Nexus May 2015

Rock Talk

NIH from 10,000 Feet – 2015

If you are interested in the kinds of issues we discuss on Rock Talk, you might want to check out the video of my plenary presentation at the NIH Regional Seminar. I address the impact of NIH funded research and the challenges of the current NIH funding situation; highlight opportunities, new initiatives, and policy changes; and even discuss the blog. Continue reading

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Listening to Our Stakeholders On Considering Sex as a Biological Variable

One year ago, NIH announced a plan to adopt a new policy requiring a deliberate approach to the consideration of sex as a biological variable (SABV) in preclinical research. (Read the article, co-authored by Janine Clayton and NIH Director Francis Collins, here.) Since that moment, we have been working diligently and collaboratively inside and outside NIH to craft meaningful policy that promotes the best science. …. Continue reading

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Top Stories

Delays in Grant Application Submission Due to Severe Weather and Other Natural Disasters/Emergencies

Summer storms causing you trouble?  Remember that NIH has policies in place to support you during this time. We recognize that natural disasters can negatively impact an applicant organization’s ability to make an on-time grant application submission. When applications cannot … Continue reading

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New Reporting System for Research Involving Chimpanzees

In April, NIH launched a new reporting system for requests to use chimpanzees in research, which must be reviewed by the NIH Chimpanzee Research Use Panel (CRUP).

The CRUP review process was developed following an NIH-commissioned Institute of Medicine (IOM) report on chimpanzee use in research, and recommendations from the Council of Councils, an advisory body to NIH. As described in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-14-024, the CRUP will review whether requests to the NIH to use chimpanzees in research are consistent with IOM principles and criteria, independent from existing NIH review processes. Continue reading

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New Resources

Do You Know You Have a New Option for Submitting R01, U01, and K applications?

As highlighted in an April Rock Talk blog post, NIH’s ASSIST submission system is now an option for submitting R01 applications, as well as most individual career development (K) award applications. In addition, applications to NIH’s U01 programs (Research Project Cooperative Agreements) recently joined the roster of programs supported in ASSIST. When applying, a button to use ASSIST is linked from the …. Continue reading

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Looking For The Ultimate Application Cheat Sheet?

Looking for a handy “how to complete your NIH grant application” cheat sheet… that doesn’t actually involve cheating? Check out our annotated form set — a handy field-by-field walk-through that helps you avoid common errors in completing your application package, and ensure successful submission of your application. These annotated forms include tips for completing many of …. Continue reading

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You Ask, We Answer

Is There a Specific Format That Must Be Used for NIH Biosketches?

Yes, when putting together your application, be sure to follow NIH’s instructions for the biosketch format, as described on the application forms page. Included with the instructions are sample biosketches for reference. The samples provided are simply examples …. Continue reading

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How Do You Convert Percent Effort into Person Months?

To convert percent effort to person months, multiply the percentage of your effort associated with the project times the number of months of your appointment. For example: …. Continue reading

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July 3 (Friday), 2015: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 (Independence Day).  If a grant application due date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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