One year ago, NIH announced a plan to adopt a new policy requiring a deliberate approach to the consideration of sex as a biological variable (SABV) in preclinical research. (Read the article, co-authored by Janine Clayton and NIH Director Francis Collins, here.) Since that moment, we have been working diligently and collaboratively inside and outside NIH to craft meaningful policy that promotes the best science. …. Continue reading
In April, NIH launched a new reporting system for requests to use chimpanzees in research, which must be reviewed by the NIH Chimpanzee Research Use Panel (CRUP).
The CRUP review process was developed following an NIH-commissioned Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on chimpanzee use in research, and recommendations from the Council of Councils, an advisory body to NIH. As described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-024, the CRUP will review whether requests to the NIH to use chimpanzees in research are consistent with IOM principles and criteria, independent from existing NIH review processes. Continue reading
Electronic systems can be a little finicky when presented with file names that include unexpected characters. Take care to follow the directions in the NIH application guide to ensure smooth processing of your application. PDF file names should be less than 50 characters, including punctuation and … Continue reading
A new tutorial video helps principal investigators use NIH’s Inclusion Management System (IMS) to access Inclusion Data Records in the eRA Commons to report sex/gender, race, and ethnicity information as required by NIH’s policy on the Inclusion of Women and Minorities in Clinical Research. …. Continue reading
Due to software upgrades that impact NIH’s accounting and business systems, NIH’s ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015. While many systems will remain accessible …. Continue reading
I’m excited to tell you about a new option for submitting your R01 applications to NIH. Today, we made ASSIST (the Application Submission System and Interface for Submission Tracking) available as an option for submitting your R01 applications, as well as most individual career development (K) award applications. ASSIST is a web-based system that was developed by NIH, in close partnership with Grants.gov, to address common application submission challenges identified by the community. We first launched ASSIST …. Continue reading
NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, May 25, 2015 (Memorial Day). If a grant application due date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
The project title must be no more than 200 characters long, including the spaces between words…. Continue reading
As I’ve written before here on Rock Talk, peer review is the keystone of the scientific process. I’m excited to call your attention to a website update that connects the what, when, why, and how of NIH’s peer review process. …. Continue reading
One topic of frequent interest to NIH leadership is how R01-equivalent awards compare to other research grant awards. The R01 is the standard mainstay of NIH’s research portfolio, and the oldest grant mechanism in use by NIH. As those familiar with the blog and RePORT know, we usually look at R01s in conjunction with other awards providing similar support analogous to an R01, which includes R37s or MERIT program awards. Of the R01-equivalent pool however, R01s make up the overwhelming bulk of these grants so while we call them R01-equivalents for accuracy-in-reporting reasons, it is highly appropriate to consider R01-equivalent data as representative of R01 trends. Over the past years we’ve been looking at trends in R01-equivalents compared to trends in awards through the R21 activity code. …. Continue reading