Wednesday, May 6, 2015

You can now use special characters in your titles and file names for NIH applications

Yes, that's right.  Use all the betas and sigmas you wish, because NIH has updated the grant systems to allow for the use of special characters in titles and file names.  See the details here.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

More great advice on the new 2015 NIH Biosketch format

The new biographical sketch format has thrown many people for a loop.  This major change in format and content has caused much confusion regarding how the biosketches will be received by reviewers.  Today I came across this blog post that provides some helpful insight.  Although the author provides a disclaimer that he does not know how his biosketch was received by reviewers, some of the advice he provides, particularly from a PO, may be useful as you develop your biosketch.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Try SciENcv when creating a biosketch in the new format.

This video provides an overview of the sciENcv system.  Given the confusion surrounding the new NIH biosketch format, I highly recommend using this system for the creation and updating of your biosketch.  You can save multiple versions.  Just be sure to select "New NIH Biosketch" when you start a new one, because the drop-down defaults to the old version.   

Monday, March 16, 2015

Are you planning to use ASSIST for your upcoming R21 or R03?

ASSIST is a relatively new system for submission of NIH grant applications.  It was originally deployed for use with larger applications including program project grants.  According to this notice, the system will now be available for the next round of R21 and R03 applications.  Applicants will still be able to use other methods of submission, including and system-to-system transmission. 

What will you be using for the June cycle?  Have you embraced ASSIST or will you be sticking to the old way of doing things?  Tell us in the comments section below.

If you are planning to try ASSIST, view a helpful user guide from NIH here.

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.