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Celebrating National Rural Health Day: Highlighting Policy and Research

Resubmitted from: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
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By: George Sigounas MS, Ph.D. , Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration

On National Rural Health Day, HRSA Administrator Sigounas discusses policy-oriented research on the health challenges of rural communities.

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Legislative Mandates for Fiscal Year 2019

Resubmitted from: NIH Staff | November 13, 2018 at 11:44 am | Tags: legislative mandates | Categories: Policy | URL:

by NIH Staff

NIH issued a notice detailing statutory provisions that limit or condition the use of funds on NIH grant, cooperative agreement, and contract awards for FY 2019. These provisions include:

  • Salary Limitation
  • Gun Control
  • Anti-Lobbying
  • Acknowledgment of Federal Funding
  • Restriction on Abortions, with exceptions
  • Ban on Funding Human Embryo Research
  • Limitation on Use of Funds for Promotion of Legalization of Controlled Substances
  • Restriction on disclosure of political affiliation for Federal scientific advisory committee candidates
  • Dissemination of False or Misleading Information
  • Restriction of Pornography on Computer Networks
  • Restriction on Distribution of Sterile Needles

For additional details, see NOT-OD-19-030.

Decoding NIH Grant Numbers

Resubmitted from: NIH Staff | November 15, 2018 at 8:38 am | Tags: grant applicationgrant number | URL:

by NIH Staff

Have you ever wondered what each part of an NIH grant number means? Decode that string of letters and numbers with this helpful cheat sheet. After grasping the basics, you’ll be able to quickly tell if an application is new, which NIH institute or center (IC) is funding the grant, and which support year it is in just by glancing at the number. Or you may even want to print the cheat sheet and use it is a handy reference for IC codes/acronyms and application types.

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New Support Opportunities for Research Computing

Resubmitted from: Boise State University OIT News Page

by sjessen            October 24, 2018

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New Programming Pop-Up Consultations

Research Computing Services in the Office of Information Technology is pleased to announce new free and open programming pop-up hours to help Boise State researchers with scientific data programming, processing issues, and other needs.

We’ll meet with researchers to provide assistance with applications, coding (R, Python, C/C++, etc.), pipeline, data exploration, data prep, post and final processing, and more.

No research problem is too big or too small!

Researchers are encouraged to contact us at researchcomputing@boisestate. edu to set up an appointment.

Research Computing Services Office Hours

Research Computing Services holds regular main campus office hours the last Wednesday and Thursday of each month between 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.

Research Computing staff are on hand to answer questions and troubleshoot problems.

Consults are open to all – from undergrad to faculty and beyond!!

October Office Hours (come by for candy & coffee!):

  • Dates: 10/31 & 11/1
  • Time: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Where: 1114 S Manitou Ave (view our map location — we’re the modular on the left if you’re standing on Manitou)

Can’t make office hours? Email us at to make an appointment – we’re here to help!

Research Computing Days February 11-12, 2019

Save the date! Come learn and celebrate computing on campus by participating in Research Computing Days activities February 11 and 12, 2019.

Past event activities have included:

  • Software Carpentry Courses
  • Guest Speakers & Lightning Talks
  • Poster Session
  • Hands-On HPC Cluster Labs

Have ideas for other activities you’d like to see at RC Days? Email us at!

Need Assistance?

Contact Research Computing Services at, or visit our website at

Spring Into Action and Register for the 2019 NIH Regional Seminar in Baltimore Today!

Resubmitted from: NIH Staff | October 31, 2018 at 10:20 am | Tags: regional | URL:

by NIH Staff

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Each year, the NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration continues to draw participants from all over the globe.  If you are new to working with NIH grants and would like the opportunity to learn more directly from NIH & HHS experts, then make plans now to participate in the next NIH Regional Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration, Spring 2019 in Baltimore, MD.

  • Where: Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
  • When: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (Optional Pre-Seminar Workshops)
    Thursday and Friday, May 16-17, 2019 (2-Day Seminar)
  • Why Attend?   Unique opportunity to hear the latest NIH grants process and polices directly from over 65 NIH & HHS Program, Grants, Review and Policy presenters…all in a central location. In addition, you have the option to meet with over 35 additional experts representing NIH Institutes and Centers for 15 minute chats. That’s over 100 experts available to choose from!
  • What are You Waiting For?  Register today!

New investigators, research administrator, grant writer, or anyone on your team looking for a better understanding of the NIH grants process and policies….this seminar is for you.  With over 45 different topics covered during the 2-day Seminar (plus more in-depth conversations during the optional, pre-seminar workshops), you’re sure to return to your lab or office with the resources and contacts to help you work with NIH in the future.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the final NIH Regional Seminar in 2019…and the opportunity to get your questions answered! For more information and agendas, visit the San Francisco seminar website. If these dates don’t work for you, watch for updates on future events on the NIH Regional Seminar Home Page or through notices in the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts.

New Grant Application Tips for Success Videos

Resubmitted from: NIH Staff | October 12, 2018 at 10:43 am | URL:

by NIH Staff

Getting ready to apply for a grant and don’t know where to start? Set yourself up for success with tips from the experts at NIH. Quickly learn how to access application forms, ensure your application is a good fit for an announcement, and make an important final check of your application after submitting with new videos from the Office of Extramural Research (OER).

Check out these helpful quick tip videos on the How to Apply – Video Tutorials page to help you avoid common mistakes and position yourself for success:

Tip: Accessing application forms
Tip: Check for fit, before you submit!
Tip: If you can’t view it, we can’t review it!

