You ’ll Love These Grants Policy Updates
In our 2024 NIH Grants Policy Updates webinar, compliance and system policy experts from the NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) shared the latest policy updates and how your institutions may be impacted. Some highlights include a simplified peer review framework, updated guidance for subaward agreements, and common forms for biosketch and other support. Learn more about what’s coming up in the next year in these areas: Budget Policy System Process Compliance Updates Policy Reminders (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 14, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Grants policy Source Type: funding

Salary Cap Guidance
While operating under a continuing resolution, all legislative mandates that were in effect in FY 2023 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 recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 1, 2024, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $221,900. For active awards, including awards that have been issued in FY 2024 (continuation and new) that were restricted...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 12, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Budget Grants policy Source Type: funding

Search for Cooperative Agreements Now Available in RePORTER
Looking for information on cooperative agreements? RePORTER now offers this information through its advanced search. Cooperative agreements differ from grants in that they involve substantial staff involvement from the federal awarding agency (indicated by a ‘U’ in the activity code or mechanism as in U01, U54). STEPS Click on the Advanced Search button on the RePORTER home screen. On the Advanced Projects Search screen, go to the Project Details section. Click on the grey bar below Cooperative Agreements to see the activity codes displayed in the dropdown menu. You can select individual Cooperative Agr...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 9, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources eRA Commons RePORTER Source Type: funding

NIH Director Statement on Catalyzing the Development of Novel Alternative Methods
This report, which the ACD enthusiastically endorsed and conveyed to the agency, recommended that NIH work with the community to: Prioritize the development and use of combinatorial NAMs Establish resources, infrastructure, and collaborations to promote the use of interoperable, reliable, and well curated/high quality datasets produced from research using NAMs Promote effective dissemination and interconnection of NAM technologies Invest in comprehensive training to bolster continuous advances in development and use of NAMs Facilitate multidisciplinary teams with expertise across technologies and the lifecy...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 9, 2024 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Alternatives to Animals Animal Welfare rigor Source Type: funding

New Enhanced Look for eRA Commons Coming Soon
Hey, Commons users! Just a heads up that several Commons modules and screens will be moving to an improved visual appearance being adopted by all eRA modules. New screens will be rolled out during the next few months into spring including the Status screen for principal investigators, Personal Profile and more. See eRA Common: Improved Visual Appearance for a complete list. What does that mean for you? The capabilities remain the same. However, there will be changes in the way users navigate to other modules, access action items, and export documents. To familiarize yourself with the changes, see Basics and Navigatio...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 8, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources eRA Commons Source Type: funding

Increased Use of the Childcare Cost Support Policy by National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellows in FY 2023
Support for families at critical periods is a known reason why some researchers, especially female and underrepresented scientists, leave research careers (see these articles from Academic Medicine and FASEB). For this reason, NIH has developed and implemented family-friendly policies aimed at supporting early-career researchers. One of these policies provides up to $2,500 in childcare cost support to full-time National Research Service Award (NRSA) fellows and trainees. In 2022, we shared some preliminary data on how many NRSA fellows requested and were issued these awards. Today, we are pleased to update these data for i...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - February 6, 2024 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike childcare cost Family Friendly fellowship NRSA postdocs Source Type: funding

Do I Need to Authenticate Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources? If So, How?
NIH’s Rigor and Reproducibility FAQs have been updated with new questions and answers about authenticating key biological/chemical resources: What kind of information should I include in the “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment? Do I need to include an “Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources” attachment? Have more questions on this topic? Check out the Authentication of Key Biological/Chemical Resources section, or visit the complete set of Rigor and Reproducibility FAQs. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 31, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer Grants policy rigor Source Type: funding

Until Closeout Do Us Part
What do these three recent notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts have in common? NOT-OD-24-055 – NIH Enforcement of Unilateral Closeout Reporting in the System for Award Management Responsibility/Qualification (formerly Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) NOT-OD-24-047 – Reminder for NIH Closeout Reporting Requirements and Closeout Email Notifications NOT-OD-24-017 – NIH Will Send Reminder Notifications to Recipients with Final Federal Financial Reports (FFRs) in Rejected Status Beginning November 2023 They all relate to a grant re...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 30, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Grants policy Source Type: funding

