Late November-Early December
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.
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.
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.
NIH has released for public comment a Draft NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing along with supplemental draft guidance.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.
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.
Tips Before You Submit
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.
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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.
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!