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REMINDER: NIH POLICY ON APPLICATION COMPLIANCE

The purpose of this notice is to remind applicants, both investigators and grant office officials, that to be fair to all concerned, the NIH needs to consistently apply standards for application compliance.


NSBRI Space Research First Award Fellowship Program Soliciting Applications (Due date: June 5, 2015)

(Apr. 9, 2015)—Houston— The application period for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute's (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship Program is currently open and the deadline of June 5, 2015 is two months away. One-year fellowships are available to pursue research in any U.S. laboratory conducting space-related biomedical or biotechnological research. 

NSBRI’s First Award Fellowship Program allows future space life scientists, engineers, and physicians to train as independent investigators with one year of support at universities, research institutes, government laboratories, or commercial entities nationwide.

Fellowships enable young scientists to manage their own space-related biomedical research projects while continuing to learn from experienced faculty mentors. The program serves as a mechanism to strengthen the high-tech workforce of the future, with alumni of the program having successfully transitioned into positions within academia, industry, or government.

Applicants are required to submit proposals with the support of a mentor and an institution, and all proposals will be evaluated by a scientific peer-review panel. Selected applicants receive a stipend, allowance for health insurance, and travel funds for related scientific meetings. This year's applicants can potentially spend part of their fellowship in Russia, via the NSBRI-Institute of Biomedical Problems  (IBMP) International Postdoctoral Exchange Program.

Detailed program and application submission information is available at: NSBRI Funding OpportunitiesThe application deadline is June 5, 2015 at 5 p.m. EST. Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler at hackler@bcm.edu or 713-798-3013. For additional information about NSBRI's First Award Fellowship Program please visit: NSBRI first award.

NSBRI is a 501(c)3 organization funded by NASA. Its mission is to lead a national program to mitigate the health risks related to human spaceflight and to apply the discoveries to improve life on Earth. Annually, the Institute's science, technology, and education projects take place at approximately 60 institutions and companies across the United States. For more information, please visit www.nsbri.org


IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT R15 GRANT APPLICATIONS

As you know, TTUHSC SOM has benefited substantially from R15 program at the NIH .This program serves Institutions with limited NIH funding and provides investigator funding for a 3-year period and up to $300K over the project period. 

Based on success in funding of the SOM, the NIH has determined that TTUHSC SOM no longer qualifies for this program, effective April 1, 2015. 

Accordingly, while all R15 applications that were submitted for the application deadline in late February will be reviewed and considered as R15 applications, TTUHSC SOM can no longer submit awards for this support mechanism going foward. We believe that the SON, SOP and Allied Health remain eligible for the R15 program.

Members of the SOM are encouraged to use R01 mechanism for support. The duration (typically up to 5 years) and budget (generally $250K-500K/year) of the R01 are superior to the R15 mechanism.

Please recall that the deadlines for the R01 differ from those of the R15. 

These are excellent resources for help in writing R01: Writing Your Application and Ten Steps to a Winning R01 Application.

In addition, Dr. Paula Grammas is available for discussion.

Kindly refer questions to Erin Woods in The Office of Sponsored if you have any questions about the R01 mechanism.


Notice on Salary Limitation on Grants, Cooperative Agreements, and Contracts

This Notice provides information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards (referred to here as grants). For FY 2015, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (Public Law 113-235), signed into law on December 16, 2014, restricts the amount of direct salary to Executive Level II of the Federal Executive pay scale. The Executive Level II salary is currently set at $181,500, increasing to $183,300 effective January 11, 2015.


Training series provided by CPRIT  Administrative rule changes affecting grantees.


 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.


 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 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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