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What are Institutional Training Table Data Used For?
by NIH Staff

NIH institutional training grant applications request past and present faculty and trainee data, which are used by peer reviewers and NIH program staff in the evaluation of the application and making funding decisions. For active training grants, NIH requests trainee and faculty data to assess the progress of these ongoing training awards. These data provide insight into:

  • the environment of the proposed training
  • distribution of participating faculty by research interest
  • existing support for training, and availability of funds to support trainees’ research
  • recruitment of new trainees and progress of existing trainees, as assessed by outcomes such as:
    • degree completion
    • publications
    • career progress
    • subsequent involvement in research-related activities

Have other questions about training grant data tables? Visit our FAQs.

For more information on institutional training grants, generally, visit the “T Kiosk” page on

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Funding Opportunity – ITHS Pilot Awards

ITHS continually strives to fund novel, innovative, and collaborative translational and clinical research. To advance this mission, the ITHS Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies program is requesting applications for three funding categories to be awarded from 2018-2019.

Research Innovation Award

Research Innovation Award

Improving the conduct of clinical trial research.

The Research Innovation Award supports specific clinical or translational research questions that can also act as a vehicle to develop new methods, policies, or procedures that will aid in the conduct of research.

Award: Up to $100,000

Letter of Intent Due: July 15, 2017

Applications Due: August 15, 2017


Collaboration Innovation Awards

Supporting interdisciplinary collaborations in translational research.

The Collaboration Innovation Awards are intended to encourage the development of new interdisciplinary collaborations between investigators in projects that address critical transitions in translational research.

Award: Up to $50,000

Letter of Intent Due: July 15, 2017

Applications Due: August 15, 2017


Academic / Community Partnership Research Awards

Supporting collaborations between academic and community investigators.

The Academic/ Community Partnership Award proposed work should focus on a problem, issue, or intervention that is important to the community.

Award: Up to $20,000

Letter of Intent Due: July 15, 2017

Applications Due: August 15, 2017



Voucher Award


Early Investigator Voucher Awards

Providing translational research studies with critical support.

ITHS is offering Voucher Awards as “in-kind” service vouchers for IRB or IACUC approved or exempt investigations in support of outstanding translational research.

Award: Up to $3,000

Applications Due: July 1, October 1,January 1, April 1

Early Investigator Catalyst Awards

Supporting research efforts of junior investigators.

The Early Investigator Catalyst Award program provides “just-in-time” resources to investigators looking to complete a project or collect pilot data for a larger grant application.

Award: Up to $5,000

Applications Due: July 1, October 1, January 1, April 1


The Institute is supported by grants UL1 TR002319, KL2 TR002317, and TL1 TR002318 from the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences through the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Program (CTSA). Please help us continue to support your research by citing our grant number(s) in publications we supported.


New Funding Opportunities; Annual Meeting Scholarships Available

New Research Funding Opportunities

We are now accepting Letters of Intent (LOIs) for five PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs). These include two targeted announcements: one on treating opioid use disorders among pregnant women, and one on managing symptoms in patients with advanced illness. We are also accepting LOIs through our Pragmatic Clinical Studies program and a limited funding announcement on dissemination and implementation. LOIs for all five opportunities are due Tuesday, July 25.

Those invited to submit full applications to our Tier A Pipeline to Proposal Awards have until Friday, June 30, to apply. Tier A awards provide seed money to help individuals and groups who want to develop research capacity, create new partnerships, and build the infrastructure they need to conduct research.

Hill Briefing and Facebook Live Q&A on Prostate Cancer

We’ve partnered with Men’s Health Network to host a Capitol Hill briefing on shared decision making and prostate cancer. It will take place Wednesday, June 28. If you’re unable to attend, you may watch a recording we’ll post afterward. Learn more about the hill briefing here.

You can also join us online at 4 p.m. ET the same day for a Facebook Live and Twitter Q&A focusing on the need for patient-centered research on men’s health. In a new feature article, one of the speakers at both events describes his experiences as a prostate cancer survivor who helped design and conduct PCORI-funded research.

The Impact of Providing Care

George Vradenburg picture Chairman and Founding Board Member Us Against Alzheimers

George Vradenburg, Chairman and Founding Board Member of UsAgainstAlzheimers, discusses how family caregivers face their own health problems because of the intensity and duration of care required for people with Alzheimer’s or dementia.

