Monthly Newsletter

New NIH Resources, Annual COI Disclosure Form Live, and more

 February 22, 2022

Updates & Announcements

NIH Issues New Resources for Implementing the NIH Policy for Data Management and Sharing

The NIH has released a new set of FAQs associated with the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy, and are also seeking public comment on a new resource for researchers that promotes responsible management and sharing of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) participant data.

To learn more about the NIH approach to implementing the DMS Policy and next steps, please see the latest “Under the Poliscope” blog post by Dr. Lyric Jorgenson: Gearing Up for 2023: Implementing the NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

For questions, contact the NIH Office of Science Policy at


NIH Seeking Public Comment on 2022–2027 Strategic Plan

The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) draft strategic plan is now open for public comment. The five-year plan (for 2022–2027) will serve as NIH’s roadmap as CSR advances its mission of seeing that NIH grant applications receive fair, independent, expert, and timely scientific reviews—free from inappropriate influences—so NIH can fund the most promising research. Comments on the strategic plan will be accepted through March 23, 2022. Share your thoughts through Review Matters or by emailing


Intent to Submit – new version launch!

Last August, Duke released a series of new research policies, including the addition of the “Intent to Submit” process. The updated process went live for all research units earlier this month and includes several features that will improve its utility. To give ample time for this transition, research units who are new to Intent to Submit will be required to use this process for all planned submissions as of April 1, 2022.

Initiated in myRESEARCHhome, the process alerts your department and Duke central research offices of planned submissions in order to better support you during the application process. More information, including quick reference guides and training materials, are available in myRESEARCHpath.


Annual COI Disclosure Form Live

The 2021-2022 COI disclosure form is now live. You will receive the call to complete your form in March with all forms due by mid-April. However, you can submit your form anytime between now and then particularly If you are anticipating upcoming grant submissions or awards. Please note that you should always submit or update your form within 30 days of any changes in your outside interest.


Resources & Tools

New! Facilities and Resources Repository in myRESEARCHpath

A Facilities and Resources Repository was recently released in myRESEARCHpath to provide researchers a central place to access boilerplate language or contact information to assist with developing Facilities and Other Resources sections for proposal submissions. The repository currently includes over 100 institutional facilities and resources, with additional information about eligibility and associated fees to utilize the resource.


FAQS about NIH Biosketches

The NIH has developed an FAQ page to answer commonly asked questions for submitting complete and compliant Biosketches. Included below are a couple of these questions and answers that may be of interest to Duke researchers submitting applications to the NIH. A full list of FAQs can be found on the NIH website.

Do I Need To Provide All or Just Current Positions and Scientific Appointments on My Biosketch?

In biosketch section B. Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors, you must list in reverse chronological order all current positions and scientific appointments both domestic and foreign, including affiliations with foreign entities or governments. This includes titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received, and whether full-time, part-time, or voluntary (including adjunct, visiting, or honorary). You are not required to list previous positions or other historical information.

High school students and undergraduates may choose to include previous positions.

If not currently located at the applicant organization, include the expected position at the applicant organization and the expected start date.

What updates are included in the FORMS-G version of the biosketch for use in applications on or after January 25, 2022?

Changes to the biosketch announced in NOT-OD-21-073 include:

  • Section B ‘Positions and Honors’ has been renamed ‘Positions, Scientific Appointments, and Honors.’
  • For the non-Fellowship Biosketch, Section D. has been removed.
  • For the Fellowship Biosketch, Section D has been updated to remove ‘Research Support.’
  • As applicable, all applicants may include details on ongoing and completed research projects from the past three years that they want to draw attention to within the personal statement, Section A.

If you have suggestions for facilities or resources you would like to see included in the repository, contact


Redacted Feedback of Draft Data policy now posted

In September 2021, the Research Data Initiative issued a community-wide Request for Input (RFI) on proposed Research Data policies. Hundreds of faculty and staff from across the Institution answered the call and provided valuable and constructive feedback. We have been working to integrate this input into updated policy drafts to ensure that it mirrors the current data landscape, reflects the breadth of research conducted at Duke, and supports quality data management and sharing practices across the institution.

In the interest of transparency, we have posted the community’s feedback to the draft policy. Responses have been redacted to protect the privacy of the respondents. Please use the links below to access PDFs of the feedback.

Interested in engaging with the Research Data Initiative? Email feedback to For more information about the Research Data Initiative, visit our website.