New Tutorials on Creating eRA Commons Accounts and Registrations

Are you a PI who needs to invite a new student or fellow to create an eRA Commons account? Or are you a research organization official looking to register your organization in Commons, or create accounts for others? We’ve published several new video tutorials for additional assistance! The following videos are now part of the eRA video tutorial collection: …. Continue reading

NIH Regional Seminar Heads West to San Diego in October 2015

I’m excited to let you know about a wonderful opportunity for our extramural research community that’s headed to the west coast this fall! For the first time in several years, the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration will be offered in the western half of the United States. This 2-day event, with an optional pre-seminar workshop day, will take place in San Diego from October 14 to October 16, 2015. …. Continue reading

July Due Date Reminder

Don’t forget that when an application due date falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the due date shifts to the next business day. Therefore, the standard July 5 R01 due date moves to Monday, July 6, 2015. Remember, NIH and its help desks are closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3, but we’ll be back open on July 6 to assist you. Continue reading

Burden of Disease and NIH Funding Priorities

Recently, many voices have asked how NIH considers public health needs when setting funding priorities. The quick answer is that public health needs are a critical factor in our decision making—in addition to scientific merit, portfolio balance, and budgetary considerations. But the question of how one measures public health need, as it turns out, isn’t as simple as you might think.

Public health needs are not only reflected by how many people have a particular disease, but also by the burden of disease – the impact of a health condition as measured by mortality, morbidity, …. Continue reading

Reminder About Your Responsibilities in Maintaining the Integrity of NIH Peer Review

Today we’d like to start with a little scenario:

Kevin is a principal investigator whose application is undergoing peer review. At a national research symposium, he bumps into one of the reviewers on the study section that is evaluating his application. What should they do or say? The answer: …. Continue reading

A Farewell to NIH

It is bittersweet for me to announce that I am leaving my position as the NIH Deputy Director and will be retiring from NIH and the government to take a new position as Director of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. This is a newly formed foundation that I will lead through its formative first years. This foundation is a non-profit corporation that will focus on important national and international issues of agriculture where expanded investments will generate innovative solutions. This position brings together my experience at NIH and my previous …. Continue reading