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Getting Ready for the Next NIH Forms Update

April 30, 2017

From time to time we need to update our application forms to maintain consistency with Grants.gov and Office of Management and Budget federal-wide requirements, and to incorporate changes in NIH policies and processes. NIH issued a Guide notice on April 27, announcing how we are gearing up for a transition from the current forms (“FORMS-D”) to the next iteration of forms for due dates on or after January 25, 2018. Highlights of the new FORMS-E will include:

Certificates of Confidentiality for NIH Grants

April 28, 2017

Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research
Earlier this year I wrote a post about the 21st Century Cures Act and its changes that directly affect the NIH. One part of this new legislation contains provisions to improve clinical research and privacy through certificates of confidentiality.

Currently, certificates of confidentiality (or “CoCs”) are provided upon request to researchers… Read more about Certificates of Confidentiality for NIH Grants

GMAS Change to HMS Questions

April 26, 2017

An additional question now appears in the “Other school info” section for Initial, Competing Renewal, Continuation, and Supplement Requests in GMAS. The question reads, “Does this request fall under the criteria for the HMS Efficiency Project (EP)?” It is the first question within the section. (See screenshot below).  

If your department is not listed here, the answer to this question should always be “No." 

Applications, Resubmissions, and the Relative Citation Ratio

Applications, Resubmissions, and the Relative Citation Ratio

April 25, 2017

Measuring the impact of NIH grants is an important input in our stewardship of research funding. One metric we can use to look at impact, discussed previously on this blog, is the relative citation ratio (or RCR). This measure – which NIH has made freely available through the iCite tool – aims to go further than just raw numbers of published research findings or citations, by quantifying the impact and influence of a research article both within the context of its research field and… Read more about Applications, Resubmissions, and the Relative Citation Ratio

A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review

A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review

April 7, 2017

Dr. Richard Nakamura is director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review

Imagine this: you’re a reviewer on an NIH study section, and receive a greeting card from the Principal Investigator (PI) on an application you are reviewing. A note written inside the card… Read more about A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review

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