NIH collects demographic information including sex, ethnicity, race, and disability status from researchers as part of their eRA personal profile. The data collected are confidential and used for aggregate statistical reporting only, not for consideration of funding of individual grant applications.
There are limited circumstances when an investigator and institution are permitted to release a participant’s identifiable sensitive information that is protected by a Certificate of Confidentiality. Read on for more.
I Am Conducting a Basic Experimental Study Involving Humans (BESH). Do I Have Flexibilities for Registration and Results Reporting in ClinicalTrials.gov?
It depends. Only BESH studies that were awarded through a BESH-specific funding opportunity are eligible for registration and reporting flexibilities (as noted in NOT-OD-21-088).
Yes. The flexibilities allowed by the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare are continuing due to the recent surges in the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the country and the impact on institutions’ operations. Read on for more details.
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?
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.
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.
The Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv), which serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, supports the NIH biosketch format. Within SciENcv, you can easily transform an existing biosketch from one format to another.
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?
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.
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.