Five Themes for the NIH

Our new NIH Director, Dr. Francis S. Collins, took the helm on Monday, August 17. A bold leader with bold ideas, Dr. Collins combines deep knowledge of NIH with broad, thoughtful perspective on the biomedical research enterprise. During his first day on the job, Dr. Collins addressed NIH staff, outlining five key themes for the agency-five themes tied together by the value they gain from extramural research.

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Preview the Web-based Form for Human Embryonic Stem Cell (hESC) Registry

The NIH Guidelines on Human Stem Cell Research establish policy and procedures under which the NIH will fund human embryonic stem cell (hESC) research and create a new NIH Registry of eligible hESC lines that comply with the standards described in the Guidelines. A web-based form will be used for the purpose of submitting information about hESC lines to the NIH, along with assurances and supporting documentation of compliance with the NIH Guidelines.

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xTrain Expands to K Awards and NLM Training Grants

NIH’s electronic appointment system – xTrain – has now expanded to accept appointments to NIH institutional career development awards (K12s and KL2s) and National Library of Medicine (NLM) research training grants (T15s). By using xTrain, program directors and administrators for these grants can now forgo paper appointment forms and appoint students and postdoctorates to NLM training grants and scholars to NIH career development awards electronically.

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