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NIH Extramural News - January 2016

January 2016

Updates on Addressing Rigor in Your NIH Applications

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Mike Lauer

As NIH moves ahead with implementing measures to enhance rigor, transparency and reproducibility in NIH-supported research, I’d like to give a brief update on these efforts, and highlight some important timeline changes for implementation in applications for institutional training grants (T), institutional career development awards (K12), and individual fellowships (F). ….Continue reading

NIH Budget Highlights for 2016

Posted on January 27, 2016 by Mike Lauer

As you’ve likely heard in the news, NIH received an increase of $2 billion over its 2015 fiscal year budget. With the passage of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (Public Law 114-113), ….Continue reading

Scientific Premise in NIH Grant Applications

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Mike Lauer

The NIH recently implemented updates to research grant and career development award applications aimed at enhancing reproducibility through rigor and transparency with a focus on four areas: scientific premise, rigorous experimental design, consideration of relevant biological variables, and authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources. This post is the first in a series addressing each of these four areas, starting with scientific premise. ….Continue reading

Scientific Rigor in NIH Grant Applications

Posted on January 28, 2016 by Mike Lauer

In part two of our series on rigor and transparency in research grant and career development award applications, we focus on scientific rigor, the strict application of the scientific method to ensure robust and unbiased experimental design, methodology, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of results. …..Continue reading

Consideration of Relevant Biological Variables in NIH Grant Applications

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Mike Lauer

In part three of our series on rigor and transparency in research grant and career development award applications, we focus on consideration of relevant biological variables. Updated instructions for the Approach section of the Research Strategy ask the applicant to: ….Continue reading

Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources in NIH Grant Applications

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Mike Lauer

The fourth and final segment in our series on rigor and transparency in research grant and career development award applications focuses on authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources. Research performed with unreliable or misidentified resources can negate years of hard work and eliminate any chance for a study to be reproduced or expanded upon. For this reason, it is imperative that researchers regularly authenticate key resources used in their research. ….Continue reading

 

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Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) Requirements Expected to Begin By February 16, 2016

A system used to capture past performance and integrity information in the federal contracts world will soon be used for grants and cooperative agreements. By February 16, 2016, NIH officials will begin using information in the Federal Awardee Performance and Integrity Information System (FAPIIS) as part of the risk assessment process for making grant awards. …..Continue reading →

Registration is Now Open for the Spring and Fall 2016 NIH Regional Seminars

NIH will hold two NIH Regional Seminars on Program Funding and Grants Administration in 2016. Wednesday-Friday, May 11-13, 2016: Baltimore, MD, and Wednesday-Friday, October 26-28, 2016: Chicago, IL. Don’t delay…register to learn all about NIH grants process, policies, and tools. While on the site, check out additional information about early registration rates, draft agenda of sessions, and …..Continue reading →

New Resources

eRA Commons Status Screen Now Mobile-Friendly

Interested in checking your application status on the go? We’ve got a URL for that! …. Continue reading →

 

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A Blizzard Ate My Application! What Can I Do?

NIH has your back. We have a standing natural disaster policy that can protect you in the event a natural disaster such as a hurricane or blizzard closes your institution close to an application due date. Periodically we issue reminder notices, such as the one we issued in response to Winter Storm Jonas which ….Continue reading

 

Calendar

 

February 15 (Monday), 2016: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016 (Washington’s Birthday).  If a grant application due date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.