Nexus September 2009

Director's Column

Five Themes for the NIH

Our new NIH Director, Dr. Francis S. Collins, took the helm on Monday, August 17. A bold leader with bold ideas, Dr. Collins combines deep knowledge of NIH with broad, thoughtful perspective on the biomedical research enterprise. During his first day on the job, Dr. Collins addressed NIH staff, outlining five key themes for the agency-five themes tied together by the value they gain from extramural research.

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Top Stories

Got ARRA Funding? Register at FederalReporting.gov

ARRA award recipients should register now at FederalReporting.gov to prepare to meet ARRA quarterly reporting requirements. ARRA awardees must submit the first report by October 10, 2009

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NIH Public Access Update: Clarifying Use of the NIH Manuscript Submission ID (NIHMSID)

The NIH Manuscript Submission ID (NIHMSID) provides a temporary citation reference for NIH funded investigators to cite their published research papers in compliance with Public Access Policy when there is not enough time to complete every step of the NIH manuscript process.

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xTrain Expands to K Awards and NLM Training Grants

NIH’s electronic appointment system – xTrain – has now expanded to accept appointments to NIH institutional career development awards (K12s and KL2s) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) research training grants (T15s). By using xTrain, program directors and administrators for these grants can now forgo paper appointment forms and appoint students and postdoctorates to NLM training grants and scholars to NIH career development awards electronically.

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Preview the Web-based Form for Human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) Registry

The NIH Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research establish policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research and create a new NIH Registry of eligible hESC lines that comply with the standards described in the Guidelines. A web-based form will be used for the purpose of submitting information about hESC lines to the NIH, along with assurances and supporting documentation of compliance with the NIH Guidelines.

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New Progress Report Forms and Instructions

The new PHS Noncompeting Continuation Progress Report, also known as the PHS 2590, implements several new policy changes and is now available for use. A grace period to November 1, 2009 is permitted for eSNAPs due September 15, 2009 to accommodate the changes.

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AREA (R15) Program Exposes Students to Biomedical Research

Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREAs) support biomedical research projects at health professional schools and colleges and universities that have not traditionally been major recipients of NIH research funding. For more information on how to help your students gain valuable research experience read on…

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New Resources

Preparing an Application for Submission this Fall? Use Current Forms and Instructions!

Changes to application page length and format will be coming in January 2010 as announced in the previously published Enhancing Peer Review implementation timeline. These changes will affect applications received for January 25, 2010 submission dates and beyond. Look for … Continue reading

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Updated Quarterly Reporting Resource for ARRA Recipients

To help our institutions that received ARRA awards, NIH developed a Data Dictionary modeled on the version provided by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). The NIH version was recently updated and includes NIH-specific guidance on many data elements. … Continue reading

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Eye on PI

Start Your Application Now for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs

This is an excellent opportunity for researchers who have incurred significant financial debt to remove this barrier to continue to pursue a career in research. The 2010 application cycle opens September 1 and closes December 1. Our data show that individuals, who begin preparing their application early, are more likely to complete their submission by the December 1 deadline.

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NIH Seeks High Risk, High Impact Proposals through NIH Director's Pioneer, New Innovator, and Transformative R01 Initiatives

NIH welcomes proposals for 2010 NIH Director’s Pioneer Awards and New Innovator Awards. Both programs are part of the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research http://nihroadmap.nih.gov and support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

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Attention NIH SBIR Phase II Awardees – Past and Present!

Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for the 2009-2010 Commercialization Assistance Program (CAP), designed to help selected NIH SBIR Phase II awardees develop their commercial businesses and transition their SBIR-funded technologies into the marketplace.

  • Has your company had an active NIH SBIR Phase II award within the past six (6) years?
  • Does your company meet current SBIR small business eligibility criteria?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, then read on! The application deadline is September 14, 2009.

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Calendar

Animal Welfare Online Seminars – Emerging Issues: A USDA Perspective

Betty Goldentyer, D.V.M., USDA APHIS Animal Care, will be the guest speaker for the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) Outreach Program, a free online seminar series entitled “Emerging Issues, USDA Perspective.” IO Seminar – September 17, 2009 – Noon … Continue reading

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Other NIH Happenings

Dr. Milton Hernandez Joins OER as the Director of the Division of Loan Repayment

Congratulations to Milton Hernandez, Ph.D., who was recently appointed to lead the Division of Loan Repayment within OER’s Office of Extramural Programs. Continue reading

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