Nexus June 2009

Director's Column

Seeking Your Comments on Financial Conflict of Interest Regulations

Pursuing research that advances public health entails striving to be worthy of public trust. We know that our grantees work hard to ensure that research is carried out with the highest standards of integrity and is free of bias. Public and private research collaborations are increasingly complex, and so it is important for us to continuously evaluate how these relationships might affect NIH funded research. NIH, through the Department of Health and Human Services has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM). Through this Notice, we are seeking comments from the public on possible changes to the existing regulations that we often refer to as the “Financial Conflict of Interest” regulations.

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Top Stories

NIH and Scientific Community Gear Up to Review Challenge Grant Applications

NIH received over 20,000 applications for the Recovery Act-funded Challenge Grants program. This number roughly equals the total number of applications that NIH receives for any one of its three major review rounds each year and will require over 18,000 scientists to participate in the peer review process.

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Electronic Financial Conflict of Interest Reporting Required as of July 2009

Use of the new electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) reporting module will be required as of July 1, 2009. The FCOI module allows institutions to initiate and prepare FCOI reports electronically, to submit those reports, to search and view FCOI reports previously submitted through the Commons, to edit or rescind reports, and to create and access a history of institutional actions.

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Re-Submitting Your Challenge Grant Application?

If you wish to resubmit an application prepared for the NIH Challenge Grants opportunity, you must wait to receive your peer review summary statement and submit your revised application for the October deadline or any deadline thereafter. When you do so, be sure to submit it as a new application and appropriately modify the application to meet the requirements of the new FOA or activity code. Do not include an Introduction describing changes and improvements or mark text to indicate changes.

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Simplifying Administrative Processes for Training Grants and Kirchstein-NRSA Appointments

Training project directors and administrators can now streamline their load of paper forms through xTrain, a module in the eRA Commons. xTrain is now open to all institutions registered with the Commons. Using xTrain also speeds up the NIH approval process and reduces the chance of data entry errors associated with paper forms.

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New Funding Opportunities through the Recovery Act

NIH is pleased to announce two new Recovery Act funded programs which seek to recognize and encourage innovative research and technology among small businesses and for-profit ventures–the Small Business Catalyst Awards for Accelerating Innovative Research (R43) and the Biomedical Research, Development, and Growth to Spur the Acceleration of New Technologies (BRDG-SPAN) Pilot Program (RC3).

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New Resources

New OER Site Provides Information on Processes for Foreign Grantees and Grants with Foreign Components

Although the application process and management of grant awards are similar for domestic and foreign researchers, there are some important differences. In an effort to provide a better understanding of what those differences mean for applications from foreign organizations and … Continue reading

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New Tool to Replace and Enhance CRISP: Providing Insight into NIH Research Funding and Results

Comprehensive funding information for NIH grants and contracts will soon be available online through the National Institutes of Health Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Reports (RePORTER). Like its predecessor CRISP–NIH’s longstanding database of funded projects–RePORTER allows users to locate and view NIH awards using their own search criteria. RePORTER, however, gives users access to detailed budget information, as well as research results and products, including patents and publications. Data from 1985 through to the present–including the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) of 2009–are available and search-able according to user interest.

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Eye on PI

Tips for Great Grant Writing (Part 5): Developing Your Budget

There’s a lot to consider when you are developing a budget for your research grant application. While the best resources at your disposal are the sponsored research programs office at your institution, your departmental administrative officials, your mentors and your peers, we have compiled some tips and reminders that may be helpful for preparing your budget. For more detailed information, visit our Developing Your Budget webpage . We offer a brief overview below.

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Need Help Interpreting the New Review Scores?

Implementation of many of the Enhancements to Peer Review began with the May 2009 review meetings, and some applicants are already receiving summary statements with scores determined under the new system. If you need help understanding your grant application’s review scores, read on…

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eRA News

eRA Thanks Users for Their Patience

We have had an eventful two weeks at NIH following eRA’s major infrastructure upgrade, which took place May 22-26. Foremost, we want to thank you for your patience and help in identifying some of the issues that arose. We have seen an extraordinary willingness on the part of our users to be supportive of our efforts.

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Calendar

Future of Telehealth: Essential Tools and Technologies for Clinical Research and Care

This two-day event (June 25-26) will bring together stakeholders from government agencies, academic institutions, health care organizations, and technologies to review the state of telehealth science and technology, identify gaps in knowledge that can be addressed through targeted research and … Continue reading

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