Annual Meeting Scholarship Opportunity

We’re pleased to offer a limited number of scholarships to help patients, caregivers, representatives from patient or caregiver organizations, and PCORI Ambassadors attend the PCORI Annual Meeting. Scholarships will cover travel, hotel, registration, and a meal allowance during the conference, which runs from October 31 through November 2 in the Washington, DC area. We’re accepting applications through Friday, July 21.

National Behavioral Health Barometer Now Available

Resubmitted from: SAMHSA News Update

Report cover.SAMHSA is pleased to announce the release of the Behavioral Health Barometer, United States, Volume 4. Topics addressed in the report include substance use, serious mental illness, serious thoughts of suicide, and behavioral health treatment. The barometer uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services and presents findings by age, gender, racial and ethnic categories, poverty status, and health insurance status.

Download the Behavioral Health Barometer

NIH Tutorials Available on Preparing, Submitting Grant Applications

Resubmitted from: OSP Funding Blast News Update

By ciennamadrid on Jun 07, 2017 11:58 am

For those new to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant writing process, or those who would like a refresher on how to write a competitive NIH grant, the organization has four interactive tutorials available on how to prepare, write and submit a competitive application.

You can find the four NIH interactive tutorials here. Each tutorial takes between 4-11 minutes to complete and allow viewers to skip ahead to chapters of interest, or navigate back for additional review. The tutorials also link to additional resources and transcripts.

National Institutes of Health RFA and Policy Updates

Resubmitted from: OSP Funding Blast News Update

By Pat Pyke on Jun 06, 2017 03:01 pm

The Biomolecular Research Center at Boise State has shared the following announcements with our research community.

Requests for Applications

  • Socioeconomic Disparities in Health and Mortality at Older Ages (R01)
    National Institute on Aging
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 20, 2017, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on these dates. No late applications will be accepted for this Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.
  • Partnerships for Development of Clinically Useful Diagnostics for Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria (R01)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2017 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on this date .
  • Partnerships for the Development of Vaccines and Immunoprophylactics Targeting Multiple Antimicrobial-Resistant Bacteria (R01)
    National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
    Application Receipt Date(s): October 4, 2017 , by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization. All types of non-AIDS applications allowed for this funding opportunity announcement are due on . Applicants are encouraged to apply early to allow adequate time to make any corrections to errors found in the application during the submission process by the due date.


  • Additional Change to the NIH/AHRQ/NIOSH Policy on Post-Submission Materials
    (NOT-OD-17-066) National Institutes of Health
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Reminder: Authentication of Key Biological and/or Chemical Resources
    (NOT-OD-17-068) National Institutes of Health
    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
  • NIH Offering Fall Seminar on Program Funding & Grants Administration In Baltimore, MD Early Registration Ends June 9
    (NOT-OD-17-073) National Institutes of Health

Getting Ready for the Next NIH Forms Update

Resubmitted from: NIH Extramural Nexus  April 30, 2017 at 5:43 pm

by NIH Staff

From time to time we need to update our application forms to maintain consistency with and Office of Management and Budget federal-wide requirements, and to incorporate changes in NIH policies and processes. NIH issued a Guide notice on April 27, announcing how we are gearing up for a transition from the current forms (“FORMS-D”) to the next iteration of forms for due dates on or after January 25, 2018. Highlights of the new FORMS-E will include:

  • Consolidation of human subjects, inclusion enrollment, and clinical trial information previously collected across multiple agency forms
  • Expansion and use of discrete form fields for clinical trial information to
    • provide the level of information needed for peer review;
    • lead applicants through clinical trial information collection requirements;
    • present key information to reviewers and agency staff in a consistent format; and
    • align with (where possible) and position us for future data exchange with
  • Incorporation of recent changes to R&R Budget and SBIR/STTRInformation forms

We will begin posting funding opportunities with the new FORMS-E packages in October. Read the NIH Guide Notice for more information: NOT-OD-17-062 – New NIH “FORMS-E” Grant Application Forms and Instructions Coming for Due Dates On or After January 25, 2018

New “All About Grants” Podcasts on Application Appendix and Post-Submission Materials

Resubmitted from: NIH Extramural Nexus April 30, 2017 at 5:06 pm

by: NIH Staff

Icon for the NIH All About Grants Podcast Two new “All About Grants” podcasts focus on topics related to submitting your application. In “A Look at NIH’s Appendix Policy” (Appendix Policy mp3, Appendix Policy transcript), Dr. Cathie Cooper, director of the Division of Receipt and Referral in the NIH’s Center for Scientific Review, talks about what can be submitted in an application’s appendix. In “NIH’s Post Application Submission Policy” (Submission Policy mp3, Submission Policy transcript), Dr. Sally Amero, NIH’s Review Policy Officer provides insight into why NIH has such a policy, and what grant application information can be updated after submission of an application, but before peer review.

