Nexus March 2008

Director's Column

Our New Format

When we published our first NIH Extramural Nexus two years ago, we envisioned it as a two-way communication portal that would keep you informed of key developments in NIH extramural research policy, program and activities, while offering you a forum to stay engaged in the dialogue that affects our work. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Appointment of Members to the NIH Council of Councils

On March 24, 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced the appointments to the NIH Council of Councils. The NIH Reform Act of 2006 authorized the Council of Councils and the Common Fund to support trans-NIH initiatives. Continue reading

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NIH Hears Public Access Comments

The NIH held a public meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2008, to hear comments on its Public Access Policy. The policy ensures that the public, health care providers, educators and scientists have access to published NIH-funded research. It was made mandatory by the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, and takes effect April 7. Continue reading

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Maintaining Objectivity in Research — Update on Ongoing Efforts to Enhance NIH?s System of Oversight

The January 2008 Nexus highlighted how essential it is that the NIH–in collaboration with grantee institutions and, most importantly, with you–works to maintain the highest standard of objectivity in all our research endeavors. To this end, the NIH is engaged in a system-wide review of policies, procedures and guidance on financial conflicts of interests (FCOI) and is also reexamining guidance provided to staff in their oversight efforts. Continue reading

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New Resources

New FCOI FAQs

New FCOI FAQs Available on the OER Web site. Continue reading

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New OLAW FAQs

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare is encouraging institutions and their investigators to review new FAQs on the OLAW Web site. Continue reading

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OLAW Issues Notice on Revisions to Animal Welfare Assurance

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) issued guidance last month to grantee institutions on its revision to the sample Animal Welfare Assurance document. Continue reading

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OER's New "Protecting Human Research Participants" Tutorial

On March 1, OER’s new “Protecting Human Research Participants” Web-based training officially replaced the National Cancer Institute’s “Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams”. Continue reading

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Reporting Web Site Goes Public

The Office of Extramural Research’s Division of Information Services (DIS) this month launched a public prototype of its Reports, Data, and Analyses (RDA) Web site, which will eventually replace the current Award Information and Data page. Continue reading

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Eye on PI

NIH 2008 Bridge Awards

The NIH Director’s Bridge Award Program, initiated last year, is designed to provide transitional funding for R01 investigators who just miss the nominal payline of a given institute on a renewal application and have limited additional research support. Continue reading

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Update and Recap of Budget Items for Fiscal Years 2008, 2009

NIH issued a Guide Notice Feb. 11 that details a list of new mandates emanating from the fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget legislation–including the mandatory Public Access requirement. Continue reading

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eRA News

Update on NIH's Electronic Grant Application Transitions

The NIH continues to work closely with Grants.gov to be able to receive all grant applications electronically. Currently, about 80 percent of NIH grant applications are submitted electronically. The Grants.gov move from PureEdge to Adobe forms continues to impact the transition dates for the remaining grant programs. Continue reading

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New in eRA: Multiple Active Applications: What Does MAA Mean for Applicants Navigating eRA Commons?

As of February, eRA keeps all versions (e.g., 01, A1, A2) of an application active and provides an internal “MAA” flag for each application in an active cluster. Continue reading

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Calendar

Limited Availability for Last NIH Regional Seminar in 2008!

Register today while space is still available. Continue reading

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National Center for Research Resources May Workshops

Be sure to register for NCRR’s May workshops. Continue reading

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