Who Do the Revised 2011 Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) Regulations Apply To?

As described in the 2011 revision, FCOI regulations apply to each institution applying for or receiving NIH grant or cooperative agreement funding, and to investigators who are planning to participate or are participating in NIH-supported research. However, this regulation does not apply to Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I applicants and recipients.

It’s important to remember that the regulatory definition of “investigator” is not limited to …. Continue reading

New Efforts to Maximize Fairness in NIH Peer Review

We want you to know NIH is working on multiple fronts to get to the bottom of unexplained racial disparities in R01 grant funding and to maximize fairness in NIH peer review. Since the problems and the solutions are bigger than NIH, we have reached out to the scientific community and other concerned citizens for help. Now armed with a team of experts and a set of new initiatives, we’d like to tell you about our efforts to address this important issues –- particularly an exciting opportunity for you to submit your input. …. Continue reading

Changes to the Biosketch

We’re set for a major change in how you portray your body of work when applying for NIH funds. With strong support from NIH leadership, we will be rolling out a new biosketch format. The new NIH biosketch emphasizes your accomplishments instead of just a list of publications, which, as previously discussed, we questioned as the best way to showcase your scientific contributions. …. Continue reading

More on Addressing Sex Differences in Pre-clinical Studies

You likely saw the recent Nature policy article, in which NIH Director Francis Collins and NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health Director Janine Clayton discussed ways that NIH is addressing sex differences in research. As our understanding of science evolves, so do our policies that govern research. This commentary cites several studies that highlight the need to further consider sex differences in preclinical research and describes how NIH will enact new policies to expand the consideration of sex differences in research studies using animal models and cells. The article generated quite a buzz in the community, and I wanted to take this opportunity to explain the roll out of our implementation plan. …. Continue reading