Nexus November 2010

Director's Column

Promoting Research Integrity, Ensuring Public Trust

I believe only when the highest standards of research integrity are upheld do we maintain the public’s trust in the research we conduct, support and administer. I expect that everyone involved in scientific research–investigators, trainees, administrators, and NIH staff–promotes these high standards. To assist the community in achieving these goals, OER recently developed a new Web page that explains research integrity and the processes that ensue from allegations of inappropriate conduct in research. On the new site you can learn about the definition of research misconduct, what is expected and/or required of investigators and trainees, and what happens when NIH learns of an allegation of research misconduct.

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Top Stories

NIH Provides Guidance for Subaward Reporting

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act requires disclosure of all organizations receiving Federal funds. To provide the public with a full picture of the funded organizations, subaward and executive compensation will be reported into a new Fed-wide system. To assist you in reporting, we have created a Web page that serves as a central source of information on the Transparency Act and subaward reporting.

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Recovery Act Provides Thousands Access to Technologies

NIH has awarded more than 450 Recovery Act instrumentation grants to researchers in 42 states and the District of Columbia. The funds enable researchers to purchase innovative tools, such as high-powered electron microscopes, high-resolution mass spectrometers, and supercomputers, to advance the pace of biomedical research and enable breakthroughs in the prevention, treatment and cure of disease.

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New Program Helps Scientists Secure Independent Positions Earlier

The NIH Director’s Early Independence Award Program provides a mechanism for exceptional, early career scientists to bypass traditional postdoctoral training and move into independent academic positions directly upon completion of their graduate degrees (Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent). Early Independence Award projects will receive up to $250,000 in direct costs each year for up to 5 years. The deadline for submitting applications is January 21, 2011.

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NIH Grants Policy Statement Revised

Your go-to source for all the terms and conditions of your NIH award, the NIH Grants Policy Statement was recently revised. The revised version is effective for all awards issued with budget period start dates on/after October 1, 2010. The 2003 version remains in effect for all prior awards.

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New Resources

Podcasts: Summary Statement Basics and Resubmission Advice

Our All About Grants podcast series continues with: Dr. David Armstrong, Chief of the Review Branch, and Dr. Mike Sesma, a Program Officer, both with the National Institute of Mental Health, who discuss what is included in the summary statement … Continue reading

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Sure, you get the Nexus since you are reading this article, but would you like more detail on the day-to-day happenings on topics that are important to you? If so, consider signing up for one of the LISTSERVs below: eRA … Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

I Submitted My Application to Grants.gov. Why Can't I See the Application Status in the eRA Commons?

If you cannot see the status of your application in the eRA Commons, it may be due to one of these two reasons: Missing or invalid PD/PI eRA Commons User IDApplicants can easily overlook the “Credential, e.g., agency login” field … Continue reading

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How Do I Correct Errors During the Application Submission Process?

If your application had system-identified errors and did not make it through the eRA Commons application checking process (i.e., checking against NIH business rules), you must correct the errors and submit a changed/corrected application to Grants.gov before your application can … Continue reading

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Calendar

Federal Holiday – Thanksgiving Day

Date: Thursday, November 25, 2010 NIH will be closed on Thursday, November 25, 2010 in observance of the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Please note that help desks will also be closed. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on a Federal holiday, … Continue reading

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Moving Forward in the Efficient Management and Use of Core Facilities

Date: November 15 to 16, 2010 Location: NIH Bethesda Campus, Natcher Conference Center What Will Be Learned: NIH and members of the core facility community will provide updates on issues such as: Maximizing the use and efficiency of existing NIH-funded … Continue reading

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Federal Holiday – Veterans Day

Date: Thursday, November 11, 2010 NIH will be closed on Thursday, November 11, 2010 in observance of the Veterans Day holiday. Please note that help desks will also be closed. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on a Federal holiday, … Continue reading

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Other NIH Happenings

OER Welcomes Della Hann

Dr. Della Hann joins OER as Deputy Director for the Office of Extramural Research.

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