You have likely come across the Public Health Service (PHS) assignment request form when putting together your grant application. It’s optional, but we encourage applicants to fill it out.
Just like in previous years, Dr. Michael Lauer, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH, virtually sat down with Dr. David Kosub, from our communications group, to reflect on 2022 and what is in store for 2023. Please join us for this brief conversation and share your thoughts.
We are pleased to announce that the NIH Grants Policy Statement was recently updated, replacing the December 2021 version as standard terms and conditions of award. Consistent with longstanding federal regulations, institutions receiving NIH support will now be required to have internal controls to assure compliance with terms and conditions of award. These internal controls include behavioral codes of conduct to assure safe and healthful working conditions for their employees and foster work environments conducive to high-quality research.
Ensuring a strong and diverse workforce is a top priority for NIH. To this end, we regularly assess the sex/gender, race, and ethnicity of NIH-supported researchers to better understand the composition of our workforce and participation in our programs. Investigators may self-report their disability status along with these other demographic characteristics on their eRA personal profile. This allows us to learn more about researchers with disabilities in the NIH-supported scientific workforce.
NIH has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback on revising and simplifying the peer review framework for grant applications.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and National Security council recently released a Request for Information seeking ideas on strengthening the national capacity of clinical trial infrastructure and emergency clinical trials.
We looked at applications broken down by career stage in June 2022. It was interesting to notice slowly increasing trends in the proportions of early stage investigator applications submitted by women and by underrepresented minorities. We repeat these career stage analyses here, specifically focusing on applications received between January 8 and September 7 in six consecutive years.
Earlier this year, we posted a blog about inequalities in Research Project Grant (RPG) support for extramural principal investigators (PIs). Many comments to that post requested data on time-related trends of number of RPGs supporting individual PIs.
In response to the OIG recommendations, we are reminding grant applicants and recipients again today of NIH’s Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) and Other Support grant requirements. We encourage all those involved in the NIH grants process to review this information carefully to ensure compliance.
We are seeing a number of cases of uncivil behavior coming from individuals outside of NIH, directed at NIH staff.