Notice Number: NOT-OD-07-014
Release Date: November 9, 2006
Response Date: January 5, 2007
National Institutes of Health (NIH), (http://www.nih.gov)
This is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) regarding a possible change in the current 25-page limit of the Research Plan section (PHS 398 Sections A-D) of the NIH Research Project Grant (R01) application. Comments will be considered from interested applicants, reviewers and other members of the research community.
This request for information is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the government. The government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the government’s use of that information.
The NIH is considering reducing the current 25 page limit for the Research Plan section of the research project grant (R01) application. A significant number of applicants and reviewers have suggested that NIH peer review could be improved by focusing less on experimental details and more on key ideas and the scientific significance of proposed projects. In addition, recruitment of qualified reviewers has become increasingly difficult, resulting in greater reviewer turnover and reduced consistency from one review meeting to the next.
To ensure that the NIH review process identifies the most promising scientific projects, we are evaluating the possibility of shortening the Research Plan section and focusing it more on ideas and significance. A committee has been formed at NIH to gather additional information from the external community and explore possible options. We would like your opinion, as an applicant and/or reviewer, of this potential change.
Information in the following areas will help NIH determine whether to shorten the R01 application. Depending on whether you are an applicant and/or a reviewer, please provide information in the following areas:
How to Submit a Response
Please submit responses through the following special Web site: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfi_files/rfi_research_plan_add.htm
(Alternatively, responses may be submitted by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Responses will be accepted until January 5, 2007
All information provided will be processed and analyzed with strict anonymity.
The results obtained from the responses to this RFI will be available to the public on the CSR website. http://cms.csr.nih.gov/
Inquiries concerning this Notice may be directed to:
Cheryl Oros, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Planning, Evaluation & Analysis
6701 Rockledge Drive
Room 3030, MSC, 7776
Respondents will receive an automated email notification acknowledging receipt of their responses, but will not receive follow-up information concerning NIH’s assessment of the information received. No basis for claims against the NIH shall arise as a result of a response to this Request For Information, or from the NIH’s use of such information as either part of its evaluation process or in developing any subsequent policy or announcement.