Refreshing NIH’s Genomic Data Sharing Policy

December 3, 2021

NIH released a “Request for Information on Proposed Updates and Long-Term Considerations for the NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) Policy.”  This is your opportunity to help us shape the future of the GDS Policy.  Stakeholder input is the key to ensuring that NIH strikes the right balance when updating the GDS Policy.  Comments will be accepted until February 28, 2022. 

Long-Term Trends in the Age of Principal Investigators Supported for the First Time on NIH R01-Equivalent Awards

November 18, 2021

The R01 (or R01-equivalent) grant has traditionally been a critical component to the launch of one’s research career. A number of academic leaders have described and expressed concerns about the age at which scientists are first supported on an R01 award (“age at first R01”). The biomedical research workforce is aging over the past several decades due to demographic trends and the end of mandatory retirement in academia. Here we present data from fiscal years 1995 to 2020 on age at first R01-equivalent grant.

Two Upcoming Events on Using Cohort Models to Enhance Diversity

November 16, 2021

The NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office is hosting a seminar and virtual forum on faculty cohort recruitment programs and other evidence-based strategies as tools to foster diversity. The first event will be on December 8, while the second will be in February 2022. Both events are open to NIH staff and the public.

Reaffirming NIH’s Commitment to Workforce Diversity

November 3, 2021

Diversity is inextricably tied to the success of the NIH mission, thus ensuring diversity within the extramural biomedical research workforce is of utmost importance. We are aware that NIH’s recent decision to rescind a “Notice of Special Interest” (or NOSI) – intended solely to call attention to the presence of a specific funding opportunity announcement and encourage researchers from underrepresented groups to apply – may have caused some to question this commitment. While the spirit of the NOSI was laudable, it may have led to an impression that by linking demographic characteristics to grant proposals, applications supporting scientists from underrepresented groups would be automatically prioritized for funding. Read on for more.

Expanded Website Outlines How to Support Safe and Respectful Workplaces at Institutions that Receive NIH Funding

October 29, 2021

We have updated our anti-sexual harassment website to encompass the range of threats to safe and respectful workplaces at institutions receiving NIH funding. The updated site outlines actions NIH can take to address different forms of harassment, how to notify us (which can be anonymous), resources to evaluate workplace climate, and frequently asked questions.

More Data on Applications Submitted During the Pandemic

October 20, 2021

Twice since the onset of the public health emergency we have taken a look at the number of research applications submitted together with some demographic information on the affiliated scientists. We are continuing to follow this analysis again here, focusing on NIH R01-equivalent and RPG application patterns during April 9 and August 8 over the past five years.

Reminder of COVID-19-Related Flexibilities for NIH Grants

September 24, 2021

When the public health emergency was first declared, NIH, working with OMB and HHS, quickly identified a long list of flexibilities to support the research community. The list has evolved since the pandemic began, so we would like to take this opportunity to remind the community of many of the current flexibilities we have in place.

Join Us for the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration

September 23, 2021

The NIH Regional Seminars, which NIH has held once or twice a year for decades, have been great opportunities to help researchers, research administrators, trainees and others to better understand the NIH grants process. We encourage you to join us as we go virtual once again, even if you participated last year. This free, four-day virtual event covers a broad range of grant policy, program, and process topics from application through award closeout.