All About Grants At Nih



The Office of Extramural Research (OER) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) presents conversations with NIH staff members. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others, we provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. In mp3 and updated monthly.


  • NIH Family Friendly Policies

    01/12/2021 Duração: 09min
  • To Resubmit or Not Resubmit

    12/10/2021 Duração: 09min
  • All About Grants Podcast – Financial Conflicts of Interest

    28/06/2021 Duração: 15min

    In this NIH All About Grants podcast episode, we virtually sit down with Diane Dean, a senior advisor within the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, and dive into what you should know about financial conflicts of interest (FCOIs). The conversation touches on the regulations and our Guide Notice NOT-OD-21-002, what investigators and recipient institutions should do to comply, how NIH oversees the process, what may happen if these rules are not followed, and who to contact with questions. “Remember that…Significant Financial Interests, whether they're foreign or domestic, if they're related to your institutional responsibilities, they must be disclosed… transparency and accountability ensure that research is objective and in the best interest of the public.” – Diane Dean

  • Loan Repayment Programs (Part 2) – The Application

    09/06/2021 Duração: 15min

    The NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) conversation is back! And, building on Part 1, this time, we are getting into the nitty gritty of the application itself. Dr. Ericka Boone, Director of the Division of Loan Repayment is joined by Dr. Roya Kalantari, a program officer focused on LRPs at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to discuss what you should do when preparing to apply, the various sections of the application, some tips to consider and mistakes to avoid, as well as thoughts on when seeking a renewal. “Ingrain those [evaluation criteria] in your brain as you're writing this application and make sure you're directly addressing each of those concepts…It is sort of this idea of you holistically as a researcher, it's not just your project. It's how is this project going to help you achieve your research goals? What is the appropriateness of your previous training? Does it align with what you're proposing to do now?” – Roya Kalantari. Please do not forget to check out the LRP page for eligibility

  • NIH Loan Repayment Programs – An Overview

    28/04/2021 Duração: 17min

    Did you know that NIH can actually help pay off some of your educational debt? Up to $50,000 worth over two years in fact! Now that we have your attention, join us for this first in a two part NIH All About Grants podcast mini-series on the NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs). Dr. Ericka Boone, Director of the Division of Loan Repayment within the NIH Office of Extramural Research, discusses the different extramural LRPs available, what exactly is “qualified educational debt” (and, importantly, what it is not), considerations for applying, benefits to participating, and much more. In our second conversation (coming soon), we will dive deeper into the specifics of developing your application. Please also check out the LRP page for eligibility and program information, send questions to [email protected], and follow them at #NIH_LRP.

  • Diversity Plans for Conference Applications

    11/03/2021 Duração: 10min

    You’ve seen the guide notice and read the reissued parent conference grant funding opportunity announcement, noting Diversity Plans are now required and will be considered during the review of your application. Maybe you’ve even taken some time to peruse the conference grant webpage and read this Open Mike blog… Sometimes it’s helpful to hear it all explained. In this NIH All About Grants episode, Dr. Paula Goodwin with the NIH Office of Extramural Research discusses the Diversity Plan, why it is required for conference grant applications, some things to consider when putting a plan together, how reviewers will assess it, and more.

  • Considerations for Developing a Research Plan

    19/02/2021 Duração: 08min

    Thanks to a suggestion from a listener, in this NIH All About Grants episode a duo of NIH program officers, Drs. Lillian Kuo from the National Cancer Institute and Kentner Singleton from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, share their advice and experience on developing a research plan for a grant application. They discuss the relationship between the specific aims and research strategy, provide suggestions for when you sit down to start writing, and share common pitfalls. More helpful advice on writing your application is available from the NIH Grants and Funding site. Have an idea for a future podcast? Email [email protected] and tell us all about it. We appreciate the feedback!

  • All About Grants Podcast: Human Subjects Research Post-Award

    28/12/2020 Duração: 07min

    So you have confirmed that you are doing human subjects’ research after listening to the first podcast in our human subject mini-series.And you have a clear human subjects’ protection and monitoring plan developed for your application after tuning in to the second episode in the series.Now, what should you keep in mind after the award is made? The latest NIH All About Grantspodcast episode delves into just this issue. Lyndi Lahl, an NIH Human Subjects’ Officer, joins us (and her dog too!) in this final episode of this human subjects’ researchmini-series. Tune in for tips about important post-award requirements, what’s needed for annual progress reporting, engaging your IRB and NIH when a protocol change is needed, the difference between adverse events and unanticipated problems, and much more.

