New federal policies issued on clinical trials

The NIH is the largest funder of clinical trials in the U.S., investing over $3 billion each year. Standards for scientific rigor and ethical oversight must be exceptionally high because the health...

Learn more about NIH peer review in upcoming online briefings

Have you ever wondered what goes on inside an NIH Study Section and what's most important to reviewers? The NIH Center for Scientific Review is hosting a series of online briefings in November and...

Assessing scientific productivity: A new metric

Publication data - journal impact factors, number of first author publications, prestige of the journal - are commonly used to assess research productivity. But the metrics used to generate these...

NIH wants to hear from you

Help shape the agenda of a planned future conference on coronary heart disease In 1978, the Bethesda Conference on the Declining Mortality from Coronary Heart Disease brought together international...

New NIH policy on appendix materials in applications

A notice was issued on Aug. 12, 2016 detailing plans to eliminate most appendix materials for applications submitted to the NIH, AHRQ or NIOSH on or after Jan., 2017. According to the notice, the...

NIH seeks input on biomedical digital repositories

The era of "Big Data" in biomedical research presents both opportunities and challenges. Increasing access to digital data allows for expanded accountability and accelerated discovery. But to take...

Grant applications: A quick guide to rigor and reproducibility

Many of you still have questions about how to address the new NIH requirements on rigor and reproducibility in your grant applications. Last week, NIH published a new one-page resource to walk you...

Coming soon: MIRA funding for early-stage investigators

We first reported on the Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) for New and Early-Stage Investigators (R35) mechanism when it was introduced by the National Institute of General Medical...

NIGMS wants your input on modernizing biomedical graduate education

Last week, on June 8, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences issued a formal Request for Information: Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. We first wrote about...