NIH Extramural Nexus: Trends in Age at First R01, Workforce Diversity, FORMS-G

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Subject: Trends in Age at First R01, Workforce Diversity, FORMS-G
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Long-Term Trends in the Age of Principal Investigators Supported for the First Time on NIH R01-Equivalent Awards

By Mike Lauer

The R01 (or R01-equivalent) grant has traditionally been a critical component to the launch of one’s research career. A number of academic leaders have described and expressed concerns about the age at which scientists are first supported on an R01 award (“age at first R01”). The biomedical research workforce is aging over the past several decades due to demographic trends and the end of mandatory retirement in academia. Here we present data from fiscal years 1995 to 2020 on age at first R01-equivalent grant.

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Two Upcoming Events on Using Cohort Models to Enhance Diversity

By Marie A. Bernard

The NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) Office is hosting a seminar and virtual forum on faculty cohort recruitment programs and other evidence-based strategies as tools to foster diversity. The first event will be on December 8, while the second will be in February 2022. Both events are open to NIH staff and the public.

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Reaffirming NIH’s Commitment to Workforce Diversity

By Marie A. Bernard and Mike Lauer

Diversity is inextricably tied to the success of the NIH mission, thus ensuring diversity within the extramural biomedical research workforce is of utmost importance. We are aware that NIH’s recent decision to rescind a “Notice of Special Interest” (or NOSI) – intended solely to call attention to the presence of a specific funding opportunity announcement and encourage researchers from underrepresented groups to apply – may have caused some to question this commitment. While the spirit of the NOSI was laudable, it may have led to an impression that by linking demographic characteristics to grant proposals, applications supporting scientists from underrepresented groups would be automatically prioritized for funding. Read on for more.

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FORMS-G – We’re Ready, Are You?

Hopefully, you’ve seen our notices, tweets, and previous Nexus posts regarding our pending transition to an updated set of grant application forms we refer to as FORMS-G. If so, you already know that you must use FORMS-G forms for grant application due dates on or after January 25, 2022 and FORMS-F for due dates on or before January 24, 2022. You might have even started preparing your FORMS-G application. Here are a few updates and tips to help navigate the transition.

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Enhanced Checks for Compliance with Clinical Trial Registration and Reporting in RPPR

Enhanced checks on non-compliance with clinical trial registration and reporting came into effect in eRA’s Human Subjects System on October 1 that could delay your RPPR submission if you are late on either front.

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New Resources

Roundup of Reference Letter Resources

Some NIH programs, such as fellowship and mentored career development awards, require the submission of reference letters. PIs designate 3-5 referees to submit letters directly through eRA Commons that are then linked to their submitted applications. The eRA Commons screens for submitting reference letters were recently updated to enhance user experience, security, and stability. Since many of our resources were updated to reflect the new link used for submitting a reference letter, we thought a resource roundup was in order.

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Resources & Recordings Available from the Recent 2021 NIH Virtual Grants Seminar

Over 15,000 individuals from across the globe joined us for the 2021 NIH Virtual Seminar on Program Funding and Grants Administration. Whether you attended the event or not, you are still able to view the session recordings and access the many resources the seminar had to offer. Spread the word!

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New Site for Small Business Program and Academic Entrepreneurship Resources

NIH’s SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development) Office has launched a new website, a one-stop-shop for Small Business Program (SBIR/STTR) and academic entrepreneurship resources from across the NIH.

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Capacity Building for the Future of Biomedical Research Webinar: Recording Available

Did you miss our webinar designed for institutions with little NIH research support? The recording is available now! 

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What Are the Options for Obtaining an eRA Commons Username (Commons ID) For a Senior/Key Person Who Isn’t Affiliated With a Registered Organization?

Beginning with application due dates on or after January 25, 2022, NIH will require eRA Commons IDs in the Credential field of the Sr/Key Person Profile form for all individuals listed on that form. Given this expanded requirement, we’ve received an increase in inquiries related to obtaining and including eRA Commons IDs, especially for individuals not affiliated with an eRA Commons registered organization.

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Nov. 17 eRA Reminder: Password Moving to Passphrase for eRA Commons Users

Nov. 25 NIH Closed for the Federal Holiday

Dec. 1 Animal Welfare Assurance Annual Reports to OLAW Due by December 1, 2021

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