Research Affairs / 
Researcher's Alert for February 8, 2013

I. Reminder: Research Affairs Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey

As an essential part of its quality improvement program, Research Affairs conducts an annual customer satisfaction survey. The survey includes just seven questions so your responses should take only a few minutes. However, your feedback is indispensable to refining our operations and services.

The questions relate to services and tools provided by Research Affairs. In your responses, please recognize that Research Affairs is made up of six specialized sections: Research Protection Programs (IRB & IACUC management), Technology Transfer (intellectual property processing), Research Integrity (compliance with the standards of responsible research), Financial Management (research accounts and money matters), the Clinical Trials Center and Research Administration (preaward, coordination, and policy development). We trust that you will integrate your experiences with the various sections to provide composite scores.

Your responses will be strictly anonymous. However, if you would like a response to specific comments or concerns you expressed in the survey, please provide your contact information at the end.

This survey will remain open until February 12th. Click here to access to the survey.

II. Items of Interest

NIH’s Office of Extramural Research (OER) presents monthly podcasts on conversations with NIH staff members. Designed for investigators, fellows, students, research administrators, and others, these podcasts are designed to provide insights on grant topics from those who live and breathe the information. The January podcasts are a 3-part series on the Public Access Policy and how to be compliant.

III. Research Affairs education

The “On Track to Research Success” presentations are now available on the Research Education and Training Presentations page.

The 2013 schedule for the Research Affairs monthly lunch seminars is posted here. An RSVP is required to attend and should be sent to Lorraine Sarmiento at As this is a tentative schedule, check back regularly for the most up-to-date schedule.

IV. IRB application deadline for February 27 meeting

Due to the upcoming President’s Day holiday, all IRB applications for the February 27 meeting must be submitted on or before noon on Friday, February 15.

And now, moving forward . . .

Research is to see what everybody else has seen, and to think what nobody else has thought.  - Albert Szent-Gyorhyo, Hungarian Biochemist, 1937 Nobel Prize for Medicine