This month, NIA is celebrating our second annual Go4Life Month. As part of that celebration, we’re reaching out to our Go4Life® partners and the research community to help us find ways to encourage older people to exercise and lead healthy, active lives. This year’s theme is “Fit4Function.” So what is Fit4Function all about, anyway?
So you thought your science was already rigorous and reproducible…
Last fall, NIH released new guidelines for implementing rigor and transparency in research project grants. Applications for research grants and mentored career development awards submitted in 2016 must include information on scientific rigor and reproducibility. What’s going on?
A few months ago, NIA decided to follow the practice of two other NIH institutes and arrange two-stage review of program projects. We have recently completed the first review cycle under this new review model. We launched this two-stage effort because of concern that the separate small committee reviews which each handled one program project lacked the context for scoring that is available to the customarily larger panels who review a substantial set of research grant applications in one meeting.
We have bumped the NIA general allocation up by one point all around. For most research grants—at least the ones under $500k a year—that pay line is now the 10th percentile. We are paying new investigator R01 applications to the 18th percentile and early-stage investigators can now breathe comfortably with the knowledge that their R01 applications are being paid to the princely 20th percentile!
NIA staff are gearing up for the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) 2016. The annual gathering of dementia researchers, clinicians, and health care providers is in Toronto, Canada, this year on July 22–28. The annual meeting attracts some 4,000 members of the Alzheimer’s community with its mix of newly reported findings from researchers from around the globe and the latest in emerging technologies and approaches to discovery. NIA leadership and staff are participating in a number of sessions and meetings, so please be on the lookout if you want to touch base.
On June 7, NIA Director Dr. Richard Hodes announced that Dr. John Haaga had been appointed director of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research. Dr. Haaga was the acting director for the previous 15 months and the deputy director since 2004. "Inside NIA" sat down with Dr. Haaga to talk about his research plans for the division.
If you are interested in health disparities and aging research, the NIA is ready, willing and able to help be a resource for you and the field. In recent months, we have undertaken several activities to enhance research opportunities, and I’d like to tell you about a few of these to keep you involved and make sure you’re up to speed!
NIA’s Interventions Testing Program (ITP) wants you! We want to expand the involvement of the research community in this unique program that tests compounds for potential drug development. The Collaborative Interactions Program (ITP CIP) is a new phase of community involvement to broaden what we know about the health and lifespan outcomes of the interventions we test.
We are now paying career award applications to a score of 15. I know this will bring cold comfort to too many of you. And, the shock of learning that we are paying those career award applications with an emphasis on Alzheimer’s disease to a score above 30 leaves a sharp sting for those whose worthy aims do not address that priority.