Nexus April 2008

Director's Column

Protecting Information Is an Integral Part of All Our Activities

To make sure that we are all protecting the information produced by federally funded research, I encourage everyone in the extramural community to consider their information security procedures carefully. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Animal Welfare Matters: Advancing Science While Assuring Responsible Use

Costs for activities with live vertebrate animals may not be charged to NIH unless the institution holds a valid Animal Welfare Assurance and the proposed animal study has been reviewed and approved by the institution’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). Continue reading

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New FAQs on Promoting Objectivity in Research — a Wealth of Information

As part of the ongoing efforts to provide guidance to the community on how to manage to Financial Conflicts of Interest, new FAQs provide information regarding questions such as: Who is required to disclose their financial interests (i.e., who is defined as an “investigator” under the regulation) to their institution? Continue reading

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FY 2009 Appropriations Process

The President’s budget request totals $29.465 billion, funding essentially the same level of competing RPGs in 2009 as estimated in 2008. Continue reading

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CRISP on the Web Gets a Facelift

The new public face of CRISP may be accessed by going to http://report.nih.gov/ and clicking on “Search Funded Scientific Projects”, or by going directly to http://report.nih.gov/crisp.aspx. Bookmarking this site will provide you access to the enhanced features as they come on-line. Continue reading

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New Resources

Expansion of Policy on Concurrent Support for Career Development Awardees

NIH revised its policy on mentored K award recipients receiving concurrent support from their K award and a competing research grant. Continue reading

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Revised Parental Leave Policy for Trainees and Fellows

Effective immediately, trainees and fellows may receive stipends for up to 60 calendar days of parental leave per year for the adoption or the birth of a child when those in comparable training positions at the grantee organization have access to this level of paid leave for this purpose. Continue reading

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Public Access Reminder Letter?

Earlier this week I sent the following public access reminder letter to all principal investigators and signing officials with current NIH grant funding. Continue reading

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Eye on PI

NIH Seeks Ideas for Future Roadmap Trans-NIH Strategic Initiatives

The NIH is seeking input from the scientific community, health professionals, patient advocates, and the general public about innovative and cross – cutting initiatives to be funded through the NIH Common Fund. Continue reading

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eRA News

eRA Grants Management Line of Business Appeal Granted

A recent OMB decision allows NIH to continue using eRA systems and servicing our partner agencies. Continue reading

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Calendar

Animals in Research Seminar Series for Institutional Officials and IACUC Staff

These seminars will deliver information in a streamlined format, directly to your office without the expense, inconvenience, and time commitment of travel. Continue reading

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NIH to Host Research Symposium on Clinical Applications of Stem Cell Therapies

Challenges and Promise of Cell-Based Therapies is a one-day symposium to explore promising research in regenerative medicine using stem cells. Continue reading

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