Nexus March 2010

Director's Column

Support for Research Training

President Obama’s proposed budget for the NIH for fiscal year 2011 includes a six percent increase in stipends for trainees and fellows supported by the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. If approved, this would be the largest single-year increase since 2003.

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ARRA Recipient Reporting Reminder–Don't Forget to File Grants Closeout Paperwork

By now, some ARRA projects (especially Summer Research Experience Supplements) have reached completion. If your project is complete, remember that in addition to marking the project status as “Complete” in FederalReporting.gov, you are required to file NIH Grants Closeout paperwork.

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Giving Back to the Community for a Stronger Tomorrow

Join NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins in volunteering for National Lab Day, and help share your excitement for science with elementary, middle, and high school students.

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You Asked, We Answered

1. Does the one page allowed for Specific Aims count toward the number of pages allowed in the Research Strategy?

2. Where is the Bibliography/References Cited section attached?

3. What should I do if the form does not allow me to provide the Human Subjects Assurance Number on the SF424(R&R)?

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Structuring the Research Strategy Section of Your Application

The Research Strategy section is a new section that was created when application forms were restructured as part of the Enhancing Peer Review initiative. If you are preparing an application now, you are dealing with the question of how best to structure the Research Strategy application section.

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Successful Transition to New Application Formats

January 25, 2010 marked the first due date when applicants needed to use restructured application forms and instructions, which were developed as part of the Enhancing Peer Review initiative. We were pleased that, overall, applications received complied with the new format and used the proper forms.

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NIH Stem Cell Update

NIH is requesting public comment on a revision to the definition of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in the “NIH Guidelines for Human Stem Cell Research.” Public comments must be submitted no later than March 25, 2010.

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Calendar

April 2010 NIH Regional Seminar in Philadelphia, PA

Date: Wednesday, April 14: eRA Hands-On Computer Workshops – (limited availability) Thursday, April 15 & Friday, April 16: 2-Day Regional Seminar Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invite you to be a part of … Continue reading

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June 2010 NIH Regional Seminar in Portland, OR

Date:Wednesday, June 23: eRA Hands-on Computer Workshops Thursday, June 24 & Friday, June 25: 2-Day Regional Seminar Location: Portland Marriott Waterfront Portland, Oregon The National Institutes of Health (NIH) invite you to be a part of the 2010 Regional Seminar … Continue reading

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IACUC 101 Workshop and PRIM&R 2010 IACUC Conference

Date: Sunday, March 21, 2010 – Tuesday, March 23, 2010 Location: Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) will present an IACUC 101 Workshop on March 21 and the 2010 IACUC Conference on March … Continue reading

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Other NIH Happenings

New Staff in OER's Policy Office

OER is pleased to welcome two new staff members. Within the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, Emily Linde has joined the Division of Grants Policy, and Sahar Rais has joined the Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight.

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Registration Closing for April 2010 Regional Seminar — Act Now

Register by March 19 to attend the April NIH Regional Seminar in Philadelphia.

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