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NIH Extramural News - September 2020

September 2020


Institute and Center Award Rates and Funding Disparities

By Mike Lauer

In 2011, Ginther et al. first demonstrated that African American and Black applicants to the National Institutes of Health received grant awards at a lower rate than their white counterparts. Since then, multiple studies have reproduced and extended this finding (Ginther 2011; Ginther 2016; Hoppe 2019; Erosheva 2020). Recently we reported that African American and Black (AAB) PIs are more likely to propose research on topics that are less likely to be funded (Hoppe 2019). We found that topic choice has little or no effect on whether an application is chosen for discussion, but after considering a number of confounders, it accounts for over 20% of the gap in funding success for applications that are discussed.Why are applications linked to certain topics less likely to be funded? Continue reading →

Case Study in Review Integrity: Abuse of Power

By Mike Lauer

What would you do if, as the Dean of Research at a major university, a group of students, postdocs, and junior faculty reported that they had been pressured into writing reviewer critiques for a senior faculty member? We were so impressed by the careful handling of just such a situation by an institutional official recently that we wanted to share this story with you (we’ve changed details and fictionalized names).Continue reading →

NIH Helps Small Businesses Change the World

By Mike Lauer

Did you know that the NIH’s small business programs (SBIR and STTR) invest over 1 billion dollars into life science and healthcare companies each year? The newly-created Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED) office provides grantees with many of the valuable entrepreneurship and commercialization services we have discussed in previous blogs to help them thrive. As our small business program has grown, we have seen early ideas transform into improved patient access to technologies. To celebrate these successes, the NIH has launched a new interactive mapping tool that features many of the amazing stories that have come out of NIH small business investments.Continue reading →

Top Stories

NIH Will Continue to Accept Preliminary Data as Post-Submission Material Through May 2021 Council

The ability to submit preliminary data as post-submission materials for applications submitted for the January 2021 council (NOT-OD-20-123) has been extended to apply to the May 2021 council (NOT-OD-20-163). This is a temporary flexibility due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading →

Temporary Extension of Eligibility for the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award During COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, NIH will be providing up to a two-receipt cycle extension (roughly eight additional months) of eligibility for prospective applicants meeting the requirements for submission of a K99/R00 application from the June/July 2020 due dates through the February/March 2021 due dates.Continue reading →

NIH Natural Disaster Policy Reminder – Hurricane Isaias, Derecho

If your institution closes due to severe weather or other natural disasters, NIH has policies in place to help your research to continue. We recently published an NIH Guide Notice that reminds those impacted by Hurricane Isaias and the recent midwest derecho about the flexibilities for application and report submission provided by these policies. Continue reading →

New Resources

New “All About Grants” Podcast – Am I Doing Human Subjects’ Research?

You have a promising research idea that may involve human participants to carry out the study. Do you know what to do next? Join us for the next NIH’s All About Grants podcast conversation about how you know you are doing human subjects’ research. Continue reading →

New Annotated Form Sets: FORMS-F Series

As you prepare your NIH grant application, keep these annotated form sets handy for key tips on filling out each section. These documents are a great visual resource for understanding many of the business rule checks we will run against your submitted application. Of course, you MUST follow the instructions in your funding opportunity announcement and application guide, but these documents are helpful for those times when you just need a quick reference. Continue reading →

You Ask, We Answer

How Do I Submit Post-Submission Materials for My Application?

Post-submission materials are those submitted after submission of the grant application but prior to initial peer review. They are not intended to correct oversights or errors discovered after submission of the application, but rather allow applicants the opportunity to respond to unforeseen events. Our policy on post-submission materials outlines allowable materials and how to submit them. The steps to submit these materials are summarized here. Continue reading →

What Are the Reporting Requirements for the Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy?

The Inclusion Across the Lifespan policy requires submission of de-identified individual-level participant data, including participant age at enrollment, in progress reports. Wondering how to provide individual-level inclusion data? Use the template file provided on the Inclusion Enrollment Report in the Human Subjects System. Continue reading →


Free Registration for the Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration!

No plane tickets, hotel costs, or food budgets to worry about! In fact, no registration fees either! The NIH is bringing the Fall 2020 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration direct to your computer…free of charge, Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, October 30!Continue reading 

New Sessions Available on Optimizing Animal Care and Use Program Success in a Changing Environment (ICARE Dialogues)

Working with animals in your research? The Interagency Collaborative Animal Research Education (ICARE) Project invites you to join us in ICARE Dialogues: Optimizing Animal Care and Use Program Success in a Changing Environment. Continue reading →

Applications To NIH Loan Repayment Programs Accepted Sept. 1 Through Nov. 20

We are pleased to announce that the Fiscal year 2021 NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application cycle opened on September 1, 2020 (closing on November 15th). LRP award funds repay a recipient’s qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research at a domestic, nonprofit, or government entity. Continue reading