Thursday, December 15, 2011

More tales of the NSF OIG

The OIG investigated several cases of plagiarized text in NSF proposals. Read about it in the OIG's annual report.

NIH FCOI webinar

Lots of changes. Hear all about it.

Thursday, October 06, 2011


Frequently asked questions about the National Institutes of Health's conflict of interest policy.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Reviewers contradict each other?

It's frustrating: Two grant reviewers contradict each other. What to do? NIH offers some advice.

NSF Day @ Indiana U. of Pennsylvania

It's scheduled for Sept. 21. Registration deadline is Sept. 13.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

NIH proposes new human subjects rules

HHS says the proposed changes are "the most extensive since the Department of Health, Education and Welfare proposed publishing rules for the protection of human subjects involved in research on August 14, 1979." Public comments are welcomed through Sept. 26.

NSF regional grants conference in Longhorn country

NSF's next regional grants conference is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18 at the University of Texas-Austin, home of the Longhorns.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

NIH: Peer review revealed!

New videos show what really goes on at those review meetings.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

NIH goes family-friendly

Taking time off for family needs? See how NIH may accommodate you.

Monday, June 13, 2011

NSF award rates

The overall award rate for proposals at NSF in FY 2010 was 23 percent. However, rates vary by directorate, from 18 percent in Engineering to 38 percent in the Office of International Science & Engineering. See the full report, National Science Foundation's Merit Review 2010, NSB 11-41, for details.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Faculty blame students for their plagiarism

In the latest installment of Tales of the NSF OIG, formally known as its Semiannual Report to Congress, the agency reports that PIs accused of plagiarism often blame their students. Read all about it on p. 25 of the full report.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Multitask: Podcast on NIH budget development

Download this podcast on developing an NIH budget and make the most of your time on the treadmill!

How many NIH grants does a PI have?

Usually just one or two. See NIH's "myth-busting" post on the topic.

Friday, March 25, 2011

NIH's shorter review cycle for newbies

NIH has posted a new timetable for its resubmission program for new investigators. The program allows these investigators to get quicker peer review feedback.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

How to read an NIH funding announcement

Funding announcements contain lots of important information but can be difficult to navigate. NIH has a new podcast that walks you through the process.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Understanding NIH impact scores

Proposal reviews now include a paragraph discussing the factors that led to the overall impact score assigned to the grant. Also available is a report on the first round of surveys about the peer review process.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Reduced productivity? Discuss in NIH biosketch

PIs can now discuss issues such as family care responsibilities, illness, disability and active duty military service that may have affected their productivity.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

NIH proposal just miss the payline? There's hope

A new program, Health Research Funding, attempts to connect worthwhile but unfunded projects with patient advocacy organizations and other possible sources of support.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

FFATA, DUNS & FAIN revealed by NIH

Check out these FAQs for answers to your acronym questions.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NIH regional grants seminar in Arizona

April 27-29 in Scottsdale, to be precise. Click for info.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New NIH blog

The blog will provide information of interest to the extramural grant community. You can subscribe to the RSS feed or follow it on Twitter.

Friday, January 14, 2011

NIH policy on late grant submissions

The policy discusses examples of reasons that might and might not be accepted. Being very busy is not a valid reason for making a late submission.

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Application tips from NIH

Yes, you really should read the 250-page application guide, and other sage advice.