Nexus October 2010

Director's Column

Understanding the Impact of ARRA

I am thrilled that as of the last day of September, 2010, NIH has completely obligated all $10.4B we received as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Thanks to the hard work of the extramural community–the investigators, reviewers, NIH staff, applicant organizations, professional societies and others–we have invested in thousands of biomedical research projects, each with the potential to affect the health of the nation, literally and economically.

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Top Stories

Nominate Graduate Students to Meet Nobel Laureates

Each year Nobel laureates and graduate students from across the world meet in Lindau, Germany to talk science and network in an open, informal manner. Nominations for the June 26-July 1, 2011 meeting are due November 1, 2010.

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Be on the Lookout for Shorter, Simpler Funding Opportunity Announcements

Changes have come to NIH funding opportunity announcements. A simplified format will make it easier to find the information you need to apply.

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Act Now to Retain Your Commons Citations

Are you an eRA Commons user who has used the Publications page of your Personal Profile to store your professional citation information? If you have manually entered any citation information into eRA Commons, you must transfer this information by October 22 to a My NCBI account in order to retain it.

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OER Congratulates Recent Nobel and Lasker Award Winners

This year several NIH-funded scientists won prestigious awards for their contributions to the understanding of cellular mechanisms and treatment of disease. Dr. Ei-ichi Negishi was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in chemistry and Drs. Douglas Coleman and Jeffrey Friedman received Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Awards.

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Progress Reports for Multi-year Funded Awards to Come in Electronically

Electronic submission through eRA Commons will be available for progress reports for multi-year funded awards due on or after December 22, 2010.

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New Application Forms for 2011

Beginning this month, NIH will begin adding a new form package, referred to as ADOBE-FORMS-B1, to all funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). Before applying, return to your FOA and download the correct form package.

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New Resources

Protecting Human Research Participants Tutorial Now Available in Spanish

The OER Protecting Human Research Participants online tutorial is now available in a Spanish language version: Protección de los participantes humanos de la investigación. Institutions may elect to use these free tutorials to fulfill the requirement for education in the protection … Continue reading

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Podcasts: Study Section Mechanics and Scoring Your Application

Our All About Grants podcast series continues with: Dr. Alan Willard, Chief of the Scientific Review Branch at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who discusses what goes on during a study section meeting in “The Ins and … Continue reading

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Grants World Blog

Looking for up-to-date information on grants-related topics? The Grants Management Line of Business, a multi-agency initiative sponsored by the Office of Management and Budget, has started a new blog called Grants World. Check out the blog for information on what … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

What are the Minimum Margins For an Application?

The margins (top, bottom, left, and right) should be at least 1/2 inch.

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Are Specific Font Types, Colors and Sizes Required For the Application?

Arial, Helvetica, Palatino Linotype, or Georgia typeface, black color, and a size of 11 points or larger should be used. A symbol font may be used to insert Greek letters or special characters, but the font size requirement still applies.

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Does the File Name of the Application Have a Maximum Length?

File names are limited to 50 characters or less. Please be sure to only use standard characters in file names: A through Z, a through z, 0 through 9, and underscore (_). Do not use any special characters (e.g., &, … Continue reading

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Does the Project Summary/Abstract Section Have a Page Limit?

The Project Summary/Abstract is limited to 30 lines of text and must follow the required font and margin specifications.

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Does the Application Title Have a Maximum Length?

The descriptive title is limited to 81 characters (including the spaces between words and punctuation). Titles in excess of 81 characters will be truncated. Be sure to only use standard characters [A through Z, a through z, 0 through 9, … Continue reading

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