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ARCHIVED - OER Grants News Flashes - 2005

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News Archive Table Of Contents

Date News Flash Description
November 30, 2005 Knowledge Management Seminar Series: Communities of Practice and Enterprise Portals - December 5, 2005
November 29, 2005 Select Agent Information for Extramural Awards Posted
November 9, 2005 NIH Requests Information on New Standards for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals
September 19, 2005 NIH Announces Plans to Transition to the SF424 Family of Forms and Electronic Submission of Grant Applications through Grants.gov by May 2007
September 9, 2005 NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster: Information for Investigators and Institutions
September 8, 2005 NIH Announces Plans to Eliminate Mailing of Paper Notifications: Summary Statements & Peer Review Outcome Letters
September 1, 2005 NIH Grantees Affected by Hurricane Katrina
August 19, 2005 NIH Announces Initial Plans to Transition to the SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission through Grants.gov
August 19, 2005 Small Business Program (SBIR and STTR) Electronic Registration
May 6, 2005 NIH Announces OLAW Director Vacancy
February 3, 2005 NIH Announces Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research


News Flash Items
Knowledge Management Seminar Series: Communities of Practice and Enterprise Portals - December 5, 2005

November 30, 2005
The Office of Electronic Research and Reports Management (OERRM), OER announces The OERRM/OER Knowledge Management Seminar Series, “Knowledge Management and You!” (Communities of Practice and Enterprise Portals) to be held on Monday, December 5th, 2005, from 2:30pm - 4:00pm in Conference Room 9112/9116 of the Rockledge 2 Building at 6701 Rockledge Dr., Bethesda, Maryland. This seminar will provide a forum to enhance understanding of Communities of Practice (CoPs), and to identify ways to further support and coordinate valuable NIH resources. See the attached PDF file for more details.


Select Agent Information for Extramural Awards Posted

November 29, 2005
The Select Agent Information page provides the NIH awards process for research involving infectious agents and select agents, including submissions, awards, monitoring and oversight. This page also clarifies the processes and responsibilities for investigations of laboratory accidents, research-related illnesses and potential Biosafety violations.


NIH Requests Information on New Standards for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

November 9, 2005
The NIH is soliciting new scientifically valid information, methods or practices, published data or other advances in the humane care and use of laboratory animals in order to explore the need to update the laboratory animal welfare standards of the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The Request for Information, NOT-OD-06-011, contains additional details and is available at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-06-011.html.


NIH Announces Plans to Transition to the SF424 Family of Forms and Electronic Submission of Grant Applications through Grants.gov by May 2007

September 19, 2005
The NIH takes a strong position in moving ahead with electronic receipt of research grant applications. In the August 19, 2005 NIH Guide Notice (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-067.html), NIH announced plans to transition to the SF424 family of forms and electronic submission through Grants.gov by individual program/funding mechanism. As mechanisms are transitioned, all applications in response to Funding Opportunity Announcements for that mechanism will require electronic submission through Grants.gov. See the new Electronic Receipt website (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/) for additional information.


NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster: Information for Investigators and Institutions

September 9, 2005
A letter from Director, NIH and Deputy Director for Extramural Research has been sent to the NIH Research Community and has been posted on the new NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster - Information for Investigators and Institutions page.

Also, see the NIH Guide Notices:

  • 09/14/2005 - Issues Related to Grantees/Grants Affected by Hurricane Katrina: Questions and Answers  (NOT-OD-05-078)
  • 09/09/2005 - NIH Announces a Grants Query Report to Identify NIH Contact Information for Grantees Affected
                       by Hurricane Katrina  (NOT-OD-05-077)
  • 09/09/2005 - Delayed Receipt Dates for Principal Investigators who Assist in Recovery Efforts for Hurricane Katrina  (NOT-OD-05-076)
  • 09/04/2005 - NIH Grantees Affected by Hurricane Katrina   (NOT-OD-05-074)
  • 09/01/2005 - NIH Grantees Affected by Hurricane Katrina   (NOT-OD-05-073)
  • 08/29/2005 - Delays in Grant Application Submission due to Hurricane Katrina  (NOT-OD-05-072).


NIH Announces Plans to Eliminate Mailing of Paper Notifications: Summary Statements & Peer Review Outcome Letters

September 8, 2005
The NIH continues towards its goal of a paperless notification grants process by eliminating paper mailings of the following notifications: Summary Statements and Peer Review Outcome Letters. Instead, investigators are instructed to use the eRA Commons, a Web interface where NIH and the applicant organizations are able to conduct extramural research administration business electronically. See the September 8, 2005 NIH Guide Notice (http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-05-075.html) for additional information.


