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Reminder: Changes for January 25, 2018 Application Due Dates

January 4, 2018

Two major changes impact applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018.

  • Applicants are required to use FORMS-E. Wondering what this means for late applications or reviewers submitting under the continuous submission policies? See NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-062 to learn more.
  • Applications that include one or more clinical trials must be submitted in response to funding opportunity announcements that allow for clinical trials. See NIH Guide Notice ...
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Tips for Describing Human Subjects Studies in Multi-project Applications

December 30, 2017

The PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information form is new to all of us and will take some time to get used to this new approach to collecting human subjects information. If your Program Project or Center multi-project application involves human subjects research, here are a few things to keep in mind.

You’ll find the new form in the...

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Two Years (or so) of “Open Mike”

Two Years (or so) of “Open Mike”

December 29, 2017

Last year, as I reflected on finishing my first full year as NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, I noted five themes that reflected most of the content of this blog: applicant behavior, activity, and outcomes; peer review; basic science; biomedical research workforce and training; and scientific rigor, transparency, and research impact. Looking back on 2017, which was certainly a busy and active year, many of these themes continue to be at the forefront, though one in particular, the make-up and...

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Which Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Should I Use if My Human Subject Research Study is Delayed Onset?

December 28, 2017

The type of FOA you will need depends on whether you anticipate that your delayed onset human subject study will meet the definition of a clinical trial.

If it will, you will need to choose a funding opportunity that explicitly allows clinical trials (it will be designated ‘Clinical Trial Optional’ or ‘Clinical Trial Required’). Be sure to check the ‘Anticipated Clinical Trial’ box when completing your Delayed Onset Study record within the...

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New Electronic Submission Requirement for Diversity Supplements

December 28, 2017

The funds provided in response to Diversity Supplement requests are used to improve the diversity of the biomedical research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. Currently, NIH does not require that diversity supplements be submitted electronically, which poses a challenge to NIH staff when trying to identify and track diversity supplement awardees and their subsequent research careers.

Effective January 25, 2018, all single and multi-project...

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Assuring the Integrity of Peer Review

December 22, 2017

Eight months ago, CSR Director Dr. Richard Nakamura and I posted a blog on “A Reminder of Your Roles as Applicants and Reviewers in Maintaining the Confidentiality of Peer Review.” We asked you to imagine a scenario: you are a reviewer for an upcoming panel meeting, and shortly before the meeting an investigator associated with an application communicates with you, asking for a favorable review in exchange for an academic favor. We...

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The Importance of Timely Grant Closeout

December 21, 2017

At any given time, NIH staff are monitoring nearly 50,000 active grant awards. This monitoring happens throughout the grant life cycle, including once the award is over. Just as we strive to award meritorious grants as quickly as we can, it is equally important for us to ensure grant awards are taken off the books in a timely manner.  A grant that slips past its closeout due date is costly and time consuming.

NIH has for years highlighted the impact of discrepancies between final financial reports for grant...

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Internal Controls Committee Update

December 18, 2017

In 2016, the Internal Controls Committee, a working group of the Senior Administration Leadership Committee (SALC), asked the research administration community across the University to participate in focus groups relating to research administration and internal controls. Almost 200 community members participated and provided us with valuable data, insights and suggestions to improve and enhance research...

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GMAS Winter Recess Schedule

December 12, 2017

GMAS will be available during the winter break with the following exceptions. Please have new account set up requests to your pre-award office according to the following schedules:

  • HMS SPA no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017
  • SPH SPA no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Regular account set up will resume on Tuesday, January 2, 2017 for all offices. During the break, all financial data in GMAS and all GMAS data in the Data Warehouse will reflect transactions as of the end of day...

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