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Research and Funding

Inside NIA Archives: Review

Posted on April 9, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Why do some grant applications receive a percentile rank and others not? Which NIA applications get a percentile rank? Applications for an NIA grant that are reviewed at the NIH Center for... Read More
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Posted on February 26, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

The Advisory Council of the National Institute on Aging is holding one of its thrice yearly meetings today. Did you know you can watch online? The next meeting is on May 21, 2014, from about 8am to... Read More
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Posted on February 19, 2014 by John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

You’ve now figured out which NIA program officer handles your kind of science. But how to get in touch? I hope you’re not agonizing over whether now is the right moment or whether your... Read More
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Posted on January 29, 2014 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

With paylines being what they are at NIA and NIH, we tend to hear that discriminating among applications in the narrow range of scores represented by the top 20 percent of applications reviewed by... Read More
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Posted on January 8, 2014 by John Haaga, Deputy Director, Division of Behavioral and Social Research.

NIH program officers—what do they really do? How can you get the best from your program officer? Our main job is to make sure the NIA is funding the best research projects, career development,... Read More
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Posted on December 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We have been here before. The continuing resolution provides some research funds—not a lot though. Like a ticking clock it winds down on January 15. And our backdrop is a familiar debate on... Read More
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Posted on November 13, 2013 by Richard Hodes, Director, National Institute on Aging.

Optimism and pessimism compete with each other as we contemplate the future for research and research funding. The prospects for important breakthroughs in NIA’s primary areas of medical... Read More
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Posted on November 6, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

Our National Advisory Council on Aging meets three times a year to consider grant applications and programs and make recommendations, as do the Advisory Councils for the other NIH Institutes. If you... Read More
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Posted on October 30, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

We just wrapped up the fiscal year. The quick summary? We scraped through. For research project grants like R01s, we held our payline (or funding line) to the same level as the prior two years. This... Read More
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Posted on October 23, 2013 by Chyren Hunter, Deputy Director and Training Officer, Division of Extramural Activities.

The NIA, like the rest of the NIH, is working to get back to normal after the 16-day government shutdown. This has been an extremely difficult time, for you and also for us. The grant application and... Read More
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Posted on September 18, 2013 by Rebecca Ferrell, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

Work jargon is not riveting conversation. Government acronyms? Even worse. But knowing the language does come in handy when you are trying to navigate an organization and its culture. Familiarity... Read More
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Posted on September 11, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

For the past few years, the NIA has been trying to increase the number of R21 grant applications and awards. The R21, of course, is an NIH-wide grant program “intended to encourage exploratory... Read More
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Posted on July 31, 2013 by Robin Barr, Director of the Division of Extramural Activities.

While preparing for a recent talk, I took a close look at our data on the scoring of grant applications. Every applicant wants great scores, and we want to help you understand how you’ll be... Read More
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Posted on July 17, 2013 by Rebecca Ferrell, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

Scientific Review Officers like me often hear from reviewers about things that applicants have or haven’t done in their grant applications, and how those applications fare in peer review. Many... Read More
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Posted on June 5, 2013 by Rebecca Ferrell, Scientific Review Officer, Scientific Review Branch, Division of Extramural Activities.

You’ve traveled overnight between back-to-back meetings, rushed from the airport to a hotel in Bethesda, and dragged your bags and yourself to a stale ballroom just in time to review tons of... Read More
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