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NIH Shares New Criteria for Grants Submitted Jan. 25 Onward

 

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NIH has released the planned updates to application instructions and review criteria language for research grant applications submitted for due dates on or after January 25, 2019, and for research and development contract proposals submitted in response to solicitations posted on or after January 25, 2019. 

The planned updates include changes to the following areas:

  • The rigor of the prior research, formerly Scientific Premise (Note: Please refer to NOT-OD-16-011.html for a list of activity codes excluded from the Enhancing Reproducibility policy)
  • Inclusion reporting
  • Protections for human subjects

Significant updates are indicated in the tables below and available in NOT-OD-18-228.

FormSectionHeadingCurrent languageRevised language
Research PlanResearch StrategySignificance Describe the scientific premise for the proposed project, including consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of published research or preliminary data crucial to the support of your application.Describe the strengths and weaknesses in the rigor of the prior research (both published and unpublished) that serves as the key support for the proposed project.
Human Subjects and Clinical Trials InformationSection 2 – Study Population Characteristics2.4 Inclusion of Women, Minorities, and Children2. Inclusion of Children [References to the Inclusion of Children in Clinical Research policy]2. Inclusion Across the Lifespan [References to Inclusion of Children replaced with Inclusion Across the Lifespan]

Unless stated otherwise in the Funding Opportunity Announcement, reviewers will be asked to consider the revised review questions summarized in the table below. All active Funding Opportunity Announcements with due dates on or after January 25, 2019 will be updated with the revised language or a link to the revised language by November 25, 2018.

SectionCriteriaCurrent languageRevised language
Scored Review CriteriaSignificanceIs there a strong scientific premise for the project?Is the prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project rigorous?
Scored Review CriteriaApproachNot Applicable Have the investigators included plans to address weaknesses in the rigor of prior research that serves as the key support for the proposed project?
Scored Review CriteriaApproachIf the project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, are the plans to address 1) the protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (exclusion) of children, justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?If the project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, are the plans to address: 1) the protection of human subjects from research risks, and 2) the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (exclusion) of individuals of all ages (including children and older adults), justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed?
Additional Review CriteriaProtections for Human Subjects For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the six categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will…For research that involves human subjects but does not involve one of the categories of research that are exempt under 45 CFR Part 46, the committee will…
Additional Review CriteriaInclusion of Women, Minorities, and Individuals Across the LifespanWhen the proposed project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of children to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed.When the proposed project involves human subjects and/or NIH-defined clinical research, the committee will evaluate the proposed plans for the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals on the basis of sex/gender, race, and ethnicity, as well as the inclusion (or exclusion) of individuals of all ages (including children and older adults) to determine if it is justified in terms of the scientific goals and research strategy proposed.