NIH Updates

While the focus of many research administrators and their faculty has been on the looming budget cuts and their impact on an institution’s award possibilities, we shouldn’t ignore several recent notices by NIH that impact all of us regardless of finances.

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NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday

Like many of our research colleagues, NIH awards flow freely through our office and departments, but often times there is confusion when it comes time to sort out the actual award number.  In this week’s NCURA YouTube Tuesday, Samantha Wescott, Manager of the Sponsored Projects Team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, walks us through what all those letters and numbers mean.

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Social Media Monday

In our Social Media Monday posts, we usually harp on the fact that, in order to thrive in the SocMed world, you must cover topics that are interesting to your readership.  We hope that we have been able to provide that for you all thus far, but also recognize that there are probably areas on which we don’t focus that would be valuable to our followers.  That’s why we are calling on YOU!

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NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday

Research regulatory committees, such as your IRB and IBC, provide invaluable support to your institution’s efforts.  In this week’s NCURA YouTube Tuesday, Suzanne Rivera, Associate Vice Preside for Research at Case Western Reserve University, discusses a few reasons why these bodies are an important part of the research process.

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Sheldon’s Fun-day Friday

Greetings, readers.

Many of you noticed that the stylings of our friendly neighborhood turtle were absent last week.  Over our holiday break, Sheldon was rushed to the hospital to be treated for a serious abdominal condition, and was left for overnight observation.  The next morning, Sheldon was nowhere to be found.  A massive search was undertaken with no stone left unturned but, alas, there was no trace of Sheldon.

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NCURA’s YouTube Tuesday

Two of the more important non-funded agreements that ORAs process are non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and material transfer agreements (MTAs).  In this week’s NCURA YouTube Tuesday, Jim Casey, Assistant Vice President of the Office of Sponsored Project Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio, discusses a few clauses to keep in mind when negotiating these contracts.

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Social Media Monday

As most of you know, policy changes are a frequent and sometimes frustrating part of Research Administration. As Social Media advocates, we dedicate many of our tweets, posts, and blogs to these new policies so that all of you, our followers, can stay up to date. One of the most recent, and more grumbled about, changes was NIH’s implementation of new Conflict of Interest polices, released last August. Since then, Johns Hopkins has released its own revised procedures, but concerns still remain with respect to situations where PI’s interact with external parties.

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