will reflect total costs rather than direct costs and therefore the threshold for an SCR will be increased from $1 million in direct costs to $2 mi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 24, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories other support Peer review Source Type: funding

Salary Cap Guidance
While operating under a continuing resolution, all legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2021 for NIH grant, cooperative agreements, and research and development contract awards remain in effect. This includes restricting direct salary support to the salary limitation set at Executive Level II of the federal pay scale. The Office of Personnel Management released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale that became effective in January 2022. Grant applicants and contract offerors can use the new salary limitation for Executive Level II of $203,700 when preparing grant applications and contract proposals. Recip...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 17, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories fy 2022 salary limit Source Type: funding

Working on a Human Subjects Study Record in Our Human Subjects System? ACTION NEEDED: Re-Save the Record Before Submission
You have probably seen some of our notices and other communications regarding our transition to an updated set of grant application forms we refer to as FORMS-G (see previous Nexus post Goodbye FORMS-F, Hello FORMS-G), but there are some special considerations for those of you who had Work in Progress human subjects study records at the time of the transition. On Thursday, February 10, 2022, eRA released a new version of Human Subjects System (HSS), to align with FORMS-G. It included a format change to accommodate updated Country codes in the PHS Human Subject Clinical Trial Information form.  We want to let you know abou...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 17, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories HSS human subjects Source Type: funding

K99/R00 Candidates Can Continue to Take Advantage of COVID-Related Eligibility Extensions
Under normal circumstances, individuals must have no more than four years of postdoctoral research experience to be eligible to apply for a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence award. Due to ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH will continue to allow up to a two-receipt cycle eligibility extension for candidates on K99/R00 applications to parent announcements (PA-20-187, PA-20-188, and PA-20-189). If you are planning to take advantage of this flexibility, there are a few details to keep in mind. Candidates must meet all other eligibility criteria. The flexibility applies to new/resubmission and AIDS/non-A...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 17, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories COVID-19 K99 Source Type: funding

Seeking Public Comment on CSR ’s 2022 – 2027 Strategic Plan
Noni Byrnes, Ph.D., Director of NIH Center for Scientific Review Guest post by Noni Byrnes, Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR), originally released on the Review Matters blog I am pleased to announce that CSR’s draft strategic plan is now open for public comment. This 5-year plan (for 2022–2027) will serve as our roadmap as CSR advances its mission of seeing that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely scientific reviews—free from inappropriate influences—so NIH can fund the most promising research. Input from CSR’s stakeholders—the external scientific community...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 15, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Noni Byrnes Tags: blog Open Mike CSR Peer review Source Type: funding

Are COVID-19 Flexibilities Related to Animal Care and Use Still in Effect?
Yes. The flexibilities allowed by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare are continuing due to the recent surges in the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country and the impact on institutions’ operations. Of note: Assured institutions with existing approved waivers do not need to request new waivers and may continue to use their waivers if unable to conduct semiannual facility inspections on schedule due to COVID-19 restrictions. New requests for waivers to conduct semiannual inspections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. See OLAW’s COVID-19 FAQ VIII.11 for instructions for requesting waivers. Additio...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 14, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer Animal Welfare OLAW Source Type: funding

How Are Childcare Costs for NRSA Trainees and Fellows Requested?
Our policy team continues to receive questions about how institutions can request childcare costs for full-time predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees appointed on NRSA institutional research training awards and full-time NIH-NRSA supported fellowship positions. These and many other questions related to childcare costs can be found in our Childcare Costs FAQs. Even if you have requested childcare costs in past Fellowship applications, the process is slightly different with the new FORMS-G applications and the updated FAQ below is worth another look. Does the institution need to request the childcare costs for new and contin...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 10, 2022 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer childcare cost NRSA Source Type: funding

New NIH Administrative Supplements Available to Support Diversity Mentorship
Marie A. Bernard, M.D., NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity. I am pleased to announce the availability of a new NIH administrative supplement that recognizes the crucial role outstanding mentors play in fostering future leaders in the biomedical research enterprise. Qualified investigators can now submit proposals in response to the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD)-led Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) NOT-OD-22-057: Administrative Supplements to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship. Proposals are due by April 7, 2022. Mentorship ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 9, 2022 Category: Research Authors: Marie A. Bernard Tags: blog Open Mike administrative supplements Diversity Source Type: funding