Research Affairs / 
Researcher's Alert for May 17, 2013

I. Items of Interest from NIH

The latest Rock Talk blog from Dr. Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research at NIH, features an article titled ‘More on More Applicants’ where she discusses whether the number of applicants or the application rate was the largest contributor to the increased in the number of applications to NIH.

NIH grantees with Streamlined Noncompeting Award Process (SNAP) and Fellowship awards are now required to use the Research Performance Progress Report (RPPR) format in the NIH eRA Commons, for awards with start dates on or after July 1, 2013. Progress reports for these awards submitted in any other format will not be accepted and must be resubmitted in the RPPR format. Note that noncompliance with these requirements will jeopardize the NIH’s ability to issue timely awards. Questions regarding the RPPR can be directed to Sherie Donahue (x83911,

II. Message from the IACUC administrator

Investigators are reminded to check the IACUC calendar. The committee meets  the third Wednesday of every month and the deadline for submitting material for the convened meeting is the second Monday of the month. Since very few IACUC applications are approved “as is,” the vast majority of protocols require follow-up by the investigator. To avoid delays, PIs are reminded to allow time for response to IACUC review issues.

III. Looking for funding opportunities?

Looking for Funding Opportunities? Check out the revised New Funding Opportunities page. It is updated regularly with opportunities from the American Heart Association, Department of Defense (DOD) office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Another resource for searching for funding opportunities is SPIN (Sponsored Programs Information Network), which has more than 40,000 opportunities from more than 10,000 global sponsors. To access this system, log into LLeRA ( and click on the ‘Find Funding’ at the top of the page. Links to training videos for how to use the system are in the upper right corner of the SPIN page.

And now, moving forward . . .

If we knew what we were doing it would not be called research, would it? -- Albert Einstein