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Edition: May 18, 2022

Feature Article: Respond to Just-in-Time Requests and Any Bars to Award

Most just-in-time information requested by NIAID staff is routine, but certain codes in your summary statement can indicate an award restriction or bar to award.

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Clinical trial volunteer receives wristband

Edition: May 04, 2022

Feature Article: A Deep Dive Into Data Management and Sharing

NIH's new policy requires both effective data management with the development of data management and sharing plans as well as maximum data sharing in a timely manner.

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Work station in a research laboratory

Edition: April 20, 2022

Feature Article: Find a Fiscal Year 2021 Research Overview, Related Databases

If you are keen on data, you’ll likely want to read on for funding and success rate data on fiscal year 2021 NIH and NIAID awards, as well as databases you can use to find more information.

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DNA sample is isolated and ready for storage

Edition: April 06, 2022

Feature Article: NIH and Tribal Nations—Commitment and Collaboration

Regular, meaningful engagement with Tribal partners helps NIH ensure American Indians and Alaska Natives are well-represented in research and benefit from its outcomes.

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NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and THRO Director Dr. David Wilson

Edition: March 16, 2022

Feature Article: Director of NIAID’s Vaccine Research Center Announces Retirement

Dr. John Mascola provided leadership for scientific and clinical research activities and developed vaccine research programs for priority diseases, including HIV, influenza, Ebola/Marburg, malaria, and COVID-19.

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John Mascola Shaking Hands with Barack Obama

Edition: March 02, 2022

Feature Article: Thank You to 2021 NIAID Peer Review and Committee Volunteers

Our thanks to all who volunteer to serve on a peer review group or advisory committee; your time, effort, and contributions are critically important to help NIAID fund the best science.

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Panel of Peer Reviewers

Edition: February 16, 2022

Feature Article: A Synopsis of January’s Advisory Council Meeting

Catch up on remarks from NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and a presentation from guest speaker Dr. Lyric Jorgenson, the acting NIH associate director for science policy and acting director of NIH’s Office of Science Policy.

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Dr. Lyric Jorgenson

Edition: February 02, 2022

Feature Article: Know the Rules—NIH Peer Review Security and Confidentiality

Security and confidentiality in peer review are essential to safeguard the exchange of scientific opinions, protect confidential information, provide reliable input to NIH about research projects to support, and more.

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CD8 T Cells Close to Wound After Staphylococcus Epidermidis Application

Edition: January 19, 2022

Feature Article: Know Where To Go for Insights Into Site Visits

Staff may conduct “not-for-cause” site visits, such as those for new foreign awardees, as well as “for cause” visits when NIAID has evidence of administrative or accounting deficiencies at an institution.

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Researcher opens freezer door

Edition: December 15, 2021

Feature Article: NIAID Sometimes Funds Applications as the Secondary Institute

When an application spans multiple institutes' research priorities, NIH's Center for Scientific Review designates one institute as primary and the other(s) as secondary.

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NIAID researcher reaching for cell cultures in a CO2 incubator

Edition: December 01, 2021

Feature Article: Don’t Be Fazed by Phased Awards

NIAID uses phased awards to provide support for high-risk projects and a rapid pathway to additional funding for those projects able to meet the high-risk goals within established timelines.

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Researcher checks western/moisture blots to know if proteins bind to antibodies

Edition: November 17, 2021

Feature Article: Create a Strong Multiple PI Leadership Plan

Your team agreed to work together because you assume it will go well, so it’s easy to overlook or minimize how you will handle disputes. Be sure to plan a thorough process for resolving conflicts and disputes.

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NIAID researcher uses an electron microscope.

Edition: November 03, 2021

Feature Article: For Foreign Investigators and Institutions—Know Eligibility Requirements

Applications from foreign institutions are strengthened when they include either expertise, study opportunities, or resources that are not easily available in the United States—for example, access to a unique study population or scientists with unusual skills or achievements.

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Mosquito dissection under microscope

Edition: October 20, 2021

Feature Article: For Grant Applicants—A Focus on Facilities and Equipment

When building your application, work with your department chair or colleagues to identify the resources and level of support your institution can provide and external resources you can leverage.

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Workbench in NIAID intramural laboratory, with supplies and equipment

Edition: October 06, 2021

Feature Article: A Summary of September’s Advisory Council Meeting

Catch up on remarks from NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci and a presentation from guest speaker Dr. Steven Holland, director of the NIAID Division of Intramural Research.

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Steven M. Holland, M.D.

Edition: September 15, 2021

Feature Article: RCDC Shares Spending Estimates and Disease Burden by Category

To match projects with relevant categories, NIH's Research, Condition, and Disease Categories (RCDC) uses sophisticated text data mining (categorizing and clustering using words and multiword phrases) and NIH-wide definitions.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell infected with a variant strain of SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (UK B.1.1.7), isolated from a patient sample.

Edition: September 01, 2021

Feature Article: Know How To Demonstrate Scientific Progress in Annual Reports

You need to describe scientific progress in your annual Research Performance Progress Report to demonstrate success and merit, even if the project is still ramping up.

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Medical Examination of a Clinical Trial Volunteer

Edition: August 18, 2021

Feature Article: Recognize What You Need To Change Scope

You must obtain NIAID’s written prior approval before changing the scope of your research activities. Start by discussing with your program officer your situation and the changes you are considering.

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Transmission electron micrograph of a SARS-CoV-2 virus particle

Edition: August 04, 2021

Feature Article: Know the Basics of Review Criteria

Scored review criteria receive separate scores, and both scored review criteria and additional review criteria contribute to the overall impact score. Additional review considerations do not affect the overall impact score.

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a bowl of peanuts

Edition: July 21, 2021

Feature Article: Learn Procedures for Extramural and Intramural Researchers To Collaborate

Because intramural researchers are government employees, additional rules and regulations apply to their involvement on research projects supported by NIH extramural grant funding.

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NIAID Liaison Greets Study Volunteer

Edition: July 07, 2021

Feature Article: Get To Know NIAID Small Business Programs

Our small business grant and contract funding opportunities help bridge the gap between basic science and commercialization of new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies.

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Centrifugal Filter Units

Edition: June 16, 2021

Feature Article: How To Find the Right Mentor for Early-Career Awards

A mentor makes a long-term commitment to your career as an adviser, advocate, critic, and instructor whose guidance helps your scientific plans, professional development, and advancement.

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Training on diagnostic procedures

Edition: June 02, 2021

Feature Article: A Refresher on Application Resubmission Strategy

Should your resubmission (A1) application go unfunded, you can submit a new application (A0), which does not need to be significantly different from the A1 so long as you remove any references to previous reviews from the A0.

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Researchers train to use new equipment

Edition: May 19, 2021

Feature Article: Extramural Research Overview for Fiscal Year 2020

NIH’s fiscal year 2020 appropriation totaled $41.6 billion. Of that total, NIH spent $30.8 billion to award 56,169 new and renewed extramural grants to 2,650 U.S. and international organizations.

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Dr. Francis Collins, NIH Director

Edition: May 05, 2021

Feature Article: Quiz Yourself on NIH Acquisitions Terminology

How familiar are you with NIAID’s solicitation and contract vocabulary? Test your knowledge by taking our quiz, and pay attention to the explanations for each answer.

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Scientist using a calculator