Nexus July 2010

Director's Column

Investing in Translational Research

Translational research, transforming discoveries made the in the laboratory into treatments and improvements to health for patients, is an important, yet difficult task. Many promising therapeutic targets are uncovered as part of basic biomedical research, but the path to actually demonstrating clinical potential is long and expensive. Many discoveries languish at this transition point. NIH and the federal government have several programs to address this gap, including the Therapeutic Discovery Program for which applications are soon due.

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Top Stories

Federal-wide Efforts to Develop Common Forms

The Federal Financial Report and the Research Performance Progress Report, the result of two Federal-wide streamlining efforts, will relieve grantees from the administrative burdens associated with the array of different forms and systems used by Federal research funding agencies.

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Make that Application Complete Upon Initial Submission

In the fall, NIH will implement a new policy restricting the types of late grant application materials we will accept. The policy will encourage applications to be complete and ready for review upon submission.

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New and Updated eRA Resources Save You Time and Energy

eRA’s systems are custom built to meet the unique needs of our grantees. In recent months, NIH has released numerous products to aid you in the use of eRA’s systems.

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SNAP Progress Reports Become All Electronic

Beginning August 1, 2010, all SNAP (Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process) eligible awards must be submitted electronically using the eRA Commons eSNAP module.

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New Resources

New eRA Maintenance Calendar

Want a heads up on when eRA is planning its next software release to bring its users new system upgrades? Or do you want to make sure you can plan your schedule and meetings around our system maintenance in advance? … Continue reading

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Personalized RePORTER

NIH recently added a new feature called MyRePORTER to the RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) tool. With MyRePORTER, you can create an account to save and manage your queries. When logged into your MyRePORTER account, press the “Save Query” button … Continue reading

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Peer Inside a Study Section

NIH’s Center for Scientific Review has produced a pair of videos to give you an inside look at how scientists from across the country review NIH grant applications for scientific and technical merit. New and established applicants will find insights … Continue reading

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Podcasts Released: Career Development Awards and Thoughts for Graduate Students

Listen to Dr. Henry Khachaturian, Director of Policy and Liaison Activities, Division of Loan Repayment, discuss “Using Career Development Awards to Achieve Independence” and learn more about mentored career development awards, including what they are, how to select the right … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

1. If the instructions in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) differ from those in the application guide, which should I follow?

Follow the instructions in the FOA; they always take precedence.

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3. Clarification: What is the cap on graduate student compensation?

Answer from the June 2010 Nexus clarified below: For a graduate student supported by an NIH research grant or cooperative agreement (non-NRSA), NIH will not award more than the zero level of the National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend for … Continue reading

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2. What is the difference between a PA, PAR, PAS, RFA, and RFP?

See the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts website for a description of the different announcement types.

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Calendar

ARRA Quarterly Reports Due

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 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. The site will open for … Continue reading

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Comments Due on Proposed Conflict of Interest Regulations

Date: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 July 20, 2010 is the last date to submit your comments on the proposed changes to the exisiting conflict of interest regulations. Click here to submit a comment at Regulations.gov. Read the full story on … Continue reading

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Other NIH Happenings

OER Welcomes Lisa Scott-Morring

Lisa Scott-Morring joins OER as an Assistant Grants Compliance Officer in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration.

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OER Welcomes Joel Snyderman

Joel Snyderman joins OER as an Assistant Grants Compliance Officer in the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration.

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