Issue | april-2020



Supporting Yourself and Your Trainees During the Coronavirus Pandemic – Online Workshops

On April 14, the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education is hosting a workshop on Supporting Yourself and Your Trainees During the Coronavirus Pandemic that is open to all. In this workshop we will provide PIs, program leaders and research group heads with insights and strategies for supporting themselves, their trainees and staff during this difficult time. Continue reading

COVID-19 Funding and Funding Opportunities

As you can imagine, NIH is devoting significant resources to COVID-19. To get funding as quickly as possible to the research community, we are using Urgent and Emergency competing revisions and administrative supplements to existing grant awards. When responding to these types of funding opportunities, it is important that you understand how they work. Continue reading

Can ESI Status Be Extended Due to Disruptions From COVID-19?

Yes. Be sure to describe the nature of the disruption to your research in your ESI extension request. We suggest you submit the request once you know how much research time was lost, unless your upcoming application deadline is imminent and an ESI extension is urgently needed. In this case you would be able to submit another extension once you know the full extent of the time lost. Check out this handy chart that breaks down what can or cannot impact your ESI status. Continue reading

Some Thoughts on Cybersecurity – Part 1

Working from home is the new reality for many people these days. As part of this new world, we are using our internet tools more and more, challenging the safety and security of these electronic systems likely to a degree not seen before. It is with that in mind that I would like to take a few minutes in this, and upcoming, posts reminding everybody about the importance of cybersafety in our online lives. Continue reading

2-Factor Authentication for eRA Modules

eRA is moving to two-factor authentication via login.gov, meaning that log-in will require something you know (password) and something you have (a phone or other device). This new log-in method, optional at first but which may be required later, will be available Wednesday, April 8, 2020 for users of eRA Commons, Commons Mobile, IAR and ASSIST. Continue reading

eRA Moving to the Cloud April 17 to April 20; Systems Unavailable During This Time

Just a reminder that eRA is planning a major undertaking this month, to migrate its modules and data to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud April 17-20 (Fri-Mon). During this cloud migration, from 8am ET on Friday, April 17 to 8pm ET on Monday, April 20, all eRA modules and all informational websites (era.nih.gov, etc.) will be unavailable. Continue reading