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Scholarly Messenger

May 3, 2012

New OP Established Governing Export Control
A new university Operating Policy/Procedure (OP) has been established that outlines the responsibility of all principal investigators concerning federal laws and regulations that restrict the export of information, products and technology for reasons of national security or protection of trade. Read the OP >>

NIH Issues New Just-in-Time Electronic Submission Rule and Business Process Changes
The National Institutes of Health has issued a policy requiring all Just-in-Time (JIT) submissions to be submitted electronically using the JIT feature of the eRA Commons. The JIT business processes also have been revised. Read more >>

New Look for NIH RePORT
Sally Rockey, NIH’s deputy director for extramural research, provides a video tour of the new look of the agency’s RePORT tool in her March 26, 2012 blog. The video explains how researchers can use the system to see what subject areas NIH is funding.
Read her blog, see the video >>

RCR & Research Integrity

The “Management” Part of Data Management
By Marianne Evola
At the 2nd Annual Conference on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Dr. Alice Young and I gave a presentation on data management. One of the last points we made was that effective data management requires effective management of people. Although I had time to make the case that science courses do not provide critical management skills that are needed to run a research lab, I did not have time to suggest possible solutions. I dislike raising a concern without proposing a solution, so I thought I would use my column in this issue of Scholarly Messenger to provide resources and thoughts on managing a research team. Read Full Story >>

Upcoming Events

National Science Board Meeting
Meetings of the full National Science Board are usually held five times a year. They are open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Funding Opportunities

NIAID Offers Tips, Advice on R21 Grants: To help investigators and institutions obtain successful R21 grants, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has posted four funded applications and addressed the purpose, as well as the drawbacks, of such grants. “R21s can serve different purposes for different types of research and career stages. But they’re not for everyone, and knowing the caveats will help you decide whether an R21 is a good option for you,” the posting states. In choosing the four that are posted, “we considered a number of exceptional applications with perfect or near-perfect scores for strong examples of grantsmanship principles, and these four fit the bill.” NIAID also says that “R21s work best for investigators who want to complete a project with limited scope, for example, a pilot or feasibility study. They are most helpful as one element in an investigator’s funding portfolio rather than a solo grant. But if you do find yourself in that position, start applying for additional funding from whatever sources you can find, and do it as early as possible.”

Funding Opportunities: Browse various funding resources or search the Funding Opportunities Database at the funding resources website.