Time to Get On Board! xTrain Required January 2011

Beginning January 1, 2011, xTrain, NIH’s electronic appointment system, will be required for nearly all NIH institutional research training grants, fellowships, education and career development awards. By using xTrain, program directors and administrators for these grants can now forgo paper appointment forms and appoint students and postdoctorates to training grants and scholars to career development awards electronically.

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New Help for Writing Your Vertebrate Animal Section

Public Health Service-supported scientists are accountable for the protection of research animals’ welfare and must provide a thorough, written justification for animal use in their application. OER’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) has developed new resources to assist investigators, peer reviewers, and NIH staff when preparing and reviewing this section.

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You Asked, We Answered

1. I am resubmitting an application. How should I reduce my previously 25-page Research Plan narrative to the 6 or 12 pages now required for the Research Strategy section?

2. May figures and photographs be included in the Appendix?

3. For an individual fellowship application, does each co-sponsor get an additional 6 pages for their information?

4. How many copies of my paper PHS 2590 progress report should be mailed to NIH?

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Fostering Workforce Diversity

Beginning this month, we will be accepting applications for the NIH Director’s ARRA Pathfinder Award to Promote Diversity in the Scientific Workforce. This program challenges the research community to develop new approaches to biomedical workforce diversity. We hope that creative scientists will accept this challenge. We anticipate making five, 3-year awards, for $2 million each, to stimulate the development of new ideas to address this very difficult problem.

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