TWO new career development awards sponsored by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation to promote diversity.

They probably won’t fund bench research, but it is worth noting in these fiscally difficult times.

K08 or K23?  The K23 award, Patient-Oriented Research is defined as research conducted with human subjects (or on material of human origin such as tissues, specimens and cognitive phenomena) for which an investigator directly interacts with human subjects. This area of research includes: 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials; and 4) the development of new technologies. Studies falling under Exemption 4 for human subjects research are not included in this definition.

NIH training application page limits:

Update on the Requirement for Responsible Conduct of Research

Research Involving Human Subjects:

Data Safety and Monitoring:

Acknowledgement of NHLBI Grant Support: Each publication, press release or other document that cites results from your NHLBI grant-supported research, must include an acknowledgment of NHLBI grant support and disclaimer such as “The project described was supported by Award Number ______ from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute or the National Institutes of Health.”

NIH Public Access Policy:  Award recipients are required to comply with the NIH Public Access Policy. This includes submission to PubMed Central (PMC), upon acceptance for publication, an electronic version of a final peer-reviewed, manuscript resulting from research supported in whole or in part, with direct costs from National Institutes of Health. The author’s final peer-reviewed manuscript is defined as the final version accepted for journal publication, and includes all modifications from the publishing peer review process. For additional information, please visit ttp://

Resource Sharing Plans: Reviewers will comment on whether the following Resource Sharing Plans, or the rationale for not sharing the following types of resources, are reasonable:
1) Data Sharing Plan (;
2) Sharing Model Organisms (; and
3) Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) (

Impact of NIH Research:

Clear Communication is the Key to Sharing Your Research!  Descriptions of funded applications are available to the public – Use Plain Language in Titles, Abstracts, & Statements of Public Health Relevance.  Find more info and writing examples at Communicating Research Intent and Value in NIH Applications<

A new biography released Feb. 6, 2012 “Always There: the Remarkable Life of Ruth Lillian Kirschstein, M.D., the rare story of a woman who was Medical Scientist, Humanitarian. Research Administrator (for whom the Ruth Kirschstein training awards are named).  The book is available, free of charge, for wide release in several digital formats, including for Kindle, Nook and iPad at


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