Nexus September 2010

Director's Column

Dr. Sally Rockey Named NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research

For the past two years, I have enjoyed working in partnership with you, the biomedical community, through some tremendous times. From welcoming a new NIH director and implementing ARRA, to enhancing peer review, financial conflict of interest and stem cell polices, it seemed something new, exciting and challenging was always right around the corner. I am delighted to have been named as NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research at this important time.

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Top Stories

Loan Repayment Programs Application Cycle Opened Sept. 1

For researchers who have incurred significant educational debt, the NIH Loan Repayment Programs are an attractive opportunity. These two-year awards repay up to $35,000 of student loan debt annually. The application deadline is November 15.

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ARRA Quarterly Reporting Begins Again Oct. 1

If you receive an ARRA award on or before September 30, 2010 (whether or not you have spent any money), you will need to file a quarterly report to FederalReporting.gov between October 1 and October 14. Tools are available to assist recipients in completing their reports as accurately and easily as possible.

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Reminder: Last Chance to Submit Second Resubmissions

As we near the end of A2s (second resubmissions), take the opportunity to revise and resubmit any eligible applications before the upcoming final due dates this fall and winter.

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Recognizing 25 Years of Improving Animal Welfare, Advancing Science

Recognize 25 years of Animal Welfare and Scientific Research at a two-day symposium October 25-26th in Bethesda, MD. It was 1984 when the first Animal Welfare and Scientific Research symposium was held. This year is a time for reflection on achievements to date and discussion about future directions. Continuing education credits can be earned, and early bird registration is available until September 15, 2010.

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FFATA Subaward Reporting is Coming

Enacted in September 2006, the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) requires full disclosure of all organizations receiving Federal funds. Currently, a Fed-wide system is being implemented by the Office of Management and Budget to collect subaward and executive compensation data on most new grants awarded by NIH on or after October 1, 2010. For a sneak peak at the new system, sign up to be a beta tester. Testing will be conducted on September 14 and 15.

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Institutional Officials: Verify Fiscal Year 2010 Award Information

As NIH’s fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, 2010, we encourage institutional officials to verify the accuracy of the FY10 award information in NIH systems to ensure the most complete and accurate information is reflected for your institution in FY10 reports. Any corrections to the data must be received by Monday, October 4, 2010.

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Window Shut. Now What?

Beginning with submission deadlines on January 25, 2011, the two-day error correction window will be removed from the NIH’s electronic application submission process. Now more than ever, it is important to submit early and to always strive for error-free applications.

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New Resources

New FAQs on Senior/Key Personnel

Questions about Senior/Key Personnel? Visit the Frequently Asked Questions (and Answers) page and click on Senior/Key Personnel to get your questions answered.

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Enhancing Peer Review: Fall 2010 Update

View this one-page update for more information about the peer review of overall impact, as well as reminders about scoring and evaluating the review criteria.

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Podcasts: Using Plain Language in NIH Applications & Application Assignment

Understanding the Assignment Process All About Grants is beginning a new series of episodes to help listeners understand how the NIH reviews the approximately 80,000 competing applications we receive each year. Learn what happens to your application once it arrives … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

Does the continuous submission policy apply to all applications?

No. The continuous submission policy only applies to R01, R21 and R34 applications submitted for the standard due dates. It does not apply to applications submitted for RFAs and PARs with special due dates.

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For a multiple-PI application, if only one PD/PI is eligible for continuous submission, can the application be submitted under the continuous submission policy?

Yes. For more information on the continuous submission policy, see NOT-OD-09-114.

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How can a PI check the status of an application?

A PI can check the status of their application by logging in to their eRA Commons account.

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