  • Considering Alternatives to Animals

    13/11/2020 Duração: 19min

    Your experimental designs are coming into focus. Sample sizes…power analyses…and treatment conditions, oh my! And, all throughout, perhaps laboratory animals are needed. But, are they? Can you actually replace them and still rigorously test the hypothesis? If not, maybe the protocol can be refined in such a way to reduce their overall numbers, while still ensuring their humane care and use? Considering alternatives to animals in your application is the topic of our next NIH All About Grants podcast. Drs. Neera Gopee with the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare and Christine Livingston with the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences join us for this conversation. We will go into the 3Rs (replace, refine, and reduce), helpful resources for relevant policies, what’s needed for the vertebrate animal section, role for IACUCs and peer review, as well as organoids, in silico models, and other alternatives…oh my again! On a related note, keep an eye out for recommendations coming from the Advisory

  • Human Subjects Protection and Monitoring Plans

    29/10/2020 Duração: 10min

    You have done your homework. Read the requisite materials on human subjects. Spoken with program staff at NIH. Even listened to Part 1 of this podcast mini-series for some insights on how you know if you are doing human subjects research. And, now you are ready for the next step: explaining in the application how research participants will be protected and monitored. Dawn Corbett, NIH’s Inclusion Policy Officer, shares why human subjects’ protection and monitoring plans are important in this next NIH’s All About Grants podcast. We will discuss what should be included in these plans, what should be left out, what are risks and what are benefits to study participants, how reviewers assess it all, and so much more.

  • Research Misconduct

    14/09/2020 Duração: 16min

    That’s a bit…odd. That gel image looks photoshopped. The data looks to good to be true. And, wait a second, that figure appeared in another paper! These are examples of research misconduct. What do you do if you suspect research misconduct? Join us for this next installment of NIH’s All About Grants podcast with Dr. Christine Ring on addressing research misconduct. As an NIH Research Integrity Officer, she will share with us what is meant by fabrication, falsification, and plagiarism, how it affects the integrity of our supported research, what to do if you suspect research misconduct, how we work with the HHS Office of Research Integrity when responding to an allegation, and much more.

  • Am I Doing Human Subjects’ Research?

    28/08/2020 Duração: 13min

    You have a promising research idea that may involve human participants to carry out the study. Do you know what to do next? Join us for the next NIH’s All About Grants podcast conversation about how you know you are doing human subjects’ research. Lyndi Lahl, R.N., a Human Subjects’ Officer with the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, will help you understand what exactly is meant by “human subjects’ research,” its relation to the recently revised Common Rule, what research may be exempted, what institutions need to have in place, where to find important resources to help you going forward, and so much more.

  • Invention Reporting and Patent Protections for Grantees

    17/07/2020 Duração: 18min

    So your supported research led to a nifty new invention, one that is patentable. What do you do next? Does NIH need to know about the invention resulting from the awarded grant? What patent protections and rights do you have? Ever heard of Bayh Dole or iEdison? In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, we will get into the nuts and bolts of what NIH grantees should know about intellectual property, invention reporting, and patent protections. Scott Cooper, J.D., an Assistant Extramural Inventions Policy Officer with the NIH Office of Extramural Research, joins us to discuss these topics in more detail, provide some handy tips and best practices to keep in mind, shares resources available on our intellectual property webpage and iEdison FAQs, and reiterates that we are here to help you along the way.

  • All About Contracts

    11/05/2020 Duração: 15min

    Yes, we are talking about contracts in this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series. Our guests will be George Kennedy and Brian O’Laughlin, who are acquisition staff from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institute of Drug Abuse, respectively. The conversation will introduce you to the world of contracts at NIH, what they are, how they differ from grants, where to find them, what types of research are solicited, tidbits to focus on when developing a proposal, and more. Check out the System for Awards Management (SAM) to find more information on contract solicitations.

  • NIH’s Interest in Diversity and Supplement Programs

    24/02/2020 Duração: 11min

    Avid NIH Open Mike blog readers will recall a post from a couple months ago contextualizing why NIH revised its definition of the economically disadvantaged category as a way to be more inclusive and diversify the biomedical workforce. In our next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, we sit down with the Director of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Dr. Jon Lorsch, to chat about diversity. The conversation weaves between NIH’s interest in diversifying the research workforce, to how this interest manifests in funding opportunities, who is eligible to apply, how diversity supplements can help someone’s career, and sheds light on the review process.

  • Notices of Special Interest (NOSIs)

    31/01/2020 Duração: 12min

    When dutifully scanning the weekly Table of Contents email for the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts every Friday afternoon, have you found yourself wondering where all the Notices of Special Interest (NOSI) came from? And, what is a NOSI anyways? Dr. Jodi Black, Deputy Director of NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, joins us in this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series to break down NOSIs. We discuss what they are and why NIH is using them, what you should know about them when putting together an application, who you should go to for questions, and why it is so important to include that NOSI number in Box 4B of your application. Need a refresher on the alphabet soup of funding opportunity types touched on in the discussion? Check out our Understand Funding Opportunities page or listen to this classic 2011 All About Grants podcast to learn the difference between PAs, PARs, PASs, RFAs and parent announcements.

  • Certificates of Confidentiality

    06/01/2020 Duração: 12min

    The people who volunteer to participate in NIH-funded research trust that the sensitive information they provide will be protected. To help ensure this protection, NIH issues certificates of confidentiality for awarded studies. Certificates of Confidentiality protect the privacy of research subjects by prohibiting disclosure of identifiable, sensitive research information to anyone not connected to the research except when the subject consents or in a few other specific situations. In this next installment of the NIH’s All About Grants podcast series, we delve into what you should know about certificates. Lyndi Lahl, a Human Subjects Officer within the NIH’s Office of Extramural Research, explains exactly what are certificates, when is disclosure of participant data allowed and when it is not, how to know if your study should have a certificate to protect participants, where to find a certificate associated with your study, and much more.

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