New Data on Peer Review Across NIH

Date: 
04/22/2014
Author: 
Naomi Handler

NIH accounced on April 11 that there is a new addition to the NIH Data Book on RePORT: data on peer review across NIH.

The new “NIH Peer Review” section provides information related to initial peer review across NIH. It includes data on peer review organized by the Center of Scientific Review  as well as by NIH institutes and centers.

NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission

Date: 
04/17/2014
Author: 
Denise Lentini and Jennifer Lech

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce a change in policy on application submissions. Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review.

NSF Plans Changes in Graduate Fellowships and Traineeships

Date: 
04/17/2014
Author: 
Karen Rizman

In its 2015 budget NSF proposed to enhance its signature Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) and to rework its approach to graduate traineeships under IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship).  To support these twin goals in a nearly flat budget of $7.3 billion - which is about a 1% increase from 2014 - NSF proposed $333 million, an 11% increase, for Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF) and $58 million for the new NSF Research Traineeships (NRT) to support effectual innovation and design of graduate programs within specific disciplines.

NEW Online Module for Researchers

Date: 
04/16/2014
Author: 
Amy Maltzan

The University Research Administration Training Team (URATT) is excited to announce the launch of a new online module designed for Harvard researchers! This module will help support Harvard researchers in navigating their responsibilities and the regulations associated with receiving federal sponsored funding. 

NINDS finds worrisome drop in basic research

Date: 
04/16/2014
Author: 
Naomi Handler

Story Landis, director of the $1.6 billion National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), says her staff started out asking why, in the mid-2000s, NINDS funding declined for R01s, the investigator-initiated grants that are the mainstay of most labs. After examining the aims and abstracts of grants funded between 1997 and 2012, her staff found that the portion of NINDS competing grant funding that went to basic research has declined (from 87% to 71%) while applied research rose (from 13% to 29%).

DATA Act Approved in Senate: More reporting on federal awards on the horizon

Date: 
04/15/2014
Author: 
Cathy Breen

Additional educational information attachment now required in NIH F31 and F32 applications

Date: 
04/10/2014
Author: 
Kelly Evans

A new “Additional Educational Information” attachment is now required in F31 and F32 applications as part of “Other Attachments.” This is described in the new parent NIH Fellowship Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) that were released in March. 

NCURA Region I Spring Meeting: Early Registration and Award Nomination Deadline is April 11th, 2014

Date: 
04/07/2014
Author: 
Andrea Gomes

As a reminder, the NCURA Region I Spring Meeting early registration deadline is on April 11th - those who register on or before the deadline will recieve $70 off of their full conference registration fee. This year's Region I Spring Meeting will be held from April 27-30 in Mystic, CT. For more information about the conference and how to register, please visit the NCURA Region I website here.  

NIH tips and peer review process via YouTube

Date: 
03/31/2014
Author: 
Heather Carey

Did you just find out your proposal wasn’t funded by NIH?  Are you wondering how the reviewer process works?  Or are you in the process of applying for the first time to NIH?  Listen to these tips from NIH reviewers, offering advice and insight into the process:

NIH Peer Review Revealed
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBDxI6l4dOA

NIH Tips for Applicants
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAOGtr0pM6Q

NASA- ROSES 14 NOI’s replaced with “Step-1” Submission Process

Date: 
03/28/2014
Author: 
Lee Zagorski

NASA recently released new instructions for their ROSES 14 submissions. ROSES 14 calls that have "Step-1" due dates (rather than NOIs) listed in Tables 2 and 3 need to be created and submitted as "proposals" rather than NOIs. The document referenced in the link below explicitly lays out the steps for the creation of Step-1 proposals. This applies to most calls in Appendix C (except PPR and ECF) and also to the cross division Exoplanet Research Program, E.3.

http://ow.ly/v89eR