Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Finding the right fit

The best project idea in the world won't be funded if you apply to the wrong program. The National Institutes of Health offers advice on selecting the right funding opportunity announcement for your work.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

NIH: Use it or lose it

In a November 30 announcement about its closeout policies, NIH urges grantees to spend their awards in a timely fashion:

"NIH will strictly enforce its closeout policies. When recipients fail to submit timely reports, NIH will initiate unilateral closeout. It is important to note that for financial closeout, if a recipient fails to submit a final expenditure FFR, HHS policy directs NIH to close the grant using the last accepted Federal Cash Transaction Report’s cash drawdown amount. This could be considered a debt or result in disallowed costs.  In addition, failure to correct recurring reporting problems may cause NIH to take one or more actions that may include, but are not limited to, corrective actions, withholding of further awards, suspension or termination."

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

NSF award rates and more

The National Science Foundation has released its annual report on merit review, which includes award rates by program, by investigator characteristics and other information. You can get a copy of the document, "Report to the National Science Board on the National Science Foundation's Merit Review Process Fiscal Year 2016" here.

Want your NIH funds promptly? Do your public access diligence

The National Institutes of Health has guidelines for making grantee publications publicly accessible. If you don't meet those guidelines, future funding can be delayed. Read a summary of the guidelines here.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NSF report: Quotation marks & plagiarism

Some faculty, including full professors, don't understand how to provide proper attribution to others in their writing.

That was one of the findings of a report on training in the responsible conduct of research on campuses across the nation conducted by the National Science Foundation's Inspector General. Responsible conduct of research, or RCR, as it's known in the field, is the ethical practice of science. It covers all aspects of scientific inquiry, including publication

The report, "OIG Review of Institutions' Implementation of NSF's Responsible Conduct of Research Requirements," states that faculty, rather than students, were the subjects of 96 percent of the plagiarism cases in which NSF made a finding of research misconduct from FY2012-2016. Most of them stated they "were unaware that using someone else's words verbatim required quotation marks."

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

NSF in the Valley of the Sun in November

The National Science Foundation will present its Fall Grants Conference Nov. 13-14 in Phoenix, AZ. Details are available  here. If you can't make the trip, you can watch a live webcast of the event from your rain-surrounded office.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

NIH clinical trials policy changes


Check out the National Institutes of Health's policy changes changes regarding human subjects research and clinical trials. The definition of clinical trials is broader, new forms will be rolled out and policies regarding clinical trials are being modified.

Friday, June 16, 2017

NEH funding database

Want to know what projects the National Endowment for the Humanities has funded? Search its database.

New NIH videos on how to apply

The National Institutes of Health website has four new video tutorials on how to apply for a grant. They cover registering with its online submission system, writing a proposal and submitting your application. Check them out here.

More tales of the NSF OIG

Research misconduct -- primarily plagiarism and data falsification -- figure prominently in the latest Semiannual Report to Congress by the National Science Foundation's Office of the Inspector General. Those investigated included a full professor, assistant professors and graduate students. The full report is available here.