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NIH Extramural News - February 2020

February 2020

Open Mike

Broadening the Pool of NIH Reviewers

Guest postby Noni Byrnes

The scientific peer review process benefits greatly when the study section reviewers bring not only strong scientific qualifications and expertise, but also a broad range of backgrounds and varying scientific perspectives. Read on to learn more about the Center for Scientific Review’s efforts to facilitate broader participation in review. Continue reading 

Case Study in Review Integrity: Asking for Favorable Treatment

By Mike Lauer

What happens when a former colleague contacts you, a reviewer, out of the blue to ask if the application on which he is a principal investigator could be treated favorably at the review meeting? Do you brush off the investigator and figure you will not let the contact influence your review of that application? Or do you instead immediately notify NIH? Intrigued? We have a case for you. Continue reading 

Top Stories

FY 2020 Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

The Office of Personnel Management has recently released new salary levels for the Executive Pay Scale. Effective January 5, 2020, the salary limitation for Executive Level II is $197,300. Continue reading 

Reminder of NIH Requirement to Adhere to the Revised Common Rule and Use a Single IRB for Multi-Site Studies

As of January 20, 2020, studies subject to the Revised Common Rule Cooperative Research Provision must use a single IRB as required by the terms and conditions of award. This includes studies that are not subject to the NIH sIRB policy – such as domestic, multisite career development (K) and fellowship (F) awards. Continue reading 

Spring Brings Computing Clouds and eRA Downtime

With the coming of spring, eRA modules and data will be migrated to the Amazon Web Services cloud. From 8 a.m. ET on Friday, April 17 to 8 p.m. ET on Monday, April 20, all eRA modules will be unavailable. Any affected due dates will be extended and the 2-day viewing window for successfully submitted applications will be adjusted to provide the full two days. Continue reading 

Legislative Mandates for FY 2020

NIH issued a notice detailing statutory provisions that limit or condition the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2020. Continue reading 

FY 2020 Fiscal Policies for Grant Awards: Funding Levels, Salary Limits, and Stipend Levels

NIH issued guidance for NIH Fiscal Operations for FY 2020, announcing increases in NRSA stipends, 2020 award funding levels, and more. Continue reading 

New Resources

New  “All About Grants” Podcast on Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs)

When dutifully scanning the weekly Table of Contents email for the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts every Friday afternoon, have you found yourself wondering where all the Notices of Special Interest (NOSI) came from?Join us for this installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series breaking down NOSIs. Continue reading 

Searching for Funding Just Got a Little Easier

What’s new with the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts? In addition to faster, more precise search results, a few key filtering features have been introduced, including filtering for NOSIs. Continue reading 

Tips Before You Submit

Clarifying Due Dates vs. Expiration Dates on Funding Opportunity Announcements

An application due date is not the same as a funding opportunity expiration date. If you submit on the expiration date – you’re late, the opportunity has expired. When standard due dates are used, applicants can submit applications to any of the appropriate due dates up until the funding opportunity announcement (FOA) expires. Continue reading 


You Ask, We Answer

How Do I Include Videos as Post-Submission Materials?

Effective immediately, post-submission videos do not need to be embedded in .pdf files. Acceptable formats for videos are .mp4, .mov, .avi, and .wmv. All other aspects of our video policy remain unchanged. Continue reading 


NIH & HHS Experts Ready to Meet & Share with You in Baltimore, MD this Spring!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to talk with NIH & HHS program, review, grants management and/or policy experts then keep reading! 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, Maryland, ready to provide you with the latest policy and process information. Continue reading 

21st Annual HHS Small Business Program Conference: Empowering Innovation

Calling all small businesses! Consider attending the 21st Annual HHS Small Business Programs Conference, scheduled for April 28-30, 2020 at the Luxor Hotel Las Vegas, hosted by University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The conference will offer over 40 sessions focused on successfully submitting funding applications, discussing specific questions with HHS SBIR/STTR subject-matter experts, and more! Continue reading 

Involved in Lab Animal Care and Use Programs? Upcoming ICARE Academy Workshops Are for You!

Looking to better understand research animal welfare, federal regulations related to the care and use of animals in research, and IACUC oversight issues? Then the Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Academy is for you. Continue reading