Using AI in Peer Review Is a Breach of Confidentiality  
“As the scientific community continues to evolve, it is essential to leverage the latest technologies to improve and streamline the peer-review process. One such technology that shows great promise is artificial intelligence (AI). AI-based peer review has the potential to make the process more efficient, accurate, and impartial, ultimately leading to better quality research.” Amy Wernimont, Ph.D., Chief of Staff, NIH Center for Scientific Review Stephanie Constant, Ph.D., Review Policy Officer, NIH I suspect many of you were not fooled into thinking that was me who wrote that statement. A well-known AI tool wrot...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 23, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike applications Peer review Research integrity Source Type: funding

Request for Information on Catalyzing the Development and Use of Novel Alternative Methods to Advance Biomedical Research  
At the recent Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD), one of NIH’s newest ACD working groups looking at the issue of Novel Alternative Methods (NAMs) presented a status update.  NIH has published a request for information (RFI) to help inform the ACD working group’s deliberations. In particular, NIH is interested in learning from the research community how NAMs are currently being used to study human biology, circuits, systems, and disease states; approaches for catalyzing the development and validation of new NAMs; and strategies for maximizing the value of NAMs in research.   Submit your response to t...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 22, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories Alternatives to Animals Request For Information (RFI) Source Type: funding

Tool Tip: Find the Help You Need to Navigate eRA Systems  
Did you know that if you click on the question mark on any eRA module screen, it connects to the online help topic for that screen? So, if you are stuck on a screen, wondering what step you should take or do not know what a term means, simply click on the question mark.   The question mark icon on eRA Commons screens that leads to the online help  The online help for eRA modules — which is the user documentation containing step-by-step procedures and screenshots — can also be found on the Help & Tutorials webpage.   In addition to the online help, you can find the following information for each module...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 20, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit eRA Commons Tool Tip Source Type: funding

June 19 (Monday), 2023: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday
NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, June 19, 2023 for the federal holiday (Juneteenth National Independence 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 - June 16, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar holiday Source Type: funding

NIH All About Grants Podcast: What Researchers and Recipients Should Know about ClinicalTrials.gov
Anna M. Fine, PharmD, MS, Acting Director, ClinicalTrials.gov ClinicalTrials.gov is the world’s largest repository of clinical trial information. The site allows the public to easily find and learn about the myriad of research studies in human participants. Users can determine which studies are recruiting, when they will be completed, and can even find trial results. But what should researchers and recipients be aware of regarding this system as it relates to reporting NIH grant-funded trials? Join us for this episode of the NIH All About Grants podcast to hear from Dr. Anna Fine, the Acting Director of ClinicalTrials....
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 16, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources Clinical Trials Clinicaltrials.gov podcast Source Type: funding

Administrative Supplements for Diversity, Re-entry, and Continuity
Many NIH recipients are aware that funds may be available for administrative supplements to address impacts to research following severe weather or other unforeseen events. Fewer recipients, however, are aware of these other administrative supplement programs to support research within the scope and timeline of a current award. Research Supplements to Promote Diversity: Funding Opportunities– Aimed at diversifying the biomedical research workforce via support of investigators from diverse & underrepresented groups at various career stages. Research Supplements to Promote Re-entry & Re-integr...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 15, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit administrative supplements funding opportunities Source Type: funding

More Early Stage Investigators Supported in FY 2022
Discussion and Funding Rates for PIs on Type 1 R01-Equivalent Applications and Awards in FY 2022 by Career Stage Career StageApplicantsDiscussedAwardeesDiscussion Rate (%)*Funding Rate (%)Early Stage54353466160963.829.6New, Not Early72413750125751.817.4At Risk77364570208759.127.0Established110457847359871.032.6 * The Discussion Rate is a person-based metric that is the percent of applicants (actually people designated as PI’s on an application) who had at least one application make it to the discussion stage of peer review. The next set of tables present aggregate data for sex/gender (Table 3), race (Table 4), e...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - June 5, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike ESI Funding data NGRI Source Type: funding

Safeguarding Integrity and Collaborations: Not “Either-Or” but “Both-And”
We described our concerns in this venue on July 8, 2020; we have also assembled a content-rich foreign interference web site which includes case studies, disclosure requirements, processes for handling allegations, data, and a compilation of notices, statements, and reports.   The main points we make in our letter are: NIH began addressing foreign interference concerns in May 2016, long before the Department of Justice launched its entirely separate “China Initiative.” We understand concerns about racial, ethnic, or political targeting. The disproportionate number of cases (which altogether account ...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 25, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike foreign interference Research integrity Source Type: funding

