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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News: Major Change to NIH Resubmission Policy

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[T]oday we have announced a policy change. While the new policy still allows a single resubmission per application, ideas that were unsuccessfully submitted as a resubmission (A1) may now …

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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 …

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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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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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Jewels from Rock Talk

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The rumor patrol wants to squash the myth that R01s are getting shorter. A little over half of R01s awarded are five years in length. This has been …

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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%, …

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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 …

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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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