Nexus December 2009

Director's Column

Recap of 2009

This past year has been both exciting and at times challenging, but as we reflect on 2009 one thing that we can be sure of is that the changes NIH, and extramural community, has experienced will foster continued prosperity in 2010 and beyond. Over the last twelve months, NIH has welcomed a new director, issued new stem cell guidelines, re-invested in the American economy, entered the final implementation phase of the Enhancing Peer Review initiative, and reviewed the financial conflict of interest policy.

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Electronic Submission of Institutional Training and Institutional Career Development Programs

Institutional Training and Institutional Career Development Programs applications are transitioning to electronic submission. Beginning with submissions intended for January 25, 2010 due dates, applications must be received electronically through Grants.gov.

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NIH Sponsors Surveys to Assess Peer Review Enhancements

NIH has sent voluntary surveys to a sample of applicants and reviewers to gather opinions about the new changes to the peer review process.

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New Application Forms and Instructions Now Available

Use new instructions to develop your applications for due dates on or after January 25, 2010. For more information on the new forms and instructions, see the newly released video, “What Applicants Need to Know Now.”

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Human Embryonic Stem Cell Lines Approved For Use Under New Guidelines

Dr. Collins, NIH Director, recently approved 13 human embryonic stem cell (hESC) lines for use in NIH funded research projects. These lines fulfill requirements for hESCs set forth in the new NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.

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Plan to Attend a 2010 NIH Regional Seminar in Philadelphia, PA or Portland, OR

Want to learn more about the NIH grants process and make contacts with NIH staff? Mark your calendars to attend one of the NIH 2010 Regional Seminars in Philadelphia, PA, April 14-16, or Portland, OR, June 23-25.

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Calendar

Animal Welfare Online Seminars

On December 10, 2009, Eileen Morgan, Director Division of Assurances, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), will speak for the OLAW Outreach Program, a free online seminar series. IO Seminar – Noon to 1 p.m. (EST) – “The OLAW Annual … Continue reading

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SCAW Winter Conference

The Scientists Center for Animal Welfare (SCAW) will present the Winter Conference on December 7 and 8, 2009 in San Antonio, Texas with support from The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, the NIH, and the U.S. … Continue reading

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