Nexus June 2010

Director's Column

Public-Private Partnerships Help Entrepreneurs Develop Innovative Ideas

For nearly 30 years, NIH’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program has been providing small businesses the opportunity to pursue innovative projects with commercial potential. I value the contributions small businesses make to improve public health. NIH has continued its support of small businesses and for-profit organizations by awarding them more than $36M in Recovery Act grants.

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Top Stories

Comment on Proposed FCOI Regulations

Provide your comments on NIH’s recently issued Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that proposes changes to the financial conflict of interest regulations.

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Expanded Web Site for Awardees Involved in Clinical Trials

Confused about how the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007 (FDAAA) and ClinicalTrials.gov relate to you? OER launched an expanded Web site that provides this information and more.

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NIH Makes Strides Toward All-Electronic Grants Process

Just as the majority of our applications are now received electronically, we are moving towards all electronic post award administration as well. In the coming months, two optional electronic features will become mandatory: eSNAP and xTrain.

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ARRA Quarterly Reporting Begins Again July 1

If you received an ARRA award on or before June 30, 2010 (whether or not you have spent any money), you will need to file a quarterly report to FederalReporting.gov between July 1 and July 10. Tools are available to assist recipients in completing their reports as accurately and easily as possible.

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NIH Awards $1B for Construction and Renovation

More than 140 Recovery Act grants will enable the construction and renovation of buildings, laboratories and core facilities across the country. These new facilities will create, sustain and preserve jobs, from the initiation of construction through to the hiring of new biomedical investigators.

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An Easier Way to Manage Citations

In the upcoming months, NIH bibliography management will move from eRA Commons to an NCBI tool called My NCBI. My Bibliography, within My NCBI, has the ability to search for citations in PubMed and automatically populate eRA Commons. For more information on the transfer read on.

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New Resources

View the Enhancing Peer Review Survey Questions

Did you miss the Enhancing Peer Review surveys and want to see what we asked? Now that all the groups have completed their surveys, the questions asked of applicants, reviewers and Advisory Council members have been posted on the Enhancing … Continue reading

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The Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals Updated

The Institute for Laboratory Animal Research of the National Academy of Sciences has released a prepublication copy of the 8th edition of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (NOT-OD-10-102). Until the 8th edition of the guide … Continue reading

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Postdoc Podcast Posted

Listen to the latest installment of our All About Grants podcast series “Postdocs Thinking About Independence” and hear Dr. Milton Hernandez describe funding options for junior and senior postdocs, talk about the importance of having mentors, and more. We hope … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

1. What is the current salary cap?

The current salary cap is $199,700 for grants, cooperative agreements, and research and development contracts, which corresponds to Executive Level I of the Federal Executive Pay scale. For more information, see NOT-OD-10-041. Remember to always check for specific instructions in … Continue reading

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2. Does the salary cap include consultants?

No. Consultants are paid at a “reasonable rate.” Reasonableness is based on the going rate for the locale, type of work, and what the organization normally pays for comparable work. For more information, see NOT-OD-10-041 Remember to always check for … Continue reading

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3. What is the cap on graduate student compensation?

A graduate student supported by an NIH research grant or cooperative agreement (non-NRSA) cannot be paid more than the zero level of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend for postdoctoral fellows in effect at the time the grant award … Continue reading

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eRA News

New eRA Web Site Provides Ready Answers to Common Questions

Tailored to the specific needs of our applicant, grantee, reviewer and trainee communities, the redesigned eRA site integrates rich content such as newly developed step-by-step how to’s for common tasks, associated policy links, FAQs, communication resources and more. Check us … Continue reading

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Calendar

Third Annual Clinical Research Management Workshop

Date: Monday, June 21 – Tuesday, June 22, 2010 Location: Bethesda, MD The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) at NIH are hosting the Third Annual Clinical Research Management Workshop on June 21 … Continue reading

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