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NIH Extramural News - June 2016

June 2016

Open Mike

How Are You Doing with Those Grant Submission New Year’s Resolutions?

Posted on June 30, 2016 by Mike Lauer

Back in January we talked about whether there is an advantage to working up to the last minute and submitting your grant application on the deadline. From the perspective of review outcomes, there was no advantage. In fact, applications submitted at the last minute seemed somewhat less likely to be discussed. Need another reason to apply early (by early we mean days, not hours, before a deadline)? We still see applications that fail to be completed in time for the due date, and as a result have to wait another round to be considered for funding! When we look more closely at recent deadlines, we see that for both the R01 and the small business deadlines ….Continue reading

Outcomes for R01 “Virtual A2s”

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Mike Lauer

A few months ago, a researcher told me about his experiences with the relatively new NIH policy by which investigators are allowed to submit what we have come to call “virtual A2s.” Under NIH’s previous single resubmission policy, if an investigator’s de novo R01 grant application (called an “A0”) was not funded, they had one chance to submit a revision (called an “A1”). If the A1 application was unsuccessful, the applicant was required to make significant changes in the application compared to the previous submissions. NIH took measures to turn away subsequent submissions that were materially similar to the unfunded A1. Under NIH’s current policy, investigators may resubmit a materially similar application as a new submission after the A1 submission. We will call these applications “virtual A2s.” The researcher told me that his virtual A2 did not fare well; although his A0 and A1 had received good scores (though not good enough for funding), the virtual A2 was not discussed. He wondered, just how likely is it for a virtual A2 to be successful? ….Continue reading


Accelerating Clinical Research by Streamlining Multi-site Review of Human Subjects Research

Posted on June 21, 2016 by Mike Lauer and Carrie Wolinetz

Research involving human participants is key to improving public health and advancing medicine. Oversight of such research by institutional review boards (IRBs) both protects research participants and promotes ethical science. IRB review and approval is a critical step in initiating the start of a research project and for multi-site studies, NIH is taking an important step to help streamline the process. Today, NIH is issuing the NIH Policy on the Use of a Single Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Multi-Site Research (sIRB Policy) ….Continue reading


How Many Researchers are Seeking SBIR/STTR Funding?

Posted on June 14, 2016 by Mike Lauer

We were pleased to see the interest in our recent blog on the unique number of investigators applying for and receiving NIH research project grants (RPGs). Some of you (through the blog page or through other media) have asked about whether we have similar data for our Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. We have generated analogous figures for SBIR and STTR grants, and today’s post shares this investigation of the question, “How many unique researchers are seeking SBIR/STTR funding?” ….Continue reading

Top Stories

Revised NIH Parental Leave Policy for NRSA Recipients

All trainees and fellows supported by Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) are now able to continue receiving stipends while taking parental leave. Stipends can be provided for up to 60 calendar days (or 8 work weeks) of parental leave per year for the adoption or the birth of each child. ….Continue reading

Reminder: Primary Mentors Need eRA Commons Usernames for Mentored “K” Applications

Individual Mentored Career Development award applicants, take note! Primary mentors named in your application must have eRA Commons usernames for a successful electronic submission of you application. For more information, read NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-16-082.

Applying to NIH’s Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs)? Check Out These Important Updates to the LRP Application Process

Applying for an NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) Award? There are four important updates that you should know before you submit your application! ….Continue reading

Have These Posts Delivered to Your Email As Soon As They Go Live

We’ve added the option for you have all NIH Extramural Nexus posts, including Open Mike blog posts, to be delivered straight to your email, as soon as they come out. ….Continue reading


New Resources


Insights from Peer Reviewers and NIH Staff on Putting Together Your Application

A new video from NIH’s Center for Scientific Review (CSR) compiles insights from peer reviewers, study section chairs, and NIH staff, to help guide you in planning and writing a competitive grant application. ….Continue reading

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In the latest NIH All About Grants podcast, we talk to Dr. Cathie Cooper, director of the Division of Receipt and Referral at NIH’s Center of Scientific Review, … Continue reading →



You Ask, We Answer

Why Did I Receive a Phone Call Saying that I Won a Grant?

We’ve recently received an uptick of phone calls and emails from members of the public who received an unexpected call that they won a grant from NIH to pay for student loans, or as an award. This is a scam. …. While we know that you in the research community realize it requires an application to receive a grant, we feel it is very important to spread the word on how to identify these scams, and how to report them. …. Continue reading →



Super Summer Savings – NIH Regional Seminar Early Bird Rate Extended to July 15!

It’s a super summer surprise… NIH is extending its early registration until Monday, July 15 for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration in Chicago, IL (Oct. 26-28). Registering now for the Early Bird Rate will save you $30! This is the 2nd and final NIH Regional Seminar of 2016, so if you or your staff are new to working with NIH grants, then this is an opportunity that shouldn’t be missed! ….Continue reading

Interested in Small Business Research Funding? Register Now for the HHS SBIR/STTR Conference in Orlando, November 15-17!

Need funding for your health or medical technology idea? Considering Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs as a source of support? Join us for the 18th annual Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) SBIR/STTR conference! This year’s conference will be held in Orlando, Florida on November 15 – 17, 2016. A draft of the agenda and registration information is now available online. Register soon to ….Continue reading