Greetings and Happy New Year! The NIH update below has some great information including the preliminary stats on the 2013 application success rates.


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[Dr. Sally Rockey]Rock Talk
Looking Back, Looking Forward<>
Posted on December 31, 2013<> by Sally Rockey<>

This certainly has been a tough year for the research community supported by NIH. We started off the year on a continuing resolution with the threat of sequester looming. In March sequestration began, and we had to update our fiscal plan to accommodate reduced spending by making fewer competing awards, and in most instances issuing non-competing awards at levels below the expected FY2013 commitments. The impact of the sequester is not just limited to this fiscal year, …. Continue reading→<>

New Funding Opportunities with a Focus on Workforce Diversity<>
Posted on December 30, 2013<> by Sally Rockey<>

The biomedical research enterprise relies on engaging talented researchers from all groups, including individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. As I described earlier here on the blog, NIH has planned the launch of several programs to increase workforce diversity. I’m excited to let you know that on December 19 we issued the funding announcements for the three core initiatives that make up the Common Fund “Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce” program. …. Continue reading →<>

PubMed Gets Interactive<>
Posted on December 19, 2013<> by Sally Rockey<>

Today NIH’s National Library of Medicine (NLM) is bringing a new way of sharing and exchanging research information, fully integrated with the PubMed website, to a wider audience. For the last few months, NLM has been running a pilot of a commenting system for PubMed’s massive database of biomedical literature. The system, PubMed Commons, allows authors to discuss and share information through comments on article citations. Hundreds of authors have signed up as beta testers and commenters since the pilot began. …. Continue reading →<>

Application Success Rates Decline in 2013<>
Posted on December 18, 2013<> by Sally Rockey<>

As we go into the last few weeks of the year, my office is busy working up the final numbers on application data for this year. Although the complete set of application data, tables, and graphs will not be available until later in January, I thought I would provide an early snapshot on success rates for 2013 competing research project grant (RPG) applications and awards. ….. Continue reading →<>

Understanding Lead-time for NIH Staff Participation in Scientific Meetings<>
Posted on December 16, 2013<> by Sally Rockey<>

Attending scientific meetings and research conferences is an important way for NIH extramural scientists to stay connected with their communities and keep up with scientific advances. …. when academic and professional societies want NIH representation we have to balance our abilities to send people out with what the budget will allow. One thing that helps in this regard, particularly when we have additional layers of approval on travel, is to plan early. So, when thinking about inviting an NIH staff member to speak at a conference or other event, it’s important to understand our timelines. …. Continue reading →<>

Training Experiences at NIH<>
Posted on December 6, 2013<> by Sally Rockey<>

Remember that our report on the Biomedical Research Workforce indicated that about 6% of US-trained biomedical PhDs end up in government research? Well, most of those talented individuals are here at NIH conducting research across the full gamut of disciplines. But did you know that NIH also is a dynamic training environment for the next generation of biomedical researchers? …. Continue reading →<>

Top Stories
Progress Reporting Changes for Multi-year Funded Awards<>

NIH is transitioning progress reporting to the federal government-wide Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR). As of January 31, progress reports for NIH multi-year funded awards will also transition to using the RPPR. …. Continue reading →<>

Awardee Institutions Reminded to Submit Annual Reports Due to the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare<>

Awardee institutions with Animal Welfare Assurances must submit annual reports to the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) as a requirement of the Public Health Service (PHS) Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Reports for the 2013 calendar year are due to OLAW by January 31, 2014. For details on what to include and how to submit annual reports …. Continue reading →<>

New Resources
New Tools for Searching NIH-funded Projects<>

The RePORTER on the Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) website has been updated to enhance your search of NIH-funded projects. One such update, Matchmaker, is a new query interface where users can submit abstracts or other scientific text to find similar projects. …. Continue reading →<>

You Ask, We Answer
*       What is a Certificate of Confidentiality and How are They Used for Human Subjects Research?<>
*       How Do I Learn More About Certificates of Confidentiality for Human Subjects Research?<>

January 20, 2014: NIH Closed for Federal Holiday<>

NIH (including help desks) will be closed Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday). If a postmark/submission date falls on this federal holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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