Category Archives: Research Evaluation & Peer Review

FASEB highlights concerns regarding use of preprints in grant applications

In October, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought input regarding the inclusion of preprints and other interim research products, such as protocols and large datasets, in grant applications and reports as a way to enhance the rigor and impact of research funded by the agency. Following extensive consultation with its member societies, the Federation… Read More »

NIH seeks input on inclusion of preprints in grant applications and reports

On October 6, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input on the inclusion of interim research products and preprints in grant applications and reports as well as known standards for reporting such products. Specifically, NIH asks the research community to provide insights about existing interim research products and… Read More »

Council considers strategies to strengthen NIH peer review

On September 26, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) Advisory Council met to discuss key issues for peer review—and the NIH grant application and award process more broadly—as the agency plans for FY 2017 and beyond. Lawrence Tabak, DDS, PhD, NIH Principal Deputy Director, reviewed the current status of the… Read More »

FASEB responds to NIGMS request on modernizing graduate education

On August 5, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) submitted comments on the six topics identified in a National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Request for Information (RFI) regarding Strategies for Modernizing Biomedical Graduate Education. The RFI culminated roughly two years of efforts by NIGMS—including blog posts and a symposium—to broaden… Read More »

FASEB releases reproducibility recommendations

On January 14, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) issued Enhancing Research Reproducibility, a set of recommendations aimed to promote the reproducibility and transparency of biomedical and biological research. The recommendations address general factors that impede the ability to reproduce experimental results as well as factors that specifically affect the use of… Read More »

NIH taps cardiologist to lead extramural research

A cardiovascular epidemiologist and experienced research administrator was chosen to lead the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Office of Extramural Research. Michael Lauer, MD, who has worked at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) since 2007, begins work as the agency’s deputy director for extramural research in October, according to an agency announcement.… Read More »

FASEB hosts discussion of reproducibility in antibody research

On September 10, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) hosted a dialogue on ways to improve the reproducibility of scientific studies that use antibodies. The discussion featured presentations by five experts in the field who described different strategies to validate antibodies and the studies that use them. The roundtable was the second… Read More »