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NIH Extramural News - March 2020

 March 2020

Open Mike

How Many Researchers: Positive Trends Continue in FY 2019

By Mike Lauer

As we continue to explore the question of how many researchers NIH funds, we have been observing a positive trend over the last few years where the number of unique scientists seeking support on NIH research project grants is stabilizing along with a rise in the corresponding NIH cumulative investigator rate. Now with fiscal year 2019 data available on the NIH Data Book, let’s see if this trend continued. Continue reading 

What’s Happening With “At-Risk Investigators?”

By Mike Lauer

“At-risk investigators” are researchers who developed meritorious applications who would not have significant NIH research funding if the application under consideration is not awarded. We plan to draw more attention this year, both inside and outside NIH, to outcomes for at-risk investigators, to ensure those submitting meritorious ideas to NIH are not lost to the system. Continue reading 

Seeking Your Input on Simplifying Review Criteria

Guest blog by Bruce Reed

Over the past several years we have heard consistent concerns about the complexity of review criteria and administrative load of peer review. We would like to hear your thoughts on the issue. How might review criteria be modified to obtain the best evaluations of scientific merit? Continue reading 

Seeking Thoughts on the Framework for the Next NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

By Mike Lauer

The NIH-Wide Strategic Plan expresses a vision for biomedical and behavioral research. Comments are welcomed from all on the plan’s proposed framework. Submit your feedback through the Request for Information webform by March 25, 2020. Continue reading 

Top Stories

Preparing for Updated Application Forms (FORMS-F)

Although the FORMS-F version of our grant application forms won’t be used until due dates on or after May 25, 2020, preparation for their use is well underway. Whether choosing between FORMS-E and FORMS-F application packages on non-parent FOAs or selecting the appropriate parent announcement, carefully select the correct version for your intended due date. Continue reading 

FY 2020 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees, and Other Budgetary Levels

Looking for the latest on Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) stipend levels, tuition/fees, and training related expenses? Check out NOT-OD-20-070 for full details.

New Resources

New “All About Grants” Podcast on NIH’s Interest in Diversity and Diversity Supplement Programs

In our next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series we sit down with the Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Dr. Jon Lorsch, to chat about diversity. Continue reading 

New Certificates of Confidentiality System for Non-NIH Funded Research

While Certificates of Confidentiality are issued automatically for NIH-funded research, non-NIH funded research that collects identifiable, sensitive information can request a certificate. NIH has updated its Certificate of Confidentiality request process for non-NIH funded research through a new online system. Continue reading 

Tips Before You Submit

Important Reminder: Revised Deadlines for Continuous Submission

The NIH Center for Scientific Review recently updated the continuous submission policy. Among the changes are revised cut-off dates for assignment to advisory council rounds. Continue reading 


You Ask, We Answer

Where Can I Find Diversity Related Funding Opportunity Announcements?

NIH offers an aggregated listing of diversity related announcements on our Diversity in Extramural Programs page. Browse the list, or filter by participating organization and/or grant type (aka activity code). Continue reading 

Bring Your NIH Grants Questions to the Baltimore NIH Regional Seminar: General Registration Rates End Soon

General registration rates end on March 30th for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Baltimore, MD. Over 100 NIH & HHS experts will be on hand, ready to provide you with the latest policy and process information. Continue reading 


·        March 9,16      NIH Hosting Public Webinars to Answer Your Questions About the Next NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

·        March 25        Deadline for Comments on NIH-Wide Strategic Plan

·        March 30     –     General Registration Rates End for NIH Regional Seminar  

·        April 17-20      eRA Downtime Due to Cloud Migration

·        April 20-22       Spring 2020 NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore, MD