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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 (email@example.com)
the following information:
If you have any questions about the NIH LRP Institutional Certification process, please contact Karen Falter in the SOM Office of Research Administration at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-361-8342.
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.
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.
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:
Examples of other grant-related activities that may be significant are:
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/
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
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.
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.