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NIH Extramural News - November/December 2017

November 2017 / December 2017

Be Careful to Pick the Right Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)

Posted on December 7, 2017 by Mike Lauer

Recent policy changes requiring clinical trial applications to be submitted to funding opportunity announcements (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.  They are communicating their priorities through the funding opportunity announcements they issue.

The requirement to respond to clinical trial specific FOAs begins for applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2018….   Continue reading 

Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final RPPR

Posted on November 16, 2017 by Mike Lauer

The next time you are filling out your interim or final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for your NIH grant, pay special attention to writing the project Outcomes section (Section I). That’s because any project outcomes submitted on or after Oct. 1, 2017 will be made available to the general public via NIH’s Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORTER). Continue reading 


Teaming with ORCID to Reduce Burden and Improve Transparency

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Mike Lauer

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 over and over again in one system after another. These situations do have an upside: they provide us the opportunity to look for opportunities to simplify. Continue reading 

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Retirement Countdown for Grants.gov Legacy Downloadable Forms

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. …. Continue reading 

2018 NIH Regional Seminar in Washington, DC – Rates Increase on December 16!

If you are new to working with the NIH grants application and awards process….you need to read on!  With only one NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration scheduled for 2018, you will not want to miss out on this unique opportunity in Washington, DC, from May 2-4, 2018. …. Continue reading 

NIH Single IRB Policy Reminder

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 selection of the sIRB, costs, exceptions to the policy, and where you should include this information as part of your grant application or contract proposal.

Visit the following resources to learn more: …. Continue reading 

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Resources Available for Preparing Your Application Using ASSIST

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. …. Continue reading