Nexus October 2009

Director's Column

Thank You for Your Dedication to ARRA

Since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) was signed into law earlier this year, NIH has received more than 30,000 applications and awarded $5B to more than 12,000 grants and contracts. We take this time at the end of the fiscal year to thank the entire extramural research community for submitting, reviewing and performing all the great science that is being made possible by ARRA.

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Top Stories

OER Congratulates Recent Nobel and Lasker Award Winners

This year several NIH-funded scientists won prestigious awards for their contributions to the treatment of disease and the understanding of cellular mechanisms. Drs. Elizabeth Blackburn, Carol Greider and Jack Szostak won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Drs. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz and Ada Yonath won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Drs. Brian Druker, Charles Sawyers and Shinya Yamanaka won Lasker Awards.

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eSNAP Progress Report Deadline Extended to November 1

The Electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (eSNAP) allows institutions to submit electronically their annual progress reports for non-competing applications in the eRA Commons. The PHS 2590 progress report form has been revised, and changes to the eRA system will occur October 9, 2009 to accommodate the form changes. NIH encourages grantees with eSNAP reports due October 15, 2009 to delay submitting the reports until after October 9 and has provided a grace period to November 1, 2009.

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Enhancing Peer Review: Start Planning Now for Shorter Page Limits/Restructured Application Due January 25, 2010 and Beyond

NIH is entering into the final phase of the Enhancing Peer Review initiative, implementing two major changes: restructured/shortened applications and new forms and instructions. Use of new forms is required for competing applications due January 25, 2010 and beyond.

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New Data Reporting Requirements for NIH Training and Research Grant Awardees

Most of the NIH research training opportunities available for graduate and postdoctoral researchers are provided through institutional training grants (T awards), or individual fellowships (F awards). In addition to this support, NIH supports many graduate and postdoctoral research experiences through research grant funding. Effective October 1, 2009, NIH is implementing new data reporting requirements on training and research awards to fulfill the NIH Reform Act of 2006 (P.L. 109-482).

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ARRA: Ready, Set…ARRA Report!

The first 10-day reporting window for ARRA recipients opened October 1, 2009 and closes October 10, 2009. All grantee institutions receiving ARRA awards through the end of September are required to register in FederalReporting.gov and submit reports during the first reporting period.

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ARRA: Scientific Progress, Financial and Closeout Reporting for ARRA Supplements

ARRA supplements, including administrative supplements, competitive revisions and summer research experiences, require additional financial and scientific progress reports. Read on for more details…

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New Resources

New and Early Stage Investigator Policy FAQs Revised

Do you have questions about the New and Early Stage Investigator policies? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, which have been recently updated. You can find answers to questions such as: I am preparing an R01 application for a receipt … Continue reading

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Calendar

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) 101 and 201 PLUS Workshops

Northwestern University and Loyola University Medical Center will present IACUC 101 and 201 PLUS Workshops in Chicago, Illinois. IACUC 101 – “The Basics” – is a full day didactic and interactive educational program designed to provide Institutional Animal Care and … Continue reading

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Advanced Workshop

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present an IACUC Advanced workshop in Notre Dame, Indiana. IACUC-Advanced – SCAW developed this one day educational workshop for experienced IACUC members and administrators, principal investigators, attending veterinarians, regulatory personnel and laboratory … Continue reading

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Widening the Use of Electronic Health Record Data for Research

Friday, October 30, 2009 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Main Auditorium, Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD Electronic health records have yet to be broadly implemented, but there are large national efforts underway to address this lag … Continue reading

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Other NIH Happenings

OER Welcomes Mr. Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper joins OER as a Grants Policy Analyst in the Office of Policy for Research Administration Continue reading

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OER Welcomes Dr. Dorit Zuk

Dorit Zuk, Ph.D., joins OER as a Special Assistant to Dr. Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research. Continue reading

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NIH Seeks Input on Consumer Health Information

Want to let NIH know how you look for health information? Complete this online Request for Information.

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