NIH Nexus – July 2019

Published: July 18, 2019

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Open Mike Newsletter July 2019

Breaches of Peer Review Integrity

by Mike Lauer and Sally Amero

It is a priority to us to continue to engage with the community about what constitutes a breach of NIH peer review integrity – including, but not limited to:

  • A reviewer sending grant applications to their postdocs to write their critiques
  • Someone revealing that they reviewed a particular application
  • A reviewer disclosing how another reviewer scored an application
  • A principal investigator (PI) approaching a reviewer at a scientific conference to discuss her/his institution’s application in which s/he is designated as PI

Yes, each of these constitutes a breach of NIH peer review integrity. Our attention to peer review integrity has been heightened with our growing awareness of the scope and impact of breaches…Continue reading →

Clarifying Long-Standing NIH Policies on Disclosing Other Support

By Mike Lauer

Who funds your current research? Make sure to let NIH know. It is required. Institutions and investigators must disclose all forms of what is termed “other support” when applying for and receiving NIH grants. Other support includes all resources, regardless of whether or not they have monetary value, available in direct support of an individual’s research endeavors. So, do you need to report those other NIH grants you have? Yes. What about a contract from another federal agency? Yes. Grants or contracts that go through another institution, including institutions in foreign countries? Yes. Commercial funds? Yes. Domestic or international positions held by senior/key personnel? Yes… Continue reading →

Tips Before You Submit

Project Summary/Abstract and Project Narrative: What’s the Difference and What to Include

When writing an NIH grant application, applicants are asked to develop a Project Summary/Abstract and a Project Narrative, two sections that, if the application is funded, are made available on RePORTER to help the public understand the value of NIH-funded research. This table shows how they compare and what to include. Continue reading →


New “All About Grants” Podcast on Writing a Fellowship Application

Individual fellowship (F) awards provide research training opportunities to trainees at the predoctoral, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Listen to this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, to hear NIH’s Research Training Policy Officer discusses the F application process, sharing tips and best practices for developing a strong application. Continue reading →

Have Inclusion Questions? Our Revamped Inclusion Webpages Have Answers!

Wondering where to go for information on NIH’s Inclusion policies? Visit the new Inclusion Policies for Research Involving Human Subjects landing page, where you can navigate to learn more about NIH policies on the inclusion of women and minorities and the inclusion of individuals across the lifespan. Continue reading →


New to NIH Grants? Would an Workshop on Intellectual Property, Human Subjects, NIH Policy-Making, eRA, or an NIH Administrator’s Boot Camp Help?

If you’ve been searching for an opportunity to learn more about the NIH grants process and perhaps delve into more specific topics to help you do your job…then look no further! The NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration provides an array of pre-seminar workshops and sessions over the course of three days that may be just what you’ve been looking for from NIH. Take a peek at what’s offered at our next seminar in Phoenix, Arizona, November 6-8, 2019. Continue Reading →