Bring Your NIH Grants Questions to the Baltimore NIH Regional Seminar: General Registration Rates End Soon

General registration rates end on March 30th for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD. If you are new to the world of NIH funding then don’t miss this opportunity to register before the deadline! Over 100 NIH & HHS experts will be on hand, ready to provide you with the latest policy and process information. Continue reading

Seeking Your Input on Simplifying Review Criteria

Over the past several years we have heard consistent concerns about the complexity of review criteria and administrative load of peer review. To address these concerns, CSR has convened a working group of our advisory council, charged with recommending changes to research project grant review criteria that will improve review outcomes and reduce reviewer burden. We would like to hear your thoughts on the issue. How might review criteria be modified to obtain the best evaluations of scientific merit? Continue reading

How Many Researchers: Positive Trends Continue in FY 2019

As we continue to explore the question of how many researchers NIH funds, we have been observing a positive trend over the last few years where the number of unique scientists seeking support on NIH research project grants (RPGs) is stabilizing along with a commensurate rise in the corresponding NIH cumulative investigator rate. Now with fiscal year (FY) 2019 data available on the NIH Data Book, let’s see if this trend continued. Continue reading

What’s Happening With “At-Risk Investigators?”

In December 2018, the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) offered a number of recommendations to NIH on the “Next Generation Researchers Initiative.” Among those: The Committee recommended “special funding consideration for “at-risk” investigators. These are researchers who developed meritorious applications who would not have significant NIH research funding if the application under consideration is not awarded. We plan to draw more attention this year, both inside and outside NIH, to outcomes for at-risk investigators, to ensure those submitting meritorious ideas to NIH are not lost to the system. Continue reading