NIH Grantees Affected by Hurricane Katrina

September 1, 2005
Together with the rest of the country, NIH is deeply concerned about the devastation across areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. NIH is participating in an HHS Departmental Task Force to respond to these events.

NIH is poised to provide information to grantees whose research has been affected by the storm, and will proceed with additional Notices in the NIH Guide once the initial period of emergency has passed.

Please see the links below for information on HHS response to Hurricane Katrina, how to request help, and how to provide help:

HHS Supports Medical Response to Hurricane Katrina
http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2005pres/20050829a.html

Resources for Hurricane Katrina: How to get help, how to help
http://www.fema.gov/press/2005/resources_katrina.shtm

HHS Hurricane Katrina Information Page
http://www.hhs.gov/katrina/

NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster
http://www.nih.gov/about/director/hurricanekatrina/index.htm

NIH Response to Hurricane Katrina Disaster - Information for Investigators and Institutions
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/katrina/index.htm

AAMC: Academic Medicine Responds to Hurricane Katrina
http://www.aamc.org/katrina.htm

This has also been published as an NIH Guide Notice.


NIH Announces Initial Plans to Transition to the SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission through Grants.gov

August 19, 2005
The NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-05-067 announces initial NIH plans to: 1) transition from the PHS398 application to the SF424 Research and Related (R&R) application; and, 2) simultaneously transition to electronic submission via Grants.gov by the end of 2007. The Federal Financial Assistance Management Improvement Act of 1999 (Public Law 106-107) and the President's Management Agenda have been driving Federal Agencies to simplify Federal financial assistance application requirements and create a single website to apply for Federal assistance. Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/) has been designated by the Office of Management and Budget as the single access point for all grant programs offered by 26 Federal grant-making agencies. It provides a single interface for agencies to announce their grant opportunities and for all grant applicants to find and apply for those opportunities. To simplify the application process further, Federal Agencies involved in research and research-related grant funding have developed a common data set - the SF424 Research and Research Related Related (R&R) application form. NIH has developed the following plan to transition from the PHS 398 application form to the SF424 (R&R). This transition will occur in conjunction with the electronic receipt of competitive applications through Grants.gov.


Small Business Program (SBIR and STTR) Electronic Registration

August 19, 2005
The NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-05-068 provides information on the requirement for National Institutes of Health (NIH) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) grant applicants to submit applications online to the NIH through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov/) using the SF424 Research and Research Related (R&R) form as of the December 1, 2005 submission date (as announced in NIH Guide Notice NOT-OD-05-067). Innovative technologies and methodologies fuel progress in biomedical and behavioral research and represent an increasingly important area of the economy. The SBIR/STTR programs provide support for research and development (R&D) of new or improved technologies and methodologies that have the potential to succeed as commercial products. NIH is committed to ensuring that the transition to electronic submission and the new application forms will not impede the ability of organizations to apply for the small business opportunities during this time of transition. NIH expects the small business solicitations to be available in grants.gov “Apply” by October 17, 2005. In the meantime, grantees may follow the current instructions in the NIH Omnibus Solicitation for SBIR/STTR for the Research Plan Sections which will remain the same in the new SF 424 (R&R) application. Organizations are encouraged to prepare themselves for electronic submission of their application by completing registration in both Grants.gov and the NIH eRA Commons now.


NIH Announces OLAW Director Vacancy

May 6, 2005
The National Institutes of Health seeks applications from exceptional candidates for the challenging position of Director, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW), located in the Office of Extramural Research (OER). The OLAW Director provides executive leadership and direction to OLAW which is responsible for developing and coordinating appropriate Public Health Service (PHS) regulations, policies, and procedures on the humane care and use of laboratory animals involved in research conducted or supported by any component of the PHS, and reports directly to the NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research.

For full information concerning the duties and responsibilities of this position, salary and benefits available, required qualifications, and mandatory application procedures, interested candidates should visit the OER website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/oer_vacancies.htm. Questions about the announcement should be directed to Debbie Martin at martinde@mail.nih.gov, and should reference the announcement number (OD-05-7883A). DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.


NIH Announces Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

February 3, 2005
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces its policy on enhancing public access to archived publications resulting from NIH-funded research. Beginning May 2, 2005, NIH-funded investigators are requested to submit to the NIH National Library of Medicine's (NLM) PubMed Central (PMC) an electronic version of the author's final manuscript upon acceptance for publication, resulting from research supported, in whole or in part, with direct costs from NIH. The author's final manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all modifications from the publishing peer review process. See February 3, 2005 NIH Guide Notice for more information.

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