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NIH Extramural News - Late November/Early December

Late November-Early December2019

Open Mike

Expanding NIH’s Definition of Socio-Economic Disadvantaged to be More Inclusive and Diversify the Workforce

By Mike Lauer

NIH recognizes it needs to encourage and enable careers of biomedical scientists with disadvantaged backgrounds and has considered a different approach to our definition of a disadvantaged background. We reviewed a wide variety of criteria, looking for those that are relatively easy to self-evaluate and that capture a large proportion of affected people. Continue reading 

Case Study in Review Integrity: Undisclosed Conflict of Interest

By Mike Lauer

This series aims to raise awareness and inspire creative problem solving of the challenges in maintaining integrity in peer review. In this case, Dr. Smith, who is being considered as a reviewer for the application, is a professional associate of Dr. Jones, the PI on the application. However, Dr. Smith had not declared a conflict with that application. Continue reading 

Top Stories

Updated Grant Application Instructions and Forms Coming in Spring 2020

NIH will require the use of updated application forms and instructions (FORMS-F) for due dates on or after May 25, 2020. In the meantime, continue to use FORMS-E application packages for due dates on or before May 24, 2020 despite the expiration dates noted on each form. Continue reading 

NIH Needs Your Feedback on a DRAFT NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

NIH has released for public comment a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing along with supplemental draft guidance. Let the NIH know what you think works and what doesn’t in the proposed policy by submitting your comments through the web-portal no later than January 10, 2020. Continue reading 

NSTC Seeks Insights on the American Research Environment

Have suggestions to improve the American research environment? The National Science and Technology Council’s (NSTC’s) Joint Committee on the Research Environment (JCORE) wants to hear from you! Make your voice heard in response to JCORE’s Request for Information (RFI), seeking input on actions that Federal agencies can take, working in partnership with private industry, academic institutions, and non-profit/philanthropic organizations, to maximize the quality and effectiveness of the American research environment. Continue reading 

Tips Before You Submit

Selecting the Correct Budget Format for Your Application

Providing budget information is a necessary part of requesting federal funding. Many research grant programs require applicants to choose between two budget formats. When presented with budget format options, you need to carefully read the funding opportunity and application guide instructions and choose the budget format that matches your situation. Continue reading 

You Ask, We Answer

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. If your institution closes due to an emergency, keeping you from being able to get your application in on time, document the reason in the cover letter of your application. Continue reading 


The Spring NIH Regional Seminar is Warming Up with Early Bird Registration Rates

Don’t miss out on the savings or the opportunity to learn about the NIH grants process directly from NIH experts next spring. From April 20-22, 2020, over 100 NIH & HHS experts will be on hand at the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD, ready to provide you with the latest policy and process information. What’s the urgency to register? Early Registration Rates end on December 31, 2019! Continue reading 

December 25 (Wednesday), 2019 and January 1 (Wednesday), 2020: NIH Closed for the Federal Holidays

NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Wednesday, December 25 and Wednesday, January 1, 2019, for the federal holidays (Christmas and New Year’s Day). Continue reading