Nexus January 2012

Rock Talk

Supporting Small Business Across the Country

While most of the conversation here on Rock Talk, particularly in the comments, is about research at academic institutions and non-profit organizations, NIH also funds researchers at small businesses. …. Continue reading

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Following Up On ACD Recommendations, and Paving the Road to Continued, Future Success

At the Advisory Committee to the Director’s meeting today and yesterday, NIH director Francis Collins, NIH deputy director Lawrence Tabak, and I presented some exciting new initiatives in support of the future of biomedical research. Continue reading

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Apply Now to Take Advantage of Unique Resources at the NIH Clinical Center

In August I let you know about an upcoming collaboration opportunity allowing extramural researchers to use the amazing resources of the NIH Clinical Center and collaborate with intramural researchers here at NIH. I’m happy to announce that the official funding opportunity announcement (FOA) was published Wednesday: Opportunities for Collaborative Research at the NIH Clinical Center (PAR-13-029). Continue reading

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The A2 Resubmission Policy Continues: A Closer Look at Recent Data

We have heard from many of you about the policy to sunset A2 applications. As you may remember, this policy was developed as part of NIH efforts to enhance peer review. There were concerns that applications were piling up in a “queue” and subject to a holding pattern that delayed funding until the resubmission (A1 and A2) stages, and as a consequence highly meritorious science proposed in original (A0) applications was made to wait additional months for funding. Continue reading

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Integrating Our Substance Use, Abuse, and Addiction Research Efforts

Today NIH Director Francis Collins announced an important decision on how to optimize substance use, abuse, and addiction research at NIH through organizational change. …. Continue reading

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Improving Public Access to Research Results

Most researchers are familiar with our public access policy which is central to the NIH mission. It ensures NIH-funded research is accessible to everyone so that, collectively, we can advance science and improve human health. You’ve provided access at an impressive rate which has allowed many people to see the publications that result from NIH-funded research. Continue reading

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Getting Ready to ASSIST You with Multi-project Electronic Grant Submissions

I’m delighted to announce that this week NIH has posted the first funding opportunity announcement (FOA) that will use electronic submission for multi-project applications. Continue reading

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New Blog on the Block

I want to let Rock Talk readers know about a new NIH voice in the science blogosphere – NIH Director Francis Collins! He’ll be blogging at directorsblog.nih.gov, …. Continue reading

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When Disaster Strikes

My thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Sandy, and I am deeply sympathetic to the struggles of those who continue to feel the aftermath of this destructive storm. The immediate and long term economic and emotional costs of natural disasters such as Sandy can be overwhelming. Continue reading

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Clearing Up Confusion about Postdoc Salaries and Training Activities

We all know postdocs don’t spend every moment at the bench. I think everyone would agree that attending a professional meeting and presenting research results is a critical part of a postdoc’s expected responsibilities. However, lately we’ve had a number of inquiries about which activities postdoctoral fellows are allowed to perform as part of their official duties supported by NIH grants. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Sally Rockey Talks about Advancing Innovative Research

OER Director Dr. Sally Rockey recently chatted with the editors of Peer Review Notes, a monthly publication of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, to discuss how NIH can encourage innovative research. Continue reading

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New Guidance on Submitting Videos as Application Materials

In an effort to balance rapid changes in technology and fair standards across applicants, the NIH is revising the policy and guidelines for investigators contemplating the submission of non-traditional application materials, such as videos, devices, or other media. Continue reading

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NIH Revises the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules

The NIH Office of Biotechnology Activities (OBA) has finalized updates to the NIH Guidelines for Research Involving Recombinant DNA Molecules (NIH Guidelines) to explicitly cover certain types of basic and clinical research with nucleic acid molecules created solely by synthetic means. Continue reading

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Join NIH to See the New eRA Commons Financial Conflict of Interest Module in Action

