May 2, 2013

NIH Update: Progress Reporting Changes, Principles of Peer Review, Acknowledging NIH Funding

Of interest is Progress Reporting Changes Begin this Month for NIH.  Please scroll down to Top Stories to read about the changes.  


Rock Talk

More on More Applicants

Posted on April 26, 2013 by Sally Rockey
Last August, I wrote on the number of investigators applying for NIH grants. Several readers correctly noted that the increase we showed in the number of applicants was based on the number of investigators submitting at least one application in a given year (rather than, say, all investigators “in the system”). …. Continue reading 

Join Me at the NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore

Posted on April 19, 2013 by Sally Rockey
Those of you new to Rock Talk and working with NIH – or maybe just in need of a brush up on NIH funding and related topics – might want to join me in Baltimore (home of this year’s Superbowl champions – go Ravens!) for the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. …. Continue reading 

Additional Support for Sandy-affected Grantees

Posted on April 15, 2013 by Sally Rockey
It’s been a little over six months since Hurricane Sandy, and many NIH grantees are still experiencing the effects of this major disaster. About a month after the storm I traveled to NYU, once with members of my staff, and again with NIH director Francis Collins to survey the damage. As Francis described on his blog, the amount of damage we saw was truly devastating. …. Continue reading 

Taking On the Challenge of Better Biomedical Workforce Data

Posted on April 11, 2013 by Sally Rockey
The primary goal of the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) biomedical research workforce working group was the creation of pathways through undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral training that provide excellent preparation for biomedical research careers in a timely fashion, and that ensure future US competitiveness and innovation in biomedical research. In their report, the working group members described how they were “frustrated and sometimes stymied” by the quality of the data available on the biomedical research workforce, … Continue reading 

Two New Programs Aimed at Increasing Diversity in the Biomedical Workforce

Posted on April 8, 2013 by Sally Rockey
I’d like to spotlight two funding opportunity announcements that mark the beginning of novel initiatives for improving diversity in the biomedical research workforce. Continue reading 

Top Stories

Progress Reporting Changes Begin this Month

NIH grantees with Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards are now required to use the eRA Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) Commons Module, for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013 …. Continue reading 

New Resources

Learn More About the Principles of Peer Review

Whether you want to gain more familiarity with the NIH peer review process, or are looking for a comprehensive description of the purpose, principles, and core values of peer review, a new NIH report, “NIH Peer Review: Grants and Cooperative Agreements,” is for you. …. Continue reading

Making the Link with RePORT

Have you seen that researchers can add links that are associated with their name in RePORTER to their faculty page, professional profile, biosketch, or lab website, whenever their name appears allowing others to learn more about their research? …. Now, institutions can add these links in RePORTER for all of their research investigators at once by providing them in bulk format. …. Continue reading 

Who Ya Gonna Call… At NIH?

We’ve just released two more All About Grants podcasts to help you learn more about the roles of NIH extramural staff, and who you should talk to for help at different stages of the grants award and application process. …. Continue reading 

You Ask, We Answer

·         How Should Grantees Acknowledge NIH Support in Papers, Presentations, Press Releases, Etc.?

·         What Do I Do If NIH Systems Incorrectly Show a Publication as Falling Under the NIH Public Access Policy?


Save the Date: 15th Annual NIH SBIR/STTR Conference – Oct. 28-30, 2013

Thinking about applying to the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Research programs? Or are you a current grantee looking for more information and networking opportunities with other entrepreneurial researchers, small businesses and NIH staff? Continue reading