Get To Know OER

My office, the Office of Extramural Research (OER), works closely with the extramural research community to support NIH’s mission of funding science that will enhance our knowledge of living systems, improve health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. While frequent readers of Rock Talk may be familiar with OER through the topics I blog about, there is much, much more that my office provides in support of NIH’s extramural program…. Continue reading

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New Tutorials on Creating eRA Commons Accounts and Registrations

Are you a PI who needs to invite a new student or fellow to create an eRA Commons account? Or are you a research organization official looking to register your organization in Commons, or create accounts for others? We’ve published several new video tutorials for additional assistance! The following videos are now part of the eRA video tutorial collection: …. Continue reading

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NIH Regional Seminar Heads West to San Diego in October 2015

I’m excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity for our extramural research community that’s headed to the west coast this fall! For the first time in several years, the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be offered in the western half of the United States. This 2-day event, with an optional pre-seminar workshop day, will take place in San Diego from October 14 to October 16, 2015. …. Continue reading

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July Due Date Reminder

Don’t forget that when an application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date shifts to the next business day. Therefore, the standard July 5 R01 due date moves to Monday, July 6, 2015. Remember, NIH and its help desks are closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3, but we’ll be back open on July 6 to assist you. Continue reading

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Burden of Disease and NIH Funding Priorities

Recently, many voices have asked how NIH considers public health needs when setting funding priorities. The quick answer is that public health needs are a critical factor in our decision making—in addition to scientific merit, portfolio balance, and budgetary considerations. But the question of how one measures public health need, as it turns out, isn’t as simple as you might think.

Public health needs are not only reflected by how many people have a particular disease, but also by the burden of disease – the impact of a health condition as measured by mortality, morbidity, …. Continue reading

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