Nexus January 2009

Director's Column

OER's Commitment to Effective Stewardship through Service and Transparency

The effectiveness of NIH extramural stewardship is directly relevant to the improvement of public health. The Office of Extramural Research is at the core of promoting effective stewardship by working with the Institutes, Centers, and Offices to create, harmonize, and implement policies spanning the full spectrum of the grant making and monitoring process. In times of change, our responsibility is further heightened by the need for making OER services as responsive and transparent as possible. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Working to Relieve Applicant Stress

NIH has extended the electronic application error correction window to 5 days for all opportunities with receipt dates in February 2009 to alleviate stress caused by Grants.gov performance issues. Continue reading

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NIH Releases First Biennial Report of the Director

The biennial report of the director makes it easier for Congress, advocates and patient groups, and the general public to understand the many programs within the agency. Continue reading

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NIH Projects, Funding Details Now Available for Public Viewing

For the first time, the public can use the information provided to view the total funds spent in 215 categories for the current fiscal year and previous fiscal years based on grants, contracts, and intramural research (research conducted in the NIH’s own laboratories and clinics). Continue reading

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Two Important Changes to Career Development ("K") Awards

Awardees now able to reduce appointment to less than full time; “K” Awards to transition to Adobe Forms early next month. Continue reading

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New Regulations Mandate Institutional Review Board Registration

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) has added regulations requiring Institutional Review Boards to register with HHS. Continue reading

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How Early Stage Investigators Can Request an Extension

A recent notice in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts describes procedures for granting an extension of the 10 year limit for ESI eligibility. Continue reading

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Worldwide Scientific Community Participates in NIH Summit on Eliminating Health Disparities; Results to be Provided to President Obama

Over 4,400 of the best and brightest scientists, clinicians, policy, and advocacy leaders in the field of health disparities attended the 4-day NIH Summit entitled “The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities.” Continue reading

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New Resources

NIH Unveils New Reviewer Reimbursement System

NIH has introduced a new, simplified and secure process to disburse honoraria and expenses to reviewers related to their participation in peer review meetings. The new system, effective Jan. 17, requires reviewers to log in to eRA Commons and update … Continue reading

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New Animal Protocol Review FAQs

New Frequently Asked Questions have been posted on the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Web site. These FAQs provide guidance in response to PHS Policy-related questions such as– “Does the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) have to … Continue reading

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Animal Welfare Terms and Conditions Seminar Available for Viewing

The seminar “When Terms and Conditions Are Not Met” is now available for viewing at the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW)/Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Staff Outreach page. The IACUC Staff Outreach program is a free online … Continue reading

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2009 NIH Regional Seminars Offer Unparalleled Learning & Networking Opportunity

What is a NIH Regional Seminar? Held twice a year, the NIH Regional Seminars provide you with an opportunity to meet and hear from approximately 25 NIH policy officials, grants management and program staff representing various Institutes and/or Centers, as … Continue reading

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Eye on PI

Get a Handle on Changes from the Enhancing Peer Review Process

There are lots of changes in the works related to the peer review process. Here we compare existing and new peer review processes on scoring. Continue reading

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Tips for Great Grant Writing, Part 1: What is NIH Looking For?

The OER Extramural Nexus is pleased to introduce a new, regular feature: “Tips for Great Grant Writing.” Although we will begin by addressing the very basics of grant writing, stay tuned because we will soon advance to addressing more complex aspects of the grant writing process. This month’s inaugural column addresses the basic question: what does NIH look for in a grant application? Continue reading

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