Research Tracks

A publication of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at Baylor University

October 18, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NIH reschedules grant deadlines and review panels

In the wake of the recent government shutdown, the National Institutes of Health has announced that the agency is rescheduling its October grant application deadlines in order to provide better service to applicants.

Dr. Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, wrote on an NIH blog yesterday that proposal deadlines in October will be pushed back into November so that applicants will have access to NIH support staff and electronic systems as they prepare to submit applications.  Specific due dates have not been announced, but the new deadlines will be posted in the NIH Guide as soon as they are established.

In addition to grant application deadlines, Rockey said proposal review meetings which were canceled during the shutdown will also be rescheduled.

Rockey expects eRA Commons and other NIH extramural electronic systems to be operational by Monday, Oct. 21.

Please contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 710-3817 with any questions.

Edit: The NIH Guide has been updated with information on the resumption of extramural activities following the government shutdown.  Click here to read the notice.

August 20, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NIH to require eRA Commons IDs for graduate and undergraduate students

A new policy from the National Institutes of Health will require graduate and undergraduate students working on NIH-funded projects to set up eRA Commons IDs.

The new policy will be implemented in three phases over the next 14 months:

  • Currently, graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to establish eRA Commons accounts.
  • On Oct. 18, 2013, the PHS 2590 and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) forms will start prompting for this information. Warnings will also appear in eRA Commons screens to alert students that they need to establish an ID.
  • By October 2014, all RPPRs must have eRA Commons IDs for graduate and undergraduate students or the reports won’t be accepted by NIH.

Baylor investigators working on NIH-funded research projects are encouraged to help their students establish eRA Commons accounts as soon as possible.

Click here to read the full notice from NIH. Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs at 254-710-3817 for more information.

June 3, 2013
by Baylor OVPR
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NIAID updating “Ten Steps to a Winning R01” online guide

Are you considering applying for an R01 research grant from the National Institutes of Health? If so, you’ll want to read Ten Steps to a Winning R01, a free, online resource offered by the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. While the guide is published by the NIAID, the advice it contains is applicable to research proposals to any of the 27 NIH institutes and centers.

NIAID is currently updating the guide with the most current information. So far, the first two sections, Conduct a Self-Evaluation and Find Your Niche, have been updated. These sections contain guidance to help researchers carefully consider their own research agenda and make thoughtful plans about the most appropriate avenues to seek funding.

Click here to read Ten Steps to a Winning R01 on the NIAID website. Further updates to the series will be distributed through the NIAID Funding Newsletter, which is available online, through email subscription or on Twitter at @NIAIDFunding.