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March 19, 2008

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Hop on the NIH Grant Cycle

We've raised the bar for grant and application guides with a new knowledge-sharing site -- NIH Grant Cycle: Application to Renewal -- now ready for your use and input.

Covering the grants spectrum from qualifying to staying funded, this reinvention of our main All About Grants tutorials holds even more advice and explanation, all from an NIAID perspective.

We're launching the Cycle as a grantsmanship forum, starting with insights from our senior-level staff, many who were NIH grantees themselves. Over time, we will incorporate your comments and suggestions to build a comprehensive and inclusive knowledge base.

What's new?

Everyone likes options, and you'll find them here. Want graphics? Advice only? Timelines? Other tools? Our graphics- and text-based approach gives you navigation choices to a broad overview or more detailed guidance.

And by dividing the funding lifecycle into 12 phases, the Cycle helps you readily find stage-specific information and advice.

Each phase starts with a flowchart, which illustrates key processes and decision points. From there, you can access the linked text for more in-depth information. Or you can select a topic from either the table of contents under each flowchart or our comprehensive Table of Contents.

Here is a summary of features and resources for you to check out:

Begin your journey at NIH Grant Cycle: Start Here, and as you read, send your comments and suggestions to

The Cycle replaces our four main All About Grants tutorials: Grant Application Basics, How to Plan a Grant Application, How to Write a Grant Application, and How to Manage a Grant Award.

In addition to the Cycle, we've published a new "Test Your NIH Savvy: Self-Quiz" on the Starting Out page of the New Investigator Guide to NIH Funding.

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Animal Welfare Assurance Format and Process Updates

If your studies involve animals in research, your institution should use the new sample animal welfare assurance format beginning April 15, 2008. Your institutional official for animal welfare can now submit the signed assurance to as a PDF attachment.

See lists of attachments to include and not include with your assurance in the February 15, 2008, Guide notice.

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Antimicrobial Resistance Clarified in Category C

Conducting antimicrobial resistance research? NIAID clarified the Category C entries on antimicrobial resistance. To see the changes, read NIAID Category A, B, and C Priority Pathogens.

For more information on antimicrobial resistance research efforts, see Confronting the Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance.

Opportunities and Resources
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Learning Good Clinical Practices

Want to learn more about human subjects research? The NIAID Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Learning Center offers free computer-based GCP courses to NIAID staff, contractors, and grantees. Courses cover the scientific and ethical standards of human subjects research, including NIH, FDA, and HHS, as well as international clinical trials policies, guidelines, and regulations.

Principal investigators log in using their eRA Commons username and password, and NIAID staff log in with their NIH username and password. If you can't use either of those options, you can register for an NIH external account at the NIAID Good Clinical Practices (GCP) Learning Center site.

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Paging All Physicians -- NIAID Has Job Openings for You

We have two words that might pique your interest: career opportunities. NIAID is looking for M.D.s and D.O.s to join our ranks as medical officers.

In that capacity, you'll take part in developing, implementing, and overseeing research programs for one of our program divisions: DAIDS, DAIT, or DMID. You'll also use your medical expertise to help our funded researchers design or direct clinical investigations and trials.

NIAID has several spots to fill. To be considered for the first round of openings, submit your application by April 8, 2008. After that, we will consider applications as vacancies arise.

For more information on qualifications, responsibilities, and applying, check out Medical Officer - NIAID - DH. Learn whether NIAID might be the right place for you at Working at NIAID.

Advice Corner
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Reader Question on Progress Reports and Confidentiality

Dan Stinchcomb, InViragen, asks:

"Are data in progress reports confidential, or are the reports accessible to the public?"

Progress reports are not normally shared with the public. However, under the Freedom of Information Act, people can request copies of documents held by the federal government, including progress reports.

NIH will notify an applicant or grantee before releasing information, so the investigator has a chance to identify potentially patentable or commercially valuable information, including unpublished data, that should not be disclosed. NIH also removes information that could violate personal privacy.

If the NIH FOIA office contacts you, respond promptly to protect the confidentiality of your data. For more information, see NIH's Freedom of Information Act Office.

New Funding Opportunities
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See these and older announcements on our NIAID Funding Opportunities List.

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