What’s New with the NIH Loan Repayment Programs: FY 2022 Applications, Anniversaries, and a New Program

August 10, 2021

Two decades ago, NIH launched a duo of loan repayment programs (LRPs) to recruit and retain qualified health professionals into research on health disparities. Now, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Health Disparities Research LRP (LRP-HDR) and Clinical Research LRP for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds (LRP-IDB), we wanted to share some data, highlight a new extramural LRP, and send a reminder that the LRP application cycle opens on September 1st.

Further Demographic Analyses of NIH R01 Grant Outcomes of T32 Postdoctoral Participants

July 27, 2021

Postdoctoral NIH T32 programs aim to provide select trainees with experience to enable successful career and research development. In a previous posting, we presented NIH career development, or K award, and R01 equivalent research grant outcomes of participants in post-doctoral T32 programs. Here we present further analyses focusing on the association of under-represented minority (URM) status with subsequent K or R01 awards.

Data on Implementing NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative

July 12, 2021

Since launching in 2017, NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative (NGRI) is continuing to address longstanding challenges faced by researchers trying to embark upon and sustain independent research careers as well as to promote the stability and diversity of the biomedical research workforce. Today, we are sharing data on our progress towards increased support for ESIs and other targeted groups.

NIH Seeking Feedback on Consent Language Resource to Foster Participant Specimen and Data Sharing

July 2, 2021

NIH is committed to ensuring that study participants are equal partners in research and have input into how their data and biospecimens are collected and used in the future. At the heart of any research effort lies the need for transparent and clear conversations between researchers and prospective participants about mutual goals and expectations regarding sharing practices.

To assist in facilitating this dialogue, NIH has been working with stakeholders to identify informed consent language “best practices” capable of effectively describing how data and biospecimens will be stored and shared for future research. From these conversations, NIH has developed a new resource that we are seeking the community’s feedback on. The resource describes points to consider when addressing this issue, and provides sample consent language that researchers can tailor based on their own unique study needs…read on for more…

New and Updated Resources Available to Help Design Rigorous Clinical Trials

June 9, 2021

We have embarked on a series of initiatives at NIH in recent years to enhance the quality, efficiency, accountability, and transparency of our supported clinical research. While we are all making great progress, our concerns about clinical trials that are overly complex, have small sample sizes, or rely on surrogate end points that lack clinical relevance remain. One resource to help address these concerns is the NIH Research Methods Resources website that NIH’s Office of Disease Prevention (ODP) launched in 2017. Since the site was recently revamped, we wanted to spotlight the new available tools and resources that can help you better plan the design, conduct, and analysis of rigorous NIH-defined clinical trials.