How Can I Tell If I Have the Right Application Form Version?

June 27, 2013

NIH gives each set of updated forms a version name for quick identification and easier communications (in the case of the upcoming transition, the version name is “FORMS-C”). When we post a funding opportunity and its application package on Grants.gov there is a “Competition ID” field that Federal agencies can use to provide further details about the funding … Continue reading “How Can I Tell If I Have the Right Application Form Version?”

Chimpanzees in Biomedical Research

June 26, 2013

Today NIH made an important announcement about the use of chimpanzees in biomedical and behavioral research. After accepting the findings of an extensive Institute of Medicine (IOM) study commissioned by NIH, and reviewing the implementation recommendations from the Council of Councils and public feedback, NIH leadership has decided to significantly reduce the use of chimpanzees in the biomedical research it supports, and expects to designate the majority of NIH-owned chimpanzees for retirement.

Will NIH be Reissuing Each FOA or Simply Posting a New Application Package to Incorporate Form Updates?

June 26, 2013

For the activity codes transitioning to updated forms for deadlines on/after September 25, 2013, we will simply expire old application packages and post new ones to the existing Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)  — so the FOA will not change, but applicants must use the application package with a Competition ID of “FORMS-C”. Planning is still … Continue reading “Will NIH be Reissuing Each FOA or Simply Posting a New Application Package to Incorporate Form Updates?”

When Do I Need to Use the Updated Application Forms (FORMS-C)?

June 25, 2013

Applications to funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) with due dates on or after September 25, 2013 must use updated forms (FORMS-C), with these exceptions: Career Development, Fellowship, and Training  FOAs will transition to updated forms for deadlines on or after January 25, 2014 Small Business FOAs will not transition to updated forms until Small Business Reauthorization … Continue reading “When Do I Need to Use the Updated Application Forms (FORMS-C)?”

More on Percentiling

June 21, 2013

Understanding NIH’s system of percentiling can be a challenge. My posts on how percentiles relate to paylines and success rates continues to get a lot of hits. A recent presentation by NIH’s Center for Scientific Review provided an example that I thought might be helpful to people trying to understand more about how a percentile is calculated for some grant applications. ….

July 5, 2013: Yes, We’re Open!

June 11, 2013

Since Thursday, July the 4th is a Federal holiday, NIH (including its help desks) will be closed. Since Friday, July 5, 2013 is not a Federal holiday, NIH and its help desks will be open, and application deadlines of July 5th remain in place

Another Look at Enhancing Peer Review

June 6, 2013

A critical component in assuring the efficacy of NIH’s peer review system is the continuous assessment of peer review activities, to be sure that the practices and policies uphold the core values of peer review. In fact, this continual assessment was a key component of the 2008 NIH Enhancing Peer Review Initiative. ….