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Resources for Investigators

Research Involving Human Subjects

Confused as to whether your proposed study is considered human subjects research? Looking to obtain a Certificate of Confidentiality for additional protection of identifiable data from the individuals participating in your research? Want to take NIH’s free training on the protection of human subjects? The new NIH Human Subjects website can help! This site not only provides regulatory guidance and links to human subjects protection information, but also contains a number of tools and guides to help investigators and institutions meet federal and HHS/NIH standards for human subjects research protections. You can apply for certificates of confidentiality from NIH through this web site, as well.

Links to Explore

Funding Opportunity Announcements Explained

A sometimes underappreciated but critical element of the application process is the detail found in NIH funding opportunity announcements (FOAs). The new NIH annotated FOA highlights the importance of each section of the FOA as it relates to your application submission.

xTRACT: An Easier Way to Complete Training Tables for Your Grant Application or Progress Report
The xTRACT module, accessible via eRA Commons, helps applicants and grantees create training data tables for institutional training grant applications and progress reports (RPPRs). xTRACT can save investigators and administrators time preparing training table information, and provides grantees and NIH with training table data in a way that can be reused for future submissions and will be more readily available for analysis. Using Commons IDs and xTrain appointment data, xTRACT prepopulates the tables from data we already have …. Continue reading 

Your One Page Guide to Rigor and Reproducibility
We’ve developed a one-page guide to explain how to address rigor and reproducibility in your NIH application. This new resource walks through each of the four key areas of scientific rigor, explaining how and where to address each area in … Continue reading

Office of Special Populations update: Online disparities research from framework and other news
The NIA recently created an online version of our Health Disparities Research Framework to showcase priorities and investments in this important aging research area. We hope that this site will serve as a resource for scientists interested in investigating health disparities related to aging. Please visit the page and take look at the Framework’s interactive format. Read the full blog post.