NIH Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Provisions for a Future Draft Data Management and Sharing Policy

Resubmitted from: NIH Office of Science Policy 

On October 10, 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Request for Information (RFI) in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts to solicit public input on proposed key provisions that could serve as the foundation for a future NIH policy for data management and sharing.  The feedback we obtain will help to inform the development of a draft NIH policy for data management and sharing, which is expected to be released for an additional public comment period upon its development.

Comments on the proposed key provisions will be accepted through December 10, 2018, and can be made electronically by visiting here.

To further engage stakeholders, NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the proposed key provisions on November 7, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. ET. Details about the webinar, including how to register can be found by clicking here.

For a perspective on the importance of obtaining robust stakeholder feedback on this topic, please see the latest Under the Poliscope by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz.

Questions about the proposed provisions may be sent to the NIH Office of Science Policy at

A Data Sharing Renaissance: Music to My Ears!

Resubmitted from: Carrie Wolinetz | October 11, 2018 at 12:29 pm | URL:

by Carrie Wolinetz

Guest post by Carrie Wolinetz, Ph.D., NIH Associate Director for Science Policy, originally released on the Under the Poliscope blog.

When world famous cellist, Yo-Yo Ma, visited the NIH campus, he shared a story from the history of music, in which the peak of stringed instrument quality occurred in the late 17th century at a time of great collaboration and sharing of knowledge. When instrument makers began to compete, all of that changed: secrets of craftsmanship were held close and the quality of instruments plummeted. This decline lasted, according to Ma, until the 20th century, when again the free-flow of knowledge resumed. NIH Director Francis Collins noted, “There’s a lesson here about science.”

Data sharing is important. It is critical to continued progress in science, to maximize our investment in research, and to ensure the highest levels of transparency and rigor in science. But data sharing is a means to an end, not itself an end goal and, as such, needs to be done thoughtfully, in a way that fulfills the vision and mission of NIH and continues the advancement of treatments for disease and improvement of human health. NIH has long been on the forefront of making access to the results of our research accessible and has described our vision for expanding access to publications and data both in the 2015 NIH Plan for Increasing Access to Scientific Publications and Digital Scientific and in the 2018 Strategic Plan for Data Science.

The generation, analysis, and publication of data relates to the core function of NIH’s role as a biomedical research agency. Therefore, policies related to the management and sharing of data can have great impact across the agency and the research community. As such, it is critically important that we engage stakeholders on this complex topic. We began the conversation with the 2016 request for information on Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation, and a 2017 joint workshop with the National Science Foundation that focused on the value of data sharing. Now we want to share with the community our current thinking about potential next steps in data management and sharing policy and seek your feedback on the best path forward.

Today, NIH released a notice in its Guide to Grants and Contracts that seeks public input on the key policy provisions that NIH is considering for inclusion in a future draft policy aimed at replacing NIH’s existing Data Sharing Policy. By obtaining robust stakeholder feedback we can help ensure that the future NIH policy will promote opportunities for data management and sharing while allowing flexibility for various data types, sharing platforms, and strategies. The information stakeholders provide can also assist us in developing streamlined approaches that could potentially reduce unnecessary administrative burdens.

While we appreciate and will consider any and all feedback our stakeholders provide, we are specifically interested in your thoughts on these key items:

    • The definition of scientific data to be covered within these plans,
    • The elements of required data management and sharing plans, and
    • The optimal timing, including possible phased adoption, for NIH to consider in implementing various parts of a new data management and sharing policy, as well as how possible phasing could relate to needed improvements in data infrastructure, resources, and standards.

You can view our request for information (RFI), the key provisions and provide your comments by visiting provisions-data-managment- sharing/.  Comments will be accepted until December 10, 2018.  In addition, NIH will also be hosting a webinar on the proposed provisions on November 7, 2018.  Interested participants can find more details and register for the webinar here.

I often hear that policies seem to emerge from NIH fully formed, with little opportunity for the expertise and thoughts of the research community to come to bear. This RFI represents an opportunity to join the conversation before policy decisions are made. In the spirit of collaboration, embodied by 17th century Italian instrument makers, let’s work together to get this right.

Your Grant Application Questions Answered in New NIH Center for Scientific Review Videos

Resubmitted from: NIH Staff | October 4, 2018 at 9:44 am | URL:

by NIH Staff

Curious about how NIH grant applications are reviewed? Get a front row seat to the peer review process in this video created by the NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR). Investigators will get insights into how applications are reviewed so they can better enhance and advance their applications in the NIH peer review process.

Still have more questions? In this video, 10 experts from the NIH CSR answer the top 10 peer review questions applicants ask us. Be sure to also check out a list of the Top 100 NIH Peer Review Q&As for even more information and answers to questions you might not even know to ask.

NIH Online Clinical Research Courses are Now Open

Resubmitted from: NIH Staff | October 10, 2018 at 11:13 am | URL:

by NIH Staff

Want to gain knowledge in clinical research and pharmacology? Start learning now through the FREE self-paced courses offered by the NIH Office of Clinical Research.

Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research

This course trains participants on how to effectively and safely conduct clinical research.Topics covered in the course include: study design, measurement, statistics, ethical, legal, monitoring, and regulatory considerations, preparing and implementing clinical studies, additional study designs and more. Both the course and registration for the 2018-2019 course year are now open through June 30, 2019. Please visit the IPPCR website. (Note that this course is not intended to be a replacement for required training in the protection of human subjects.)

Principles of Clinical Pharmacology

This course covers the fundamentals of clinical pharmacology as a translational scientific discipline. The course consists of approximately 50 lectures by thought-leaders from around the world. Topics covered in the course include: pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism and transport, drug therapy in special populations, assessment of drug effects, drug discovery and development, pharmacogenomics and pharmacotherapy. Registration for the 2018-2019 course year is now open through June 30, 2019. Please visit the PCP website.