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NIH Surveys: Outcomes of COVID-19 Impact on Research

On March 25, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research announced the findings from surveys issued in October 2020, which aimed to identify and document the impact of COVID-19 on extramural research and their researchers. The two surveys assessed the perspectives of (1) research administration leaders and (2) individual researchers at extramural institutions regarding ongoing and anticipated issues in research productivity as affected by the pandemic. Here is the

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NIH Extends Registration Flexibility for Clinical Trials

Following consideration by National Library of Medicine (NLM), the unit at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that oversees the ClinicalTrials.gov database, NIH has extended flexibilities for registration and results reporting for studies submitted to Basic Experimental Studies Involving Humans (BESH) funding opportunities. This policy flexibility has been extended through September 24, 2023, it was slated to expire on September 24, 2021. Refer to NOT-OD-21-088 for

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American Rescue Plan Heads to the President’s Desk

COVID Relief

On Wednesday, March 10, the House passed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, to incorporate amendments added by the Senate last week. The bill now heads to the White House for President Biden’s signature, successfully meeting the March 14 deadline, when expanded unemployment benefits will run dry.

Of note for FABBS members, the bill includes $600 million for the National Science Foundation to fund new and existing research to respond to COVID-19, and $100 million for

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NIH Announces UNITE Initiative to End Structural Racism

On March 1st, the Director of NIH, Dr. Francis Collins, announced a new NIH initiative called UNITE:

U — Understanding stakeholder experiences through listening and learning

N — New research on health disparities, minority health, and health equity

I — Improving the NIH culture and structure for equity, inclusion, and excellence

T — Transparency, communication, and accountability with our internal and external stakeholders

E — Extramural research ecosystem: changing

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