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Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application

June 30, 2016

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application. The CSR video – linked below – is part of CSR’s Insider’s Guide to Peer Review for Applicants page.

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New “All About Grants” Podcast on How to Use the New Assignment Request Form

June 30, 2016

In the latest NIH All About Grants podcast, we talk to Dr. Cathie Cooper, Director of the Division of Receipt and Referral at NIH’s Center of Scientific Review, about how you can influence the assignment of your application to a particular study section for peer review, or to a particular NIH Institute or Center for funding consideration. Check out “Using the PHS Assignment Request Form” (mp3) (...

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How Are You Doing with Those Grant Submission New Year’s Resolutions?

June 30, 2016

Back in January we talked about whether there is an advantage to working up to the last minute and submitting your grant application on the deadline. From the perspective of review outcomes, there was no advantage. In fact, applications submitted at the last minute seemed somewhat less likely to be discussed.

Need another reason to apply early (by early we mean days, not hours, before a deadline)? We still see applications that fail to be completed in time for the due date, and...

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Applying to NIH’s Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)? Check Out These Important Updates to the LRP Application Process

June 29, 2016

Applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award? There are four important updates that you should know before you submit your application!

  • The LRP 2016 application cycle opens on September 1, 2016 and closes on November 15, 2016.
  • We’ve redesigned our online LRP application. This newly designed application will make applying for an LRP quicker and easier! The application is available in downloadable form beginning September 1, 2016 at lrp.nih.gov!
  • All applicants (new and renewal)...
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Why Did I Receive a Phone Call Saying that I Won a Grant?

June 29, 2016

We’ve recently received an uptick of phone calls and emails from members of the public who received an unexpected call that they won a grant from NIH to pay for student loans, or as an award. This is a scam. No federal government grant-making agency will make phone calls or send emails or letters to solicit money or personal banking information from a potential grant recipient. 

While we know that you in the research community know that it requires an application to receive a grant, we feel it is very important to spread the word on how to identify...

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Revised NIH Parental Leave Policy for NRSA Recipients

June 27, 2016

All trainees and fellows supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) are now able to continue receiving stipends while taking parental leave. Stipends can be provided for up to 60 calendar days (or 8 work weeks) of parental leave per year for the adoption or the birth of each child.

Previously, the NRSA program could not provide stipends to NRSA-supported individuals unless those in comparable training positions at their institution also had access to this level of paid parental leave. While this requirement is now removed, the NRSA trainee...

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Outcomes for R01 “Virtual A2s”

June 24, 2016

A few months ago, a researcher told me about his experiences with the relatively new NIH policy by which investigators are allowed to submit what we have come to call “virtual A2s.”

Under NIH’s previous single resubmission policy, if an investigator’s de novo R01 grant application (called an “A0”) was not funded, they had one chance to submit a revision (called an “A1”). If the A1 application was unsuccessful, the applicant was required to make significant changes in the...

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