NIH and NIDCD: What Language
Researchers Need to Know
Judith A Cooper, PhD
NIDCD Division of Scientific Programs
SRCLD 2014
What Language Researchers Need
to Know
 Critical updates about NIH and
NIDCD
 Opportunities for beginning
researchers
 Recent trends: NIDCD language
applications/awards
 Where to go for help
What Language Researchers Need
to Know
 Three topics I do NOT know the answer
to….
– What is the best way to get a grant?
– What, in your scientific judgment, should I
do?
– When are you going to retire?
What Language Researchers Need
to Know
 Critical updates about NIH and
NIDCD
 Opportunities for beginning
researchers
 Recent trends: NIDCD language
applications/awards
 Where to go for help
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Policy change
 Changes at NICHD
 Changes in Review
 Budget situation/Payline
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Policy change
 Changes at NICHD
 Changes in Review
 Budget situation/Payline
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Policy change
– Previously: Two strikes and you’re out
– April 18 2014 Guide: Updated Policy for
Application Submission
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/noticefiles/NOT-OD-14-074.html
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
Policy change highlights:
 You’re unsuccessful? Try again
 No limit
 After two tries, submission gets new
number/ new application (new direction
no longer required)
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
FAQs:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/resubmission_q
&a.htm
Further Clarifications:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14082.html
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Policy change
 Changes at NICHD
 Changes in Review
 Budget situation/Payline
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 NICHD
– Normal language development
– Dyslexia
– Bilingualism
– Cognitive impairment
– At risk
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Changes at NICHD
– Peggy McCardle
– Birth to K: Lisa Freund
– K and beyond/bilingualism/dyslexia:
Brett Miller
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Policy change
 Changes at NICHD
 Changes in Review
 Budget situation/Payline
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Language and Communication
(LCOM)
Center for Scientific Review/
NOT NIDCD review committee
R01s/ AREA R15s/
Exploratory Developmental R21s
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Changes in review: LCOM
– Weijia Ni
– Biao Tian
–?
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Policy change
 Changes at NICHD
 Changes in Review
 Budget situation/Payline
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
Budget situation and Payline
– NIH
– NIDCD
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
BUDGET SITUATION : NIH
 Provided by Congress on yearly basis
 Typically: some increase over
previous year
 Paylines vary across institutes
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
BUDGET SITUATION : NIH
 2013: decrease due to sequestration
 2014: slight increase over 2013 (but
not at level of 2012)
 FY15: President’s proposed budget:
essentially same as FY14
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
Budget situation and Payline
– NIH
– NIDCD
National Institute on Deafness and
Other Communication Disorders
(NIDCD)
Conducts and supports biomedical and
behavioral research and research training
in the normal and disordered processes of:
-Hearing
-Balance
-Smell
-Taste
-Voice
-Speech
-Language
 Basic, Clinical, Translational
NIDCD Total Extramural Budget
(grants/training/contracts)
Fiscal Year (FY)
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
NIDCD Budget
$ (M)
340
340
349
359
357
357
336
CRITICAL UPDATES ABOUT NIH
AND NIDCD
 Budget situation/Payline: NIDCD
– In 2012: NIDCD : one of best R01
paylines
– This year (FY 14): continues
– Crystal ball: FY15
– Why better? Few special initiatives/no
program projects (P01s)/ budget caps
What Language Researchers Need
to Know
 Critical updates about NIH and
NIDCD
 Opportunities for beginning
researchers
 Recent trends: NIDCD language
applications/awards
 Where to go for help
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 ESI and NI
 NIDCD Small Grant
 Miscellaneous other opportunities
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
ESI and NI
 Only applicable to R01s
 NI =New investigator: not previously
competed successfully as PI for R01
 ESI=Early State investigator: within 10 years
of completing terminal research degree
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
ESI and NI
Frequently Asked Questions:
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/i
nvestigator_policies_faqs.htm
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
ESI: Appeal 10 year window for
circumstances
 Extension Of Early Stage Investigator
Status
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notic
e-files/NOT-OD-09-034.html
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
ESI: Extension process
 Establish Commons account
 Enter date of terminal degree in Commons
account.
 System calculates/ displays ESI status and
end of eligibility date.
 Submit request for extension
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
ESIs
 Keep an eye on your timeline for R01
 Benefits: initial review
– Initial review: Clustered with other
ESI/NI applications/Discussion and
recognition of status
– Special NIDCD Council procedure
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
ESI: NIDCD Council Process for ESI R01
applications
– When percentile (score) outside but close
to payline
– PI writes letter of information to Council
– Council reviews letter/discusses
– Council may recommend fund now vs resubmit
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 ESI and NI
 NIDCD Small Grant
 Miscellaneous other opportunities
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 NIDCD Small Grant (R03)
– Not NIH Small Grant!
