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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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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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