NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday). If a postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.
This certainly has been a tough year for the research community supported by NIH. We started off the year on a continuing resolution with the threat of sequester looming. In March sequestration began, and we had to update our fiscal plan to accommodate reduced spending by making fewer competing awards, and in most instances issuing non-competing awards at levels below the expected FY2013 commitments. The impact of the sequester is not just limited to this fiscal year, ….
The biomedical research enterprise relies on engaging talented researchers from all groups, including individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. As I described earlier here on the blog, NIH has planned the launch of several programs to increase workforce diversity. I’m excited to let you know that on December 19 we issued the funding announcements for the three core initiatives that make up the Common Fund “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program. ….
If you are an investigator or research administrator new to human subjects research, NIH has published a flowchart to help you determine eligibility and agency contacts. Learn more about the application process at the Certificates of Confidentiality Kiosk on grants.nih.gov.
A Certificate of Confidentiality is a special privacy protection that can be issued by Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies to help researchers protect the privacy of people enrolled in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and other forms of sensitive health-related research ….
Awardee Institutions Reminded to Submit Annual Reports Due to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare
Awardee institutions with Animal Welfare Assurances must submit annual reports to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) as a requirement of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Reports for the 2013 calendar year are due to OLAW by January 31, 2014. For details on what to include and how to submit annual reports ….
The RePORTER on the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website has been updated to enhance your search of NIH-funded projects. One such update, Matchmaker, is a new query interface where users can submit abstracts or other scientific text to find similar projects. ….
NIH is transitioning progress reporting to the federal government-wide Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). As of January 31, progress reports for NIH multi-year funded awards will also transition to using the RPPR. ….
Today NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) is bringing a new way of sharing and exchanging research information, fully integrated with the PubMed website, to a wider audience. For the last few months, NLM has been running a pilot of a commenting system for PubMed’s massive database of biomedical literature. The system, PubMed Commons, allows authors to discuss and share information through comments on article citations. Hundreds of authors have signed up as beta testers and commenters since the pilot began. ….
As we go into the last few weeks of the year, my office is busy working up the final numbers on application data for this year. Although the complete set of application data, tables, and graphs will not be available until later in January, I thought I would provide an early snapshot on success rates for 2013 competing research project grant (RPG) applications and awards. …..