Are you responsible for submitting financial conflict of interest (FCOI) reports to NIH through the eRA Commons for your institution? If so, then mark your calendar and register for a webinar hosted and presented by experts from the NIH Office of Extramural Research. Continue reading

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Skip Your Postdoc with an Early Independence Award

NIH’s early independence award allows exceptional junior scientists to bypass the postdoc and start their own lab. Continue reading

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Coming Soon: New Human Embryonic Stem Cell Requirements

Now that The NIH Stem Cell Registry lists more than 160 approved cell lines, we are making some changes to how you address the use of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in your application. Continue reading

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Lost in the (e)Mail Doesn’t Happen if Your Profile Is Current

On May 25, 2012, the Center for Scientific Review began using eRA Commons to communicate important information about your application. Continue reading

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Register Today for Our Small Business Conference

Learn the ins and outs of the NIH SBIR/STTR programs, including new opportunities, updates, and changes. Continue reading

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Indianapolis Sets Pace for the Final 2012 NIH Regional Seminar in Washington, DC

If you are relatively new to the NIH grants process and want to learn more about applying, managing an award, finding resources, and knowing who to contact…then make plans to attend today! Continue reading

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Just In Time…

What does the appearance of the JIT link in the Commons mean? We’ve taken the guesswork out… Continue reading

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New Resources

Training on Electronic Submission of Multi-Project Applications Now Online

NIH has posted its first pilot funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) that require applicants to submit using ASSIST (Application Submission System and Interface for Submission Tracking). You can find the pilot opportunities posted on this timeline, and read the Rock Talk blog post about our transition to electronic submission of multi-project grant applications to learn more. Continue reading

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A New Look to Grants.nih.gov

NIH’s homepage for grants and funding information — grants.nih.gov — has a new look! Continue reading

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NIH Pilots Electronic Submission for Relinquishing Statement, Type 6 & 7 Applications

As part of the continuing effort to move to electronic processes, NIH is now piloting a new eRA Commons module, which allows submission of relinquishing statements.  NIH is also piloting the electronic submission of applications through Grants.gov for post-award changes … Continue reading

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What’s Next?—Reviewing Your Summary Statement and Thinking About Resubmitting

So you’re wearing your lucky shoes and are ready to take a first look at the results of your grant review. Whether you are anticipating doing a victory dance or getting ready to head out to the nearest kickboxing class, it’s a good time to think about what comes next. Continue reading

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August FCOI Webinar Now Online

The August 14 webinar on Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI) reporting requirements and demo of the new eRA Commons FCOI module is now archived online. Continue reading

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New Podcast on Submitting the Federal Financial Report (FFR)

All About Grants logoLearn more about submitting the Federal Financial Report (FFR). Continue reading

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NIH Fiscal Policy FAQs Now Available

NIH added a new set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), NIH Fiscal Policy, to address applicant budget submissions under the Fiscal Policy announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-12-036 regarding cost-of-living/inflationary increases in awards, and related issues.

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Podcast on Writing a Successful Fellowship Application

All About Grants logoLearn more about writing a successful predoctoral or postdoctoral fellowship application.
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New Resources from the Common Fund's Epigenomics Program

Take a look at publicly available tools, technologies, and datasets from the NIH Roadmap
Epigenomics Program. Continue reading

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Peer Review News and Advice

The Center for Scientific Review just released their latest Peer Review Notes newsletter. Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

How Can Applicants Track Submission of Reference Letters?

The applicant is responsible for tracking his or her reference letters or reference forms in the eRA Commons and contacting referees to ensure that the letters or forms are submitted and matched to the application by the application due date. Continue reading

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If the Paper PHS 398 Form Was Used to Submit the Original Application, Then Which Application Do I Use For a Resubmission?

Even though the original application was submitted using the paper PHS 398 format, once a grant program/mechanism transitions to electronic submission, all future (new, renewal, resubmission or revision) applications submissions must use the electronic SF 424 (R&R) application. Continue reading

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How Do I Know If My Software Is Compatible with Grants.gov?

