New to eRA Commons?

Sometimes when you are trying something for the first time, it can appear to be somewhat confusing, intimidating, and possibly overwhelming.  eRA is continuously developing new resources for our applicants and grantees to eliminate that perception. Recently eRA has focused on ways to help people new to navigating eRA Commons for the NIH grant application, award, and reporting processes. Because these processes require attention to detail and patience, it can often be overwhelming for those who have never done it before. …. Continue reading

Due Dates on Holidays/Weekends/NIH Office Closures

With winter weather upon us, remember that when a due date falls on a weekend, Federal holiday, or when Washington, D.C.-area Federal offices close (due to severe weather, for example), the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-041 for additional details. If you suspect Federal offices in D.C. are closed due to severe weather you can …. Continue reading

Reminder: Changes for January 25, 2018 Application Due Dates

Two major changes impact applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

Applicants are required to use FORMS-E. Wondering what this means for late applications or reviewers submitting under the continuous submission policies? See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-062 to learn more.
Applications that include one or more clinical trials must be submitted in response to funding opportunity announcements that allow for clinical trials. See NIH Guide… Continue reading

Two New “All About Grants” Podcasts: 2018 Appendix Policy Changes, and Why We Encourage You to Submit Your Application Early

NIH’s Office of Extramural Research brings you two new “All About Grants”  podcasts to ring in the new year. In “Why it’s so Important to Submit Applications Early”, Dr. Cathie Cooper, director of the Division of Receipt and Referral in the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review, talks about the importance of submitting application early due to changes in NIH’s policies and application forms for 2018…. Continue reading

Which Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Should I Use if My Human Subject Research Study is Delayed Onset?

The type of FOA you will need depends on whether you anticipate that your delayed onset human subject study will meet the definition of a clinical trial.

If it will, you will need to choose a funding opportunity that explicitly allows clinical trials (it will be designated ‘Clinical Trial Optional’ or ‘Clinical Trial Required’). Be sure to check the ‘Anticipated Clinical Trial’ box when completing your Delayed Onset Study record within the application.

If no clinical trial is involved, you will need to choose a funding opportunity designated as ‘Clinical Trial Optional’ or ‘Clinical Trial Not Allowed.’

When completing your application, follow the SF 424’s Delayed Onset Study instructions …. Continue reading

New Electronic Submission Requirement for Diversity Supplements

The funds provided in response to Diversity Supplement requests are used to improve the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Currently, NIH does not require that diversity supplements be submitted electronically, which poses a challenge to NIH staff when trying to identify and track diversity supplement awardees and their subsequent research careers. Effective January 25, 2018, all single and multi-project diversity supplement requests MUST be submitted electronically …. Continue reading

NIH Single IRB Policy Reminder

As we approach the implementation date for NIH’s Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (Single IRB) for Multi-Site Research, we would like to remind you of the resources available for understanding this policy. 

The policy affects multi-site studies involving non-exempt human subjects research funded by NIH, and applies to grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018 and R&D contracts in response to solicitations issued on or after January 25, 2018.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the single IRB plan, considerations in the selection of the sIRB, costs, exceptions to the policy, and where you should include this information as part of your grant application or contract proposal.

Visit the following resources to learn more: …. Continue reading