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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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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

Edition: April 21, 2021

Feature Article: Patents Part Two—A Closer Look at Reporting

Submitting a required invention disclosure to NIH through iEdison is not considered a “public disclosure” and will not jeopardize your patent rights. In fact, if you don’t submit a required invention disclosure to NIH, your patent rights will be in jeopardy.

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Bayh and Dole

Edition: April 07, 2021

Feature Article: Know How To Answer Just-in-Time Requests, Resolve a Bar to Award

Certain codes in your summary statement can indicate an award restriction or bar to award, which can block you from funding until you resolve underlying scientific review concerns about human subjects involvement, inclusion, or animal welfare.

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patient with tick bite

Edition: March 17, 2021

Feature Article: Insights Into Inventions—Reporting, Bayh-Dole, and More

Learn what actions you should take upon developing a unique or novel device, method, or process during the course of NIH-funded research.

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Light bulb Edison

Edition: March 03, 2021

Feature Article: Highlights From January 2021 NIAID Advisory Council Meeting

In his remarks to NIAID’s Advisory Council, NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci shared key staff transitions, legislative updates, and COVID-19 news.

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Dr. Fauci at Vaccine Kick-Off Event

Edition: February 17, 2021

Feature Article: Writing a Winning Application—Write To Excite

Create a winning application by keeping your NIH peer reviewers in mind as you anticipate questions about your project's significance and innovation.

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dissecting microscope

Edition: February 03, 2021

Feature Article: NIH or NIAID? Know the Difference

Familiarize yourself with the differences between NIH and its institutes and centers as related to funding and peer review.

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Edition: January 21, 2021

Feature Article: Writing a Winning Application—Consider the Review Committee

Match your research project to a review group with appropriate expertise and create an application that appeals to the reviewers and catches their interest by proposing concepts and preliminary data they would regard as innovative.

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researcher uses a dissecting microscope

Edition: December 16, 2020

Feature Article: Checking on FY 2020 Application and Award Totals

In fiscal year 2020, NIAID awarded more R01 and R21 grants than ever before.

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HIV Antibody Testing Kit

Edition: December 02, 2020

Feature Article: Writing a Winning Application—Nail Your Budget

When planning your budget for a NIH grant application, be realistic, request only what is necessary and reasonable, and justify everything.

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scientist using a calculator

Edition: November 18, 2020

Feature Article: NIAID Funding News—The Origin Story

Intelligence, creativity, and dedication are important attributes among NIH investigators. Good grantsmanship is equally critical to a successful career.

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John J. McGowan, Ph.D.