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...

NCI director Harold Varmus to step down

In case you haven't heard, Harold Varmus, M.D., announced yesterday that he will be stepping down from his position as director of NIH's National Cancer Institute, effective Mar. 31, 2015. Varmus has...

Notice: NIH revises definition of “clinical trial”

The revision is designed to make the distinction between clinical trials and clinical research studies clearer and to enhance the precision of the information NIH collects, tracks, and reports on...

NIH clarifies the 4-year limit for K99 postdoctoral applicants

The NIH has released a Notice of Clarification in regards to PA-12-042 "NIH Pathway to Independence Award (Parent K99/R00)." The purpose the Notice is to clarify the eligibility requirement that K99...

New funding initiatives at NIH

With budgets tight as ever, the NIH plans to experiment with new models of funding that boost investigator productivity by proving flexible, longer-term support. (Not unlike the HHMI Investigator...

NIH plans to balance sex in preclinical research

Updated May 20:  Sally Rockey has posted a follow-up note to the Nature article. *** While inclusion of women in NIH-funded clinical studies has led to important discoveries like the need...

NIH announces six new funding opportunities for the BRAIN Initiative

The NIH has launched its new Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, which is designed to provide support for research projects focused on developing tools...