NIH now requires most research grant applications and most mentored career development award applications to address four areas related to scientific rigor and transparency. We’ve recently updated our frequently asked questions to address common queries ranging from whether the policy applies to your submission, to how much detail to include in addressing each of the four focus areas, such as scientific premise. As you’re developing your application, be sure to check out the FAQs if you’re looking for additional clarity on how NIH’s rigor and reproducibility policies apply to your application.
In case you missed it, in January, Dr. Mike Lauer, NIH deputy director for extramural research, published Open Mike blog posts on each of the four focus areas:
- Scientific Premise in NIH Grant Applications
- Scientific Rigor in NIH Grant Applications
- Consideration of Relevant Biological Variables in NIH Grant Applications
- Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources in NIH Grant Applications.
These posts, and many other resources, are linked from the grants.nih.gov page on scientific rigor and transparency.