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Grants & You Summer 2021: Grantsmanship Training & Resources

Learn: How to find a fit for your research at NIH

NIH comprises 27 institutes and centers (ICs), 24 of which award grants.

Each IC has a separate appropriation from Congress.

The director of each IC decides grant funding. Key considerations for directors include: input from staff, results of the scientific peer review process, public health need, scientific opportunity, and the need to balance the IC's scientific portfolio.

Each IC has a distinct mission that focuses on a specific disease area, organ system, or stage of life. Read about the mission and priorities of an IC on its individual website.

Do your research to identify the ICs that might be interested in your research. Keep in mind topics may be of interest to multiple ICs.

Pro Tip #1: Contact any applicable scientific program official. They can guide you to the best IC home for your idea.

Pro Tip #2: Use the Matchmaker tool in RePORTER to determine which IC may be interested. Watch this video demonstration to learn more.

Pro Tip #3: Ensure the IC is listed as a participating organization on the funding opportunity announcement you use to submit your application.

Tip: Get NIH extramural research alerts

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Subscribe for real-time notifications for every post from the NIH Office for Extramural Research, including Open Mike blogs.

Resource: NIH Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) Policy

: the infographic is titled “Integrating SABV across the Biomedical Research Continuum.” It contains a flowchart in the shape of an arrow with the following 5 sections: Basic, Preclinical, Clinical Research & Trials, Regulatory Review, and Clinical Practice. Underneath the flowchart is a box reading “Cell studies, sample of human or animal tissues, computer-assisted models, animal models” with an arrow pointing to another box reading “Optimal health for everyone at every age and every stage”

The NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH) has launched 2 new SABV courses:

  1. Sex as a Biological Variable: A Primer - 4 modules providing guidance on how to account for and appropriately integrate SABV across all phases of biomedical and biobehavioral research.
  2. Bench to Bedside: Integrating Sex and Gender to Improve Human Health - 6 modules exploring sex and gender-related differences in key clinical disease areas.

Register for the free e-learning courses today.

Learn: How does NCCIH award funding?

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NCCIH funds research as well as research training and investigator career development. The institute will release its new strategic plan for FY 2021 – 2025 soon.

Key things to know about how NCCIH awards funding:

  • Like other NIH institutes/centers, NCCIH accepts investigator-initiated applications matching its mission. NCCIH also accepts applications in response to funding opportunity announcements.
  • Applications with the best ratings receive a second, high-level evaluation by the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. At this stage, the Council considers program relevance and need, NCCIH strategic priorities, availability of funds, and potential for duplication with ongoing research.
  • NCCIH gives additional consideration to applications from first-time R01 investigators.

Find active NCCIH opportunities here. For the latest NCCIH news, subscribe to the NCCIH Research Blog.

Resource: NIH is enhancing cloud-based data access and analysis

An image of healthcare icons including a doctor, nurse, brain, eye, and hospital bed on a blue background.

To facilitate better access to data and collaborative analyses, NIH invests in cloud-based technologies and computational tools.

In 2018, NIH launched the Science and Technology Research Infrastructure for Discovery, Experimentation, and Sustainability (STRIDES) Initiative to provide cloud resources (including data storage) and computing power to NIH and NIH-supported researchers. Through partnerships with commercial cloud providers, STRIDES offers favorable pricing, training, and technical support to participants. To date, over 60 NIH research institutions have used STRIDES services. Read about STRIDES success stories here.

STRIDES has also partnered with the National Library of Medicine’s Sequence Read Archive (SRA) to make over 36 petabytes (that's 36,000,000 gigabytes) of next generation sequencing data publicly accessible via 2 cloud service providers. What does this mean for you? You can now search the whole SRA catalog of genomic data and use the computational tools in the cloud for your analyses. Learn more about this effort here.

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  • Statistical consultation
  • Research coordinator assistance
  • Science writing support
  • General research study guidance
  • Research project management
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