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NIH Extramural News - Late October/Early November 2019

Late October-Early November 2019 Open Mike Title: Dr. Mike Lauer DelvingFurther into the Funding Gap Between White and Black Researchers By MikeLauer In a paper recently published in Science Advances, we delved into the underlying factors associated with thefunding gap between white and black researchers. We identified three decision points where disparate outcomes arose between white and black researchers: 1) the decision to bring applications to discussion during peer review study section meetings; 2) impactscore assignments for those applications brought to discussion; and (3) a previously unstudied factor, topic choice – that is what topic the investigators chose to study. Continuereading → NewNIH Resource to Analyze Biomedical Research Citations: The Open Citation Collection By MikeLauer My colleagues within the NIH Office of Portfolio Analysis embarked on a hefty bibliometric endeavor over the past several years to curate biomedical citation data.They aggregated over 420 million citation links from sources like Medline, PubMed Central, Entrez, CrossRef, and other unrestricted, open-access datasets. With this information in hand, we can now take a better glimpse into relationships between basic andapplied research, into how a researchers’ works are cited, and into ways to make large-scale analyses of citation metrics easier and free. Continuereading → Top Story ExtensionPolicy for K99/R00 Eligibility NIH recognizes that a lot can happen to interrupt the 4-year K99 eligibility window. Since oneof the most popular reasons for extension requests involve childbirth, NIH will approve an extension of one year for childbirth, consistent with the NIH Extension Policy for Early Stage Investigator Status (ESI), effective immediately. Men, those adoptingchildren, and same-sex partners of individuals giving birth can also apply for an extension. Continuereading → You Ask, We Answer AreLetters of Intent Required? Sometimes a letter of intent is requested by the funding opportunity announcement as a way for NIH staff to begin planning for the review of your application. We encourage you to submit the letterof intent. However, NIH welcomes your application even if you chose not to submit the letter.. Continuereading → Tips Before You Submit Lookingfor Submission Policies? Do you know whether NIH ever accepts a late application, what to do when a due date falls on a holiday or weekend, what the NIH policy is on accepting materials afterapplication submission and before review? Before you hit submit, check out the Submission Policies page for answers to questions you may have. Continuereading → New Resources New “All About Grants” Podcast on Managing Conflicts of Interest in Peer Review In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, we talk about how NIH manages conflicts of interest to ensure that we maintain integrity throughout the peer reviewprocess. Sally Amero, Ph.D., NIH’s Review Policy Officer, joins us and explains why it is important to manage these conflicts, what is and is not a potential conflict, how to disclose conflicts, and who is involved throughout the peer review process. Continuereading →