How Are Childcare Costs for NRSA Trainees and Fellows Requested?

February 10, 2022

Our policy team continues to receive questions about how institutions can request childcare costs for full-time predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees appointed on NRSA institutional research training awards and full-time NIH-NRSA supported fellowship positions. These and many other questions related to childcare costs can be found in our Childcare Costs FAQs. Even if you have requested childcare costs in past Fellowship applications, the process is slightly different with the new FORMS-G applications and the updated FAQ in this post is worth another look.

Do I Need To Include eRA Commons IDs for Other Significant Contributors Listed on the R&R SR/Key Person Profile Form of My Grant Application?

January 31, 2022

Yes. As of due dates on or after January 25, 2022,  eRA Commons IDs must be provided in the Credential field for all individuals listed on the R&R Sr/Key Person Profile form. This includes all senior/key personnel, other significant contributors (OSCs), and other key individuals required to be entered on the form by your funding opportunity announcement.

Do I Need To Provide All or Just Current Positions and Scientific Appointments on My Biosketch?

January 31, 2022

In biosketch section B. Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors  you must list in reverse chronological order all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary). You are not required to list previous positions or other historical information.

I Am Conducting NIH-funded Research With Humans and Am Obtaining Identifiable Information About the Participants. Is My Research Covered by a Certificate of Confidentiality?

January 27, 2022

Yes, the research activity that you describe is deemed to be issued a Certificate of Confidentiality (CoC), i.e., your research is covered by a CoC. All NIH-funded research activities in which the investigator collects or uses “covered information” is deemed to be issued a Certificate of Confidentiality.

Should I Report the Sex or Gender of Study Participants to NIH?

December 16, 2021

NIH uses sex/gender to indicate that either sex or gender may be reported for inclusion enrollment purposes. The NIH encourages investigators to design their data collection instruments in a way that allows the participants to self-identify their sex or gender in a way that is meaningful within the study’s context. Participants always have the option not to identify with either sex/gender category. If both sex and gender identity are collected, investigators may choose which one to report based on the scientific question(s) that are the focus of the study.

What Are the Options for Obtaining an eRA Commons Username (Commons ID) For a Senior/Key Person Who Isn’t Affiliated With a Registered Organization?

November 18, 2021

Beginning with application due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH will require eRA Commons IDs in the Credential field of the Sr/Key Person Profile form for all individuals listed on that form. Given this expanded requirement, we’ve received an increase in inquiries related to obtaining and including eRA Commons IDs, especially for individuals not affiliated with an eRA Commons registered organization.