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Grants & You Fall 2020: Grantsmanship Training & Resources

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Research Fundamentals Training

PCORI Research Fundamentals Learning Package -- Research Fundamentals: Preparing You to Successfully Contribute to Research
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PCORI's new free, on-demand training, Research Fundamentals, allows users to learn about the health research process and become involved in patient-centered outcomes research.

The training package’s advantages include:

  • Free, convenient online access
  • Clear, easy to understand language
  • Modular format
  • Users can set their own pace and learning path

What is a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI)?

NIH advertises availability of grants through funding opportunity announcements (FOAs), of which a NOSI is one type. This type of FOA highlights a scientific area of interest for the participating institutes/centers (ICs). In June 2019, NIH formalized and expanded the use of NOSIs to replace topic-specific Program Announcements (PAs).

Some other things to know: 

  • As it focuses on a specific area of science, a NOSI is considerably shorter in length than a corresponding PA.
  • The NOSI points applicants to an active FOA that should be used for submission. In the application, provide the relevant NOSI number to facilitate assignment to a relevant study section for initial peer review and a relevant IC for funding consideration.
  • Applications submitted in response to NOSIs compete for funding with all other applications assigned to a given IC for a given funding cycle that were submitted using PAs or PARs (i.e., PAs with special receipt dates and/or review criteria).

HHS Human Subject Regulations Decision Charts

Having trouble deciding if your proposed activity qualifies as research involving human subjects? The Office for Human Research Protections has posted a set of decision charts to help you in deciding whether:

  • your research involves human subjects and must be reviewed by an institutional review board, and/or
  • informed consent or its documentation can be waived

Decision charts are available for requirements consistent with pre-2018 and 2018 regulations.

Chart 1: Is an Activity Human Subjects Research Covered by 45 CFR Part 46?

“All About Grants” Podcast – Am I Doing Human Subjects Research?

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Listen to NIH’s 13-minute All About Grants podcast to learn more about doing human subjects research (transcript available here).

Lyndi Lahl, RN, a Human Subjects Officer with the NIH Office of Extramural Research, will help you understand what exactly is meant by “human subjects research,” its relation to the recently revised Common Rule, what research may be exempted, what institutions need to have in place, where to find important resources, and more.

ATSU Research Support is here to help!

Serving all ATSU schools and departments with:
  • Statistical consultation
  • Research coordinator assistance
  • Science writing support
  • General research study guidance
  • Research project management
Contact Research Support today:
Jack Morris, MS, PMP
Director, Research Support