Nexus December 2008

Director's Column

Broadening Our Scientific Workforce

Over the past thirty years, NIH has initiated programs to increase diversity within the scientific workforce. The coming year will mark the beginning of renewed efforts to enhance our current activities, and to identify other opportunities to address diversity in the scientific research enterprise.

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Top Stories

Transition to Adobe Forms Officially Under Way

Transition to Adobe officially began on December 5, 2008, when NIH updated more than 500 active Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) with Adobe-based application packages and closed their PureEdge predecessors. The new Adobe forms are required for submission for most receipt dates in January and beyond.

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Impact on Investigators of Enhancing Peer Review

The NIH will begin implementing changes in the Fiscal Year 2010 funding cycle.  Investigators submitting applications in January 2009 and later should be aware of these new policies.

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The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Updates the Descriptions of its Chartered Review Panels

CSR changed the chartered study section descriptions to make them more transparent and reflective of the types of applications actually reviewed by CSR study sections.

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Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., Appointed Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

December 3, Acting Director, NIH Raynard S. Kington, M.D., Ph.D., announced the appointment of Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S., as Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

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New Resources

RCDC, NIH RePORTing and You

For many months, the NIH has been explaining the new Research, Condition, and Disease Categorization (RCDC) project and how it will change the way we report on the research we fund.  RCDC is part of a wider NIH effort to … Continue reading

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Registration is still open for "Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention", Feb 4 and 5, 2009

The Center for Cancer Research and the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute will present the symposium Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention, February 4 and 5, 2009 at NIH Natcher Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland. Evidence from both … Continue reading

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Make Plans to Attend a 2009 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

What is a NIH Regional Seminar? Held twice a year, the NIH Regional Seminars are intended to help demystify the application and review process, clarify federal regulations and policies, and highlight current areas of special interest or concern. NIH policy … Continue reading

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