The NIH continues to work closely with Grants.gov to be able to receive all grant applications electronically. Currently, about 80 percent of NIH grant applications are submitted electronically. The Grants.gov move from PureEdge to Adobe forms continues to impact the transition dates for the remaining grant programs.
As of February, eRA keeps all versions (e.g., 01, A1, A2) of an application active and provides an internal “MAA” flag for each application in an active cluster.
The NIH Director’s Bridge Award Program, initiated last year, is designed to provide transitional funding for R01 investigators who just miss the nominal payline of a given institute on a renewal application and have limited additional research support.
NIH issued a Guide Notice Feb. 11 that details a list of new mandates emanating from the fiscal year (FY) 2008 budget legislation–including the mandatory Public Access requirement.
On March 1, OER’s new “Protecting Human Research Participants” Web-based training officially replaced the National Cancer Institute’s “Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams”.
The Office of Extramural Research’s Division of Information Services (DIS) this month launched a public prototype of its Reports, Data, and Analyses (RDA) Web site, which will eventually replace the current Award Information and Data page.
New FCOI FAQs Available on the OER Web site.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare is encouraging institutions and their investigators to review new FAQs on the OLAW Web site.
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) issued guidance last month to grantee institutions on its revision to the sample Animal Welfare Assurance document.
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.