Understanding Asthma: Kecia Carroll

Rebecca Helton, MA

As the most common chronic diseases of childhood, asthma and other allergic diseases represent a “substantial burden on children in terms of quality of life, missed school days, and impact …

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Rock Talk: Biosketch Changes and New Efforts to Maximize Fairness in Peer Review

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Changes to the Biosketch We’re set for a major change in how you portray your body of work when applying for NIH funds.  With strong support from NIH leadership, …

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Finding Signals in the Noise: Todd Edwards

Rebecca Helton, MA

Discovering meaning in a massive amount of random-seeming data is nothing new to Todd Edwards, PhD, a genetic epidemiologist.  His career has made meaning out of many disparate parts, beginning …

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Rock Talk: FY13 by the Numbers

Rebecca Helton, MA

Application success rates, as I blogged about in December, declined in 2013 to a historic low. In fact, most of the numbers you are going to see throughout the Data Book …

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Rock and a Hard Place

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Yesterday Vanderbilt played host to NIH Director Francis Collins who spoke about “Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research”.  Collins told a full house and an overflow room that big initiatives like …

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Rock Talk: New Reforms to Federal Grant Policies

Rebecca Helton, MA

In February last year I blogged about the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)’s request for comments on proposed federal grant policy reforms. These policies, contained in multiple documents …

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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.…

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Open Season: NIH Loan Repayment Program

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NIH wants to pay your medical or grad school debt.  1,500 awards are active each year, and each awardee receives up to $70,000 in debt repayment.  Awards are available in several broad …

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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 …

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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) …

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