Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 NIH Regional Seminar


From May 6-8, NIH will be hosting a Regional Seminar in Baltimore, MD.  This is a chance for everyone involved in the grant proposal process to hear from NIH experts and interact with program staff.  For registration information, click here.  Early registration is $285 through February 13th. If you are new to human subjects research, there is also a 1-day workshop on research protections for human subjects research.

Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland, and has some great restaurants and activities.  If you attend the seminar, I highly recommend finding time to also visit the National Aquarium.  It is truly fascinating and fun for all ages.

The era commons will be down tonight

Due to a planned software release, all era modules including the era commons and related databases will be down from 9 p.m. Eastern tonight through 7 a.m. Eastern tomorrow.  Please plan accordingly. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The highest earners are getting a raise

NIH announced an increase in the salary cap that took effect on January 11th, 2015.  With this revision, the salary cap is now increased from $181,500 to $183,300. 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Difficulties faced by young investigators seeking NIH funding

This interesting article provides somewhat disheartening statistics regarding NIH funding levels for young faculty.  It provides information on what Johns Hopkins University is doing to try and support young investigators who are in the early stages of launching their research careers.  There are many lessons to be learned from this institution's approach.  In the current funding climate, more institutions should follow this lead and provide financial and other support to promising new investigators.  Ultimately, the entire scientific community will benefit from the addition of new ideas and fresh approaches from young investigators.

Monday, December 15, 2014

No more Palatino Linotype or italicized text on your resubmission

In a recent notice, NIH  has changed the policy regarding marking new or significantly changed text in revision (a..k.a. resubmission) applications.  You will no longer need to identify changes in text using brackets or other types of text. Instead, all substantial changes, edits, deletions, and responses to reviewer comments must be summarized in the Introduction to the Application. Also, as a reminder, you should address all weaknesses outlined by reviewers - not just the ones you agree with. This change will minimize the headaches involved with submission of revised applications.
Oh, happy day!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

They were just kidding!


Although NIH recently released a notice requiring the use of the new, more intensive biosketch format, given the backlash from the research community, they quickly changed course.  Yes, you can stop panicking.  The new biosketches will now be phased in beginning with the May 25 deadline.  For details, read the full NIH announcement here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

An important message in time for the upcoming flu season



This campaign, sponsored by the North Carolina Quality Center, features young children conveying an important message.  It amazes me how many educated people still try to talk their way into receiving antibiotics for something as simple as a runny nose.  Perhaps other states should follow North Carolina's lead and pursue aggressive campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of overprescription of antibiotics.  As a researcher interested in public health, I applaud this type of outreach.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The NEW new biosketch format is here - pay attention!

Beginning with January 25, 2015 due dates, NIH will require the use of the new NIH biographical sketch format, called Version C.  If you want to get a head start, you can start using the new format now.  Both the new and old formats will be accepted through January 25th.  The new biosketch provides a 5 page limit, instead of the previous 4 page limit.  Rather than simply requesting 15 publications, the new format allows you to describe your major contributions to science.  To view the new format page, click here.

Monday, November 24, 2014

NIH-Funded SIDS Research News

A recent publication by a group of NIH-funded researchers found that approximately 40% of infants who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) had a similar brain abnormality.  Given the controversy surrounding many SIDS cases, this is an important new finding.  Of course, this does not explain the large number of deaths classified as SIDS-related that were later attributed to parental causes, but it does provide evidence to support classifying SIDS as a true medical problem.