Nexus April 2010

Director's Column

Fostering Workforce Diversity

Beginning this month, we will be accepting applications for the NIH Director’s ARRA Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce. This program challenges the research community to develop new approaches to biomedical workforce diversity. We hope that creative scientists will accept this challenge. We anticipate making five, 3-year awards, for $2 million each, to stimulate the development of new ideas to address this very difficult problem.

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Top Stories

You Asked, We Answered

1. I am resubmitting an application. How should I reduce my previously 25-page Research Plan narrative to the 6 or 12 pages now required for the Research Strategy section?

2. May figures and photographs be included in the Appendix?

3. For an individual fellowship application, does each co-sponsor get an additional 6 pages for their information?

4. How many copies of my paper PHS 2590 progress report should be mailed to NIH?

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Do You Like the Window Open or Closed?

We want to know what you think about the impact of eliminating the error correction window that occurs after the electronic submission of a grant and the timing for making such a change.

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Recovery Act Updates

Received ARRA funds? Check out three new Recovery Act Guide Notices for updated information on quarterly recipient reporting, NIH reporting and no-cost extensions.

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New Help for Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section

Public Health Service-supported scientists are accountable for the protection of research animals’ welfare and must provide a thorough, written justification for animal use in their application. OER’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has developed new resources to assist investigators, peer reviewers, and NIH staff when preparing and reviewing this section.

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Time to Get On Board! xTrain Required January 2011

Beginning January 1, 2011, xTrain, NIH’s electronic appointment system, will be required for nearly all NIH institutional research training grants, fellowships, education and career development awards. By using xTrain, program directors and administrators for these grants can now forgo paper appointment forms and appoint students and postdoctorates to training grants and scholars to career development awards electronically.

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NRSA Policy for Tuition, Fees, and Health Insurance Finalized

In fiscal year 2007, the NIH implemented a major policy change to ensure consistency in the awarding of tuition, fees and health insurance on Kirschstein-NRSA training grants and fellowships. NIH has now formally adopted the policy and will continue to apply it to all future awards.

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New Resources

Questions About the New All Personnel Report?

The new All Personnel Report, part of the PHS 2590 Progress Report, replaced the Senior/Key Personnel Report last fall. This change generated a number of questions. See answers to many of these questions in this newly posted set of Frequently … Continue reading

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Calendar

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) invites you to be a part of the 2010 Regional … Continue reading

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NIH Regional Seminar in Philadelphia, PA

Date: Wednesday, April 14: eRA Hands-On Computer Workshops Thursday, April 15 & Friday, April 16: 2-Day Regional Seminar Location: Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is holding their first Regional Seminar of 2010 April 15-16. … Continue reading

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