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RPPR Required for NON-SNAP Progress Reports Beginning October 17, 2014

NIH currently requires use of the fed-wide progress reporting format — known as the RPPR (Research Performance Progress Report) — to submit progress reports for Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (SNAP), fellowship, and multi-year funded awards. In April we opened the RPPR for use for all Type 5 Non-SNAP progress reports in anticipation of an October 2014 requirement for RPPR use.

Now, it's official — all type 5 non-SNAP progress reports submitted on or after October 17, 2014 need to be submitted through the RPPR module of eRA Commons. This announcement is part of NIH's ongoing transition to requiring the use of the federal government-wide RPPR format for all progress reporting.

NIH's website on the RPPR provides information on the why, what, and when of the RPPR, with a handy table that lets you know for which types of grants the RPPR is now required, and for which it is still optional.


Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation

Applications Invited for Grants to be Awarded in 2014

OREF supports independent, peer-reviewed musculoskeletal research and education seeking clinically relevant advancements that orthopaedic surgeons can apply in daily practice to improve outcomes and help patients enjoy more of life. Research grant and award recipients are selected through OREF's independent, peer-review process, which is modeled on the process used by the National Institutes of Health. OREF invites applications for funding for qualified, clinically relevant orthopaedic research and education projects as grants and awards are funded.


 NIH to implement major changes to Biosketch

NIH will be rolling out a new biosketch format intended to further emphasize an individual's accomplishments by focusing on the magnitude and significance of the scientific advances associated with a researcher's discoveries. Implementation of the new biosketch will be in phases. The first round concluded last year; the second round will be launched in June, 2014 with the pilot biosketch included in several specific RFAs. Currently, the pilot biosketch is included in one active RFA.

The new 5-page format will allow space for researchers to describe up to five of their most significant contributions to science along with the historical background that framed their research. This description can outline the central finding(s) of their work, the influence of those finding(s) on their field and how those findings may have contributed to improvements in health or technology. See the full NIH Notice here.

In addition to the descriptions of their contributions, researchers will be able to include a link to a full list of their published work as found in a publicly available digital database such as MyBibliography or SciENcv. Two new forms,  a pilot biosketch format page (MS Word) and the instructions and a sample using the modified format (MS Word) have been posted, and can be found on the page that describes the NIH SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information. Please note that the use of the enhanced biosketch format is restricted to those RFAs included in the pilot. According to Rock Talk with Dr. Sally Rockey, the new biosketch format will be fully implemented in early 2015.


NIH and AHRQ Announce Updated Policy for Application Submission

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce a change in policy on application submissions. Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application to any previously reviewed submission when accepting an application for review. Although a new (A0) application does not allow an introduction or responses to the previous reviews, the NIH and AHRQ encourage applicants to refine and strengthen all application submissions.


Clarifications to the NIH and AHRQ Policy for Application Submission

 Clarifications are provided in the above link for certain key points that were raised in questions NIH received.


Receive Customized NIH Guide Listings via Email                                               

Do you find yourself repeating the same NIH Guide search over and over again looking for funding opportunity announcements?  If the answer is yes, then we have a new tool you are sure to love. The NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts now allows you to be notified when new NIH Guide postings match your search criteria. To get started, visit grants.nih.gov and perform your search, then from the Results page click "Save Your Search" to sign up for alerts based on that search criteria. The system can email you with new funding opportunity announcements and/or notices related to your search on a daily, weekly or monthly basis (your choice!).

You can also subscribe to a weekly LISTSERV email with new NIH Guide Postings. At the end of each work week NIH transmits an email to subscribers with the current weekly table of contents (TOC) including links to announcements published during the week. 


NIH FY 2014 Fiscal Policy and Salary Cap

In a blog posting on February 14, 2014 by Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, provided additional details and context on the recently announced FY 2014 NIH Fiscal Policy and related announcements on salary cap and stipend 


NIH - Industry Program Funding Opportunities

Opportunity #2: Discovering Pediatric New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules (UH2/UH3) (FOA#: PAR-14-210) Application: January 16

Opportunity #3: Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules (UH3) (FOA#: PAR-14-211) Application: January 16 

Opportunity #4: Discovering New Therapeutic Uses for Existing Molecules (UH2/UH3) (FOA#: PAR-14-212) Application: January 16


 NIH Public Access Policy

The NIH Public Access Policy ensures that the public has access to the published results of NIH funded research. It requires scientists to submit final peer-reviewed journal manuscripts that arise from NIH funds to the digital archive PubMed Central immediately upon acceptance for publication. To help advance science and improve human health, the Policy requires that these papers are accessible to the public on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication.  Click here for more information: NIH Public Access page.

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