Principal Investigators, Delegate!

March 12, 2018

Did you know that the eRA Commons allows principal investigators the ability to grant permission to have others at their institution help with some grants administration tasks?  You might want to consider whether delegating any or all of the following tasks is right for you…

Research Commitment Index: A New Tool for Describing Grant Support

January 26, 2017

On this blog we previously discussed ways to measure the value returned from research funding. Several of my colleagues and I, led by NIGMS director Jon Lorsch – chair of an NIH Working Group on Policies for Efficient and Stable Funding – conceived of a “Research Commitment Index,” or “RCI.” We focus on the grant activity code (R01, R21, P01, etc) and ask ourselves about the kind of personal commitment it entails for the investigator(s). We start with the most common type of award, the R01, and assign it an RCI value of 7 points. And then, in consultation with our NIH colleagues, we assigned RCI values to other activity codes: fewer points for R03 and R21 grants, more points P01 grants.

NIH Pilots Electronic Submission for Relinquishing Statement, Type 6 & 7 Applications

September 28, 2012

As part of the continuing effort to move to electronic processes, NIH is now piloting a new eRA Commons module, which allows submission of relinquishing statements.  NIH is also piloting the electronic submission of applications through for post-award changes in grantee organization or grantee organizational status.  The following will be accepted electronically: The Official … Continue reading “NIH Pilots Electronic Submission for Relinquishing Statement, Type 6 & 7 Applications”

May I Still Use Forms Which Are Past the Expiration Date?

September 24, 2012

NIH recently issued a Notice on the availability of newly revised forms and instructions for post-award documents, including interim and final progress reports. Revised Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) forms are also now available. Revised competing applications and instructions are expected to be implemented in the summer of 2013, following electronic development of applicable … Continue reading “May I Still Use Forms Which Are Past the Expiration Date?”

Do More Applications Mean More Awards?

August 29, 2012

In an earlier post we examined the number of competing applications for investigator-initiated research project grants (RPGs) over time and found that, in the past decade or so, most of the increase in submitted applications is due to more applicants rather than more applications per investigator.

NIH Fiscal Policy FAQs Now Available

August 24, 2012

NIH added a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), NIH Fiscal Policy, to address applicant budget submissions under the Fiscal Policy announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-036 regarding cost-of-living/inflationary increases in awards, and related issues.