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NIH Extramural News - January 2020

January 2020


Celebrating 20 Years of ClinicalTrials.gov and Looking to the Future

Guest post by Rebecca Williams

NIH’s National Library of Medicine has launched an effort to modernize ClinicalTrials.gov to deliver an improved user experience on an updated platform that will accommodate growth and enhance efficiency. Creating a roadmap for modernization requires feedback from a wide array of stakeholders on how to continue serving, balancing, and prioritizing their varied information needs. As ClinicalTrials.gov celebrates its 20th anniversary on February 29, 2020, we’re asking for your input on how it can best continue to serve your needs for many more years to come. Continue reading 

Data are Available on NIH Funding Plans

By  Mike Lauer

Funding decisions rely heavily on peer review scores, but there is more to the story. NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) weigh those scores together with ensuring their entire research portfolio addresses the wide array of diseases, conditions, or other research areas within its mission. They also account for unmet scientific needs and build on recent unexpected breakthroughs as part of prudent planning. When public health needs emerge, such as for the opioid epidemic or a microbial outbreak, ICs must be nimble enough to respond. Training, work force, and infrastructure needs are also thrown into the mix.

We present FY 2018 data on R01-equivalent applications and R56-Bridge awards, showing percentiles for both funded and unfunded applications. Continue reading 

Predicting Translational Progress from Citations of NIH-Supported Fundamental Research

By Mike Lauer

By looking to the past we may be able to better understand the flow of scientific knowledge going forward, and possibly even predict translational research outcomes. In their October PLOS Biology paper, Drs. Ian Hutchins and George Santangelo from the NIH’s Office of Portfolio Analysis devised a machine-learning strategy that taps into the trajectory of science by tracking knowledge flow from bench to bedside. Continue reading 

Top Stories

Important Reminders for Fellowship and Career Development Applicants

Planning to apply for a fellowship or career development award? If so, don’t forget your ORCID iD. ORCID iDs are required for PD/PIs on individual fellowship and career development applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2020. Continue reading 

Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement for FY 2020

The revised NIH Grants Policy Statement has been published, replacing the October 2018 version as a standard term and condition of awards. This revision applies to all NIH grants and cooperative agreements with budget periods beginning on or after October 1, 2019. Continue reading 


Request for Information on Inclusion Across the Lifespan II Workshop

Make your comments and suggestions heard as NIH plans the follow-up to the 2017 Inclusion Across the Lifespan workshop, the Inclusion Across the Lifespan II (IAL-II) workshop that will focus on the recruitment and retention of pediatric, geriatric, and other underrepresented participants in clinical studies. Continue reading 

New Resources

How NIH Can Support Your Career Path

Thinking about a career in research or wondering how to move forward in your journey to becoming an independent researcher? Check out these interactive guides that walk you through how NIH programs can support you at different career steps. Continue reading 

New  “All About Grants” Podcast on Certificates of Confidentiality

In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, Lyndi Lahl, a Human Subjects Officer within the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, explains exactly what are certificates, when disclosure of participant data is allowed and when it is not, and much more. Continue reading 

Tips Before You Submit

Need Help Determining If Your Research Involves Human Subjects?

NIH has updated its human subjects research decision tool to reflect changes effective in the 2018 Revised Common Rule. Answer a few quick questions to find out if your research could be considered human subjects research or if it may be exempt from federal regulations. Continue reading 


You Ask, We Answer

What Do I Do When Due Dates Fall on Holidays/Weekends/NIH Office Closures?

With the winter season upon us, remember that when a due date falls on a weekend, Federal holiday, or when Washington, D.C.-area Federal offices close (due to severe weather, for example), the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day. Continue reading 



NIH & You: Join Us at the 2020 NIH Regional Seminars in Baltimore & Nashville

If the year 2020 has you looking for an opportunity to learn more about working with NIH extramural research, then consider the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. These unique and informative seminars will provide you with the latest policy and process information, as well as guidance and resources directly from NIH & HHS experts. Continue reading 


January 20 (Monday), 2020: NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday

NIH (including help desks) will be closed on Monday, January 20, 2020, for the federal holiday (Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.). Continue reading