NIH Advisory Committees Discuss Diversity, Intramural Research, Children’s Study, Peer Review, and the Grant Application and Award Process

By Yvette Seger The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently hosted meetings of the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) and the Scientific Management Review Board (SMRB), both of which provide advice to agency leadership on issues affecting the biomedical research community. During its meeting on December 11 and 12, the ACD received updates on… Read More »

Inside (the Beltway) Scoop

By Jennifer Zeitzer Congress Passes “CRomnibus” Appropriations Bill; New Committee Rosters Announced A familiar pattern of partisan bickering, late night votes, and the threat of another government shutdown dominated the final days of the 113th Congress. It was a fitting end for a group that spent the better part of the last two years living… Read More »

National Science Foundation Adopts New Accountability and Transparency Practices

By Meghan McCabe Over the course of the last year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been developing a new Transparency and Accountability Initiative designed to “build and sustain the public trust” in the agency as “sound stewards of federal investments.” The effort began in December 2013 when NSF issued a statement on improving policies… Read More »

FASEB Provides Feedback on Informed Consent Considerations for Comparative Effectiveness Research

By Anne Deschamps The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) recently submitted comments on the Draft Guidance on Disclosing Reasonably Foreseeable Risks in Research Evaluating Standards of Care published by the Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in response to the 2013 OHRP compliance oversight investigation into the Surfactant, Positive Pressure, and Oxygenation… Read More »

NIH to Require New Biosketch Format for All Grant Applications Beginning May 25, 2015

By Yvette Seger Earlier this month, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) issued a Notice requiring the use of a new biographical sketch (biosketch) for all grant applications starting with the May 25, 2015 deadline. The revised format is intended to highlight the specific contributions of an investigator to prior projects as well as define… Read More »