– Pilot studies/3 years
– Eligibility: Within 7 years of PhD
– http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR13-057.html
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 NIDCD Small Grant (R03)
– New appeal process re: eligibility
– Allows single, one-year extension of time
– PDs/PIs who have experienced major
mitigating/compelling circumstances that
significantly affected career trajectory
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-DC-14001.html
–
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 ESI and NI
 NIDCD Small Grant
 Miscellaneous other opportunities
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
Miscellaneous other opportunities
 Lessons for Success/Pathways Program
 Loan Repayment
 Funding mechanisms
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
Miscellaneous other opportunities: Lessons
for Success/Pathways Program
 ASHA / ASHAF/NIDCD
 Mentoring, annual meeting: preparation
for research/grants/professional
development
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
Miscellaneous other opportunities: Loan
Repayment
 Clinical research/pediatric research
 Educational debt
 Link: http://www.lrp.nih.gov/index.aspx
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
Miscellaneous other opportunities: Funding
mechanisms
 Predoc/Post doc (F awards)
 Career development (K awards)
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 NIDCD Career Development (Mentored)
awards: K08 and K23: recent change:
– Previously: Primary mentor :based at
applicant's home institution/within reasonable
distance
OPPORTUNITIES FOR BEGINNING
INVESTIGATORS
 NIDCD Mentored awards: K08 and K23:
recent change:
– Now: NIDCD will consider longer-distance
mentoring relationships, facilitated by electronic
communication modalities, with appropriate
justification. Secondary mentor at home
institution.
– http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/noticefiles/NOT-DC-14-002.html
NIDCD Extramural Research
Training Program Contact
Daniel A. Sklare, Ph.D.
Research Training Officer
NRSA Fellowships and K awards
Tel: (301) 496-1804
Email: [email protected]
What Language Researchers Need
to Know
 Critical updates about NIH and
NIDCD
 Opportunities for beginning
researchers
 Recent trends: NIDCD language
applications/awards
 Where to go for help
NIDCD Extramural Awards (FY13)
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Hearing
Balance
Smell
Taste
Voice
Speech
Language
54 %
5%
10 %
6%
7%
7%
11 %
11%
7%
7%
54%
6%
10%
5%
Hearing
Balance
Smell
Taste
Voice
Speech
Language
NIDCD: ALL LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS
(research and training)
RECENT TRENDS: NIDCD
LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS and
AWARDS
 NIDCD Language =
– Adult aphasia/Primary Progressive
Aphasia
– Language and deafness: sign/CI/HA
– Brain and language
– Child language disorders
RECENT TRENDS: NIDCD
LANGUAGE APPLICATIONS and
AWARDS
 NIDCD Language =
– Aphasia
– Language and deafness
– Brain and language
– Child language disorders
RECENT TRENDS: NIDCD
LANGUAGE
 CHILD LANGUAGE DISORDERS
– Autism
– SLI
– Phonological
– Bilingual
– At risk
Child Language Disorders: Percent of
All NIDCD Language Applications
Child Language Disorders: NIDCD
Funding
CHILD LANGUAGE DISORDERS: SUCCESS
RATE (ALL MECHANISMS)
CHILD LANGUAGE DISORDERS
R01 – SUCCESS RATES
CHILD LANGUAGE DISORDERS
R21 – SUCCESS RATES
CHILD LANGUAGE DISORDERS:
NIDCD R03 PROGRAM – SUCCESS RATES
What Language Researchers Need
to Know
 Critical updates about NIH and
NIDCD
 Opportunities for beginning
researchers
 Recent trends: NIDCD language
applications
 Where to go for help
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 Program Officer
 Websites and NIH resources
 Your Research/Business Office
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 PROGRAM OFFICER:
Advising on Institute/Mechanism/ review
group
Interpreting Percentiles and Summary
Statements
Concerns about review: pre/post
Your resource/ advocate
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 WEBSITES and NIH RESOURCES
NIDCD
NIH
PROBLEMS SUBMITTING
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 WEBSITE: NIDCD
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
Strategic Plan
Funding mechanism guidelines/
funding opportunities
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 WEBSITE: NIDCD
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
Strategic Plan
Funding mechanism guidelines/
funding opportunities
NIDCD Strategic Priority Areas:
I. Understanding Normal Function
II. Understanding Disease and Disorders
III. Improving Diagnosis, Treatment and
Prevention
IV. Improving Outcomes for Human
Communication
NIDCD Strategic Priority Areas:
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/about/learn/pages/
mission.aspx
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 WEBSITE: NIDCD
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
Strategic Plan
Funding mechanism guidelines/
funding opportunities
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 WEBSITE: NIH
NIH http://www.nih.gov
Sally Rockey/Nexushttp://nexus.od.nih.gov
Report http://report.nih.gov/index.aspx
NIH Guidehttp://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 WEBSITE: NIH
NEW VIDEO TUTORIAL: “How Not to Miss
Important Information about Receipt and
Referral of your application”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3Y5dOT
i2EA
Commons: critical info re: status of app;
study section /IC assignment; action items
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 PROBLEMS SUBMITTING:
NIH eRA Commons Help Desk: preferred
method of contact: [email protected]
Telephone: M-F: 7am-8pm EST
866-504-9552
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 PROBLEMS SUBMITTING:
NIH eRA Commons Help Desk: preferred
method of contact: [email protected]
Telephone: M-F: 7am-8pm EST
866-504-9552
WHERE TO GO FOR HELP
 YOUR BUSINESS/RESEARCH
OFFICE
Timeline for submission
Establishing Commons account
Assistance with budget
WHAT LANGUAGE
RESEARCHERS NEED
TO KNOW
 Critical updates about NIH and
NIDCD
 Opportunities for beginning
researchers
 Recent trends in NIDCD language
 Where to go for help
 [email protected]
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