Revised Parental Leave Policy for Trainees and Fellows

April 1, 2008

Effective immediately, trainees and fellows may receive stipends for up to 60 calendar days of parental leave per year for the adoption or the birth of a child when those in comparable training positions at the grantee organization have access to this level of paid leave for this purpose.

Our New Format

March 1, 2008

When we published our first NIH Extramural Nexus two years ago, we envisioned it as a two-way communication portal that would keep you informed of key developments in NIH extramural research policy, program and activities, while offering you a forum to stay engaged in the dialogue that affects our work.

Maintaining Objectivity in Research — Update on Ongoing Efforts to Enhance NIH?s System of Oversight

March 1, 2008

The January 2008 Nexus highlighted how essential it is that the NIH–in collaboration with grantee institutions and, most importantly, with you–works to maintain the highest standard of objectivity in all our research endeavors. To this end, the NIH is engaged in a system-wide review of policies, procedures and guidance on financial conflicts of interests (FCOI) and is also reexamining guidance provided to staff in their oversight efforts.

NIH Hears Public Access Comments

March 1, 2008

The NIH held a public meeting on Thursday, March 20, 2008, to hear comments on its Public Access Policy. The policy ensures that the public, health care providers, educators and scientists have access to published NIH-funded research. It was made mandatory by the 2008 Consolidated Appropriations Act, and takes effect April 7.