Reminders About When to Cite an NIH Grant in a Paper: Overcite Oversight
In 2021, we wrote that appropriately acknowledging NIH grant support allows us to properly assess award outputs and make recommendations for future research directions. This is a term and condition of award under long-standing federal law. Our Grants and Funding site provides guidance: grants should only be cited if they directly supported the work described in the paper and work described in the paper is clearly within scope of the grant award. We still see examples, though, of researchers improperly overciting grants that are unrelated with the research, be it an honest error or intentional. This post revisits the issue ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - October 5, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Compliance Oversight publications Source Type: funding

Rethinking Population Descriptors in Genetics and Genomics Studies
Guest blog by Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D., Acting Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute and Sheri Schully, Ph.D., Deputy Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, All of Us Research Program Sheri Schully, Ph.D., Deputy Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, All of Us Research Program Vence L. Bonham, Jr., J.D., Acting Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute For decades, socially constructed population descriptors such as race, ethnicity, and ancestry have been used as a proxy to describe human diversity but do not accurately capture the full scientific scope of diversity, and their de...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 28, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: blog Open Mike Diversity genomic data sharing Inclusion Research integrity Source Type: funding

Tool Tip: Human Subjects System (HSS) Quick Guide for Warnings and Errors  
Have you encountered warnings or errors when working in the Human Subjects System (HSS)? Not to worry, a guide is now available to help Principal Investigators and Signing Officials who enter data into HSS resolve common warnings and errors. The system allows Principal Investigators and Signing Officials to access and update all the human subjects and clinical trials data associated with their grants in one place. You can update participant and enrollment information, inform NIH of ClinicalTrials.gov registration, and revise other human subjects related information as necessary, just-in-time for award, or after a grant aw...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 27, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit human subjects Source Type: funding

All About NIH Subaward Agreements: Webinar on Oct. 17  
Whether you are a principal investigator considering a subaward arrangement with either a domestic or foreign institution, or a research administrator eager to deepen your understanding of the prerequisites and regulations governing compliant subaward agreements, mark your calendar for October 17 and virtually accompany us as we provide invaluable insights during an engaging  event.  NIH Subaward Requirements: Domestic and Foreign  Date:  October 17, 2023  Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone)  Join experts from the NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA)...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 26, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Top Stories Grants policy Source Type: funding

Reminder: NIH Natural Disaster Policies  
NIH is deeply concerned for the health and safety of people and animals, and about the biomedical enterprise in the areas of the country affected by recent natural disasters and emergencies. Due to the exceptional impact of t natural disasters and emergencies, NIH wants to assure our recipient community that we will be doing our part to help the extramural community continue its research. NIH has issued a reminder notice identifying policy exceptions for impacted organizations to relieve short-term administrative, financial management, and audit requirements.    Our website on Extramural Response to Natural...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 22, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Grants policy Source Type: funding

Feedback Sought on Cephalopod Care and Use
Cephalopods are aquatic invertebrate animals that include octopuses, squid, cuttlefish, and nautiluses. Earlier this month, we released a Request for Information (NOT-OD-23-176) seeking public input on the humane care and use of laboratory cephalopods at Assured institutions.   The proposed guidance acknowledges the evidence suggesting these animals would benefit from oversight, but also that there are not yet specific care and use standards to allow them to be regulated under the Public Health Service Policy for the Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (PHS Policy). Instead, the U.S. Government Principles p...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 20, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Animal Welfare Request For Information (RFI) rigor Source Type: funding

Further Clarifying NIH ’s Foreign Subaward Agreement Policy: Addressing Community Feedback
Michelle Bulls, Director, Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Acting Director of NIH Today, in response to feedback received from the research community, we are releasing our final guide notice clarifying NIH’s long-standing policy on foreign subaward and consortium written agreements. In the video below, we talk about the origins of this notice, the consideration of and changes made in response to public comment, the final oversight and compliance requirements, and how these efforts will ensure NIH remains a proper steward of taxpayer support. Dr. Lawrence Tabak, Actin...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 15, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Compliance progress report Source Type: funding

