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Don’t Panic Over Expiration of Fed-wide Forms – Continue Using Current Forms Until Further Notice

July 30, 2016

NIH application packages are made up of both agency-specific and federal-wide forms. At least every three years, we are required to reassess our data collection needs, make any needed adjustments, and submit a data collection clearance request to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

We just finished updating all of our agency-specific (Public Health Service or “PHS”) forms, which expired in August 2015, to FORMS-D. Now we need to deal with the forms used federal-wide which are on a different clearance schedule. The forms in our FORMS-D application...

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xTRACT: An Easier Way to Complete Training Tables for Your Grant Application or Progress Report

July 29, 2016

The xTRACT module, accessible via eRA Commons, helps applicants and grantees create training data tables for institutional training grant applications and progress reports (RPPRs). xTRACT can save investigators and administrators time preparing training table information, and provides grantees and NIH with training table data in a way that can be reused for future submissions and will be more readily available for analysis. Using Commons IDs and xTrain ...

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I’m Submitting My Application in Response to a Parent Announcement: Can any NIH Institute or Center Fund It?

July 27, 2016

Not necessarily! Your proposed research needs to fall within the mission of NIH and the mission of at least one participating office, institute, or center listed on the funding opportunity announcement to which you are applying. While our broad “parent announcements” do allow NIH to accept applications on a broad range of research topics, not all NIH institutes participate on all parent announcements. For example, our ...

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Who At NIH Can Answer My Question About….?

July 25, 2016

NIH is a big place, and we understand how it may seem daunting to identify the right person to talk to as you go through the various steps of seeking NIH funding. From idea, to submission, to post-award management, we are here to help. We developed a new resource to help you contact the NIH staff member who can best help you along each phase of the application and award process. Our “Contacting Staff at the NIH Institutes and Centers” page explains the roles of NIH...

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The Predictive Nature of Criterion Scores on Impact Score and Funding Outcomes

July 22, 2016

In order to develop and implement data-driven policy, we need to carefully analyze our data to understand the “stories behind our metrics.” Without analyzing our data to know what’s going on, we’re essentially flying blind! A group of authors from the NIH Office of Extramural Research sought to investigate the stories behind peer review scoring and why some grant applications are more likely to be funded than others. They extended analyses previously reported by NIH’s Office of Extramural...

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Five Ways Supervisors Can Promote Research Integrity

July 21, 2016

Upholding the integrity of scientific research takes contributions from scientists, trainees, administrators, and policymakers alike. A new infographic from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Research Integrity (HHS ORI) shares five tips that supervisors can take to promote research integrity in their workplaces:

1. Be Available and Approachable – Take the time to cultivate a...

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OBI Grants Management Training Kick Off

July 18, 2016

OBI Grants Management Training has officially kicked off!  We have scheduled 22 in-person OBI Grants Management Trainings between now and the end of October to get the community ready for the 11/1 sunset of CREW Grants Management reports.  

To get yourself ready for 11/1, please remember to:

Upcoming REACH Advanced Session: Managing Sponsored International Programs at a University/College

July 15, 2016

Date/Time/Location: Friday July 22, 2016 / 10:30am-12:00pm / Cambridge, Lamont Library Forum Room

Description: This session will provide a framework for conceptualizing, approaching and enacting international programs at a university or college engaged in research and educational activities. Portions of this framework can also be applied for non-profit and other research...

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A Look at Trends in NIH’s Model Organism Research Support

July 14, 2016

Wangler, et al. recently published an article in Genetics on NIH funding for model organism research involving Drosophila. The authors extracted grant information from NIH ExPORTER and looked for the word “Drosophila” in either the title or abstract. By this approach the authors found that NIH support for Drosophila-based research is declining.

We chose to investigate further trends in NIH support for Drosophila and other model...

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