Nexus September 2008

Director's Column

Weathering the Storm

Through its readiness and recovery efforts, the NIH is helping the Biomedical Community respond to natural disasters. While such disasters may be inevitable, the setbacks they present to medical research hopefully need not be. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Elias A. Zerhouni to End Tenure as Director of the National Institutes of Health

Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., the director of the National Institutes of Health, September 24 announced his plans to step down at the end of October 2008 to pursue writing projects and explore other professional opportunities. Continue reading

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2009 Brings New Adobe-Based Application Forms for Electronic Submissions

While you wait for the Adobe forms, download the FOA and develop your research plan today! Continue reading

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House Subcommittee Hears Testimony on NIH Public Access Policy

On September 11, 2008 the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property heard testimony on a proposed amendment to reverse current law requiring NIH-funded research be publicly accessible. The NIH Public Access Policy remains unchanged, and complete compliance with the Policy is expected of all NIH-funded researchers. Continue reading

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Enhancing Peer Review Activity Implementation Timeline Announced

After an extensive year-long effort, preliminary implementation plans for the 2009 through 2010 calendar years are now available for the implementation of the Enhancement of Peer Review Activity. Continue reading

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New Resources

'Freedom Of Information Act Policies' Seminar Recording Now Available

A recording of the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare IACUC Staff Online Seminar, “Freedom of Information Act Policies,” held on September 18, 2008, is now available for viewing from the OLAW Web page http://www.grants.nih.gov/grants/olaw/e-seminars.htm.

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Eye on PI

New NIH Policy Supports New Investigator Transition to Independence

To encourage the transition of early career investigators to research independence, a new NIH policy will adopt more broadly the approach used by the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award. Continue reading

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Center for Scientific Review Continues Successful Reviewer Recruitment Effort

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR), whose national database of volunteer reviewers now includes over 3,000 highly qualified investigators, invites scientific societies to recommend exemplary reviewers to serve in review groups. Continue reading

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eRA News

NIH Announces New Business Process for Reporting Identified Financial Conflict of Interest for Grants and Cooperative Agreements Beginning October 10, 2008

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invites all Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) members to participate in a pilot of a Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Module, a new feature of the NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons. The FCOI Module … Continue reading

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