New R01 grant applicants can now view the fall 2015 "Meet the Experts in NIH Peer Review" webinars online. These webinars were designed to provide useful insights into the application submission and peer review processes. Presentations include:
NIH recently published its strategic plan for fiscal years 2016-2020: focus is on four objectives that will help guide NIH’s priorities over the next five years.
For a copy of the plan go to: http://www.nih.gov/sites/default/files/about-nih/strategic-plan-fy2016-2020-508.pdf
New Vice President of Research and Innovation Announced: Theresa S. Mayer, a leading nanotechnology researcher and the associate dean for research and innovation in Penn State’s College of Engineering, has been named Virginia Tech’s new vice president for research and innovation.
NIH Manuscript Collection Optimized for Text-Mining and More: NIH-supported scientists have made over 300,000 author manuscripts available on PubMedCentral (PMC) since 2008. Now, NIH is making these papers accessible to the public in a format that will allow robust text analyses. You can download the entire PMC collection of NIH-supported author manuscripts as a package in either XML or plain text formats. The collection will encompass all NIH manuscripts posted to PMC since July 2008. While the public can access the articles’ full text and accompanying figures, tables, and multimedia on the PMC website, the newly available article packages include full-text only, in a form that facilitates text-mining. NIH has developed this resource to increase the impact of NIH funding. Through this collection, scientists will be able to analyze these manuscripts, further apply the findings of NIH research, and generate new discoveries.
New NIH Podcast on Certificates of Confidentiality: All About Grants is back with a new podcast episode on certificates of confidentiality (CoCs). Dr. Ann Hardy, NIH’s human subjects research protection officer, talks about how CoCs can enhance your human subjects research, as well as protect and benefit research participants. She also explains who can apply for CoCs, and how to do so. Check out “Obtaining Certificates of Confidentiality for Your Research” (mp3) (transcript) and other episodes on the NIH All About Grants page or via our podcast RSS feed.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) have jointly released, Population Health: Behavioral and Social Science Insights, which details what is known and remaining gaps in research "about the effects of various behavioral and social factors on longevity, disability and illness, and the quality of life, primarily at the population level."
An Undergraduate Research Opportunities database is now available. Faculty members can post research opportunities, and can use the database to recruit undergraduates to help with research by specifying desired skills, knowledge, and mode of compensation (for pay, credit, voluntary), and screening and selecting top candidates.
There is an open call for proposals for a limited number of meetings and events to be held at the Virginia Tech Research Center- Arlington. Funds may be used for facilities costs, food and beverage, keynote speaker's fees and travel, etc.
Virginia Tech is now a member of the Consortium of Social Science Associations.
Jungmeen Kim-Spoon's research on adolescent decision-making and substance use.