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HCCM Orientations for New Researchers

July 19, 2017

In response to researcher feedback, the HCCM Facility Orientation for new researchers has changed its format to streamline applicant processing and reduce the duration of the session. The new format includes an orientation primer that gives a classroom overview of general operations and expectations for working with research animals in the Harvard Medical Area, followed by a separately scheduled onsite facility tour. An HCCM Facility Orientation must be completed before access to any HCCM animal facility is granted.To schedule an orientation email

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Receiving NIH Funding? Don’t Forget Your Responsibilities in Reporting Progress and Financials

June 30, 2017

If you are a recipient of NIH funding, then you are required to report on scientific progress and financial expenditures. Submitting timely, accurate, and complete reports are an essential part of the stewardship of federally-supported research, and maintaining the public’s trust in science.

We recently reminded all NIH recipients of their reporting responsibilities in an NIH Guide notice published June 5. The Guide notice summarizes the required information, and due dates, for Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs) and Financial Expenditure –Federal Financial Reports (FFRs).

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Making Institutional Training Tables Easier Through XTRACT

June 30, 2017

A feature within eRA Commons called the xTRACT module is available to help applicants create training data tables for institutional training grant applications, and to help grantees update these tables for their progress reports (RPPRs).

xTRACT is available to all institutions through eRA Commons. If you or your institution works with institutional training grant applications or progress reports, and are not taking advantage of this tool yet, consider the time-saving features the module provides.

Highlights include:

  • Using
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Institutional Training Table Data

June 30, 2017

How is Institutional Training Table Data used for grant applications? NIH recommends that you request past and present faculty and trainee data, used by peer reviewers and NIH program staff in the evaluation of the application and making funding decisions. For active training grants, NIH requests trainee and faculty data to assess the progress of these ongoing training awards. These data provide insight into:

  • the environment of the proposed training
  • distribution of participating faculty by research interest
  • existing
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Preparing an NIH Training Grant Application

June 30, 2017

“We’re preparing an NIH training grant application but don’t have all the historical data requested in the new data tables, such as the length of prior, full-time research experience for trainees entering the program five years ago. What should we do?”

NIH reminds reviewers who are asked to assess a training program and its record based, in part, on data presented in the tables, that applicants should provide as much data as reasonably possible. Where complete historical data are not available, applicants should indicate that in their

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