I’m at the December Advisory Council to the Director (ACD) meeting today and tomorrow. Several updates and reports from ACD working groups are on the agenda.
Today, we’ll discuss the whirlwind of activities that NIH and HHS have been involved in related to the 2014 Ebola crisis, and we’ll hear updates on peer review evaluation and workforce diversity efforts. I’ll also be co-presenting with Dr. Sherry Mills, director of the Office of Extramural Programs within OER, and co-chair of the ACD’s Physician-Scientist Workforce working group. …. Continue reading
We certainly heard a lot of input on the blog on the issue of the new biosketch format. I really appreciate the dialog. Even when the input is critical it is so important to hear what you think. Remember that the blog is just one of many points of input when we make policy decisions, however. In this case NIH …. Continue reading
For many decades now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and consequently NIH, has required institutional review board (IRB) review of research involving human subjects. …. as the clinical research landscape evolves, so should our policies to assure that NIH-funded research can more quickly generate research results without compromising protections for those who volunteer to participate in clinical studies. …. Today, NIH released a draft policy proposing that all NIH-funded multi-site clinical studies carried out in the US should use a single IRB’s review, rather than working through the IRB approval process of each participating institution. …. Continue reading
Here are some tips to avoid potential problems when submitting final federal financial reports (FFRs) at the close of your grant…. Continue reading
For an individual grant, the grantee can conduct a general search in eRA Commons using the grant number and see the project end date in the information displayed for that grant. (See the eRA Commons User Guide for more information.) Officials from a grantee organization who want to search for all grants that will end in the next three months for their entire organization can use this search tool …. Continue reading
As the December fellowship application date approaches, we’d like to remind you that a valid eRA Commons user name needs to be included for the primary Sponsor designated on competing Individual Fellowship grant applications. …. Continue reading
HHS policy stipulates that if the agency (NIH) cannot undertake a “bilateral closeout”—i.e., closeout with the cooperation between the grantee and the agency —within 180 days of the project end date, it must initiate “unilateral closeout”—i.e., closeout without receipt of acceptable final reports—for those grantees that are not in compliance with the policy. …. Continue reading
NIH (including help desks) will be closed Thursday, January 1, 2015 (New Year’s Day). If a grant application due date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
In 2012, NIH created a unique opportunity for extramural researchers to collaborate with our intramural scientists and use the exceptional resources of the NIH Clinical Center. I want to remind you of the third round of this program, called “Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center”, in time for the upcoming pre-application date on December 10. …. Continue reading
NIH (including help desks) will be closed Thursday, December 25, 2014 (Christmas Day). If a postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. Continue reading