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November 2018

NIH Loan Repayment Programs - Action required by November 9

The NIH is accepting applications for its five Loan Repayment Programs (www.lrp.nih.gov). All applications for 2019 awards must be submitted by November 09, 2018. Institutions must certify all applications by November 15, 2018.

National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) can repay up to $35,000 a year of qualified educational debt for health professionals pursuing careers in biomedical and behavioral research. The programs also provide coverage for Federal and state tax liabilities.

Applicants must:

  • Possess a doctoral-level degree
  • Devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40 hour work week) to nonprofit- or government-funded research
  • Have educational debt equaling at least 20% of their institutional base salary
  • Obtain a commitment of not less than two years of research appointment from the department and school of the certifying official, and
  • Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or U.S. national

Visit www.lrp.nih.gov for further information and to apply online.

When applying online, you will need to list an "Authorized Institutional Representative" to certify your application. Please list Michael B. Amey (kjustice@jhmi.edu) as the representative for the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Those applicants leaving Hopkins for appointments elsewhere beginning July 1, 2019 should obtain certification from their future institution.

In order for Mr. Amey to certify your application, your department must email Karen Falter (kjustice@jhmi.edu) the following information:

  1. Confirmation of the departmental commitment for at least a 2-year appointment (from July 2019).
  2. Confirmation that the applicant will devote 50% or more of their time (20 hours per week based on a 40 hour work week) to nonprofit- or government-funded research.
  3. The current base compensation the applicant receives from JHU in stipends and/or salary at the time of the application.

If you have any questions about the NIH LRP Institutional Certification process, please contact Karen Falter in the SOM Office of Research Administration at kjustice@jhmi.edu or 410-361-8342.

Prohibited Mention of Prior Review for New Replacement Applications

If you are submitting a revised application that does not qualify as an A1 resubmission, you are prohibited from referring to the prior review and must present the application as a new application. Recently a limited RFA application, submitted because the revised application was also unfunded, was rejected because the PI included reference to the prior review and priority score of the prior resubmitted application. Get more information on this policy or view Frequently Asked Questions about resubmissions.

NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement

Foreign collaborations involving NIH funding have always required prior approval. Recent congressional concern over the U.S. losing IP to foreign countries has led to a reminder announcement in May, recent close review of RPPR cited publications to confirm compliance and a special announcement by NIH Director Collins. While most PIs understand that the policy applies to sub-awards of federal $s for foreign performance of part of the work scope, the latest announcement has clarified that the policy also applies to foreign conduct of any of the work scope regardless of the source of funding. Based on program officer reviews recently received, such involvement also includes unfunded collaborations with a foreign entity or a foreign person, including visiting scholars, graduate students, and fellows funded by their home country, exchanging material and/or data, or other use of foreign resources. The announcement in May appears below.

Please note:

  • If you have such a foreign involvement with a current NIH or other federal award, prepare a letter explaining the relationship, you recent awareness of the clarified policy, and request approval from your program officer for the foreign involvement. Your ORA Grants Associate must countersign the letter before it is submitted.
  • If you are proposing a new foreign component, mid-project, propose the new foreign involvement in your RPPR.
  • If you are applying for a new or competitive renewal with foreign involvement, the applicable application instructions are located in part 6, posted at: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/forms-e/research-forms-e.pdf.

NIH Policy: Foreign Components Added to a Grant to a Domestic or Foreign Organization

Adding a foreign component under a grant to a domestic or foreign organization requires NIH prior approval. For purposes of this policy, a foreign component is defined as performance of any significant element or segment of the project outside the United States either by the grantee or by a researcher employed by a foreign institution, whether or not grant funds are expended. Activities that would meet this definition include the following:

  • The involvement of human subjects or vertebrate animals at a foreign site.
  • Extensive foreign travel by grantee project staff for the purpose of data collection, surveying, sampling, and similar activities.
  • Any activity of the grantee that may involve the population, environment, resources, or affairs of a foreign country.
Examples of other grant-related activities that may be significant are:
  • collaborations with investigators at a foreign site anticipated to result in co-authorship;
  • use of facilities or instrumentation at a foreign site; or
  • receipt of financial support or resources from a foreign entity.
A change in the performance site within a foreign country or the addition of a performance site in a country other than that specified in the approved application requires NIH awarding IC prior approval. The transfer of work by a domestic grantee to a foreign component also requires awarding IC prior approval. For more information on this policy, visit: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/nihgps_2013/

Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)

The next time you are completing your interim or final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) for your NIH grant, pay special attention to writing the project Outcomes section (Section I). Any project outcomes submitted on or after October 1, 2017 will be made available to the general public via NIH's Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORTER).

Please see the blog post from Dr. Michael Lauer, NIH's Deputy Director for Extramural Research for more information and tips on how to write the Outcomes section of your RPPR.

NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects

Matchmaker is a new extension of the NIH RePORTER website system that makes it easy to find similar projects already funded by the NIH. Matchmaker takes user-submitted scientific text, and analyzes it for relevant terms and concepts and compare those terms and concepts to other funded research projects from the NIH. Matchmaker then returns up to 100 similar projects, including a graphical overview highlighting the study sections that reviewed similar projects, the NIH institutes and centers that funded the projects, and the activity codes of those similar projects. More information about Matchmaker and NIH RePORTER page can be found at http://projectreporter.nih.gov. You may also view this short informational video about Matchmaker.

NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants

The NIH Office of Extramural Research (OER) has developed several video tutorials to walk researchers through the process of applying for grants. The 4-part series covers the basics of preparing, writing, and submitting an application. Review these video tutorials on the NIH OER website.

November 2018 articles:
Trends in Clinical Research Program
Clinical Research Annual Reports
Change in JHM IRB Review Fees for Commercially-Funded Studies
Data and Safety Monitoring Board Training Manual Now Available
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Fundamentals: Understanding and Applying GCP to Human Subject Research
Fee Schedule Adjustment for Hospital Services Charged to Clinical Trial Budgets
Change in Federalwide Assurance [FWA] Numbers
Changes to NIH-funded Human Subjects Research
Free Resources for Longitudinal Clinical Research Studies
NIH Requirement for Single IRB (sIRB)
JHM IRB Reliance Requests
Sharing Partnership for Innovative Research in Translation
Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Johns Hopkins Clinical Research Network
Visit Animal Care and Use Committee Website
Current Classes
"Interinstitutional Assurance" Agreement
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) presents: Safety in Research Updates
Mallinckrodt Scholar Award
National Science Foundation (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) Instrument Acquisition or Development
Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) Challenge
NIH Loan Repayment Programs - Action required by November 9
Prohibited Mention of Prior Review for New Replacement Applications
NIH Policy on Foreign Component Involvement
Why Project Outcomes Matter in your Interim and Final Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR)
NIH Matchmaker, A Tool For Finding Similar NIH Projects
NIH Video Tutorials on How to Apply for Grants

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