Two NIH Notices Released Friday, 3/17

On Friday, 3/17, NIH released two new Notices that are of interest to the research community. You can read the full Notices via the links below:

  • NOT-OD-17-048: NIH Operates Under a Continuing Resolution
  • NOT-OD-17-049: Interim Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements

NIH Notice: Adjustment to Stipend Levels for Postdoctoral Trainees and Fellows on Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA)

Last Monday, NIH released a notice with positive news for recipients of Kirschstein-NRSA institutional training grant and individual fellowship awards supporting currently active postdoctoral trainees or fellows with 0, 1, or 2 years of experience as of December 1, 2016. Per NIH's notice, dated November 7, 2016, these postdoctoral trainees and fellows will receive increased stipends. The notice also provides instructions for requesting one-time supplemental funding to cover the stipend increase.

OnPAR: A Second Chance for Unfunded NIH Proposals

Author: Jaclyn Lucas

Many researchers and administrators across the country are familiar with the disappointment of a rejected proposal. Researchers can spend months running experiments to generate preliminary data and many more weeks preparing the necessary documents (including a robust research strategy, detailed budget, and other requirements) for their proposal. And even if this proposal is well conceived, it may not be selected for funding. This is the fate of many NIH proposals, given that the agency can fund only a portion of the proposals it receives.

NIH’s New Grant Guidelines: A Resource for Understanding Changes

Author: Jessica McCann

By now many administrators are familiar with the upcoming changes happening at NIH. As part of its initiative to enhance rigor and transparency, the agency has updated its guidelines and applications with a focus on four essential areas: scientific premise, experimental design, biological variables, and resource authentication.

NIH Blog Series: A Focus on Rigor and Transparency

Author: Jessica McCann

In a recent series of Open Mike blog posts, NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Mike Lauer, discusses the agency’s ongoing commitment to enhancing reproducibility through rigor and transparency and how its recent application updates reflect this goal.

The blog series focuses on four specific areas that affect rigor and transparency in research grant and career development award applications.