NIH All About Grants Podcast: What Early Career Researchers Should Know (Part 1) – the Hidden Curriculum
Dr. Lauren Ullrich, co-host of Building Up the Nerve from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Dr. Oliver Bogler, host of Inside Cancer Careers from the National Cancer Institute Embarking on a career in biomedicine is more than doing experiments and writing NIH grant applications. How does one learn about other important skills early in their research career, and what exactly are they? This episode of a two-part NIH All About Grants Podcast mini-series explores the “hidden curriculum” for early career researchers. Our conversation features hosts of two NIH podcasts that delve into topics ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 8, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources mentorship podcast workforce Source Type: funding

NIH Webinar: Join NIH Policy Experts for a Guided Tour of Subaward Agreements — Sections, Requirements, & Key Policies
Whether you are a principal investigator considering a subaward arrangement with either a domestic or foreign institution, or a research administrator eager to deepen your understanding of the prerequisites and regulations governing compliant subaward agreements, mark your calendar for October 17 and virtually accompany us as we provide invaluable insights during an engaging event. NIH Subaward Requirements: Domestic and Foreign Date:  October 17, 2023 Time: 1:00 – 2:00 PM (Eastern Time Zone) Join experts from the NIH Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration (OPERA) as they guide you thr...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 7, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Top Stories Grants policy Source Type: funding

Did You Know NIH Has Family-Friendly Initiatives for Researchers?
Being able to balance work and family life is important for everyone, including biomedical and behavioral researchers. Learn about some of the ways in which NIH helps our recipient institutions foster family-friendly environments for the NIH-supported workforce, including parental leave and childcare cost support, on our Family-Friendly Initiatives page. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 7, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer Biomedical Workforce Family Friendly Source Type: funding

Reminder to Review Accuracy of Grant Information Before October 3, 2023
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, recipient officials may want to make changes in how that information is reflected in NIH systems. See this Nexus post for more on how and why schools and departments are assigned to NIH grants. NIH’s fiscal year ends on September 30, 2023, so now is the time for S...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 6, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories eRA Commons RePORT Source Type: funding

October 9 (Monday), 2023: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, October 9, 2023 for the federal holiday (Columbus 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 - September 6, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Source Type: funding

Understanding What Program Officials Can and Can ’t Do for You
NIH Program Officials (POs) are responsible for the programmatic, scientific, and technical aspects of NIH programs and are a key resource for prospective applicants and recipients. Although POs are scientists and may have previous experience seeking funding and performing research, their current focus is on the stewardship of federal funds in alignment with NIH’s mission and administrative and public policies. As federal employees, they must adhere to specific rules to promote public trust and impartiality. Having a clear understanding of what POs can and can’t do for you will help you make the most of your inte...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - September 6, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit applications program officials Source Type: funding

The FY 2024 Loan Repayment Program Cycle is Here: New Features and Expanded Program    
Applications for Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) awards will open on September 1, 2023. LRPs can repay up to $100,000 of qualified educational debt for those who are eligible and agree to perform NIH mission-relevant research. The deadline to submit an application is November 16, 2023. The LRPs help recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals to careers in biomedical or behavioral research. Several different extramural LRP categories are available, so review each to see which may be the right fit for your research. Please also take a couple minutes to watch this brief video where Matt...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 30, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike loan repayment program Source Type: funding

On-Demand Training: Standardize Your Research with the NIH Common Data Element Repository  
The popular class Standardize Your Research with the NIH Common Data Element Repository, presented by the National Library of Medicine, is now available in an on-demand format. Through recorded demonstrations and hands-on exercises, this course will introduce you to common data elements (CDEs) and the NIH Common Data Element Repository (CDE-R). The course begins with an in-depth introduction to what CDEs are and examples of how researchers are already using them. Then, you’ll see how to search the repository and practice searching on your own.   Consider taking this course if you:  Want to standardize the d...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 28, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources common data elements Source Type: funding