July 2021 Issue
Updates & Announcements
Victor Taylor Named Director of Partnership Resources
Taylor will facilitate the implementation of strategies for corporate partnerships and other collaborations with companies.
Other support changes and digital signatures
Those who apply to the NIH for funding should have seen an important announcement (NOT-OD-21-073) that details the new formats, introduces a new requirement that faculty electronically sign the Other Support document, and also requires that institutions collect and translate foreign contracts, grants, or any other agreement specific to foreign appointments and/or employment. To help its investigators navigate the changes, Duke has several helpful resources and tips:
- A Quick Reference Guide for compiling Other Support / Current & Pending
- A Quick Reference Guide for obtaining compliant electronic signatures
- FAQs for NIH Other Support and Biosketches
- Tools for locating Other Support/Current & Pending Information in Duke Systems
- This includes locating in-kind support in the 'Outside Interests' section in myRESEARCHhome in the myPortfolio (Projects Tab).
- Outside appointments, activities, or support must be disclosed in your Other Support (outside activities/support) or Biosketch (appointments). If the outside appointments/activities/support are at a foreign entity, the related documentation, such as contracts, grants, or other agreements must be submitted to Duke Office of Scientific Integrity (firstname.lastname@example.org) and translated (if in a foreign language) before submission to NIH. Translation could take time.
As a reminder, all information in Other Support documents must be reviewed and approved by the investigator before submission to NIH. Please submit questions via the Research Help widget in myRESEARCHhome.
Reminder: NIH biosketch requirements, plus how to delegate!
New formats for the NIH biosketch were announced in NOT-OD-21-073. As you prepare your biosketch, there are several important things to keep in mind:
- We cannot stress enough -- now is the time to switch to SciENcv to save time and ensure accuracy.
- Did you know you can assign a delegate to help build your biosketch?
- If the research you are proposing is similar to that of other work, be sure to disclose that in your overlap statement. Overlap statements should simply identify and address potential commitment, scientific or budgetary overlap with other instances of support.
- Check out the helpful FAQs for NIH Other Support and Biosketches.
As a reminder, all information in the Other Support and Biosketch documents must be reviewed and approved by the investigator before submission to NIH. Please submit questions about biosketchs to the Research Help widget in myRESEARCHhome.
Resources & Tools
Navigate researcher hiring with myRESEARCHpath
Hiring procedures and allowable activities for undergrads, graduate students, and staff can be confusing to navigate. Use myRESEARCHpath to simplify the process.
Common Data Elements promote FAIR Data Sharing
Duke is committed to assisting its faculty in ensuring that their research data meet the FAIR guiding principles (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Many of our external sponsors share this commitment. A recent article in the National Library of Medicine explains the benefits and importance of the use of common data elements (or CDEs), in meeting these principles. CDEs are standardized assessments or concepts that promote enhanced data quality, sharing, and reuse. The use of CDEs across Institutes and studies is crucial to increasing efficiency and ensuring that variability is avoided.