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NIH issues NOTICES on proposed changes in grant application and peer review process
Enhancing Reproducibility through Rigor and Transparency
Consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable in NIH-funded Research
NOT-OD-15-103 proposes changes in four areas deemed critical for enhancing rigor and transparency in NIH-funded research which are addressed in the proposed changes:
The scientific premise of the proposed research
Rigorous experimental design for robust and unbiased results
Consideration of sex and other relevant biological variables
Authentication of key biological and/or chemical resources
NOT-OD-15-102 provides further details on the expectation that investigators factor sex as a biological variable into the research design, analysis, and reporting components of grant applications involving vertebrate animal or human studies.
The updates are currently pending approval by the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). NIH expects to incorporate changes into funding opportunity announcements and the Standard Form 424 (Research and Related) Grant Application Guide in Fall 2015. The revisions will apply to grant applications submitted in January 2016 and beyond. Additionally, peer reviewer training starting in Spring 2016 will include the four highlighted areas of reproducibility.
June 9 blog post by Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and Larry Tabak, Principal Deputy Director of NIH
NIH has created a site describing ongoing efforts in rigor and reproducibility.
OVERLEAF, LABGURU, DIMENSIONS, ALTMETRIC
Digital Science Research Tools presentation 6/11
UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics.
Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication
Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.
Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled
Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.