Who At NIH Can Answer My Question About….?

NIH is a big place, and we understand how it may seem daunting to identify the right person to talk to as you go through the various steps of seeking NIH funding. From idea, to submission, to post-award management, we are here to help. We developed a new resource to help you contact the NIH staff member who can best help you along each phase of the application and award process. …. Continue reading

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The Predictive Nature of Criterion Scores on Impact Score and Funding Outcomes

In order to develop and implement data-driven policy, we need to carefully analyze our data to understand the “stories behind our metrics.” Without analyzing our data to know what’s going on, we’re essentially flying blind! A group of authors from the NIH Office of Extramural Research sought to investigate the stories behind peer review scoring and why some grant applications are more likely to be funded than others. They extended analyses previously reported by NIH’s Office of Extramural Research and National Institute of General Medical Studies. Last month, they published their analysis of over 123,000 competing R01 applications and described the correlations of individual component peer review scores – significance, investigator(s), innovation, approach, and environment – with subsequent overall impact score, and funding outcome. …. Continue reading

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Five Ways Supervisors Can Promote Research Integrity

Upholding the integrity of scientific research takes contributions from scientists, trainees, administrators, and policymakers alike. A new infographic from the Department of Health and Thumbnail of infographic links to full PDFHuman Services Office of Research integrity (HHS ORI) shares five tips that supervisors can take to promote research integrity in their workplaces: 1. Be Available and Approachable – Take the time to cultivate …. Continue reading

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Tip for Administrators: Keep Track of Commons User IDs at Your Institution Using This Tool

Are you a research administrator who has wondered, how can I get a list of eRA Commons account holders at my university? A tool in eRA Commons can help!

Through the eRA Commons Account Management System (AMS), you can use the AMS User Reports tool to search for account holders at your institution, and export this information into a list. AMS User Reports also allows you to search …. Continue reading

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A Look at Trends in NIH’s Model Organism Research Support

Wangler, et al. recently published an article in Genetics on NIH funding for model organism research involving Drosophila. The authors extracted grant information from NIH ExPORTER and looked for the word “Drosophila” in either the title or abstract. By this approach the authors found that NIH support for Drosophila-based research is declining.

We chose to investigate further trends in NIH support for Drosophila and other model organism research. Two groups of NIH staff used two different approaches. Our Office of Research Information Systems (ORIS) used an automated thesaurus-based text mining system which mines not only project titles and abstracts but also the specific aims contained in the application; this is the system we use to generate “Research Condition and Disease Category” (or RCDC) tables, which are publicly posted to the NIH RePORT website. In a separate effort, our Office of Portfolio Analysis (OPA) supplemented a different text mining algorithm with extensive manual curation. Both methods – the wholly automated thesaurus-based text mining approach and the manual curation supplemented text mining approach – yielded similar findings. In this blog, we will present the results of the manually curated approach. …. Continue reading

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Have These Posts Delivered to Your Email As Soon As They Go Live!

We’ve added the option for you have all NIH Extramural Nexus posts, including Open Mike blog posts, to be delivered straight to your email, as soon as they come out. On our “subscribe” page, we’ve added information in the sidebar for subscribing to real-time email delivery. You can also continue receiving these posts in a once-a-month email digest, or use one of our RSS feeds in your feed reader of choice. Additionally, you now have the option to be notified about followup comments …. Continue reading

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