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Grants & You Spring 2021: Grantsmanship Training & Resources

Explore RePORTER’s State Map Visualizations

RePORTER’s main search page now offers a new map visualization tool that presents active NIH projects by state.

You can filter results by Congressional district, fiscal year, administering NIH Institute/Center, principal investigator, and awardee organization. For example, let's use the tool to explore current NIH funding in Phoenix, AZ.

49 NIH-funded projects

$40,094,412 total funding


Explore the tool yourself here.

New MyRePORTER Functionality

With MyRePORTER, create saved searches and set customized weekly email alerts notifying you when new projects are funded or new publications are linked to projects in your search.

  • Email alerts provide a summary listing of the new items, with hyperlinks bringing you back to MyRePORTER to get more information.
  • Saved searches are automatically added to your MyRePORTER dashboard, which provides intuitive access to run, monitor, edit, or delete searches and alerts.


Watch this tutorial to learn more!

Ever Wondered What Happens During the Scientific Review of an NIH Grant Application?

Watch this 44-minute mock study session to learn how NIH reviewers score applications, what questions they commonly ask, and what mistakes to avoid in your application.

Important Considerations for Complying with NIH's Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy

NIH revisited its Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy (link), now 2 years old, in a recent workshop. Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, shared his key takeaways for investigators of clinical trials:

  • Avoid unnecessary exclusion criteria limiting representativeness and generalizability.
  • Adequately weigh risks of excluding groups (e.g., pregnant women and children) with that of their participation. Consider how consent strategies affect participation of groups such as sexual minority youth, non-English speakers, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Ensure research questions and outcomes reflect community needs and priorities.
  • Increase access to clinical trials by minimizing participant burden and considering the limitations of participants and caregivers. Recognize that social factors (e.g., employment, socioeconomic status) may influence access.
  • Consider the diversity of individuals within a given age group (e.g., size, comorbidities, diet, cognitive status).
  • Regularly assess recruitment and retention and make modifications as needed.
  • Provide training and resources to researchers.

The pandemic presents a compelling case study of the importance of inclusion in clinical studies. Persistent challenges to inclusion of persons across all ages remain, indicated by the young median age (33 - 43 years) of participants in COVID vaccine trials. NIH pledges to continue engaging stakeholders to address inclusion barriers in its supported clinical research.

To learn more, check out the September 2020 videocast and report.

“All About Grants” Podcast

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Considerations for a Research Plan

In this episode, NIH program officers Drs. Lillian Kuo, National Cancer Institute, and Kentner Singleton, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, share their advice and experience on developing a research plan for a grant application. They discuss the relationship between the specific aims and research strategy, provide suggestions for when you sit down to start writing, and share common pitfalls (transcript available here).

Human Subjects Research Post-Award

Listen to this 7-minute All About Grants podcast episode to learn tips about important post-award requirements, what’s needed for annual progress reporting, engaging your IRB and NIH when a protocol change is needed, the difference between adverse events and unanticipated problems, and much more (transcript available here).

This is the third and final episode of NIH's human subjects research podcast mini-series:

Episode 1: Am I Doing Human Subjects Research? (transcript)

Episode 2: Human Subjects Protection and Monitoring Plans (transcript)

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