Before you start to fill out an application, check the software compatibility information at Grants.gov. …. Continue reading

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Does the Appendix Have a Page Limit?

Unless the Funding Opportunity Announcement instructs otherwise, the appendix does not have a page limit. However, we do limit the number of PDF attachments to 10. If you need more than 10 appendix attachments, then the remaining information should be … Continue reading

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How Do I Know Which Budget Format to Use?

First, you need to check the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).  If the budget format is not mentioned in the FOA, then you need to review the SF424 (R&R) Application Guide’s Section 4.6 “Selecting the Appropriate Budget Component” (p. I-73).  Factors  to consider in selecting … Continue reading

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May I Still Use Forms Which Are Past the Expiration Date?

NIH recently issued a Notice on the availability of newly revised forms and instructions for post-award documents, including interim and final progress reports. Revised Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) forms are also now available. Revised competing applications and instructions … Continue reading

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How Often Do I Need to Update My System of Awards Management (SAM) Registration?

Your SAM registration (formerly CCR registration) needs to be renewed at least annually. Remember, all registrations and renewals must be complete to submit an application to NIH. NOTE: Once you update your record in SAM, it will take 48 to 72 … Continue reading

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If the Instructions in the Funding Opportunity Differ from the Application Guide, Which Do I Follow?

Instructions in the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) always supersede the instructions in the application guides. So when in doubt, follow the instructions in the FOA. Continue reading

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Where May NRSA Applicants Include Letters of Support?

NRSA applicants may attach Letters of Support to section 4.4 Other Project Information Component under #12. Other Attachments, part B. Additional Attachments, 1. Collaborators and Dissertation Advisors(s). This information is found on   of the SF424 (R&R) Individual Fellowship Application Guide for NIH … Continue reading

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What Is the Current Salary Cap?

The current salary cap is $179,700 (Executive Level II), effective for awards issued 12/23/11 or later.     If an individual’s institutional-based salary exceeds the cap, the grantee may not charge more than the limit in effect at the time of the … Continue reading

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Calendar

January 15, 2013: Webinar Explains Changes and Implications of the NIH Public Access Policy Updates

Since 2008, compliance to the NIH public access policy is a statutory requirement and a term and condition of all grant awards and cooperative agreements. Recently, NIH announced upcoming changes to public access policy reporting requirements and related NIH efforts to enhance compliance. Continue reading

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January 21 (Monday), 2013 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed January 21 (Monday), 2013. Continue reading

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January 1 (Tuesday), 2013: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed January 1 (Tuesday), 2013. Continue reading

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December 25 (Tuesday), 2012: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed December 25 (Tuesday), 2012. Continue reading

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November 22 (Thursday), 2012 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed November 22 (Thursday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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November 12 (Monday), 2012 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed November 12 (Monday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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October 17, 2012: New NIH RPPR Training Webinar

Are you familiar with the new NIH Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)?  The RPPR is a Federal-wide initiative to standardize reporting by creating a uniform format for all interim reporting of research and research-related activities.  The result of this initiative … Continue reading

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October 8 (Monday) 2012 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed October 8 (Monday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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Apply Now for the NIH Loan Repayment Programs

The NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) are terrific programs for researchers who have incurred significant educational debt.The 2013 application cycle opens Sept. 1 and closes Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Continue reading

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September 3 (Monday), 2012 NIH Closed: Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed September 3 (Monday), 2012. If a standard postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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Other NIH Happenings

OER Welcomes Michelle Bulls

On November 4, Ms. Michelle Bulls began her position as director of the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, also known as OPERA, within the Office of Extramural Research. Continue reading

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Joe Ellis, Director of OPERA, Retires from NIH

After 34 years at NIH, Joe Ellis, the director of the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration, is bidding NIH adieu. Continue reading

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OER Vacancy Announcement: Director for Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration

NIH is currently seeking a director for the Office of Policy for Extramural Research Administration. Continue reading

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