Online Submission Using ASSIST Now an Option for R03 and R21 Applications

If you’re applying for an NIH Small Research Grant (R03) or Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21), you now have a new application submission option. You can continue using downloadable forms from or using one of the system-to-system submission systems used in some institutions, or you can now use ASSIST, NIH’s online system for application preparation and submission. …. Continue reading

February Application Due Date Changes to Accommodate System Upgrades – the portal for grants submission across all Federal agencies, including NIH – is planning an upgrade to support the use of special characters, such as Greek symbols, in free-text fields such as project titles. To make this upgrade, will be down over the Presidents Day weekend from Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 12:01 AM ET to Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:00 AM ET. …. Continue reading

New Biosketch Format Available in SciENcv

The latest release of Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) allows you to create a biosketch in the new NIH format and has addressed some of the issues users had been reporting. The SciENcv system allows you to enter or import your biographical data once, then convert it into a format that can be used when submitting NIH or NSF grant applications. The NIH National Library of Medicine recently published a technical bulletin to help …. Continue reading

Make Plans to Attend the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration

Are you new to working with the NIH application and award process and want to learn more? Do you want to hear the latest updates on the NIH grants policy and processes? Then the wait is over! Registration is now open for the 2015 NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, May 6-8. …. Continue reading

New Podcast on Education Requirements for Human Subjects Protection

All About Grants is back on the air with a new podcast on the education requirements for researchers working on studies that involve human subjects. Dr. Ann Hardy, the NIH Extramural Human Research Protections Officer, talks about what NIH’s education requirements are, why they exist, how you can fulfill them, and where to find related information and resources…. Continue reading

Make the Match with RePORTER

Since 2008, NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools, better known as RePORT, has provided easy access to info on NIH funded research. My office continues to look at new ways to enhance your access to important information through robust search tools, data visualization dashboards, and more. I’d like to highlight one of our newer tools today: Matchmaker.

Matchmaker allows you to enter manuscript abstracts, research bios, …. Continue reading

10 Years of Helping Small Businesses Make an Impact

In the rapidly evolving world of modern medicine, it is important that the transition of basic scientific discoveries into new medical treatments takes place with both precision and speed.

NIH’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs – which I’ve discussed a few times on the blog before – are a key part of NIH’s translational research portfolio. …. Continue reading

Fiscal Policies for 2015

Happy 2015! Just a quick blog to let you know that last week, NIH announced policies for fiscal operations for fiscal year (FY) 2015, implementing the 2015 Consolidated Appropriations Act signed by President Obama on December 16, 2014. NIH has a budget of $30.31 billion, an increase of approximately $240 million over the FY 2014 final budget allocations of $30.07 billion. We also announced the stipend levels for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA), and salary limits …. Continue reading