Animal Oversight Changes for Institutions Receiving National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Funding

April 30, 2020

On April 16, 2020, NIH and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced a new agreement to ensure consistent and effective oversight of the welfare of animals used in NASA-funded activities. The agreement provides a framework to enhance communication and harmonize the agencies’ efforts while reducing regulatory burden to supported institutions. According to this agreement, institutions … Continue reading “Animal Oversight Changes for Institutions Receiving National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Funding”

Temporary, Emergency Situations Due to COVID-19 and Application Scores Received During Peer Review

April 21, 2020

As we continue to address the effects of the COVID-19 public health emergency on NIH-supported research, we are aware of applicant concerns about the potential impact of this temporary emergency situation on the outcome of peer review. We want to reassure applicants that we released guidance for reviewers that makes it clear that, when reviewing applications during the coronavirus pandemic national emergency, reviewers should assume that issues resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, such as the following, should not affect scores.

What happens if an institution has already submitted an application, and due to effects of COVID-19, some of the information needs to be revised?

April 17, 2020

Institutions affected by COVID-19 will be allowed to submit post-submission grant application materials to revise information that was submitted in an application as long as the materials are received at least fourteen days before the start of the review meeting. The post-submission grant application materials policy remains in effect. Only the types of materials allowed under the policy can be accepted. A letter of explanation (one page max.) is required.

Cyber Safety & COVID-19

April 17, 2020

The current outbreak of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has introduced new cybersecurity risks both at NIH and across the globe. As targeted phishing attacks prey on our desire to access trustworthy information and many of us make a shift toward remote work, we all need to be vigilant and take accountability for cyber safety. Here are some key tips to stay safe and avoid scams.

Security of Our Virtual Peer Review Meetings

April 16, 2020

CSR will conduct all summer peer review meetings using one of three platforms – 1) video; 2) telephone; 3) web-based discussion. A majority will take place using the Zoom video platform. We want to provide information about how we are maintaining the security and confidentiality of our review meetings.

New NIH Resource to Analyze COVID-19 Literature: The COVID-19 Portfolio Tool

April 15, 2020

In the past few months, the scientific community has ramped up research in response to the SARS‑CoV‑2 pandemic; dozens of peer-reviewed articles and preprints on this topic are being added to the literature every day (Figure 1). This rapidly expanding effort has created challenges for scientists and the medical community who need to analyze thousands of scholarly articles for insights on the virus.

Roundup of New COVID-19 Resources for NIH Applicants and Recipients

April 13, 2020

We continue to add new resources to our COVID-19: Information for NIH Applicants and Recipients of NIH Funding webpage. We hope they are helpful in helping you navigate this unprecedented situation. Here is a summary of what’s new since the last Nexus: An overview of information for NIH applicants and recipients related to COVID-19 (available … Continue reading “Roundup of New COVID-19 Resources for NIH Applicants and Recipients”

Supporting Yourself and Your Trainees During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Online Workshops

April 13, 2020

On April 14, the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education is hosting a workshop on Supporting Yourself and Your Trainees During the Coronavirus Pandemic that is open to all. In this workshop we will provide PIs, program leaders and research group heads with insights and strategies for supporting themselves, their trainees and staff during this difficult time.