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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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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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