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NIH Extramural News - June 2017

June 2017

Open Mike

Perspectives on Evidence-based Funding

Posted on June 23, 2017 by Mike Lauer

At the NIH Regional Seminar this past May, I had the pleasure of giving the keynote talk and presenting different perspectives on how NIH can further the impact of our research funding. …. My staff recorded this talk and has made it available to you on the NIH Grants YouTube channel. If you’re interested in the topics covered here on the blog ….Continue reading 

NIH’s Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Posted on June 16, 2017 by Mike Lauer

At the Advisory Committee to the Director meeting last week, NIH Principal Deputy Director Dr. Larry Tabak presented a new NIH initiative to strengthen the biomedical workforce. This presentation followed extensive discussions with stakeholders both here through this blog, at stakeholder meetings, and at NIH advisory council meetings over the last month. We heard unequivocal endorsements for supporting early-career and mid-career researchers given the hypercompetitive funding environment —a challenge we have addressed many times in my blog posts. However, many voiced concerns about our taking a formulaic approach to capping grant funding and called on us to be more direct in enabling greater support for the next generation of biomedical researchers. For this reason, we have shifted our approach to a focused initiative to support early- and mid-career investigators. ….Continue reading 

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Important eRA Account Emails Headed Your Way

There’s only one you, and we want your identification in eRA Commons to represent that! If you have more than one eRA Commons account, look for an email coming your way this summer notifying you of potential duplicate accounts, and providing instructions on how to select your preferred account once you are logged into eRA Commons. ….Continue reading 

Making Institutional Training Tables Easier Through XTRACT


A feature within eRA Commons called the xTRACT module is available to help applicants create training data tables for institutional training grant applications, and to help grantees update these tables for their progress reports (RPPRs). xTRACT is available to all institutions through eRA Commons. If you or your institution works with institutional training grant applications or progress reports, and are not taking advantage of this tool yet, consider the time-saving features the module provides. Highlights include: ….Continue reading 

Available Now: Legislative Mandates for the Use of NIH Funding

NIH’s fiscal year 2017 budget was signed into law on May 5. As we do every year, we have posted a list of the current statutory limits on the use of NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards. ReadNIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-17-075for more information about these legislative mandates. 

Receiving NIH Funding? Don’t Forget Your Responsibilities in Reporting Progress and Financials


If you are a recipient of NIH funding, then you are required to report on scientific progress and financial expenditures. Submitting timely, accurate, and complete reports are an essential part of the stewardship of federally-supported research, and , and maintaining the public’s trust in science. We recently reminded all NIH recipients of their reporting responsibilities in an NIH Guide notice published June 5. …. Continue reading 

You Ask, We Answer

What are institutional training table data used for?

NIH institutional training grant applications request past and present faculty and trainee data, which are used by peer reviewers and NIH program staff in the evaluation of the application and making funding decisions. For active training grants, NIH requests trainee and faculty data to assess the progress of these ongoing training awards. These data provide insight into: ….Continue reading →


We’re preparing a training grant application but don’t have all the historical data requested in the new data tables…. What should we do?

“We’re preparing a training grant application but don’t have all the historical data requested in the new data tables, such as the length of prior, full-time research experience for trainees entering the program five years ago. What should we do?” Because reviewers are asked to assess a training program and its record based, in part, on data presented in the tables, applicants should provide as much data….Continue reading