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

Inviting Comments and Suggestions on Updating the NIH Mission Statement  
NIH has issued a Request for Information (RFI) inviting feedback on a proposed update to the NIH mission statement, in response to recommendations from the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) Working Group on Diversity, Subgroup on Individuals with Disabilities. NIH leadership committed to evaluate the mission statement, particularly reviewing the inclusion of the phrase “reduce […] disability”, and to update it to better reflect the current and future vision for the agency.   This RFI invites input from interest groups throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communi...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 28, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Request For Information (RFI) Source Type: funding

NIH All About Grants Podcast: Reporting on Your Scientific Progress
Tom Cheever, Program Officer, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, NIH As part of proper stewardship and transparency, recipients must periodically tell NIH about their research progress outcomes and accomplishments when receiving an award (see NIH Grants Policy Statement Section 8.4.1 for policy and regulatory references). What exactly should someone report on and when though? Dr. Tom Cheever, a program officer with the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, explains more about progress reporting in this episode of the NIH All About Grants podcast. Join us as we discuss what the ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 18, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Grants policy podcast RPPR Source Type: funding

Animal Welfare Noncompliance: Data and Process
Brent C. Morse, DVM, DACLAM, Director, OLAW Division of Compliance Oversight Office of Extramural Research, NIH As part of proper stewardship of taxpayer funds, we at NIH are obligated, both legally and ethically, to ensure the welfare and reduce risks for those involved in our supported research activities. This obligation includes research animals. Their humane care and use is something we take very seriously. We appreciate that Congress, the research community, interest groups, and other members of the public look towards us to observe this commitment. Today we are taking some time to touch upon our policies to protec...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 17, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Animal Welfare Grants policy Source Type: funding

September 4 (Monday), 2023: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, September 4, 2023 for the federal holiday (Labor 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 - August 15, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar General Source Type: funding

If My Institution Has a Locally Hosted Generative AI Technology That Does Not Share Information Online, May I Use It To Help Me Write My Review Critiques?
The confidential nature of the NIH peer review process requires that any information pertaining to an application or proposal cannot be disclosed, transmitted, or discussed with any other individual. Therefore, technologies where confidential information might be viewed by others are prohibited, including locally hosted AI technologies where uploaded information could be shared across multiple individuals. For more information, see the full FAQ set. (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 15, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: You Ask, We Answer AI Peer review Source Type: funding

Single Budget Line Item Requirement for Data Management and Sharing Costs Rescinded
Currently, grant applicants submitting detailed budgets must request costs to support Data Management and Sharing (DMS) Plan activities as a single line item on the R&R Budget Form titled “Data Management and Sharing Costs.” This requirement will be rescinded for due dates on or after October 5, 2023 (NOT-OD-23-161). For applications with due dates on or after October 5, 2023, DMS costs must be included with other costs in the appropriate cost categories (e.g., personnel, equipment, supplies, other expenses), following standard form instructions. For example, personnel costs associated with data management and s...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 15, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Data sharing Grants policy Source Type: funding

Addressing Rigor in Scientific Studies
Guest blog by Devon C. Crawford, Ph.D., Program Director, Office of Research Quality, NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Originally published on the NIH Science, Health, and Public Trust blog. Devon C. Crawford, Ph.D., Program Director, Office of Research Quality Science communication is rapidly evolving. The growing use of preprints and the sheer number of published studies make it increasingly difficult to determine which findings are worthy of attention. Not all scientific studies are created equal. Communicators need to discern which are reputable in order to know what to co...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 14, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: blog Open Mike Grants policy rigor Source Type: funding

Are You a Researcher with Student Debt? NIH Loan Repayment Programs Can Help!
Don’t let student debt hold you back from your dreams!  In this quick (3 min) video presented by Matthew Lockhart, Director of the Division of Loan Repayment, you can learn more about the eligibility criteria and the program categories for NIH’s Loan Repayment Programs. The next application cycle opens on September 1, 2023 and is open until November 16, 2023.   (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 14, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources loan repayment program Source Type: funding

Drawing a Blank? Samples Can Get You Started!
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, some institutes have provided samples of funded R01, R03, R15, R21, SBIR/STTR, K, and F applications, sharing plans, leadership plans, and more. They have even provided sample summary statements so you can know what to expect to receive as the outcome of the review of your application. When referencing these resources, it is important to remember: Proceed with caution – These applications were develope...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - August 8, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources applications Source Type: funding

Tool Tip: Age Data Table for Inclusion Enrollment Reports
If you conduct human subjects research and completed an RPPR recently, you may have noticed something new in your inclusion enrollment report. If you haven’t had a chance to see it yet, we’ve got great news: Inclusion Enrollment Reports now include a table summarizing the age data that you submit as part of the participant-level data. As you may recall, the Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy requires information on the sex or gender, race, ethnicity, and age at enrollment of each participant in prospective human subjects research. This requirement became effective for research from applications submitted to NIH s...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 31, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit human subjects Inclusion Source Type: funding

Webinar Available on Animal Research: Reporting of In Vivo Experiments (ARRIVE)
As part of our efforts to strengthen rigor of NIH-supported research involving animal models, the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare recently hosted an informative webinar that provided an overview of the ARRIVE Essential 10, how each relates to study quality, and how to operationalize them for inclusion in research protocols and grant proposals. The “Essential 10” are statistically-based items essential for ensuring study rigor and reproducibility. However, reporting is not enough – study quality and reliability can be achieved only if these items are built into the study before data are collected. NIH aims ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 28, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Animal Welfare Source Type: funding

Meet Sheila Garrity, the New Director of the HHS Office of Research Integrity
Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA, Director of the HHS Office of Research Integrity Sheila Garrity, JD, MPH, MBA, began as director of the HHS Office of Research Integrity (ORI) in March. As our offices work closely together to address research misconduct in NIH-funded biomedical research, we recently took some time to sit down and chat to get to know her better and welcome her to this new role. Ms. Garrity has many outstanding credentials, with over 30 years supporting research integrity efforts within academia and professional societies. She previously led research integrity and responsible conduct of research efforts at...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - July 25, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: blog Open Mike Research integrity research misconduct Source Type: funding