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Continuing Steps to Ensuring Credibility of NIH Research: Selecting Journals with Credible Practices

November 8, 2017

The scientific community is paying increasing attention to the quality practices of journals and publishers. NIH recently released a Guide notice (NOT-OD-18-011) to encourage authors to publish in journals that do not undermine the credibility, impact, and accuracy of their research findings. This notice aims to raise awareness about practices like changing publication fees without notice, lacking transparency in publication procedures,...

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System to System (S2S) is Getting Retired - January 2018

November 7, 2017

You may have heard the news that S2S functionality in GMAS is going away. It’s true. As of January 25, 2018, GMAS will no longer support the system-to-system submission of proposals to Grants.gov. We wanted to provide a little background and information about the decision.

Background:​​​​​​​

  • GMAS has supported direct system-to-system (S2S) submissions to Grants.gov since 2007. 
  • The main goals of the original S2S project were to reduce duplicate entry and provide an easier entry and review interface (in 2007 Grants.gov used the PureEdge forms, which...
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GMAS to Retire S2S January 2018

November 3, 2017

System-to-System (S2S) submission of applications directly from GMAS to Grants.gov will no longer be supported as of January 25, 2018, when the NIH FORMS-E application packages are required. NIH applications will need to be submitted via ASSIST at that time. SPA strongly encourages early adoption of ASSIST. Please review the updated ASSIST Tips on the HLCRA website/policies, and sign up for the NIH ASSIST Walk-through Trainings on...

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What Can We Learn from the Early Outcomes from the NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards?

What Can We Learn from the Early Outcomes from the NIH Director’s New Innovator Awards?

October 27, 2017

In earlier posts, like this one, we discussed the importance of moving towards “evidence-based funding.”. NIH seeks to apply data-driven strategies to conceptualize, develop, implement, and evaluate policies, such as those that will affect the NIH-supported biomedical research workforce. Today, we’d like to spotlight a recently published analysis of an...

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NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Reminder

October 25, 2017

Applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) award? A reminder that applications along with supporting documentation are due on November 15. The NIH Loan Repayment Programs are a set of Congressionally-mandated programs that are designed to recruit and retain highly qualified health professionals into biomedical or biobehavioral research careers. Read more about the programs in this recent Open Mike blog post.

A Sampling of Recent Literature on the Scientific Workforce

A Sampling of Recent Literature on the Scientific Workforce

October 18, 2017

As NIH continues its work to better understand the many factors that influence the stability of the biomedical workforce, we wanted to take a moment to discuss some recent papers that highlight the need to take new measures to support early and mid-career researchers.

Earlier this year, we discussed a paper by our NIH colleagues who looked at data on the shifting demographics of lead principal investigators (...

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New Certificates of Confidentiality Policy in Effect

October 12, 2017

As discussed in recent Open Mike blog posts, NIH issued a new policy to enhance the privacy protections of individuals participating in NIH funded research studies. The policy eliminates the need for NIH funded investigators to apply for a certificate of confidentiality (CoC). As of October 1, 2017, NIH funded researchers no longer have to request a CoC. The CoC will be issued automatically to awards funded wholly or in part by the NIH that collect or use identifiable, sensitive information.

We encourage you...

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Changes to Electronic Submission of Federal Applications

October 12, 2017

Several changes are taking place in 2018 that will impact electronic submission of federal grant applications. Review the following information and contact your SPA pre-award rep with any questions. Timeline: December 31, 2017 – Grants.gov phases out the legacy single-PDF application packages. Grants.gov Workspace will replace the legacy PDF packages -- January 1, 2018.  January 25, 2018 – NIH applicants must use the new FORMS-E application packages for due dates on or after January 25, 2018. (FORMS-D must be used for due dates on or before January 24, 2018.)...

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Guidance for Institutions Impacted by Hurricane Maria, and a Reminder of NIH’s Natural Disaster Resources

October 11, 2017

Due to the exceptional impact of Hurricane Maria, we want to assure grantees that NIH will be doing our part to help you continue your research. Recently, we published an NIH Guide Notice that outlines the application and report submission flexibilities available for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. We have previously published guidance for those affected by other major hurricanes this year (Hurricane Harvey and...

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