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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Updates

Review a summary of the latest key announcements with NIH.

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Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy

NIH Lifespan - Great Granddad grandchildLast year, NIH announced that it would expand its Inclusion of Children Policy to include older adults in a new Inclusion Across the Lifespan Policy. For applications on or due after January 25, 2019, you must have a plan describing how participants across the lifespan will be included and justify the proposed age range of participants. You must provide de-identified participant-level data in a .csv format, but you can skip the aggregation, per Dawn Corbett, NIH's Inclusion Officer. By collecting participant data in this way, NIH expects to maximize flexibility and detail for analyses of the entire lifespan data portfolio, while minimizing the burden on the investigator.

Inclusion Data Example

NIH recognizes that sometimes research should exclude certain participants, and those can be stated in the justification. Example: for ethical or legal reasons, or if the disease does not occur in the excluded group, or if knowledge is already available. Recent Announcements for Fellowships,  Career Development, and Research Grants have been modified to include this information.  

Helpful Resources about the Lifespan Policy

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New Parent Program Announcements for use starting in January

Over the past year, NIH has engaged in a discussion with the basic science community to find ways to meet their shared obligations to study participants and taxpayers, while respecting the unique goals and outcomes of basic science. In response, NIH announced Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans.

NIH announced new funding opportunities, designated as “Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required” for use starting in January. 
  • Affected Grant Types:
    • NIH Research Project Grant Parent R01 - Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required) 
    • NIH Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program
      Parent R21 - 
      Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)

Read more:


Revised NIH Grants Policy Statement.NIH Grants Policy Statement

The NIH Grants Policy Statement was revised in October 2018 for FY19. See (NOT-OD-19-021)

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NRSA Stipends Released

The National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends, Tuition/Fees and Other Budgetary Levels for Fiscal Year 2019 have been released. See (NOT-OD-19-036).

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Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) - One-year extensions added for childbirth

NIH defines an Early Stage Investigator (ESI) as a Program Director / Principal Investigator (PD/PI) who has completed her/his terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award. 

NIH considers requests for extension of the ESI period for various reasons, including medical concerns, disability, extended periods of clinical training, natural disasters, active duty military service. Each of these requests is reviewed on a case by case basis. 

Because close to 50% of the ESI extension requests are related to childbirth, effective immediately, NIH will approve an ESI extension of one year for childbirth within the ESI period. PDs/PIs must provide the child’s date of birth in the extension request justification on the NIH Extension portal.

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Harassment and Discrimination Protections in NIH Training Applications

NIH takes the issue of sexual harassment and discrimination very seriously. For any training applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019, applications must now include a signed letter on institutional letterhead verifying that the University has proper policies, procedures and oversight in place to prevent discriminatory harassment and other discriminatory practices. NIH guidance suggests:
  • Combine all Letters of Support into a single PDF file.
  • Place as part of the "Letters of Support."
Failure to provide the signed letter will result in withdrawal of the application.

U-M's Letter of Support

Related Articles and Resources:

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For questions, please contact your department research administrator or the ORSP Project Representative you are working with on your project.
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