Improving Information In Summary Statements

August 1, 2010

NIH will begin requiring reviewers to include a paragraph in their written critiques to explain the factors that informed his or her overall impact score. This change will provide applicants with greater insight into how each reviewer assessed scientific merit of the grant application and determined his/her overall impact score.

Tailor Your Biosketches Early, Coordinate with Key Personnel

August 1, 2010

Now that each biosketch includes a personal statement tailoring it to the specific grant application, start thinking about making those changes earlier. Also, give the other investigators on your application extra time to tailor their biosketches, so you can be sure to meet your deadline.

Financial Conflict of Interest Comment Period Extended

August 1, 2010

The comment period for the proposed regulations has been extended until August 19. We are seeking additional comments on whether the proposed enforcement authorities should be further revised and clarified. Additionally, we would like to hear your opinion regarding circumstances in which an investigator or project transfers from one institution to another.

Apply For an NIH Director's Award

August 1, 2010

Apply now for the 2011 NIH Director’s Transformative Research Projects, Pioneer, and New Innovator Award programs. Applications are due in September and October. These programs support exceptionally creative scientists who take highly innovative, potentially high-impact approaches to major challenges in biomedical or behavioral research.

My NCBI: Move It or Lose It!

August 1, 2010

In October, citation information that has been manually entered into eRA Commons will no longer be available. To retain these citations for future use, act now and transfer your information.

Stepping Up Compliance

August 1, 2010

The NIH shares grants compliance and oversight responsibilities with our grantee institutions, and we reach out to them to increase awareness and understanding of the applicable policies and regulations. We have recently added several new staff members to our Division of Grants Compliance and Oversight and are looking forward to strengthening this partnership to ensure efficient and effective management of Federal funds.

Importance of Communicating Research Value in Your Application

August 1, 2010

Application titles, abstracts and statements of public health relevance that are part of your application are read by reviewers, program officers and other NIH staff, but once funded, this information is also available to the public via NIH’s RePORTER website. It is essential that the public is able to learn about the research projects in which our nation is investing. The extramural community has a responsibility to clearly communicate the intent and value of their research to all those interested in learning more–Congress, the public, administrators, and scientists. Take every opportunity to tell people what you do, why you do it, and why they should care.

Annotated Application Forms Provide Quick Tips

August 1, 2010

New sets of “annotated” grant application forms (SF424 R&R) have been added to the Applying Electronically website. The forms include tips for completing many of the application form fields, including fields that are required by the NIH but are not marked required on the federal-wide forms. Both PDF and text-only versions are available, along with … Continue reading “Annotated Application Forms Provide Quick Tips”

Podcasts: Doing Science at NIH and Career Development Awards Part 2

August 1, 2010

Listen to Dr. Sharon Milgram, director of the NIH’s Office of Intramural Training and Education, discuss “Training and Career Opportunities in NIH’s Intramural Research Programs.” She describes the benefits of doing a postdoctoral fellowship at the NIH and also explains how the tenure-track hiring process works. Interested in learning more about career development awards? Dr. … Continue reading “Podcasts: Doing Science at NIH and Career Development Awards Part 2”