• Image
  • Image
  • Image
  • Image

NIH Extramural News - May 2016

Citations Per Dollar as a Measure of Productivity

Posted on April 28, 2016 by Mike Lauer

NIH grants reflect research investments that we hope will lead to advancement of fundamental knowledge and/or application of that knowledge to efforts to improve health and well-being. In February, we published a blog on the publication impact of NIH funded research. We were gratified to hear your many thoughtful comments and questions. Some of you suggested that we should not only focus on output (e.g. highly cited papers), but also on cost – or as one of you mentioned “citations per dollar.” Indeed, my colleagues and I have previously taken a preliminary look at this question in the world of cardiovascular research. Today I’d like to share our exploration of citations per dollar using a sample of R01 grants across NIH’s research portfolio. What we found has an interesting policy implication for maximizing NIH’s return on investment in research. ….Continue reading

Building a Better Biomarker Glossary

Posted on April 18, 2016 by Mike Lauer and Carrie Wolinetz

Precise and clear communication across biological and clinical research disciplines supports efficient translation of results from basic research into applied therapeutics and interventions. Both the NIH and FDA are keenly interested in working together to help the biological and clinical research communities speak a common language, so that research results can be clearly understood by both groups. This is especially true in considering the vocabulary used to describe measures of health, disease, or physiological processes…..Continue reading


Top Stories


Grants Reassigned Within School/Department? Signing Officials, Update the Information in eRA Commons Yourselves

College and university officials, has one of your grants moved — say, from your department of medicine to the department of surgery — and you want that assignment correctly reflected in the eRA Commons? In the past, higher education institutions would need to submit a request to the eRA Service Desk to have this information on school/department reassignment updated. The good news is that now Signing Officials can do it themselves, using a new feature in eRA Commons that allows them to update data regarding the reassignment of a grant within an institution (see steps to Reassign Grant).Continue reading

Multi-project Application Reminders for May 25, 2016 Due Date

Applicants to our large, multi-project programs will be among the first to use our updated (FORMS-D) application forms. Here are some handy reminders: ….Continue reading

Use the Assignment Request Form in FORMS-D to Provide NIH Peer Review Referral Information

NIH applicants have the opportunity to suggest information to help NIH refer and review their grant application. When applying with the new FORMS-D application package, applicants will include their requests in the new assignment request form, rather than in the cover letter has has been done in the past. ….Continue reading


New Resources


Title: Icon for the NIH All About Grants Podcast//attachment.outlook.office.net/owa/This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it./service.svc/s/GetFileAttachment?id=AQMkADAwATM3ZmYAZS04MzMAMS1kMTg1LTAwAi0wMAoARgAAAyd1TpSkWvtFsDRt%2F7DMEaQHAKiZq0fbWuJEjGTE4tOhXqgAAAIBDAAAAKiZq0fbWuJEjGTE4tOhXqgAAACF4PW6AAAAARIAEABWXGVwLMLyR5ns4tegjDnN&;X-OWA-CANARY=BVMrXcNCxE-9rq0aSNJ8t4A0rg9oc9MYxTLQ_bN1xOu871tEe_KlFMmEunLqGHOHDKjWfI0uxZQ.&token=4858ad81-bee3-479e-b132-1b64822f0f6d&owa=outlook.live.com" hspace="12" originalsrc="cid:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." data-custom="AQMkADAwATM3ZmYAZS04MzMAMS1kMTg1LTAwAi0wMAoARgAAAyd1TpSkWvtFsDRt%2F7DMEaQHAKiZq0fbWuJEjGTE4tOhXqgAAAIBDAAAAKiZq0fbWuJEjGTE4tOhXqgAAACF4PW6AAAAARIAEABWXGVwLMLyR5ns4tegjDnN">New Podcast on Writing the Vertebrate Animal Section in Your NIH Application

Proposing the use of animal models in your application? All About Grants has a new podcast episode on writing the vertebrate animal section in your grant or contract research proposal. ….Continue reading



Rigor and Reproducibility Changes, Visualized

Looking for a one-page reference on NIH’s application changes to address scientific rigor and transparency? Check out this handy infographic developed by NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). ….Continue reading




May 30 (Monday), 2016: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day).  If a grant application due date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.