Redesigned eRA Website Provides New Resources

A newly revamped eRA website that serves as an informational gateway to applicants, grantees and reviewers was launched April 30. The site provides new and updated ‘how-to’ information on navigating eRA systems like eRA Commons, ASSIST, IAR, xTrain and xTRACT; intuitive navigation; and improved accessibility. Continue reading

New “All About Grants” Podcast on Maintaining Confidentiality in Peer Review

Confidentiality is at the core of ensuring research ideas submitted in grant applications are protected. In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, Sally Amero, Ph.D., NIH’s Review Policy Officer, discusses how NIH strives to maintain the highest levels of confidentiality and integrity in the peer review process. Continue reading

Get the Latest on an NIH Institute or Center’s Funding Strategies

Interested in the latest funding policies from your favorite NIH Institute or Center (IC)? Find funding strategies for each NIH IC, in addition to NIH fiscal policies and budget overview, on our NIH Funding Strategies page. Use this information as you prepare your application to better understand NIH’s approach to grant funding and stay updated on key budget policies. Continue reading

The Protocol Template for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Involving Humans Is Here

A new Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Template is now available to guide investigators through the systematic development of a comprehensive clinical protocol. The new template, based on the previously released Phase 2 & 3 Clinical Trial Template, is fully integrated into the NIH’s Clinical e-Protocol Writing Tool, and can be used by behavioral and social science researchers to prepare research protocols for human studies measuring a behavioral or social outcome, or testing a behavioral or social science based intervention. This template may be especially helpful to investigators who are less familiar with the information and the level of detail that is required in a clinical protocol. Continue reading

Stay Updated on NIH Systems Changes Impacting Application Submission Through Award

What do a snow sled, a waltz, and an oriole have in common? They’re all mentioned in past eRA Items of Interest, a newsletter that delivers practical advice for using eRA services, and maybe even a smile or a laugh. Stay up to date on eRA Items of Interest and more by subscribing to the eRA-Information-L listserv. Continue reading

New “All About Grants” Podcast on Using RePORT Web Tools Throughout the Grants Process

You probably know the NIH RePORT suite of tools as a useful hub of information where you can find reports, data, and analyses of NIH-funded research and answers to the most commonly asked questions on the NIH budget and extramural research programs. But do you know RePORT can be a helpful tool as you are developing your grant application? Continue reading

Uploading Studies to ClinicalTrials.gov Just Got Easier

When conducting clinical trials, NIH funding recipients are required to register their study at ClinicalTrials.gov. To make registration easier, a new feature in the eRA Human Subjects System (HSS) allows applicants and recipients to export study record entries as an XML file, and upload fields that are captured in both systems directly into ClinicalTrials.gov’s Protocol Registration and Results System (PRS). Continue reading

Roundup of R15 Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) and Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) Resources

As announced in this guide notice, NIH now administers two programs using the R15 activity code. The Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) targeting undergraduate-focused institutions and the Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) targeting graduate schools of arts and sciences and health professional schools that grant baccalaureate or advanced degrees. Continue reading