Monday, March 2, 2015

NIH Funded!

My R01 was funded!!!  Well, kind of.  The R56 bridge award that I talked about in my last post came through.  It was funded for one year at almost the full requested amount.  This is major for my lab because it's coming just as my R00 funding is ending.  We can keep going full steam ahead.  This is also incredibly important for me because my university has salary requirements that have to be covered by grants.  I was immune from this policy during my first three years, but it's just about to kick in, and now I can actually comply.  I even have enough money to hire another person.  The problem is that I'd much rather take on a new student or even a postdoc than a lab tech.  But with only one year of funding, I can't commit to a student or postdoc.  But, I'm also considering using the money I could spend on hiring another person to buy a bunch of pre-designed CRISPR constructs to make a whole library of knockout cell lines for the enzymes we study.  It's just really awesome to now have the option to do some high risk/high reward stuff that I wasn't even considering before.  But anyway, my lab will survive for another year!


  1. I apologize for posting under the wrong post. I love your blog and am writing to request your input.

    I have a k99 and my R00 application is undergoing administrative review. For a variety of reasons, I will now like to change my R00 institution. Before I ask my PO, I want to be prepared for the can of worms this will open up. Do you know if the NIH allows transfer of R00? And, do you think it will require a resubmission of the R00 application?

    I will appreciate your input.

  2. I'm assuming that you already have another job. You should alert the NIH to this before they actually send any money to your current institution. At this point, the R00 is still under review, so it's not a matter of transferring the grant. It would be a matter of activating the R00 once you're at your next institution. I would email/call someone at the NIH immediately and tell them you have another job offer and would like to get their input on whether it would be possible to delay the activation of the R00. Transferring a grant from one institution to another often takes many months and a lot of hassle. Try to avoid that. Either way, you are almost certainly going to have to resubmit an R00 application from the new institution.

  3. Hello, I found your blog while looking for information about the R56 mechanism. I'm going through the process right now and was pleasantly surprised about the possibility of the bridge award. Can you tell me how long it too the NIH to make a decision after you submitted your R56 materials? Thank you. Great blog!

  4. Julie, how the recipients of R56 are chosen is pretty non-transparent as far as I can tell. There are obviously more people with close R01 scores than there is money for R56 grants. From what I understand, the program officers will choose grants that they think they can advocate for among the other program officers and institute leadership. My program officer asked for just a few sentences stating exactly what I would use the money for, i.e., specifically what aim of my R01 would be improved and how. Then I never heard anything for at least a couple of months. Then out of the blue one day I received an email saying I was being considered for an R56 and that I should provide the Just-in-time info. The funding came remarkably fast after that. I think it was just a couple of weeks. I will also say that there are two groups that generally get funded, new investigators with very close R01 scores and well-respected established investigators who have a decent R01 score but are on the verge of having to severely cut the number of people in their lab due to lack of funding. That's my understanding of how this works, which isn't a lot of info. So if anyone else who reads this has any insight, please comment!