Nexus November 2008

Director's Column

Dr. Sally Rockey Named Acting NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

In this time of rapid global change, the NIH is newly energized in its mission of improving health worldwide, I eagerly look forward to supporting the Agency in this effort as it further strengthens its foundations for the future.

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Top Stories

Updated Timeline for Implementation of Key Actions in the NIH Peer Review System

A new timeline details key dates and policies associated with NIH Peer Review Policy changes. Included in the timeline is the expectation that shorter applications are coming in January, 2010. Continue reading

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Prepare Now for the Switch From PureEdge to Adobe

This New Year ushers in new Adobe-based application forms for NIH. There are only 3 weeks until the first Adobe-based application packages will become available. Applicants should prepare now by ensuring they have the correct software installed. Continue reading

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Change in New Investigator Policy Designed to Encourage Early Transition to Research Independence

In FY 2009, NIH expects to support New Investigators at the same rates as established investigators submitting new applications. We strongly recommend that New Investigators keep their profile information in the eRA Commons current so that NIH is able to give their applications special consideration. (more…)
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NIH Acting Director Testifies on Role of Biomedical Research in the Economic Stimulus

At the request of the Subcommittee on Health, Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives, NIH Acting Director Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., testified at a hearing entitled “Treatments for an Ailing Economy:Protecting Health Care Coverage and Investing in Biomedical Research,” held on November 13, 2008. (more…) Continue reading

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New Resources

FCOI Tutorial Now Includes Certificate Capability

OER has recently added the capability for users to print a certificate of completion of the Financial Conflict of Interest Tutorial; so if you have already taken it, revisit it to print our your certificate. If you have not yet … Continue reading

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2009 NIH Regional Seminars Announced: Atlanta and Las Vegas

Make plans today for attending one of the 2009 NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration. Over 25 HHS and NIH policy, grants management, review and program staff members will be on hand to provide a broad array … Continue reading

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eRA News

2008: A Year of New E-Tools for Grants Processing

The past year brought major changes in grants processing and administration at NIH that was made possible by new electronic systems support. Continue reading

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Other NIH Happenings

Notable OER Staff Changes

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) has recently had several senior staff changes of note, each of which is briefly outlined here. Continue reading

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