Office of Research and Project Administration
In order to implement this modified policy, all New Investigators must update their eRA Commons profiles to ensure that they are given appropriate consideration for R01 applications for February, 2009 due dates and beyond.
Please see NOT-OD-09-021 below and at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-09-021.html for details.
Please contact your ORPA Research Administrator with any questions.
Donna Beyea - x5-8037
Implementing the Early Stage Investigator Policy: Updating eRA Commons Profiles to Include Degree and Residency Completion Dates
Notice Number: NOT-OD-09-021
The NIH recently announced a change in NIH New Investigator policies designed to encourage early transition to independence. Under this policy, New Investigators within ten years of completing their terminal research degree or within ten years of completing their medical residency will be designated Early Stage Investigators (ESIs). Traditional NIH research grant (R01) applications from ESIs will be identified and the career stage of the applicant will be considered at the time of review and award. More information on this policy is available in related notices in the NIH Guide, establishing ESI as a category of new investigators, and revising policies on new investigators and ESIs, and on the New and Early Stage Investigator website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm
Need to Establish eRA Commons Profiles and to Update Degree and Residency End Dates
In order to implement this modified policy, all New Investigators must update their eRA Commons profiles to ensure that they are given appropriate consideration for R01 applications for February, 2009 due dates and beyond. The degree date information requested in the profile and eventually the date of completion of medical residency will be used to determine ESI eligibility. Once degree and residency completion dates are entered into eRA Commons, individuals who are eligible for ESI or New Investigator status will be notified of their eligibility by email.
New investigators who do not yet have an eRA Commons account should work through the sponsored research office or its equivalent at their institution to establish an eRA Commons account. Investigators who already have an account should update degree information at http://commons.era.nih.gov/commons. The eRA Commons will be ready to accept the completion date of medical residency after January 17, 2009.
It should be noted that an individual will be identified as New Investigator by determining whether he/she has previously competed successfully for a significant NIH research grant. Please see the definition of New Investigator on the New and Early Stage Investigator Website at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/new_investigators/index.htm
NIH encourages all investigators to keep information in their Commons profiles as current as possible.
Requests for Extension of ESI Eligibility
Direct inquiries regarding ESI Policies to firstname.lastname@example.org