Carrying the Momentum from a Year of Open Science Forward in 2024
Guest post by Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD, Data Science and Open Science Officer for the NLM Office of Strategic Initiatives; Lisa Federer, PhD, Acting Director of NLM Office of Strategic Initiatives; and Martha Meacham, MA, MLIS, Project Director for NLM’s Network of the National Library of Medicine. Originally posted on the Musings from the Mezzanine blog. Martha Meacham, MA, MLIS, Project Director for NLM’s Network of the National Library of Medicine Lisa Federer, PhD, Acting Director of NLM Office of Strategic Initiatives Maryam Zaringhalam, PhD, Data Science and Open Science Officer for the NLM Office of Strat...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 26, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: blog Open Mike common data elements Data sharing preprints Source Type: funding

February 19 (Monday), 2024: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, February 19, 2024 for the federal holiday (Washington’s Birthday). If a grant application due date falls on a federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 18, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar General Source Type: funding

Follow Friendly Formats for PDF Attachments
Your grant applications, just-in-time information, and progress reports must all include PDF file attachments. Learn how to make your attachments reader-friendly for both people and electronic systems. NIH uses your attachments in different ways. Some are read as stand-alone documents. However, most attachments undergo eRA system processing before staff and others use the content. eRA often combines PDF attachments with additional forms and submission data to create consolidated applications or reports. Our systems also “read” PDF attachments and use text data mining for categorization, searches, and further analysi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 18, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit applications Grants policy Source Type: funding

Learning More About NIH Research Directions and How You Can Provide Input: Highlighting Autoimmune Disease Research
Regular readers of this blog know that we often seek feedback on various grant policies and initiatives broadly effecting the extramural research community. As just a few examples from last year, we sought input on research misconduct regulations, care and use of laboratory cephalopods, foreign subaward agreements, postdoctoral training, and review of fellowship applications. There are also opportunities to weigh in on future directions for the many different disease-specific research areas NIH supports, which we typically do not discuss on this blog. Here, we wanted to briefly share some resources about these comment oppo...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 16, 2024 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike RePORT Request For Information (RFI) strategic plan Source Type: funding

2023: A Year in Review  
2023, what a year! We started it off with implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing policy, a policy that reflected many thoughtful discussions with researchers, professional societies, and NIH staff over the last several years. The year was capped off with Dr. Monica Bertagnolli beginning her tenure as the next NIH Director. We look forward to supporting her vision for NIH. Between those milestones, we announced that a simplified review framework for research project grants will take effect next January. We continued our focus on the future workforce, including those that support early-stage investigators, launc...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 16, 2024 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Administrative Burden Research integrity workforce Source Type: funding

New Year ’s Resolutions: NIH Funding Edition
New year, same list of resolutions as last year, right? Consider freshening them up with some suggestions from NIH staff. Start the year with a plan. If your NIH-funded research generates scientific data, make sure you develop a data management and sharing plan, specifically. Keep it simple. We’re taking this one to heart and working to simplify the peer review framework of research project grant applications and improve NRSA fellowship review in 2025. On  a related note, make it easy on reviewers  by making sure your application clearly responds to the review criteria found in the funding opportunity. ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 12, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Source Type: funding

Webinar: Ring in 2024 with NIH Grants Policy Updates on Jan. 31
We’re kicking off 2024 with an opportunity to hear what’s new and in development within NIH programs and policies. Join NIH policy experts on January 31 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET for the latest policy updates and how your institutions may be impacted. Make sure to register for the 2024 NIH Grants Policy Updates webinar. Tune in for updates on policy requirements and examples of current issues at NIH! Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about new and existing policies during the live Q&A. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - January 12, 2024 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Grants policy Source Type: funding