Resources and Programs for NIH Grant Applicants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Center for Scientific Review (CSR) recently shared various tips to assist scientists seeking NIH grants. Tips include utilizing tools like the Assisted Referral Tool (ART) and Assignment Request Form; reviewing the targeted NIH institute or center (IC) sample applications; consulting with experienced colleagues; and submitting early to allow time to address unforeseen issues. Read all suggestions under the “Tips for Scientists” section of the Resources and Programs for NIH Grant Applicants infographic. For Early Stage Investigators (ESI), additional resources were shared, including enrolling in the Early Career Reviewer (ECR) Program, which helps scientists become more competitive for tenure, and extending your ESI status for certain life events.


Upcoming NSF Virtual Grants Conference

The National Science Foundation (NSF) will be hosting the Spring 2023 NSF Virtual Grants Conference, a 4-day virtual conference that aims to provide important insights into a wide range of current issues to all attendees, especially new faculty, researchers, and administrators. The conference will cover the most recent information on policies, procedures, and specific funding opportunities. Additionally, attendees will have opportunities to ask questions to NSF staff. Registration is free and will open on Wednesday, May 10, at 12:00 PM EST.

  • Monday, June 5, 2023, to Thursday, June 8, 2023Online

What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) Version 5.0 Training and Certification

The What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) recently launched online training and certification for the WWC Procedures and Standards Handbook, Version 5.0. The training informs about key elements of the WWC group design standards, increase transparency of our review process, and trains reviewers wishing to become certified in the WWC’s group design standards. Three levels of certification are available for trainings – Group DesignAdvanced Group Design, and Single-Case Design. The trainings are free and available through a series of video modules online. For more information about online training, contact the WWC Help Desk.

New Dimensions and Almetric Research Tools

UF Research recently announced new subscriptions to Digital Science’s Dimensions database and Almetric tool, which will provide greater insights into the University of Florida’s research enterprise. The tools allow individuals to track their work’s impact, seek collaborative opportunities, and understand funding trends. Dimensions is a research information platform providing access to millions of publications, datasets, patents, and policy documents. Almetric is embedded in the Dimensions search results – tracking research mentioned in online articles, documents, and social media. Visit the UF Research Databases page to learn more and access the schedule of training sessions.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Fraud Alert

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG) are warning the public about a fraud scheme that uses social media and fake websites to steal money from individuals by offering fake HHS grants. The scammers may pose as a friend or someone from the HHS. Although the exact message may vary, the scammer will send you a fake HHS employee’s information or a link to a fraudulent HHS website, tell you that you will receive a free grant from the government and then ask you for money or personal information. More information about the scam and ways to protect yourself can be found here.