Nexus October 2008

Director's Column

Transitions

As some of you may already know, in November, I will transition as Director of the Office of Extramural Research (OER) and NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research (DDER) to the role of Special Advisor to the NIH Director. Much remains to be done, and we have a number of challenges ahead, but I am very proud of all that we have been able to accomplish in our five years together. Continue reading

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Top Stories

NIH Encourages Use of New Electronic Process for Reporting Financial Conflicts of Interest

Pilot program enables enhanced management of FCOI reports via the eRA Commons. Continue reading

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NIH Increases Public Access Policy Compliance Efforts

This month NIH will be intensifying its efforts to ensure compliance with the Public Access Policy. Continue reading

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FY 2009 Continuing Resolution to Provide Continuing Budget Authority for Federal Agencies and Programs Through March 6

NIH is currently operating under a continuing resolution (CR), effective through March 6, 2009. A CR is legislation enacted by Congress when the new fiscal year is about to begin (or has begun) to provide budget authority for federal agencies and programs to continue operating until regular appropriations acts are ratified.

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Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo to transition to a new role as Special Advisor to the Director, NIH

After her tenure as NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Dr. Norka Ruiz Bravo has announced that she will step down as NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research and Director, Office of Extramural Research (OER) in November. Continue reading

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New NIH Policy to Fund Meritorious Science Earlier

The NIH is decreasing the number of amended grant application resubmissions from two to one in an effort to fund meritorious science earlier. Continue reading

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Preparing for Changes in Peer Review

While many details continue to be worked through, the first set of changes to the Peer Review process are already underway. Continue reading

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New Resources

NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Announces New Director, Office of Extramural Programs

Sherry Mills, M.D., M.P.H., will assume the position of Director, Office of Extramural Programs (OEP), Office of Extramural Research (OER), to be effective November 9, 2008. Continue reading

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A New Gateway to Protein Structures

A new window onto the world of protein structure has opened with the launch of the PSI-Nature Structural Genomics Knowledgebase (PSI-SGKB). The PSI-SGKB is a free resource from the Protein Structure Initiative (PSI) and Nature Publishing Group (NPG). Continue reading

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HHS Office of Human Research Protections Finalizes Documentation on Engagement of Human Subjects in Research

The HHS Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) has posted on its Web site a finalized guidance document entitled, “Guidance on Engagement of Institutions in Human Subjects Research.”  The public comments submitted on the draft document were very helpful as … Continue reading

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Join the Enhancing Peer Review Listserv

Keep abreast of the latest in the Enhancing Peer Review Implementation effort by joining a new Listserv.

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Jerry A. Menikoff, M.D., J.D, appointed as the director of the Office for Human Research Protections

Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Joxel García, M.D., M.B.A.,has announced the appointment of Jerry A. Menikoff, M.D., J.D. as the director of the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP), Office of Public Health and Science, … Continue reading

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Eye on PI

Changes Coming to the NIH Registration Process for Peer Reviewers

A new, electronic system has been developed to facilitate electronic disbursement of reviewers’ honoraria and reimbursements for expenses incurred during their participation in NIH peer review meetings. Continue reading

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NIH Seeks Proposals for 2009 Director's Pioneer and New Innovator Awards

NIH welcomes proposals for 2009 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards. Both programs are part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research and support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research. Continue reading

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eRA News

Reviewers Soon to Have Easier Accessibility to Encrypted CDs

A CD encryption process will not only make encrypted reviewer CDs as secure as before, but will greatly reduce the effort required by the reviewers to access the data within. Continue reading

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Calendar

Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) Open House Meetings

You are cordially invited to the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland, to speak with RCDC staff about the new RCDC public reporting website. Continue reading

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