Rock Talk: How Do Multiple-PI Applications Fare?

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Do multi-PI applications stand a better chance of being funded than single-PI proposals?  Not really, according to the NIH’s Deputy Director for Extramural Research.  In fact, the rates of funding have been just about equal over the past four years.  Check out the data at Dr. Sally Rockey’s blog, Rock Talk.

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Peering into Peer Review

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Why don’t proposals given better scores by the National Institutes of Health lead to more important research outcomes? Michael Lauer’s job at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to fund the best cardiology research and to disseminate the results rapidly to other scientists, physicians, and the public. But NIH’s peer-review system, which relies on […]

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Getting Your Ducks in a Row for that First Big Grant Submission

Aron Parekh, PhD

So you are sailing high with your K career development award ready to pounce on your next grant submission!  But what do you need to reach that next milestone, i.e. “independent” funding such as a R01—the currency of academic medical research?  Well, you better start thinking about it.  You want to get that grant in […]

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NIH Loan Repayment Deadline Extended

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NIH wants to pay your medical or grad school debt so much that they’ve given you an extra two weeks to apply for their program.  That’s right, this year’s application deadline just got moved to December 1. 1,500 awards are active each year, and each awardee receives up to $70,000 in debt repayment.  Awards are […]

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Big Numbers, Big Ideas: Pingsheng Wu

Rebecca Helton, MA

Pingsheng Wu, PhD, likes playing with numbers.  She combs through large amounts of data, such as hospital records and surveys, seeking the causes of disease.  Although she has worked with data related to several diseases, her current research centers on asthma.  No primary prevention strategy exists for asthma, so in determining the causes of this […]

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Friday Fighty Squirrel's Academic Science News: It Ain't Your Money, Kid

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Let’s give it up for the House of Representatives passing the 21st Century Cures Act earlier this week putting some much needed funding into NIH. The bill lost some luster in 2015 and early 2016, bogged down by efforts to tie NIH funding to the opioid epidemic which was hitting a lot of congress critters […]

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Nifty Things from Open Mike

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NIH’s Rock Talk is now Open Mike, a blog by Dr. Michael Lauer, the Deputy Director for Extramural Research.  He and his team have been posting some cool stuff over the last couple of months: Lab Size: Is Bigger Better? A video from the director of NIGMS comes to the conclusion that a diverse variety […]

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NIH News: New Webinars Connect Applicants to NIH Peer Review Experts

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Do you want to learn how to make NIH peer review work for you? Sign up for one of the four Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review webinars brought to you by the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR)! CSR is the portal for receipt and referral of NIH grant applications, and, for the majority of those applications, handles their review […]

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Spreadsheet Madness

Sam Gannon, EdD

From time to time, I receive calls from faculty members who are facing a financial problem on one of their projects. Most of these issues are routine in the management of research, including problems with spending and budgeting, but there have also been the panicked, middle of the night phone calls when millions of dollars […]

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Rock Talk: Application Success Rates Decline in 2013

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Now we have the numbers to show this. In FY2013 we made 8,310 competing RPG awards, 722 fewer than in FY2012. This puts the overall research project grant (RPG) success rate at 16.8%, a decline from the 17.6% reported in FY2012. One might have expected a bigger drop in the success rates since we made […]

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