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NIH Extramural News - June 2020

June 2020

Accepting Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material and Other COVID-19-Related Application Flexibilities

By Mike Lauer

As our nation looks to begin reopening, NIH continues to track how well our policies are meeting the evolving needs of the research community. In this post, we would like to highlight allowance of preliminary data as a new special exception to our post submission materials policy and our guidance for reviewers. Continue reading 


New Steps to Help Ensure Safe Work Environments for NIH-Supported Research

By Mike Lauer and Carrie Wolinetz

If an institution requests approval to remove a principal investigator (PI) or other senior key person named in the grant award due to concerns about safety and/or the work environments (e.g. due to concerns about harassment, bullying, retaliation, or hostile working conditions), NIH expects to be notified. If an institution requests a change of recipient institution, and there are concerns about safety and/or work environment involving the PD/PI, NIH expects to be informed. Continue reading 


Emerging Research Now Available Through New NIH Preprint Pilot

Guest post by Kathryn Funk

Preprints – complete, public drafts of scientific documents that are not yet certified by peer reviewed – are playing a key role in accelerating dissemination of research on the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19, highlighting a need for broader discovery and distribution of early research results in literature searches. Responding to this urgent need, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched the NIH Preprint Pilot, which will test the viability of making preprints searchable in PubMed Central (PMC) and, discoverable in PubMed, starting with preprints reporting NIH-supported COVID-19 research. Continue reading 


Anonymizing Peer Review for the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award Applications

By Mike Lauer

NIH is seeking applications for the 2021 Transformative Research awards through a new funding opportunity (RFA-RM-20-013) recently released on Friday, May 21, 2020. And, as a way to address concerns about bias in peer review while also enhancing diversity, this High Risk, High Reward program is going to anonymize the review of Transformative Research Award applications. Continue reading 

Case Study in Review Integrity: Embellished Credentials in a Grant Application

By Mike Lauer

Have you ever been tempted to embellish your credentials in a grant application? What about fabricating credentials? Would this be a case of research misconduct or a violation of review integrity? These can be costly errors, as shown by the case described (inspired by a true story; we’ve changed details and fictionalized names). Continue reading 

Top Stories

Don’t Forget to Use Updated Grant Application Forms (FORMS-F)

Nearly all grant applications should be using our updated application forms (FORMS-F) at this point. There are a few notable exceptions. Continue reading 

NOSIs & Reissued FOAs

Many Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs) designate parent announcements for application submission and most of our parent announcements were recently reissued with updated language and application forms (FORMS-F). So, checking the status of the designated funding opportunity announcement (FOA) prior to submission is now more important than ever. Continue reading 

New Resources

A Walk-Through of the PHS Human Subjects & Clinical Trials Information Form

We’ve updated the Walk-through of the PHS Human Subjects & Clinical Trials Information Form video to align with our latest application form update (FORMS-F). In just six minutes, you’ll learn how to use the form and how to complete both delayed onset and full study records. Continue reading