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When a Country is Open, Do They Have Strong Science Too?

December 11, 2017

As no scientist is an island, the overall scientific enterprise grows stronger when people work together. But, an interesting question emerges from this concept for us to explore: how can we quantify the effect of collaboration on productivity and impact on science?

In the October 5 issue of Nature, Caroline Wagner, Ph.D. of the Ohio State University and Koen Jonker’s, Ph.D. of the European Commission Joint Research Center published an interesting analysis of the association of a country’s “openness” and its scientific productivity. The authors assembled data from the...

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NIH Single IRB Policy Reminder

December 7, 2017

As we approach the implementation date for NIH’s Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (Single IRB) for Multi-Site Research, we would like to remind you of the resources available for understanding this policy.

The policy affects multi-site studies involving non-exempt human subjects research funded by NIH, and applies to grant applications with due dates on or after January 25, 2018 and R&D contracts in response to solicitations issued on or after January 25, 2018.

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the single IRB plan, considerations in the...

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Be Careful to Pick the Right Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Be Careful to Pick the Right Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

December 7, 2017

Recent policy changes requiring clinical trial applications to be submitted to FOAs that specifically allow clinical trials, first announced in fall of 2016, impact how all NIH applicants choose a FOA, whether you are submitting a clinical trial or not.

Over the last year, each NIH Institute and Center has been carefully evaluating its research funding priorities and strategic goals and using that information to articulate their funding priorities for clinical trials.  ...

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Resources Available for Preparing Your Application Using ASSIST

December 6, 2017

Our new Preparing Your Application Using ASSIST page provides step-by-step guidance for navigating the submission process using ASSIST, NIH’s online submission system for the preparation, submission and tracking of grant applications to NIH. It includes short video tutorials for using key ASSIST features, quick start guides, online user documentation, FAQs, presentations and more. Whether you are an ASSIST novice or pro, you’re sure to find some useful...

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Retirement Countdown for Grants.gov Legacy Downloadable Forms

Retirement Countdown for Grants.gov Legacy Downloadable Forms

December 1, 2017

On December 31, 2017 Grants.gov will no longer allow applicants to download an entire application form package as a single PDF for offline data entry and later submission. For the 80% of NIH applicants that used ASSIST or institutional system-to-system solutions in FY2017, this change will have little impact. Die-hard downloadable forms users, however, need to switch to another submission option quickly.

Consult with your Office of Sponsored Research or whoever is in charge of submitting grants for your organization to determine which of...

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Request for Feedback on Business Agreement Administration

November 29, 2017

Business agreements arrive at the University in a variety of forms, through a variety of offices. Whether a contract for vendor services, an agreement providing for the receipt of confidential third-party data, or a grant award sponsoring faculty research, effective processing of such documents is essential to facilitating the work of our students, researchers and administrators in a timely and efficient manner. While legal agreement...

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Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final RPPR

November 16, 2017

The next time you are filling out your interim or final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for your NIH grant, pay special attention to writing the project Outcomes section (Section I). That’s because any project outcomes submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2017 will be made available to the general public via NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORTER).

You may wonder why the scientific community needs to report on outcomes and why we are making the outcomes available to the public. Reviewing reported outcomes is part of...

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Teaming with ORCID to Reduce Burden and Improve Transparency

Teaming with ORCID to Reduce Burden and Improve Transparency

November 15, 2017

As you know, our NIH Strategic Plan articulated an objective to “excel as a federal science agency by managing for results,” and to manage by results we must harness the power of data to drive evidence-based policies. Sometimes, however, our world can be complicated by requirements to enter the same types of data repeatedly in one system after another. These situations do have an upside: they provide us the opportunity to look for opportunities to simplify.

If you are a researcher, you may have experienced the need to provide information about yourself, your work, the products of your...

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