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Edition: May 17, 2023

Feature Article: Quiz Yourself on NIH Grant Funding Terminology

How familiar are you with NIAID’s application and grant terminology? Test your knowledge by taking our quiz and pay attention to the explanations for each answer.

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A HISTEP student checks the eye color or her fruit flies during a genetics experiment.

Edition: May 03, 2023

Feature Article: There’s More to Biosafety and Biosecurity Than Select Agents

Review key terminology like dual use research of concern, enhanced potential pandemic pathogens, select agents, and recombinant or synthetic nucleic acid molecules.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Ebola virus particles both budding and attached to the surface of an infected VERO E6 cell

Edition: April 19, 2023

Feature Article: Address Just-in-Time Requests and Bars to Award Quickly

While most of the just-in-time information we request is routine, be aware that certain codes and comments in your summary statement can indicate a funding restriction or bar to award.

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Edition: April 05, 2023

Feature Article: Highlight Preliminary Data in Your Next Application

Focus on what reviewers would like to see in your application: enough information to convince them that your proposed project can be accomplished and is likely to have a high impact.

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

Edition: March 16, 2023

Feature Article: Generate Your Own Lists of Recently Funded Grants

You can create a list of recently funded NIAID grant awards to better assess the direction of preferences and priorities for NIAID peer reviewers and program staff.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of Group A Streptococcus (Streptococcus pyogenes) bacteria and a human neutrophil.

Edition: March 01, 2023

Feature Article: Stay on Top of SAM Renewals and Organizational Registrations

NIAID cannot provide grant funds to organizations with an expired System for Award Management (SAM) registration; this includes competing and noncompeting awards.

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3D print of hemagglutinin (HA), one of the proteins found on the surface of influenza virus that enables the virus to infect human cells

Edition: February 15, 2023

Feature Article: Reviewing NIAID’s Application and Award Counts for FY 2022

We share the number of R01-equivalent and R21 applications that NIAID received in the previous fiscal year (FY) as well as how many awards NIAID made in turn.

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Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in cross-section landing on the surface of a human respiratory endothelial cell. Single stranded RNA (colorized purple) is shown wrapped around a nuclear protein core capped by large L proteins.

Edition: February 01, 2023

Feature Article: Appreciation for 2022 NIAID Peer Review and Committee Volunteers

On behalf of NIAID and our research community, we express our deepest gratitude to fiscal year 2022 review and advisory group volunteers for donating their precious time and effort.

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VRC scientists working with a Biomek Nxp robot, which is used to set up and harvest cultures of HIV patients' B cells that are used in the discovery of novel HIV neutralizing antibodies.

Edition: January 18, 2023

Feature Article: Top Ten Things NIH RePORT and RePORTER Can Do for You

Use custom crafted queries to learn what active research projects represent the cutting edge of your field, find potential collaborators for future projects, and much more.

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Bar graph shows number of active projects at each NIH institute and center.

Edition: December 22, 2022

Feature Article: Know the Basics for Facilities and Administrative Costs

Facilities and administrative costs pay for common or joint objectives that cannot be readily identified with an individual project or program. Examples include payroll, departmental administration, student services, building depreciation, and utilities.

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Workbench in NIAID intramural laboratory, with supplies and equipment.

Edition: December 07, 2022

Feature Article: November ACD Meeting Featured a Trio of Proposals

The NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) discussed a new framework for peer review criteria, NIH-supported postdoctoral training, and alternative methods to advance biomedical research.

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Noni Byrnes, Ph.D., Director, Center for Scientific Review

Edition: November 16, 2022

Feature Article: Remember to Register, Review, and Update Records at

Those conducting an NIH-funded clinical trial must promptly update study records, including updates in the recruitment status or study completion date(s), made no later than within 30 days of the occurrence.

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Radiology Imaging at the NIH Clinical Center

Edition: November 02, 2022

Feature Article: Small Businesses—Set Your Sights on Phase III

Though NIAID does not fund small businesses directly for commercialization, our aim is to set up small businesses for later success during the earlier phases of the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

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prototype of a smart bandage equipped with temperature and pH sensors

Edition: October 19, 2022

Feature Article: Applicants—Understand What a Cooperative Agreement FOA Signifies

A cooperative agreement is a support mechanism that NIH frequently uses for high-priority research areas that require a level of involvement from NIH staff that is higher than for a typical research project grant.

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Volunteer in trial of candidate universal flu vaccine receives injection

Edition: October 05, 2022

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

NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said, "It has been an enormous pleasure and privilege of my job to have worked with the many extraordinarily intelligent and talented individuals who have served Council over the years.” 

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NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci

Edition: September 21, 2022

Feature Article: Help Spread the Word of a New NIH Fellowship Program

The NIH Medical Scientist Partnership Program will be a trans-NIH effort to support combined degree candidates by providing them an option to conduct doctoral research in an NIH Intramural laboratory.

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Participants in the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program

Edition: September 07, 2022

Feature Article: Understand the Fiscal Year Calendar to Sync Your Timing

Recognizing how NIH deadlines correspond to the fiscal year calendar can help you understand when and why NIAID undertakes certain actions and processes.

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Colorized transmission electron micrograph of a single Nipah virus particle

Edition: August 17, 2022

Feature Article: NIAID Prioritizes a Robust Population of Physician-Scientists

By virtue of their training, experiences, and responsibilities as clinicians, physician-scientists are uniquely positioned to identify research priorities and pursue breakthroughs inspired by patient care.

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Treating an Eczema Patient

Edition: August 03, 2022

Feature Article: Brush Up on the Basics of a Modular Budget

The modular budget form includes prompts to attach a Personnel Justification, Consortium Justification, and Additional Narrative Justification, which collectively justify your budget to peer reviewers.

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Edition: July 20, 2022

Feature Article: Know Your Closeout Obligations at Project’s End

Failure to submit reports when they are due may result in NIH's taking enforcement actions against your institution for not complying with grant closeout procedures. Follow our advice to complete this process on time and without issue.

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Universal Flu Vaccine Trial Volunteer Receives Injection

Edition: July 07, 2022

Feature Article: Recapping June’s Advisory Council Meeting

At the 201st meeting of NIAID’s Advisory Council, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci gave remarks on NIAID’s budget, outreach activities, scientific priorities, and research outcomes.

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Colorized scanning electron micrograph of mpox virus on the surface of infected VERO E6 cells

Edition: June 15, 2022

Feature Article: R21 Grants Make for Slippery Stepping Stones

The exploratory/developmental grant (R21) activity code provides up to two years of funding support. Typically, direct costs for the entire project period are capped at $275,000.

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materials on a lab bench

Edition: June 01, 2022

Feature Article: Reference NIH’s Biomedical Research and Development Price Index

In general terms, the Biomedical Research and Development Price Index indicates how much money is needed to purchase the same amount of biomedical research as the year before.

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NIH Director Francis S. Collins and NCATS Director Christopher P. Austin talk with U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski

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