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NIH Anticipates Transition to New Research Training Data Table Formats in FY 2016

This Notice serves to announce that NIH anticipates adopting new research training data table formats in FY 2016 for use with institutional training grant applications and Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPRs). Where specified in the SF424 Application Guide or Funding Opportunity Announcement for a program, these tables may also be…

Reminder: Potential Delays to NIH Issuing Awards May 29th – June 3rd

National Institutes of Health issued NOT-OD-15-088 indicating that there would be delays in processing various grant processes due to upgrades in NIH systems between May 19 and June 3. NIH Commons will be down on May 23 during which time Commons submissions and new ASSIST applications will be affected.

Notice of Potential Delays to NIH Issuing Awards in May 2015

This Notice is to inform NIH applicants and grantees that NIH’s ability to issue competing and non-competing awards may be delayed for two weeks from May 19, 2015 until June 3, 2015. During this time, a series of software upgrades will be made to NIH accounting and business systems that…

Enrollment Now Open: Kavli Scientist-Writer Workshops at NYU

“The best course I’ve had since college… Scientists sorely need instruction of this kind, whether they try to write for the public or only for their peers. Every department at every institution should have this kind of course, and the organizers of this first pass did a fantastic job.”…

West African Ebola Epidemic panel discussion

With the confirmation of Ebola cases in the United States, many are now concerned about the global ramifications of the West African Ebola epidemic. On Wednesday, October 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora, University of Florida faculty will provide varying perspectives on the potential impacts and current…

NIH is cleaning house to improve lab safety. Are you?

Sally Rockey, Francis Collins, Lawrence Tabak, and Amy Patterson writing for Rock Talk, NIH’s Office of Extramural Research blog: As you may know from recent news reports, there have been lapses in safety practices at federal laboratories involving potentially lethal microbes such as avian flu (H5N1) and anthrax, including an…

Too many science PhDs? Not if unis train them for careers outside academia

I once spent three years inserting extremely slender glass electrodes into rat neurones. I was trying, mostly in vain, to understand how neurones’ properties change when they are stimulated, a phenomenon that might underlie certain kinds of memory. In order to minimise vibration and electrical noise, my experiments were conducted…

Too Few University Jobs For America’s Young Scientists

Imagine a job where about half of all the work is being done by people who are in training. That’s, in fact, what happens in the world of biological and medical research. In the United States, more than 40,000 temporary employees known as postdoctoral research fellows are doing science at…