What You Need to Know About NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15) Programs: Webinar on June 15
Did you know there are NIH programs that support small-scale research projects at educational institutions that provide baccalaureate or advanced degrees, and which have not received significant NIH support? If not, it’s time to get to know the NIH Research Enhancement Award (R15) programs during a virtual event on June 15 at 2:30 PM ET.The NIH R15 programs include: AREA: Academic Research Enhancement Award for Undergraduate-Focused Institutions REAP: Research Enhancement Award Program for Health Professionals and Graduate Schools Prospective grant applicants and research administrators are invited to learn mo...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 23, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Calendar Top Stories R15 Source Type: funding

Resource Roundup: Human Subjects, Clinical Trials, and Inclusion
Do you work with human subjects in your research? Our Division of Human Subjects Research team put together a handy one-page resource to help you find the information you need as you develop your grant application and beyond. In it you’ll find useful tips like how to use the participant-level data template, an infographic on exempt human subjects research, a decision tool to determine if your study is considered a clinical trial, and more! (Source: NIH Extramural Nexus)
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 19, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources human subjects Source Type: funding

Learn More About UNITE ’s Progress Towards Ensuring Equity and Opportunity in Biomedical Research
The UNITE E Committee recently updated the research community on their progress towards creating a “multipronged strategy to advance racial equity and create the most inclusive biomedical research environment possible.” We wanted to briefly share a few of their efforts here. As a reminder, NIH launched the UNITE initiative in March 2021 to end structural racism in biomedical research. Their inaugural progress report was released last October. One of five committees, UNITE E continues to focus attention on promoting and sustaining diversity, equity, and inclusion in the NIH extramural research ecosystem. In the re...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 18, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Biomedical Workforce Diversity Source Type: funding

Update on Simplifying Review Criteria: Analysis of Comments from the Request for Information
This blog has been co-authored with Noni Byrnes, Director, Center for Scientific Review, NIH. Originally posted on the Review Matters blog. Mike Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, NIH Noni Byrnes, Ph.D., Director of NIH Center for Scientific Review As discussed in the blog, “Update on Simplifying Review Criteria: A Request for Information (RFI),” NIH issued an RFI—from December 8, 2022, through March 10, 2023—seeking feedback on its proposed plan to revise and simplify the framework for the first level of the peer review of research project grant (RPG) applications. NIH received more than 800...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 12, 2023 Category: Research Authors: Mike Lauer Tags: blog Open Mike Center for Scientific Review CSR Request For Information (RFI) RPG Source Type: funding

Check Out These Public Federal Funding Databases to Learn More About Funding at NIH and Other Federal Agencies
We often recommend NIH RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools) site to applicants & awardees because it publicly provides reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities, including information on NIH expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research. The RePORT suite includes: NIH RePORTER (RePORT Expenditures and Results) allows users to search for funded projects, investigators, publications, and patents (see this NIH Open Mike blog for more). REPORTER also includes information on research projects funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, Agenc...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 9, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Tips Before You Submit Funding data Source Type: funding

Pilot Starting May 15 to Improve NIH R & D Contracts Project Data
NIH is launching a pilot on May 15, 2023, to improve the quality, accuracy, and transparency of project data for awarded NIH R&D contracts to promote the highest level of public accountability (see NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-23-115). Six contract vendors have been selected to participate in the pilot. These vendors will directly enter select project data for their awarded R&D contracts in eRA systems, replacing the process of sending the information on a PDF form 1688 for manual entry by NIH staff. The data, once approved by the NIH Contract Project Officer, will be displayed to the public through RePORTE...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 3, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: Top Stories contracts Funding data Source Type: funding

Resources to Aid Your Journey on xTrain
Several resources are on hand for xTrain users to navigate the redesigned xTrain module that was launched March 30. xTrain allows program directors/principal investigators, university administrators, and trainees to electronically prepare and manage appointments and terminations for trainees and fellows. xTrain online help — For step-by-step instructions and screenshots xTrain videos — Tutorials that walk you through an overview of xTrain and how to initiate and manage appointments and terminations of trainees xTrain quick reference guides — Guides by user role for principal investigators, trainees, and ins...
Source: NIH Extramural Nexus - May 2, 2023 Category: Research Authors: NIH Staff Tags: New Resources xTrain Source Type: funding