All About Grants podcast episodes are produced by the NIH Office of Extramural Research, and designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process. The podcast features NIH staff members who talk about the ins and outs of NIH funding, and provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. Listen to more episodes via the All About Grants podcast page, through iTunes, or by using our RSS feed in your podcast app of choice.

New Policy for Appendix Materials

Please review the new policy regarding appendix materials.  This policy affects:  NIH, AHRQ and NIOSH submissions.

This Notice alerts the scientific research community of plans to eliminate most appendix materials for applications submitted to the NIH, AHRQ or NIOSH for due dates on or after January 25, 2017.  Application instructions will be updated by November 25, 2016 to reflect this change.

The Notice also clarifies:

  • Status of appendix materials in peer review
  • Allowable appendix materials
  • Consequences for submitting disallowed appendix materials

The NIH, AHRQ, and NIOSH strive to ensure fairness in peer review for all grant applicants by specifying the types and amount of application material that are accepted for peer review.  At the same time, these agencies appreciate both the need for applications to provide sufficient information to allow for an informed, expert review process and the importance of limiting the burden on peer reviewers.

Elimination of most appendix materials is intended to rectify inequities in the peer review process that can arise from submission of inappropriate or excessive appendix materials by some applicants and consideration of appendix materials in peer review by some, but not all reviewers.

New Policy for Appendix Materials in peer review:

Appendix materials in peer review

All information submitted with an application except the cover letter, assignment request form and appendix information are assembled into a single application image for funding consideration. The different sections within the application image are specified in the application instructions and correspond to the standard review criteria.


  • All information required for the peer review process must be contained within those designated sections of the application image, unless the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) specifies otherwise.
  • Information that expands upon or complements information provided in any section of the application — even if it is not required for the review — is not allowed in the appendix unless it is listed in the allowed appendix materials (below).  (NOT-OD-11-080)
  • Unless the FOA requires that certain information be included in the appendix, failure of reviewers to address appendix materials in their reviews is not an acceptable basis for an appeal of initial peer review (NOT-OD-11-064).

Allowable appendix materials

Beginning with applications submitted to the NIH, AHRQ, or NIOSH for due dates on or after January 25, 2017, the only allowable appendix materials are:

For applications proposing clinical trials (unless the FOA provides other instructions for these materials):

  • Clinical trial protocols
  • Investigator’s brochure from Investigational New Drug (IND), as appropriate

For all applications:

  • Blank informed consent/assent forms
  • Blank surveys, questionnaires, data collection instruments
  • FOA-specified items.
    • If appendix materials are required in the FOA, review criteria for that FOA will address those materials, and applications submitted without those appendix materials will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Consequences for submitting disallowed appendix materials

Applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2017 will be withdrawn and not reviewed if they are submitted with appendix materials that are not specifically listed in this Notice or the FOA as allowed or required.

Certificates of Confidentiality for NIH Grants

Certificates of Confidentiality for NIH Grants, by Mike Lauer (NIH Extramural Nexus)

This article was retrieved from Certificates of Confidentiality for NIH Grants, posted on April 28, 2017 by Mike Lauer at NIH Extramural Nexus.

Earlier this year I wrote a post about the 21st Century Cures Act and its changes that directly affect the NIH. One part of this new legislation contains provisions to improve clinical research and privacy through certificates of confidentiality.

Currently, certificates of confidentiality (or “CoCs”) are provided upon request to researchers collecting sensitive information about research participants. Soon, CoCs will be automatically provided for NIH-supported research, as set forth in the 21st Century Cures Act.

CoCs are an important to both the researchers conducting the study, and to the patient volunteers who make the research possible through their participation. CoCs protect researchers and institutions from being compelled to disclose information that would identify their research participants. They also provide research participants with strong protections against involuntary disclosure of their sensitive health information.

NIH-funded research has evolved since CoCs were first introduced in the 1970s. It is now more common to have projects that involve large-scale data sets and genomic information, and likewise, many thoughts leaders have sought to have the CoC process provide privacy protections more broadly.

We will soon be publishing an NIH Guide notice announcing how and when NIH will begin including certificates of confidentiality in the terms and conditions of award. By automatically providing CoCs as part of the NIH award process, we can provide an additional measure of protection to research participants, through a streamlined process that does not add additional burden to researchers. Stay tuned to the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts for more detailed information.