Your NIH Grant Application. 2009 MORE Program Directors Meeting June 10-12, 2009 – Colorado Springs, CO. Paul Sheehy, Ph.D. Deputy Associate Director National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). ABSTRACT.
Your NIH Grant Application
2009 MORE Program Directors Meeting
June 10-12, 2009 – Colorado Springs, CO
Paul Sheehy, Ph.D.
Deputy Associate Director
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Enhancing Peer Review
Electronic (SF424 R&R) submitted through Grants.gov
Paper (PHS 398) direct to CSR
to an NIH Institute
CSR Referral Office assigns the application…
a unique identifier (application number)
to Integrated Review Group (IRG) and then a study section (SRG)
Application assessed for completeness & eligibility
Notice of assignment available in eRA Commons in 4 weeks.
Assess quality of SRG process
Offers recommendation to Institute Staff
Evaluates program priorities and relevance
Advises on policy
Output: Priority Score and Summary Statement
3 - 7 months
Output: Funding Recommendations
1 - 3 months
Output: Awards or Resubmission
NIH Peer Review
Primary Implementation Actions
More at: http://enhancing-peer-review.nih.gov/
January 2010 Submissions
Changes Happening So Far
NIH limiting all original new (i.e. never submitted) and competing renewal applications to only one resubmission.
Applies to all applications submitted for January 25, 2009 due date and beyond.
Previously submitted applications will be allowed two resubmissions (“grandfathered”) until January 7, 2011.
Based on recommendations from the Peer Review Oversight Committee to increase the number of high quality and first resubmissions that can be funded earlier.
Reduces applicant burden of multiple resubmissions.
Removes delays in funding for meritorious science.
More at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-003.html
Phase Out of A2 Applications
Criteria for a New Application
Expectations for preliminary data or track record should not be the same as for established investigators
Encourage earlier transition to research independence
Strongly encourage New Investigators, particularly ESIs, to apply for R01 grants when seeking first-time NIH funding
Clustering facilitates consistency
Changes Happening NOW
Reflects the reviewers’ assessment of the likelihood for the project to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the research field(s) involved
Overall Impact Overall Impact/Priority Score
*Will receive individual criterion scores
Side-by-side comparison http://grants.nih.gov/grants/peer_review_process.htm
Additional Review Considerations
New Score Descriptors
Phases of Process
Order of Discussion
Where feasible, discussion order based on:
Beginning with Jan 2010 Submissions
*NIH Plans a Fall Release of new Forms
Alignment of Applications and Review Criteria
Changes to three parts of application:
Restructured Research Plan
Introduction (amended appls only)
Background and Significance
Preliminary Studies/Progress Report
Research/Research Training Design and Methods
Inclusion Enrollment Report (as applicable)
Progress Report Publication List
Human Subjects Sections….
protections, women/minorities, enrollment, children
Other Research Plan Sections….
animals, select agent, MPI, consortium, support, sharing
Facilities and Other Resources
(in 424 part of the R&R Other Project Information; in 398 the Resources Format Page)
Environment - New instruction to address how scientific/training environment will contribute to probability of success, unique features of environment, etc. For ESIs, provide description of institutional investment in success of the investigator.
Core Review Criteria
Page Limit Revisions
Adobe Application Forms and Electronic Submission
Changes to electronic applications are on the way.
Learn how this affects YOU today!
Works on both Macs and PCs
Clicking ‘Submit’ is not the last step. Remember. . . if you can’t view it (in Commons), we can’t review it !
More at: http://era.nih.gov/ElectronicReceipt/avoiding_errors.htm
Resources & Help Desks
New Scientific and Grants Management Policies
Compliance mandated by Law
Applicable to peer-reviewed articles accepted for publication on or after 4/7/08
Submission of articles to NIH: Deposit final manuscript in NIH Manuscript Submission (NIHMS) system. Many journals will submit articles on behalf of author. Articles must be publicly available on PubMed Central no later than 12 months after date of publication
Citing Articles in Applications & Progress Reports: Beginning with 5/25/08 submission date, use the PubMed Central ID or NIH MS ID number for each article.
More at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-071.html
“All investigators funded by NIH must submit to PubMed Central an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts upon acceptance for publication.”
Helpful NIH Technical Assistance Resources
New reports, data and analyses website released in March, 2008 and expanded significantly in January, 2009 with addition of RCDC data (Research, Condition and Disease Categorization process)
Replaces the current Award Information and Data web pages (including CRISP) and will provide:
Quick access to “Frequently Requested Reports”
FAQs on how success rates are computed and questions on the NIH budget
Search tools for locating data and reports quickly and easily
Links to funding estimates for certain research areas, conditions, and diseases.
Foundation for broader NIH-wide Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT)
Weekly Updates from NIGMS
Other useful information
Community discussion is encouraged through comments
Early Notice: New Microbial-Host Interactions Grants (Upcoming RFA)
Discussion of the Scientific Workforce
FY 2010 NIGMS Budget Request
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