New NIH Awards to Enhance Diversity in the Scientific Workforce

Today marks an important step forward for NIH’s support of a diverse scientific workforce. NIH has announced the awardees of unique, targeted programs for developing new approaches to engage researchers from underrepresented backgrounds and for preparing them to thrive in scientific careers. …. Continue reading

A Pause in Funding Certain Types of Gain-of-Function Research

The White House announced today that U.S. government agencies will institute a pause in the funding of new “gain-of-function” research on influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses that could increase the pathogenicity or transmissibility to mammals …. During this funding pause, the government will carry out a deliberative process to assess the risks and benefits of such studies and will develop a new Federal policy regarding the funding of this research. …. Continue reading

New Guidance on Significant Changes That Require IACUC Review

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) issued new guidance on what is considered a significant change to ongoing animal activities. The guidance was announced in an NIH Guide Notice (NOT-OD-14-126), and outlines the types of changes to research activities that must be reviewed and approved by Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs). Continue reading

Reminder to Begin Reporting on Individual Development Plans

As a reminder, two changes to progress reporting take effect in October. First, reporting on the use of individual development plans is required, as described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-113 and a previous Rock Talk blog.

Additionally, the federal-wide progress reporting format — known as the RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) — is required for all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014. Please read the announcement in the NIH Guide and the June Extramural Nexus article for more information. Continue reading

Reminder: Domestic Animal Welfare Assurances Renewals Only for Institutions with Current Funding

Before NIH awards a grant or contract that involves the use of animals, the recipient institution and all research sites using animals must have an approved Animal Welfare Assurance with the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW). …. As of December 1, 2014, OLAW will only renew domestic Assurances if the institution has current PHS funding. …. Continue reading